Aug. 16th, 1954
Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada
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James Cameron was born in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada, on August 16, 1954. He moved to the USA in 1971. The son of an engineer, he majored in physics at California State University but, after graduating, drove a truck to support his screen-writing ambition. He landed his first professional film job as art director, miniature-set builder, and process-projection supervisor on Roger Corman's Battle Beyond the Stars (1980) and debuted as a director with Piranha Part Two: The Spawning (1981) the following year.
In 1984, he wrote and directed The Terminator (1984), a futuristic action-thriller starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn, and Linda Hamilton (I). It was a huge success. After this came a string of successful science-fiction action films such as Aliens (1986) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). Cameron is now one of the most sought-after directors in Hollywood. He was formerly married to producer Gale Anne Hurd, who produced several of his films. He married Kathryn Bigelow in 1989.
- After seeing the film Star Wars in 1977, Cameron quit his job as a truck driver to enter the film industry.
- He and 'Suzy Amis' (qv) are owners of Childspot!, an early childhood center in Wichita, Kansas which is operated by Suzy's sister, Rebecca Amis.
- (4 April 2001) Twins, Claire and Quinn, with wife 'Suzy Amis' (qv), born.
- Wrote a screenplay for _Spider-Man (2002)_ (qv) movie, but was turned down by the studios, due to the fact that his version of Spider-Man was "too violent". 'Sam Raimi' (qv)'s version got the green light instead.
- First wife Sharon Williams got just $1,200 from Cameron in their divorce settlement.
- The titles of his two current theatrical documentaries contain the titles of two of his previous films; the title of his documentary "Ghosts of the Abyss" contains the title of his previous film "The Abyss", and the title of his other documentary "Aliens of the Deep" contains the title of another one of his previous films, "Aliens".
- He has developed a new generation stereo imaging camera called "The Fusion Camera"
- Considered directing "Solaris" (2002) but opted to produce instead. Job went to 'Steven Soderbergh' (qv).