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Also Known As: James Francis Cameron Died:
Born: August 16, 1954 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Kapuskasing, Ontario, CA Profession: director, screenwriter, producer, executive, process projection supervisor, miniature set builder, special effects person, editor, director of photography, set dresser assistant, second unit director, production designer, art director, truck driver, artist, machinist

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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...

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.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Avatar 4 (2018)
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  Avatar 3 (2017)
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  Avatar 2 (2016)
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  Avatar (2009)
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  Aliens of The Deep (2005) Director
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  Ghosts of the Abyss (2003) Director
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  Titanic (1997) Director
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  True Lies (1994) Director
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CAST: (feature film)

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 Mission Blue (2014)
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 Mission Blue (2014)
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 Side by Side (2012)
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 Aliens of The Deep (2005) Cast
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 Ghosts of the Abyss (2003) Himself (Rov Pilot)
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 High Heels and Low Lifes (2001) Reporter
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 Muse, The (1999) Himself (Cameo Appearance)
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 George Lucas: Creating an Empire (2002) Interviewee
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 World Stunt Awards (2001) Presenter
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Milestones close milestones

1966:
At age 12, wrote a short story that was reportedly a precursor for "The Abyss"
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Started building models and experimenting with 16mm film
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Made first film "Niagara: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Falls"
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Enrolled in college to study physics
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Dropped out, married a waitress, and worked as a truck driver for the local school district
1977:
Inspired to become a filmmaker after seeing "Star Wars"
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Raised private financing, directed, shot, edited and built miniatures for first short film, "Xenogenesis"
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Joined Roger Corman's New World Pictures as a special effects person, and later became art director and production designer
1980:
Credited as set dresser assistant on "Happy Birthday, Gemini"
1980:
First film as art director, "Battle Beyond the Stars"
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"
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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
1984:
Gained recognition with feature screenwriting and directing debut, "The Terminator"; co-wrote with producer and future wife Gale Anne Hurd
1985:
Co-wrote (with Sylvester Stallone) the hugely successful "Rambo: First Blood II"
1986:
Co-wrote and directed the sequel to "Alien" titled "Aliens," again starring Sigourney Weaver
1989:
Wrote and directed "The Abyss," which used cutting-edge effects technology
1990:
Formed production company Lightstorm Entertainment Inc.
1991:
Produced, directed and scripted the blockbuster sequel "Terminator 2: Judgment Day"
1992:
Lightstorm signed an exclusive five-year, 12-picture distribution deal with 20th Century Fox
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
1994:
Wrote, produced, and directed the action-comedy "True Lies"; the first film release under Lightstorm Entertainment
1995:
Provided the story and served as a producer on "Strange Days"; directed by ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow
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"
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, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Editing; awarded 11 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director, tying the record set by 1959's "Ben-Hur"
1998:
With Stan Winston, resigned from board of Digital Domain
2000:
Executive produced and co-wrote the Fox drama series "Dark Angel"; helmed the finale of the 2001-02 season
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Co-produced (with Jean-Michel Cousteau) a series of undersea specials for ABC
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)
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
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.
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Education

California State University, Fullerton,: Fullerton , California -
The University of Toronto: - 1973

Notes

In 1998, Cameron became the fifth recipient of the Beatrice Wood Film Award.

"I'm fascinated by the end of the world. The idea of the end of the world and the idea of either the fabric of reality unraveling, or literally the cataclysm. 'Strange Days' plays around with that from the millennial standpoint, and 'Terminator' palys around with it quite literally--this has happened, but it just hasn't happened yet. ... the folding of time thing." --James Cameron quoted in Written By, December 1997-January 1998.

"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 megative 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, December 8, 1997.

"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.

"The funny thing is, I'm always OBSESESSED. 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." --James Cameron quoted in "Heading for Shore" by John Anderson in Newsday, December 14, 1997.

"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 [in "The Abyss"'s fascinating laserdisc special edition] of a day so hard, he burst into tears on the drive home." --From "Iron Jim" by John H. Richardson in Premiere, August 1994.

"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 "Can He Do Side-Splitting Action?" by David Kronke in Los Angeles Times Calendar, July 17, 1994.

"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 "Iron Jim" by John H. Richardson in Premiere, August 1994.

"Like the others, 'T2' spawned its own crew T-shirt: TERMINATOR 3--NOT WITH ME." --From Premiere, August 1994.

"Mr. Cameron is the master of movies that put women at the center of the action. He is responsible for the macho Sigourney Weaver in 'Aliens' and the pumped-up, rifle-toting Linda Hamilton in 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day'. ... Traditionally, action films have been directed at male viewers; adding a character with whom women can identify broadens the audience appeal. But pop culture always reflects mainstream attitudes, if only inadvertently, and in their exaggerated ways these films hint at how women's lives have changed.

"The heroines of 'Aliens' and 'Terminator 2', however, developed their biceps between movies, in the time lapse between the original films and the sequels. By showing Helen's transformation in 'True Lies', Mr. Cameron charts the comic course of a female stereotype falling to pieces." --From "Film View: The Woman in 'True Lies', a Mouse That Roared" in The New York Times, July 17, 1994.

"'True Lies' is able to effectively kid itself, to playfully mock the conventions of espionage thrillers. Casting the breezy Tom Arnold as Harry's partner Gib helps, but more important is Cameron's unerring ability to find the humor in Schwarzenegger, something the people at 'Last Action Hero,' for instance, were unable to manage." --Kenneth Turan in Los Angeles Times Calendar, July 14, 1994.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Susan Williams. Waitress. Worked at a Bob's Big Boy restaurant; married after Cameron dropped out of California State University, Fullerton; inspiration for Sarah Connor in "The Terminator"; divorced.
wife:
Gale Anne Hurd. Producer, screenwriter. Produced and co-wrote (with Cameron) "The Terminator" (1984), also produced "Aliens" (1986), "The Abyss" (1989), and "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" (1991) for Cameron; divorced.
wife:
Kathryn Bigelow. Director, screenwriter. Cameron produced her "Point Break" (1991); produced and scripted her "Strange Days" (1995); married in 1989; separated in 1991; divorced.
wife:
Linda Hamilton. Actor. Directed her in starring roles in both "Terminator" films; together from 1991-94 (end date approximate); moved out with their infant daughter during pre-production on "True Lies" but continued the relationship for a period; reunited and in March 1997, Hamilton announced their plans to marry; married on July 24, 1997; separated in May 1998; Hamilton filed for divorce on December 14, 1998.
wife:
Suzy Amis. Actor. Appeared in "Titanic"; married on June 4, 2000 near Malibu.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Phillip Cameron. Electrical engineer. Worked for a paper mill.
mother:
Shirley Cameron. Artist. Encouraged him to paint as a teen; helped him get his first exhibition at a local gallery.
brother:
Mike Cameron. Aeronautical engineer. Younger; appeared in and received a technical credit on "The Abyss" (1989); crafted "functional props" on "T2" (1991); appeared in "True Lies" (1994).
brother:
John David Cameron. Born c. 1969; former Marine.
daughter:
Josephine Archer Cameron. Born in 1993; mother, Linda Hamilton.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"James Cameron: An Unauthorized Biogrpahy of the Filmmaker" St. Martin's Press

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