James Cameron

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
An audacious visionary who developed new film technologies midstream in order to turn his creative visions into reality, director James Cameron was credited with single-handedly resurrecting a once-dead science fiction ... Read more »
Born: 08/15/1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, CA

Filmography

Actor (38)

Mission Blue 2013 (Movie)

(Himself)

Mythbusters 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Side by Side 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 2010 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The Jay Leno Show 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Entourage 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Aliens of The Deep 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Directors 1998 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Watch the Skies! 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Making of Alien Vs. Predator 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Ghosts of the Abyss 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

George Lucas: Creating an Empire 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

High Heels and Low Lives 2001 (Movie)

Reporter (Actor)

The Ultimate Auction 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

World Stunt Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

5th Annual ALMA Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

From Star Wars to Star Wars 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Salutes Arnold Schwarzenegger 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Muse 1999 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Mad About You 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 1998 MTV Movie Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Titanic Mania 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Titanic: Breaking New Ground 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Stan Lee: The ComiX-MAN! 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Secrets Revealed 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1992 MTV Movie Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Mars Rising (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (20)

Avatar 4 2018 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Avatar 3 2017 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Avatar 2 2016 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Terminator: Genisys 2015 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

T2 3-D: Battle Across Time 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Avatar 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 1997 - 1998, 2007 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Source Material

Ghosts of the Abyss 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Writer

Titanic 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Strange Days 1995 (Movie)

(Story By)

Strange Days 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

True Lies 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Abyss 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Alien Nation 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Aliens 1986 (Movie)

(From Story)

Aliens 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rambo: First Blood Part II 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Terminator 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (19)

Avatar 4 2018 (Movie)

(Producer)

Avatar 3 2017 (Movie)

(Producer)

Avatar 2 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

James Cameron's Deepsea Challenge 3D 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Years of Living Dangerously 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Robogeddon 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Sanctum 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Avatar 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Aliens of The Deep 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ghosts of the Abyss 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Solaris 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Titanic 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Strange Days 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

True Lies 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Point Break 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Nagasaki Deadline (Movie)

(Producer)

The Lost Tomb of Jesus (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (18)

Avatar 4 2018 (Movie)

(Director)

Avatar 3 2017 (Movie)

(Director)

Avatar 2 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

T2 3-D: Battle Across Time 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Avatar 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Dark Angel 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2002, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

Aliens of The Deep 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Ghosts of the Abyss 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

James Cameron's Expedition: Bismarck 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Director

Titanic 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

True Lies 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

The Abyss 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Aliens 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

The Terminator 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Galaxy of Terror 1980 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)

Piranha II: The Spawning 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Last Mysteries of the Titanic (TV Show)

Director
Camera, Film, & Tape (4)

Ghosts of the Abyss 2003 (Movie)

Reality Camera System Designer (Camera)

Titanic 1997 (Movie)

(Titanic Deep Dive) (Director of Photography)

Escape From New York 1981 (Movie)

special visual effects photography (Photography)

Battle Beyond the Stars 1979 (Movie)

(Photography)
Art Department (3)

Galaxy of Terror 1980 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Happy Birthday, Gemini 1980 (Movie)

set dresser assistant (Assistant Set Dresser)

Battle Beyond the Stars 1979 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)
Visual Effects & Animation (2)

Escape From New York 1981 (Movie)

matte art (Matte Painter)

Battle Beyond the Stars 1979 (Movie)

miniature design (Miniatures)
Editor (2)

Avatar 2009 (Movie)

(Editor)

Titanic 1997 (Movie)

(Editor)
Other (1)

Android 1982 (Movie)

design consultant (Consultant)

Biography

An audacious visionary who developed new film technologies midstream in order to turn his creative visions into reality, director James Cameron was credited with single-handedly resurrecting a once-dead science fiction genre, thanks to the timeless success of "The Terminator" (1984) and "Aliens" (1986). Tales of his volcanic temper on the set of the groundbreaking deep sea adventure "The Abyss" (1989), combined with its astronomical budget and relatively disappointing box-office performance, earned Cameron a reputation as one of Hollywood's most ambitious, but problematic directors. Reteaming with Arnold Schwarzenegger, he proved himself worth the risk with the back-to-back blockbusters, "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" (1991) and "True Lies" (1994). Combining his passion for oceanic exploration and technology with his love of movies, he advanced underwater filmmaking to a remarkable degree. Despite his penchant for aliens of the deep and outer space, it was "Titanic" (1997) - a period romance based on the infamous ocean liner tragedy - that cemented Cameron as a director for the ages. "Titanic" was a seminal event in cinema in terms of size, scope and commercial success, quickly becoming the highest-grossing film of all time until it was bumped to No. 2 by Cameron's next film, the 3D sci-fi epic, "Avatar" (2009). In addition to his remarkable achievements outside of film, Cameron was inarguably one of the most proficient, admired and, above all, successful directors in Hollywood history.

Relationships

Suzy Amis Actor

Wife
Cameron directed Amis in "Titanic" (1997) Married on June 4, 2000 near Malibu, CA

Kathryn Bigelow Actor

Wife
Married Aug. 17, 1989 Divorced Nov. 10, 1991 Cameron produced Bigelow's screenplay "Point Break" (1991) He also produced and scripted her film "Strange Days" (1995)

Mike Cameron Actor

Brother
Aeronautical engineer; appeared in and received a technical credit in "The Abyss" (1989) and appeared in "True Lies" (1994)

Phillip Cameron

Father
Worked for a paper mill

Shirley Cameron

Mother
Encouraged him to paint as a teen Helped him get his first exhibition at a local gallery

Claire Cameron

Daughter
Born April 4, 2001; mother, Suzy Amis

Elizabeth Cameron

Daughter
Born Dec. 29, 2006; twin of Quinn; mother, Suzy Amis

Josephine Cameron

Daughter
Born in 1993; mother, Linda Hamilton

Quinn Cameron

Son
Born Dec. 29, 2006; twin of Elizabeth; mother, Suzy Amis

John Cameron

Brother
Born c. 1969

Linda Hamilton Actor

Wife
Began dating in 1991; Cameron directed Hamilton in both "Terminator" films Split during pre-production of "True Lies" (1994) Reunited and married on July 26, 1997 Separated in May 1998 Divorced on Dec. 16, 1999

Gale Anne Hurd Actor

Wife
Married in 1985 Co-wrote "The Terminator" (1984); Hurd produced Cameron's films including "The Terminator" (1984), "Aliens" (1986), "The Abyss" (1989), and "Terminator 2" (1991) Divorced in 1989

Jasper Robards

Step-Son
Born to Suzy Amis and her first husband Sam Robards

Sharon Williams

Wife
Married Feb. 14, 1978; inspired the Sarah Connor character in "The Terminator" (1984) Divorced July 14, 1984

EDUCATION

The University of Toronto

1973

California State University, Fullerton,

Fullerton , California
Left school before graduation

Milestones

2012

Completed the world's first solo dive to the deepest-known point on Earth, reaching the bottom of the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench southwest of Guam in a specially designed submarine.

2009

Returned to directing features with the 3-D sci-fi epic film "Avatar"; earned a Directors Guild nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement and Oscar nominations for Directing, Film Editing and Producing

2005

Appeared as himself on several episodes of the hit HBO comedy "Entourage," directing a big screen version of the comic book hero Aquaman starring Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier)

2000

Executive produced and co-wrote the Fox drama series "Dark Angel"; helmed the finale of the 2001-02 season

1998

With Stan Winston, resigned from board of Digital Domain

1997

Co-edited, co-produced, wrote and directed the lavish spectacle "Titanic"; reported to be the most expensive film made to date (budgeted at $200 million); went on to become the top grossing film in history; film received 14 Academy Award nominations, incl

1995

Became the first feature film director to shoot underwater footage of the wreck of the Titanic; used a specially-designed, state-of-the-art camera encased in titanium; footage was incorporated into the feature "Titanic"

1995

Provided the story and served as a producer on "Strange Days"; directed by ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow

1994

Wrote, produced, and directed the action-comedy "True Lies"; the first film release under Lightstorm Entertainment

1993

Founded the special effects company Digital Domain with Stan Winston and Scott Ross to further develop the field of digital FX

1993

Released a "restored" print of "The Abyss" including approximately 27 minutes of scenes omitted from the original

1992

Lightstorm signed an exclusive five-year, 12-picture distribution deal with 20th Century Fox

1991

Produced, directed and scripted the blockbuster sequel "Terminator 2: Judgment Day"

1990

Formed production company Lightstorm Entertainment Inc.

1989

Wrote and directed "The Abyss," which used cutting-edge effects technology

1986

Co-wrote and directed the sequel to "Alien" titled "Aliens," again starring Sigourney Weaver

1985

Co-wrote (with Sylvester Stallone) the hugely successful "Rambo: First Blood II"

1984

Gained recognition with feature screenwriting and directing debut, "The Terminator"; co-wrote with producer and future wife Gale Anne Hurd

1981

Feature debut as production designer and second unit director, "Galaxy of Terror"

1981

Feature directing debut, "Piranha II: The Spawning/Piranha II: Flying Killers"

1980

First film as art director, "Battle Beyond the Stars"

1980

Credited as set dresser assistant on "Happy Birthday, Gemini"

1977

Inspired to become a filmmaker after seeing "Star Wars"

1966

At age 12, wrote a short story that was reportedly a precursor for "The Abyss"

Enrolled in college to study physics

Wrote first draft of screenplay for what would become "The Terminator"; sold rights to producer Gale Anne Hurd for $1 on the condition that he would direct

Dropped out, married a waitress, and worked as a truck driver for the local school district

Made first film "Niagara: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Falls"

Co-produced (with Jean-Michel Cousteau) a series of undersea specials for ABC

Raised private financing, directed, shot, edited and built miniatures for first short film, "Xenogenesis"

Started building models and experimenting with 16mm film

Joined Roger Corman's New World Pictures as a special effects person, and later became art director and production designer

Bonus Trivia

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"One aspect of that drive that sets him apart from other action filmmakers is his meticulous attention to the composition of shots, even in stunt scenes. Where many directors are happy just to get the stunt committed to celluloid, Cameron looks both for a spectacular thrill and a carefully sculpted image, which means demanding, nearly impossible camera work." – from the Los Angeles Times, July 17, 1994

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"Filming underwater [for 'The Abyss'] proved to be incredibly arduous. The water was so highly chlorinated that it burned skin and turned hair white. Even the mundane details were complicated. The actors were stretched to the breaking point. When the camera ran out of film in the middle of her death scene, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio stormed off the set, screaming, 'We are not animals!' Ed Harris tells of a day so hard, he burst into tears on the drive home." – from Premiere magazine, August 1994

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"With Cameron anything is possible. Fired from his first film, he broke into the editing room and cut the film back to his original vision. That was before the runaway success of the two 'Terminators' and 'Aliens' gave him imperial power. Nowadays he directs his crew through a bank of speakers pitched to concert volume: 'THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT I WANT,' he booms. If they mess up, he says, 'THAT'S OKAY. I'VE WORKED WITH CHILDREN BEFORE.' The crews respond by printing up T-shirts with semi-jokey slogans: 'YOU CAN'T SCARE ME – I WORK FOR JIM CAMERON.'" – from Premiere magazine, August 1994

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"I think I'm a good director, but I never claimed to have the PERSONALITY for directing. It brings out the worst in me, and it's the aspect of the work I hate the most. It should be noted that I am never negative with the actors, absolutely and religiously. In many ways they have the most difficult job on the set, and I make it my mission to be supportive and collaborative." – Cameron to Time magazine, Dec. 8, 1997

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"The funny thing is, I'm always OBSESSED. Whatever film I make it's the same. I was obsessed on 'True Lies' and that was an action comedy. I'm always obsessed with details. I think it's the strength of any good filmmaker – and really part of the job description – to be obsessed like that." – Cameron quoted in Newsday, Dec. 14, 1997

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"He's a genius and a maniac. A genius in terms of his vision, a maniac in terms of getting what he wants. But that's to be absolutely admired, because to be the controller of a thing that's so absolutely huge is amazing. Some of the visions he had in his head I found really frustrating, because I couldn't quite understand what he meant. I finally came to realize, though, My God, this man has been visualizing nothing but this for the last two years." – "Titanic" co-star Kate Winslet on Cameron to Movieline, March 1998

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"My dad treated science fiction as if it was porn. He used to throw my comics and science-fiction books in the trash because he considered them mental junk. I'd go out, wipe off the coffee grounds and read them under the covers at night." – Cameron quoted in Playboy magazine, December 2009

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"There's a certain geek population that would rather deal with fantasy women than real women. Let's face it: Real women are complicated. You can try your whole life and not understand them." – Cameron quoted in Playboy magazine, December 2009

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On June 1, 2010, Cameron, along with a group of scientists and experts, met with officials from the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies for a brainstorming session on stopping the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.

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