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Born: August 16, 1954 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Kapuskasing, Ontario, CA Profession: Writer ...
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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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