- The following statement was issued today, July 4, 2020 by Minister of Community Affairs & Sports, Lovitta Foggo…
I was extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Mr. Earl Cameron CBE, a Bermudian film legend with a career that spanned decades and broke barriers. As the first black actor to star in a British film, he became a pioneer in his field and was often recognised as Sidney Poitier’s British-based counterpart, opening doors for other black actors in the field.
Hailing from Princess Street, Pembroke, Mr Cameron rose to great prominence as an internationally recognised and acclaimed film, television and stage actor.
Even in his advanced age, Mr Cameron remained the gracious, charismatic and gentlemanly icon that made him a star.
The Department of Community and Cultural Affairs was honoured to host Mr Cameron twice in recent years — for an evening of conversation in 2012, and most recently in 2017 to celebrate his 100th birthday.
And recognising his many contributions to film, the Department’s Bermuda Arts Council established a new award in his honour last year, the Earl Cameron Award, intended for a Bermudian professional who has demonstrated exceptional passion and talent in the field of theatre, cinematography, film or video production.
The Ministry of Community Affairs and Sports honours and remembers Mr Cameron’s creative legacy and contributions. We extend our sincerest condolences to his wife Mrs. Barbara Cameron as well as the rest of Mr. Cameron’s family, loved ones and friends. May he rest in peace.