Aug. 16th, 1954
Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada
James Cameron's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2014 - Mission Blue
2012 - Side by Side
2006 - Explorers: From The Titanic To The Moon
2005 - Aliens of the Deep
2004 - The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing
2003 - Ghost's Of The Abyss
1999 - The Muse
1997 - Titanic
1995 - Your Studio and You
Guest TV Roles[none found]
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.
- Received a star at Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto. Says he's too cheap to pay for a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- Went to elementary school in Chippawa, Ontario.
- One of only two people to have both written and directed an Alien movie. The other is 'Paul W.S. Anderson' (qv).
- First wife Sharon Williams got just $1,200 from Cameron in their divorce settlement.
- His practice of testing his DPs by darkening the film originated on _Aliens (1986)_ (qv). Cameron wanted to use a particular type of film stock, but cinematographer 'Dick Bush (I)' (qv) ignored him and used a different type. The end result being that the footage shot ended up being unusably dark. After Bush was fired due to an unrelated incident and 'Adrian Biddle' (qv) took over, Cameron found some of the film in a storage cupboard and had the camera operators use it instead of the film Biddle had told them to use. Biddle noticed what was going on after the first take, and compensated with extra lighting, hoping to hide his "mistake" from Cameron, who owned up at the end of the day. Cameron later did the same to 'Mikael Salomon' (qv) on _The Abyss (1989)_ (qv) and to 'Russell Carpenter (I)' (qv) on _True Lies (1994)_ (qv).
- A magazine article written about him in the 1980s described how he had three desks set up in his house. At one desk, he was writing the script to _The Terminator (1984)_ (qv), on another, he was finishing the script to _Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)_ (qv) and on the third, he was writing _Aliens (1986)_ (qv).
- After seeing the film Star Wars in 1977, Cameron quit his job as a truck driver to enter the film industry.
- When he wrote an early script treatment for _Spider-Man (2002)_ (qv), he had the idea of organic web-shooters. This was later included in 'Sam Raimi' (qv)'s film.