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 Posted:   Jul 4, 2020 - 12:41 AM   
 By:   Doug Raynes   (Member)

Earl Cameron died yesterday at the age of 102. Very impressive actor who was in a large number of British films and on TV in a career spanning 60 years.
http://www.royalgazette.com/news/article/20200703/acting-legend-earl-cameron-dies-aged-102

 
 Posted:   Jul 4, 2020 - 1:05 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

He's the guy from Pool of London. Saw him few months ago on a documentary. Incredibly lucid and full of character. He got a C.B.E.

 
 Posted:   Jul 4, 2020 - 2:57 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

A long career, indeed! I recall watching The Interpreter (2005) on DVD in 2006 or 07 and, not having seen his name (maybe there was no opening cast list), seeing him and thinking, surely this can't be the same guy as the wonderful support actor in Thunderball (1965) ...

... but, yes, 40 years on he remained a commanding presence. I don't know of other roles but his few on-screen minutes in my favourite JB007 film have left me with a long-lasting, happy, memory.
Mitch

 
 Posted:   Jul 4, 2020 - 9:31 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

An unfortunate coincidence. Never heard of him until last week when I watched a Criterion collection with the movie "Sapphire." Has a small role, but he made an impression. Possibly because he was the only sympathetic character in the movie, and he wasn't a type (detective or villain) so perhaps the most convincing. Checked his imdb list and watched "Guns of Batasi" last night but his role was even smaller. Acting primarily in English films, he might not be well known here in USA.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 4, 2020 - 11:06 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

He was of course also mentioned on Doctor Who sites, who also mentioned the fact that by being in The Tenth Planet, iin 1966, he was the very first black actor to play an astronaut on film or tv in the world.

Not to mention the longest living actor to appear in that series...

 
 Posted:   Jul 4, 2020 - 11:22 AM   
 By:   litefoot   (Member)

He was of course also mentioned on Doctor Who sites, who also mentioned the fact that by being in The Tenth Planet, iin 1966, he was the very first black actor to play an astronaut on film or tv in the world.

Not to mention the longest living actor to appear in that series...


And episode 4 still missing, dammit!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 4, 2020 - 1:49 PM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

I remember Earl Cameron appearances from 1950s & '60s cinema.

Interestingly, Earl's earlier films were in colo(u)r ...

  • Simba, with music by Francis Chagrin

  • The Mark of the Hawk (Matyas Seiber)
  • Sapphire (Philip Green's jazz score performed by Johnny Dankworth's group)

    ... while Cameron's middle-age persona remained on black-n-white displays in Sixties' movies & TV:

  • Term of Trial (Jean-Michel Damase)
  • Guns at Batasi (John Addison)
  • THE ANDROMEDA BREAKTHROUGH
  • William Hartnell's final DOCTOR WHO serial "The Tenth Planet", which introduced Cybermen
  • no less than 5 segments of DANGER MAN with Patrick McGoohan:
    -"Deadline"
    -"The Galloping Major"
    -"Parallel Lines Sometimes Meet"
    -"Loyalty Always Pays"
    -"Someone Is Liable To Get Hurt"



    There's a curious 15-year gap between 1979's Cuba and a 1994 episode of LOVEJOY.
    Appears as though EC did not act in anything during the entire 1980s.

    R.I.P.

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