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Tributes to acting great Cameron

A tribute to the late stage and screen star Earl Cameron will be shown on the Government's TV channel this week.

The channel started to air three programmes every day from yesterday, which will be repeated until Sunday, to honour Mr Cameron, one of the first black performers to break into mainstream British cinema, who died last Friday aged 102.

Film-maker's Corner with Keith Caesar, An Evening with Earl Cameron, hosted by Kim Dismont Robinson, and Earl Cameron — 100 Years, hosted by Charles Webbe, will be broadcast every day from 10am to noon and 4.30pm to 6.30pm.

A condolence book for Mr Cameron will also open at City Hall tomorrow.

Lovitta Foggo, the Minister of Community Affairs and Sport, said she was “pleased to honour and remember Mr Cameron's creative legacy and contributions”.

Ms Foggo added: “We are equally pleased that we can feature these films of Mr Cameron sharing his career experiences and accomplishments in his own words.

“We encourage all residents, if they have an opportunity, to tune in to CITV this week to view these programmes to learn more about this Bermudian treasure.”

Ms Foggo said over the weekend that Mr Cameron's career “spanned decades and broke barriers”.

She said: “As the first black actor to star in a British film, he became a pioneer in his field.

“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 in 2017 to celebrate his 100th birthday.”

The City of Hamilton said that the City Hall Theatre was named after the actor eight years ago in recognition of his contribution to the arts.

Dwayne Caines, the city's chief operating officer, added: “Mr Cameron was an international trailblazer and a proud son of Bermuda's soil.

“He will go down in the pantheon of the world's great actors for creating a path that many people today still use.

“Many have trod that path laid by Mr Cameron, particularly actors of colour and, sadly, many do not know or fully understand the sacrifices that were made.”

Mr Cameron, born on Princess Street, North Hamilton, was appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by the Queen in 2009 in recognition of his achievements.

Mr Caines said Mr Cameron had told “the definitive story of success over struggle”.

He said: “He fought and flourished in a time when the colour of his skin worked against him, but that never stopped him from pursuing his career choice, gaining the admiration of adoring fans and fellow actors and ultimately having his achievements recognised by the Queen.

“The city is honoured to carry on his name. The theatre will always be a reflection of the man who rose above and defeated the odds.

“I add my personal condolences to his family here in Bermuda and abroad and to those countless lives that he touched through his story and impressive body of work.”

The late great Earl Cameron with his insignia in May 2009 after being appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in the Queen's Honours (File photograph by Anthony Devlin/PA/AP)

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Published July 07, 2020 at 9:00 am (Updated July 07, 2020 at 9:00 am)

Tributes to acting great Cameron

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