The star faced racism during his career and yet managed to carve out an impressive résumé despite the prejudice.
Speaking to the Guardian in 2017, he said: “No doubt about it. Unless it was specified that this was a part for a black actor, they would never consider a black actor for the part. And they would never consider changing a white part to a black part.
“So that was my problem. I got mostly small parts, and that was extremely frustrating – not just for me but for other black actors.
“We had a very hard time getting worthwhile roles.”
On his ground-breaking career, Cameron said: “I never saw myself as a pioneer.
“It was only later, looking back, that it occurred to me that I was.”