James Cameron

Birthday: Aug 16, 1954
Birthplace: Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada
The top-tiered action director of his generation, as well as one of the most allegedly demanding and precise, James Cameron reshaped 1980s and '90s Hollywood with a string of lucrative multimillion-dollar films remarkable for their marriage of technical wizardry and human sentiment. The son of an electrical engineer, Cameron was born in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada, on August 16, 1954. He was fascinated with movies from a young age and would later cite Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey as an early influence. Thanks to his father's job, Cameron and his family moved to southern California in 1971, and the director studied physics at California State University. Following his graduation, Cameron, who had already decided he wanted to pursue a film career, took a job as a truck driver to support his early screenwriting efforts.Cameron received his first break at the hands of the legendary Roger Corman, who hired him as a model maker at his Roger Corman Studios. There, the director worked on his first movie, as art director for 1980s Battle Beyond the Stars. Thanks to a combination of skill and dedication, Cameron quickly ascended through the ranks, and the following year, was appointed second unit director and production designer for the schlock-fest Galaxy of Terror. The same year, he made his inauspicious directorial and screenwriting debut with Piranha II: The Spawning (1981), a natural horror picture about a government-engineered breed of mutated flying fish that descend on a Caribbean resort. Piranha II: the Spawning was delayed for two years and ultimately took its stateside bow in late December 1983.Next, the professional relationship between Cameron and Hollywood mega-producer Gale Anne Hurd yielded one of the top grossers of 1984, which Hurd and Cameron co-scripted, Cameron directed, and Hurd produced. Something of an unofficial, moderately budgeted Americanization of George Miller's Mad Max series, The Terminator opens in the year 2024, when the ongoing battles between humankind and "The Machines" have sparked a nuclear holocaust and reduced much of contemporary civilization to dust. When humankind ultimately wins out, however, The Machines send a seemingly unstoppable warrior (Arnold Schwarzenegger) back in time to 1984 with a mission to kill the infant who would grow up into the man ultimately responsible for their destruction, which sends his mother (Linda Hamilton) and her futuristic warrior-protector (Michael Biehn) on the lam. When it premiered in October 1984, The Terminator earned sensational reviews and became an instant runaway smash. That same year, Cameron scripted Rambo: First Blood Part II (released 1985) for director George Pan Cosmatos, then signed to direct Aliens (1986), the sequel to the 1979 Ridley Scott sci-fi opus Alien. In retrospect, the connection between Cameron and the Alien franchise hardly seems capricious given Cameron's predilection for tough-as-steel heroines as his main characters, typified by Sigourney Weaver's Ripley. In the late '80s, Cameron began to envision and plan another mega-budgeted opus, this one about an oil rig crew's dangerous attempt to rescue the team on a sunken nuclear submarine. Released in August 1989, The Abyss performed disappointingly at the American box office, despite strong performances from all involved. In 1990, Cameron rebounded from the disappointment of The Abyss by writing, producing, and directing Terminator 2: Judgement Day and enjoying the massive acclaim that it generated. The movie made an asteroid-sized splash at the box office and Cameron drew high praise for its revolutionary special effects and use of CG imagery. The director then inked one of the most infamous and lucrative studio deals in recent history, a five-picture contract signed with Fox in 1992. Cameron's next directorial effort, 1994's action comedy True Lies, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Tom Arnold, cost over $100 million; it also reeled in a massive take.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Avatar 5 Screenwriter Director 2025
No Score Yet Avatar 4 Screenwriter Director 2024
No Score Yet Avatar 3 Producer Screenwriter Director 2021
No Score Yet Avatar 2 Producer Screenwriter Director 2020
60% Alita: Battle Angel Screenwriter Producer 2019
No Score Yet Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy Actor 2019
No Score Yet Titanic in Dolby Vision Screenwriter Director 2017
100% Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D Producer Director Screenwriter $1M 2017
94% SCORE: A Film Music Documentary Actor $0.2M 2017
No Score Yet Atlantis Rising Executive Producer Producer Actor 2017
No Score Yet Titanic - Jubiläum einer Legende Actor 2017
No Score Yet Titanic: 20 Years Later With James Cameron Actor 2017
No Score Yet Fantastic Voyage Producer 2017
No Score Yet Eating You Alive Actor 2016
No Score Yet Beyond Glory Executive Producer 2016
No Score Yet The Informationist Producer Director 2016
No Score Yet Mission Blue Actor 2014
67% Deepsea Challenge 3D Producer $0.2M 2014
45% Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away Executive Producer $12.5M 2012
93% Side by Side James Cameron $29.1K 2012
92% Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan Actor 2011
30% Sanctum Producer Executive Producer $22.4M 2011
No Score Yet Nijuu hibaku, Kataribe Yamaguchi Tsutomu no yuigon (Twice Bombed: The Legacy of Yamaguchi Tsutomu) Actor 2011
No Score Yet Battle Angel Director 2011
82% Avatar Director Producer Screenwriter $749.8M 2009
No Score Yet The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith, Bone and the Changing Face of Comics Executive Producer 2009
No Score Yet The Lost Tomb of Jesus Executive Producer 2007
No Score Yet The Exodus Decoded Producer Host 2006
No Score Yet The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing Actor 2006
No Score Yet Explorers: From the Titanic to the Moon Actor 2006
84% Aliens of the Deep Actor Director Producer $8.3M 2005
78% Volcanoes of the Deep Sea Executive Producer 2003
80% Ghosts of the Abyss Producer Himself Director $16.4M 2003
No Score Yet James Cameron's Expedition - Bismarck Actor Director 2002
66% Solaris Producer $14.8M 2002
No Score Yet The 'Alien' Saga Actor 2002
No Score Yet Auto Motives Actor 2000
53% The Muse Himself 1999
89% Titanic Screenwriter Producer Director 1997
61% Strange Days Screenwriter Producer 1995
71% True Lies Producer Screenwriter Director 1994
No Score Yet Under Pressure: Making The Abyss Actor 1993
68% Point Break Screenwriter Executive Producer 1991
93% Terminator 2: Judgment Day Director Screenwriter Producer $198.2M 1991
89% The Abyss Screenwriter Director 1989
No Score Yet The Abyss (Special Edition) Director Screenwriter 1989
99% Aliens Director Screenwriter 1986
No Score Yet Aliens (Special Edition) Director Screenwriter 1986
34% Rambo: First Blood Part II Screenwriter 1985
100% The Terminator Director 1984
6% Piranha Part Two: The Spawning Screenwriter 1981
No Score Yet Alien Legacy Director 1979
No Score Yet Xenogenesis Director 1978
No Score Yet Tell Me Lies Actor 1968

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
80% James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction
2018
Executive Producer Host
  • 2018
No Score Yet StarTalk
2015
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2012
  • 2010
No Score Yet Years of Living Dangerously
2014-2016
Executive Producer Director
  • 2016
  • 2014
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet MythBusters
2003-2018
Guest
  • 2012
76% Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
2008-2009
Screenwriter
  • 2009
  • 2008
66% Entourage
2004-2011
Guest Himself
  • 2006
  • 2005
44% Dark Angel
2000-2002
Executive Producer Director
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet Mad About You
1992-1999
James Cameron
  • 1998

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