[Updated with video] The City of Hamilton hosted a renaming ceremony today [Nov 5], formally changing the name of the City Hall Theatre to the Earl Cameron Theatre in honour of the veteran Bermudian actor. Mr. Cameron arrived on the island this past weekend with his wife Barbara to participate in the ceremony.
The Town Crier welcomed everyone in attendance, which included Premier Paula Cox, Governor George Fergusson and other distinguished guests. Hamilton Mayor Graeme Outerbridge then said a few words, before Ira Phillips took the stage and described some of the highlights of Mr Cameron’s career. The 95-year-old actor made a few remarks before the plaque was unveiled in the foyer.
Mr Cameron’s career spans a half-century and includes dozens of stage, TV and film credits. Born in Bermuda in 1917, he moved to Britain prior to WWII and after a career on London’s West End stage made his film debut in 1950 — becoming one of the first black actors to star in a British movie.
By the mid-1950s Mr. Cameron was an established star in the UK and he worked steadily in movies, the theatre and in television. He appeared in dozens of films and TV shows and starred with Sean Connery in the 1965 ‘Thunderball’ playing Pinder, and portrayed African dictator Edmond Zuwanie in the 2005 movie ‘The Interpreter‘ alongside Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn. In 2009 Mr Cameron was named as a Commander of the British Empire for services to the dramatic arts.
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