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Known for movies like ‘Titanic’, and ‘Avatar’, James Cameron is an ‘Academy Award’-winning film director

InformationDetail
BirthdayAugust 16, 1954
NationalityCanadian
FamousFilm Maker, Atheists, Atheists/Agnostics, College Dropouts, Poorly Educated, Environmentalists, Film & Theater Personalities, Directors, INTJ
IdeologiesEnvironmentalists
SpousesLinda Hamilton, Suzy Amis
SiblingsJohn David Cameron, Mike Cameron
Known asJames Francis Cameron
Childrens Claire Cameron, Elizabeth Rose Cameron, Josephine Archer Cameron, Quinn Cameron
Universities
  • Sonora High School
  • Brea Olinda High School
  • Fullerton College
  • California State University
  • Fullerton
Humanitarian Works
  • Associated with the 'Mars Society'
Founder / Co-Founder
  • Lightstorm Entertainment
  • Digital Domain
  • Cameron Pace Group
Birth PlaceKapuskasing
ReligionAtheism, Agnosticism
Height187cm
GenderMale
FatherPhillip Cameron
MotherShirley Cameron
Net Worth$700 Million as of Jun 13,2016
Sun SignLeo
Born inKapuskasing
Famous asFilmmaker

// Famous Film Maker

James Cameron's photo

Who is James Cameron?

With record-breaking hits like 'Avatar', 'Titanic', and 'Terminator', James Cameron, a famous Canadian filmmaker, has carved a niche for himself in the science fiction genre. As a college dropout, he was self-taught in the nitty-gritties of special effects, and began his career with a short film of 10 minutes, titled 'Xenogenesis'. After a few projects as a special effect manager and assistant director, he got his big break with the movie, 'Terminator'. He faced initial hurdles when no one would give a new director a chance, but with determination, and a strong innovative screenplay, he found a producer, and made the movie. The movie, starring action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger, as a robot-killer, became an instant hit. From then on, there was no looking back for this talented filmmaker. He has made path-breaking films like 'Aliens', 'The Abyss', 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day', 'True Lies', 'Titanic', and more recently, 'Avatar'. With the success of ‘Avatar’, he plans to release sequels of the movie in the recent future. This director, is not only interested in movies, but also shows a deep concern for environmental issues like the pollution of oceans due to oil spills. Apart from that, he harbours a passion for science, as is visible in his movies, and serves on the 'NASA Advisory Council'

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Childhood & Early Life

James Francis Cameron was born Phillip, and his wife Shirley, in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada, on August 16, 1954.

The young boy pursued his education from the 'Stamford Collegiate School ' in Ontario, and later from 'Troy High School', California. He began attending 'Fullerton College', for a course in Physics, but dropped out before graduating.

While working as a truck driver to support himself, this aspiring film maker learnt all that he could about special effects.

Career

In 1978 James Cameron was inspired by 'Screenplay', a book by British actor Syd Field, and wrote the script of a movie titled 'Xenogenesis'. The script was for a ten-minute sci-fi film, shot in 35mm reel.

Soon, he was hired by 'Roger Corman Studios', to make miniature models for low-investment films. He was later appointed as the art director for the 1980 movie 'Battle Beyond the Stars'. The next two years, he worked on science fictions films like 'Escape from New York', 'Galaxy of Terror', and 'Android'.

During this time, he also began working on 'Piranha II: The Spawning', a sequel to the earlier sci-fi horror movie, first as the special effects in-charge, and later as the director. During the shooting, he had failed to take a close-up of actress Carole Davis, and was fired, but he stayed on to help producer Ovidio Assonitis as an assistant director.

In 1984, James' first major project, 'The Terminator' was released under the banner of 'Pacific Western Productions', owned by his former colleague, Gale Anne Hurd. The movie, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, was made with a budget of only 6.5 million dollars, but went on to earn more than $78 million.

Cameron wrote the screenplay for 'Rambo: First Blood Part II', released in 1985, which was later edited by the star Sylvester Stallone. The movie, directed by George P. Cosmatos, proved to be moderately successful at the box-office.

In 1986, James brought out the 'Aliens', a sequel to Ridley Scott's earlier movie, starring Sigourney Weaver. The movie was a hit grossing millions, and received several 'Academy Award' nominations.

The 1989 film, 'The Abyss' was the talented director's next movie, where he cast actors Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio in the lead roles. The movie was made on an expensive budget of 41 million dollars with real underwater shooting of scenes.

Two years later, in 1991, 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day' was released, where Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton were recast in their roles from the previous movie. The film went on to gross way more than the 100 million dollar budget, and won four 'Oscars', for 'Best Visual Effects', 'Best Makeup', 'Best Sound', and 'Best Sound Effects Editing'.

In 1993, the director teamed up with special effects experts Scott Ross and Stan Winston to establish a firm named 'Digital Domain'. The company, located in California, is known for creating spectacular special effects for movies.

During 1994-95, 'True Lies', starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, and 'Strange Days', with Ralph Fiennes in the lead, were released. Both movies were fairly well-received by critics and viewers alike, and saw moderate success at the box-office.

1997 saw the release of the cult movie, 'Titanic', with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in the lead roles. Made on a high budget of $200 million, it failed to generate enough revenue in the first few weeks. However, it soon impressed the audiences, becoming the highest earning movie of all time, and grossing $600.8 million.

From 2000-02, the famous director made a shift to television series, created the sci-fi show for TV titled 'Dark Angel', with Jessica Alba in the lead.

For the next few years, he also concentrated on making documentary films, under his banner, 'Earthship Productions'. The remarkable director made documentaries titled 'Expedition: Bismarck ', 'Ghosts of the Abyss', and 'Aliens of the Deep', 'The Lost Tomb of Jesus'.

He also produced the movie 'Solaris', starring George Clooney and directed by Steven Soderbergh.

In 2009, the film 'Avatar' was released in 3D, starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, and Sigourney Weaver. The movie was directed, co-produced and written by Cameron, while its technology proved to be ground-breaking in the world of cinema. The film earned $1 billion and broke Titanic's record of being the highest grossing film.

Two years later, the gifted director worked on an Australian 3D movie, 'Sanctum', as the executive producer.

Major Works

‘Titanic’ a movie by this talented director held the earlier record of highest grossing movie; now broken by ‘Avatar’. The movie grossed 600 million dollars, and catapulted Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet to stardom.

‘Avatar’, released in 2009, is the most famous movie made by Cameron, which used cutting-edge technology to produce 3D special effects. After releasing worldwide, it set the record for being the highest grossing movie, earning more than 700 million dollars.

Awards & Achievements

In 1992, this exceptional director was honoured by the 'Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America', with the 'Bradbury Award', for his film 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day'.

For 'Titanic' he received several honours including 'Academy Awards' in the 'Best Director', 'Best Film Editing', and 'Best Picture' categories. He has also received the 'Golden Globes' for the film, in 1997.

From 1998-2004, several honorary doctorates have been awarded to him, by the 'Carleton University', Ottawa, 'Brock University' Ontario, 'Ryerson University', Toronto, 'California State University', Fullerton, and 'University of Southampton', England.

In 2010, the filmmaker was felicitated with the 'Visual Effects Society Lifetime Achievement Award', for the movie 'Avatar'. The movie has also won other awards, including 'Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture – Drama'.

The same year, he topped 'New Statesman's 2010 Guardian Film Power 100 list', and also featured as one of 'The World's 50 Most Influential Figures'

Personal Life & Legacy

From 1978-99, this famous director has been wedded four times, his spouses being Sharon Williams, producer Gale Anne Hurd, filmmaker Katherine Bigelow, and 'Terminator' star Linda Hamilton.

In 2000, he got married to American actress Suzy Amis, whom he had met on the sets of 'Titanic'.

James has a daughter, Josephine, with Linda Hamilton, and three children with his present wife, Suzy.

The director, who lives in New Zealand, is associated with the 'NASA Advisory Council', and has helped collect funds for a non-profit organization called 'Mars Society'.

He has advocated for the resolution of environmental concerns, holding discussions with 'The United States Environmental Protection Agency', to protect the oceans from oil spills. Along with his family, he has also turned a vegan, to contribute to the well-being of the eco-system.

Net Worth

After the major success of his science fiction films, this director has a net worth of $700 million.

Trivia

While assisting on the sets of a movie, this Canadian filmmaker fell sick and was plagued by dreams of a robot assigned to kill him. This gave him the inspiration to create a legendary character for his first hit movie, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger

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James Cameron awards

YearNameAward

Academy Awards(Oscars)

1998Best PictureTitanic (1997)
1998Best DirectorTitanic (1997)
1998Best Film EditingTitanic (1997)

Golden Globe Awards

2010Best Director - Motion PictureAvatar (2009)
1998Best Director - Motion PictureTitanic (1997)

Primetime Emmy Awards

2014Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction SeriesYears of Living Dangerously (2014)

James Cameron biography timelines

  • // 16th Aug 1954
    James Francis Cameron was born Phillip, and his wife Shirley, in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada, on August 16, 1954.
  • // 1978
    In 1978 James Cameron was inspired by 'Screenplay', a book by British actor Syd Field, and wrote the script of a movie titled 'Xenogenesis'. The script was for a ten-minute sci-fi film, shot in 35mm reel.
  • // 1978 To 1999
    From 1978-99, this famous director has been wedded four times, his spouses being Sharon Williams, producer Gale Anne Hurd, filmmaker Katherine Bigelow, and 'Terminator' star Linda Hamilton.
  • // 1980
    Soon, he was hired by 'Roger Corman Studios', to make miniature models for low-investment films. He was later appointed as the art director for the 1980 movie 'Battle Beyond the Stars'. The next two years, he worked on science fictions films like 'Escape from New York', 'Galaxy of Terror', and 'Android'.
  • // 1984
    In 1984, James' first major project, 'The Terminator' was released under the banner of 'Pacific Western Productions', owned by his former colleague, Gale Anne Hurd. The movie, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, was made with a budget of only 6.5 million dollars, but went on to earn more than $78 million.
  • // 1985
    Cameron wrote the screenplay for 'Rambo: First Blood Part II', released in 1985, which was later edited by the star Sylvester Stallone. The movie, directed by George P. Cosmatos, proved to be moderately successful at the box-office.
  • // 1986
    In 1986, James brought out the 'Aliens', a sequel to Ridley Scott's earlier movie, starring Sigourney Weaver. The movie was a hit grossing millions, and received several 'Academy Award' nominations.
  • // 1989
    The 1989 film, 'The Abyss' was the talented director's next movie, where he cast actors Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio in the lead roles. The movie was made on an expensive budget of 41 million dollars with real underwater shooting of scenes.
  • // 1991
    Two years later, in 1991, 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day' was released, where Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton were recast in their roles from the previous movie. The film went on to gross way more than the 100 million dollar budget, and won four 'Oscars', for 'Best Visual Effects', 'Best Makeup', 'Best Sound', and 'Best Sound Effects Editing'.
  • // 1992
    In 1992, this exceptional director was honoured by the 'Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America', with the 'Bradbury Award', for his film 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day'.
  • // 1993
    In 1993, the director teamed up with special effects experts Scott Ross and Stan Winston to establish a firm named 'Digital Domain'. The company, located in California, is known for creating spectacular special effects for movies.
  • // 1994 To 1995
    During 1994-95, 'True Lies', starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, and 'Strange Days', with Ralph Fiennes in the lead, were released. Both movies were fairly well-received by critics and viewers alike, and saw moderate success at the box-office.
  • // 1997
    1997 saw the release of the cult movie, 'Titanic', with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in the lead roles. Made on a high budget of $200 million, it failed to generate enough revenue in the first few weeks. However, it soon impressed the audiences, becoming the highest earning movie of all time, and grossing $600.8 million.
  • // 1997
    For 'Titanic' he received several honours including 'Academy Awards' in the 'Best Director', 'Best Film Editing', and 'Best Picture' categories. He has also received the 'Golden Globes' for the film, in 1997.
  • // 1998 To 2004
    From 1998-2004, several honorary doctorates have been awarded to him, by the 'Carleton University', Ottawa, 'Brock University' Ontario, 'Ryerson University', Toronto, 'California State University', Fullerton, and 'University of Southampton', England.
  • // 2000
    From 2000-02, the famous director made a shift to television series, created the sci-fi show for TV titled 'Dark Angel', with Jessica Alba in the lead.
  • // 2000
    In 2000, he got married to American actress Suzy Amis, whom he had met on the sets of 'Titanic'.
  • // 2009
    In 2009, the film 'Avatar' was released in 3D, starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, and Sigourney Weaver. The movie was directed, co-produced and written by Cameron, while its technology proved to be ground-breaking in the world of cinema. The film earned $1 billion and broke Titanic's record of being the highest grossing film.
  • // 2009
    ‘Avatar’, released in 2009, is the most famous movie made by Cameron, which used cutting-edge technology to produce 3D special effects. After releasing worldwide, it set the record for being the highest grossing movie, earning more than 700 million dollars.
  • // 2010
    In 2010, the filmmaker was felicitated with the 'Visual Effects Society Lifetime Achievement Award', for the movie 'Avatar'. The movie has also won other awards, including 'Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture – Drama'.
  • // 2010
    The same year, he topped 'New Statesman's 2010 Guardian Film Power 100 list', and also featured as one of 'The World's 50 Most Influential Figures'

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James Cameron's FAQ

  • What is James Cameron birthday?

    James Cameron was born at 1954-08-16

  • Where is James Cameron's birth place?

    James Cameron was born in Kapuskasing

  • What is James Cameron nationalities?

    James Cameron's nationalities is Canadian

  • What is James Cameron ideologies?

    James Cameron's ideologies is Environmentalists

  • Who is James Cameron spouses?

    James Cameron's spouses is Linda Hamilton, Suzy Amis

  • Who is James Cameron siblings?

    James Cameron's siblings is John David Cameron, Mike Cameron

  • Who is James Cameron childrens?

    James Cameron's childrens is Claire Cameron, Elizabeth Rose Cameron, Josephine Archer Cameron, Quinn Cameron

  • What was James Cameron universities?

    James Cameron studied at Sonora High School, Brea Olinda High School, Fullerton College, California State University, Fullerton

  • Which company or organization was founded by James Cameron?

    James Cameron was the founder/co-founder of Lightstorm Entertainment, Digital Domain, Cameron Pace Group

  • What is James Cameron's religion?

    James Cameron's religion is Atheism, Agnosticism

  • How tall is James Cameron?

    James Cameron's height is 187

  • Who is James Cameron's father?

    James Cameron's father is Phillip Cameron

  • Who is James Cameron's mother?

    James Cameron's mother is Shirley Cameron

  • What is James Cameron's sun sign?

    James Cameron is Leo

  • How famous is James Cameron?

    James Cameron is famouse as Filmmaker