The UK film Pioneer Earl Cameron, was one of the first black actors to make successful career in British film and television, has died aged 102, his family has confirmed.
Cameron was born in Bermuda and lived with his wife in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, died in his sleep on Friday.
Cameron first appeared on screen in the 1951 film Pool of London, in a rare starring role for a black actor.
His family said he “was an inspirational man who stood by his moral principles”.
“As an artist and actor he refused to accept roles that demeaned or stereotyped the character of people of colour,” they added. “He will be very sadly missed.”
In a statement, Cameron’s children said: “Our family have been overwhelmed by the outpourings of love and respect we have received at the news of our father’s passing … As an artist and as an actor he refused to take roles that demeaned or stereotyped the character of people of colour. He was truly a man who stood by his moral principles and was inspirational.”
Cameron was married twice; his first wife Audrey died in 1994, and he is survived by his second wife Barbara. He was awarded the CBE in 2009.