James Cameron

  • 09 June 2004

Date of birth

16th August, 1954







James Cameron (born 16.8.1954) James Cameron is a Canadian Oscar-winning film director, editor, screenwriter and producer.

Childhood: James Cameron was born to Shirley and Philip Cameron in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. His mother was a nurse and an artist; his father was an electrical engineer.

After attending Stamford Collegiate in Niagara Falls, Cameron's family moved to Brea, California. He studied physics and English at Fullerton College and would visit the film archive at the University of Southern California.

Film Career: James Cameron taught himself how to operate cameras by dismantling. At an early stage, he was interested in combining science and film. He started out by working as a miniature model maker at Roger Corman Studios. In 1980, he worked as art director on Battle Beyond the Stars. The following year, he worked on the special effects for John Carpenter's Escape From New York, starring Kurt Russell and Isaac Hayes. He also worked as production designer on Galaxy of Terror and design consultant on Android.

1984 was a turning point in James Cameron's career, as The Terminator was released. Initially, he struggled to find a production company to support a first-time director, until he contacted Hemdale Pictures. Arnold Schwarzenegger was cast in the lead role and the film went on to become a global hit.

James Cameron then wrote the screenplay to Rambo: First Blood Part II. The screenplay was eventually re-written by Sylvester Stallone, who stars in the film's title role.

In 1979, James Cameron started working on the sequel to Ridley Scott's Alien, starring Sigourney Weaver. The sequel, entitled Aliens. Despite resistance from many members of the crew and cast, the film went on to be a huge success, winning two Oscars and a number of further nominations.

Cameron then went on to write the screenplay for The Abyss, which starred Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Michael Biehn.

The follow-up to Terminator, Terminator 2 was released in 1991, with Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising their roles. The film used groundbreaking special effects and was another huge success, winning four Oscars.

With True Lies, Schwarzenegger and Cameron were reunited once more, with Jamie Lee Curtis playing the role of Schwarzenegger's on-screen wife. Tom Arnold played the role of Schwarzenegger's sidekick.

1997 became another pivotal year for James Cameron, with the release of Titanic. The film starred Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Billy Zane. Titanic held the title of the biggest-grossing film of all time, until Cameron beat his own record with the release of 2010's Avatar.

Cameron went on to create the Dark Angel series, starring Jessica Alba and Charles H. Eglee.

In 2007, James Cameron, along with Simcha Jacobovici, made a documentary about the unearthing of the Talpiot Tomb, entitled The Lost Tomb of Jesus.

Avatar was released in December 2009 and comprised almost entirely of CGI footage. The film was shown in 3D in cinemas around the world - the first film of its kind to compel cinemas to install 3D projectors. Avatar immediately overtook Titanic as the highest-grossing film of all time. The film featured the voices and likenesses of Sigourney Weaver, Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Michelle Rodriguez.

James Cameron at the San Francisco International Film Festival's (SFFILM) Annual Awards Night at the Palace of Fine Arts. This year the the Festival honoured actors and filmmakers Kate Winslet, Kathryn Bigelow, Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani. - San Francisco, California, United States - Tuesday 5th December 2017

James Cameron Finally Reveals Why There Wasn't Room For Two On The 'Titanic' Door

By Stephanie Chase in Movies / TV / Theatre on 27 November 2017

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The infamous Titanic door looked big enough for Rose and Jack, so why did only one survive?

It’s been 20 years since Titanic hit theatres - which means fans have had two decades to be mad at James Cameron over Jack’s death.

And to celebrate the movie’s anniversary, the director sat down with Vanity Fair where he tried (and failed) to make us all get over Jack's death once and for all.

During the interview Cameron was straight-up asked: “why doesn’t Rose make room for Jack on the door?” But, warning, his answer is a little unsatisfying.

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Kate Winslet Reportedly Reuniting With James Cameron For 'Avatar' Sequels

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 04 October 2017

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Having last worked together twenty years ago on 'Titanic', Winslet will be joining Cameron's ambitious 'Avatar' sequels.

Kate Winslet has seemingly reversed her long-standing resolution never to work with James Cameron again, having reportedly signed up to feature in the director’s forthcoming sequels to blockbuster Avatar.

Cameron himself, who directed Winslet in her breakout role in Titanic two decades ago in what the actress described as an “ordeal”, told movie industry trade mag Deadline this week that she had signed on to play the role of a mysterious new character called Ronal in the movies.

“Kate and I have been looking for something to do together for 20 years, since our collaboration on Titanic, which was one of the most rewarding of my career,” Cameron was quoted as saying on Wednesday (October 4th). “I can't wait to see her bring the character of Ronal to life.”

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Lynda Carter Slams James Cameron's Comments On 'Wonder Woman'

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 29 September 2017

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The original TV Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter, objected to Cameron's reiterated stance on Patty Jenkins' recent blockbuster.

Following his comments about Wonder Woman last month, Hollywood director James Cameron has doubled down on his stance on the film’s feminist ethos – only to draw the ire of Lynda Carter, the original TV Wonder Woman.

Last month, Cameron described Patty Jenkins’ recent Wonder Woman blockbuster as “self-congratulatory back-patting” in an interview with The Guardian. A month on, in a new chat with The Hollywood Reporter, he dug in on his stance.

In response, Lynda Carter, who portrayed Wonder Woman on the ABC and CBS series’ from 1975 to 1979, took to social media to defend Jenkins and Gal Gadot (who played the superhero in the film).

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Linda Hamilton Set To Return To 'The Terminator' Franchise For Sixth Film

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 20 September 2017

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James Cameron is to reunite Hamilton, who last appeared in the Terminator series in 1991's 'Judgement Day', with Arnie.

The Terminator film franchise is set to welcome back a familiar face, after actress Linda Hamilton signed up for the upcoming sixth instalment this week – 26 years after she last appeared in the movies.

According to The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday (September 20th), returning film director James Cameron made the announcement at a private event earlier this week to honour the franchise.

Cameron, who directed both the 1984 original movie and the 1991 sequel Judgement Day, claimed that he was reuniting the franchise’s two original stars, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Hamilton, in an effort to change the perception of gender roles in action movies.

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Patty Jenkins Hits Back At James Cameron's 'Wonder Woman' Criticisms

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 25 August 2017

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Patty Jenkins took Cameron's comments to task on Twitter.

Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins has hit back at fellow filmmaker James Cameron’s criticisms of the movie, claiming that he has an “inability to understand what Wonder Woman is or stands for.”

Cameron, behind massive blockbusters like Titanic and Avatar, said in an interview via The Guardian on Friday (August 25th) that Jenkins’ depiction of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman was a “step backwards” and that the reaction to it from the film industry was just “self-congratulatory back-patting”.

“She’s an objectified icon, and it’s just male Hollywood doing the same old thing! I’m not saying I didn’t like the movie but, to me, it’s a step backwards,” he said, then pointing to his own Terminator film for a better example of what he meant.

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James Cameron - Premiere of Broad Green Pictures' 'The Dark Horse' at The Theatre at Ace Hotel - Arrivals at The Theatre at Ace Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 30th March 2016

Disney Parks Announce New 'Star Wars', 'Toy Story' And 'Avatar' Themed Attractions

By Stephanie Chase in Movies / TV / Theatre on 17 August 2015

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'Star Wars' will get it’s own ‘land’ in the California and Florida parks with two areas spanning over 14-acres each.

At the Disney D23 EXPO on Saturday, Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced some exciting plans for new attractions at the Disney theme parks in Orlando, Florida and Anaheim, California. Star Wars, Toy Story and Avatar will all be getting their own new themed attractions, representing a shift away from the traditional Walt Disney characters.

Image caption Arnold Schwarzenegger felt young after getting into shape for 'Genisys'

"Well, I always said that I would do another Terminator if the story is great," he says. "We saw the original come out, and James Cameron outdid himself with the sequel. Since then, we've been trying to outdo that, not always successfully, but there is always the attempt. This time I think we've done an extraordinary job."

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Gets Nostalgic As He Reflects On 'Terminator: Genisys'

By Holly Williams in Movies / TV / Theatre on 01 July 2015

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The new movie mixes old and new territory.

The eagerly awaited 'Terminator: Genisys' is finally imminent, and all fans of the original 1984 movie are likely to be happy with the results. Arnold Schwarzenegger opens up about how this new instalment combined elements of old and new to tell this alternative story.

Image caption Arnold Schwarzenegger is glad to be back

'Terminator: Genisys' is arguably one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year. While initially it seemed like a sequel verging on the out-dated and maybe a little cringe-worthy, the authentic adherence to the first film (but with an unexpected twist) really seemed to get everyone excited. Here we see Kyle Reese transported into the past in a bid to protect Sarah Connor, but finds she's already being protected - by the double of the very adversary he was sent to fight.

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James Cameron - Celebrities attend the Rolling Stones concert - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 20th May 2015

James Cameron Juggling Four Screenplays For Three Avatar Sequels

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 29 April 2015

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It sounds like the director has a job on his hands to condense four screenplays worth of material into three scheduled sequels, according to an interview with soundtrack composer James Horner.

After it became the highest grossing movie of all time, director James Cameron decided that he was going to devote himself to making nothing except sequels to Avatar for the rest of the 2010s. Now, it seems that he might have put himself in a spot of bother by writing too much material.

Composer James Horner, who worked with Cameron on the first Avatar movie in 2009 as well as on Aliens and Titanic, told film website HeyUGuys.com that the director is trying to condense screenplays for four sequels into three so he can fit them into the planned release schedule.

Image caption James Cameron might have trouble condensing four scripts into three 'Avatar' sequels

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Back From The Dead! Sigourney Weaver's 'Avatar' Character Will Appear In All Sequels

By Lauren James in Movies / TV / Theatre on 10 June 2014

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Despite having been killed off in 'Avatar,' Sigourney Weaver's character will feature in the rest of the quadrilogy.

Sigourney Weaver will appear as her Avatar character Grace Augustine in each of James Cameron's three sequels, despite having been killed in the first movie. The 64 year-old film star first hinted in September 2012 that she'd be making a return to the hugely successful franchise but has now been confirmed to be starring in all of the quadrilogy.

"Jim says no one ever dies in science fiction," she told ComingSoon.net at the time. "He's told me the stories for the next two movies, and I have to say that they're absolutely wonderful and there's a real treat in store. Now we just have to make them."

"Sigourney and I have a long creative history, dating back to 1985 when we made Aliens," said the Cameron. "We're good friends who've always worked well together, so it just feels right that she's coming back for the Avatar sequels."

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James Cameron - The 109th Explorers Club Annual Gala at the Waldorf Astoria - Arrivals - New York City, NY, United States - Saturday 16th March 2013