' Avatar ' and ' Terminator ' The most famous sci-fi , fantasy movie director "JAMES CAMERON " 80+ Facts about his life Journey with the Net Worth of 700 million dollar

 ' Avatar ' and ' Terminator ' The most famous sci-fi, fantasy movie director  "JAMES CAMERON"  80+ Facts about his life Journey 

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 James Cameron 

Name of Profession


Birth Place

Kapuskasing,Ontario, Cannada

Date of Birth

 16 August 1954


Fullerton College  (Drop Out)    


Iron Jim 

First Famous Movies

The Terminator









 Sharon Willims 

(1978- 1984)                      

 Gale Anne Hurd 


  Kathryn Bigelow


 Linda Hamilton 


 Suzy Amis

(2000- till now)                     


 Josphin Archer Cameron                           

 Quinn Cameron                                           

Elizabeth Rose Cameron    

 Claire cameron 


 Phillip Cameron(Father)                                           

Shirely Cameron(Mother)


John David Cameron (Sibling)                   

  Mike Cameron (Sibling) 


1. Brother of Mike Cameron and John David Cameron.

2. According to Cameron, he got his big break while doing pick-up shots for Galaxy of Terror (1981) as second unit director. He was shooting scenes of a dismembered arm teeming with maggots (actually mealworms). In order to make them move, he hooked up an AC power cord to the arm, and an unseen assistant would plug it in when the film was rolling. Two producers were strolling through, and when Cameron yelled "Action!" the worms began to writhe on cue. When he yelled "Cut!" the worms stopped. The producers were so amazed at his directing prowess that they began talking with him about bigger projects.

3. His production company is Lightstorm Entertainment.

4. One of the founders of visual effects company Digital Domain.

5. While editing Titanic (1997), Cameron had a razor blade taped to the side of the editing computer with the instructions written underneath: "Use only if film sucks!".

6. Jokingly refers to Titanic (1997) as his 190 Million Dollar "Chick Flick".

7. First director to film both a $100 million (Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)) and a $200 million (Titanic (1997)) movie.

8. Cameron is in talks with RKK Energia and MirCorp to pay his way on board the Mir space station (or the ISS, should Mir be deorbited). He has been given the medical green light, and has already ridden aboard the Ilushin-76 jet used to train cosmonauts for space missions. [September 2000]

9. Daughter Claire, with wife Suzy Amis, born. [April 2001]

10. Has a stepson named Jasper, from Suzy Amis' marriage to Sam Robards.

11. Was forced to settle a copyright lawsuit brought by Harlan Ellison involving the movie The Terminator (1984). Newer prints of the film acknowledge Ellison. Cameron thought he could win the suit, but was told by the studio that he would be made responsible for financial damages in case of a loss. Unable to take the financial risk, he begrudgingly agreed to the settlement..

12. Went to elementary school in Chippawa, Ontario.

13. First wife Sharon Williams got just $1,200 from Cameron in their divorce settlement.

14. Security is provided by Gavin de Becker, author of "The Gift of Fear."

15. He and Suzy Amis are owners of Childspot!, an early childhood center in Wichita, Kansas which is operated by Suzy's sister, Rebecca Amis.

16. Wrote a screenplay for Spider-Man (2002), but was turned down by the studios, due to the fact that his version of Spider-Man was "too violent". Sam Raimi's version got the green light instead.

17. Married one of his producers and two of his actresses.

18. His practice of testing his directors of photography by darkening the film originated on Aliens (1986). Cameron wanted to use a particular type of film stock, but cinematographer Dick Bush 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 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 on The Abyss (1989) and to Russell Carpenter on True Lies (1994).

19. Is a huge Japanese anime fan, and the releasing studios often uses his opinion about the film on the DVD and VHS covers.

20. On the 14 March 2004 episode of Inside the Actors Studio (1994), Kate Winslet claimed her nude portrait for Leonardo DiCaprio in the film Titanic (1997) was drawn by Cameron. She also said the artist's hand shown in a close-up was Cameron's.

21. The mandibles of the Predator from Predator (1987) were his idea.

22. One of only two people to have both written and directed an Alien movie. The other is Paul W.S. Anderson.

23. 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), on another, he was finishing the script to Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) and on the third, he was writing Aliens (1986).

24. When he wrote an early script treatment for Spider-Man (2002), he had the idea of organic web-shooters. This was later included in Sam Raimi's film.

25. Has developed a new generation stereo imaging camera called "The Fusion Camera".

26. 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 (2003) contains the title of his previous film The Abyss (1989), and the title of his other documentary Aliens of the Deep (2005) contains the title of another one of his previous films, Aliens (1986).

27. Member of the American Cinema Editors (ACE).

28. The October 1987 draft of the screenplay for Alien Nation (1988) credits a rewrite to James Cameron. He is not credited in the final film.

29. Is left-handed. He drew the picture of Rose (Kate Winslet) in the movie Titanic (1997). The image was flipped so it would appear that Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) was drawing it with his right hand.

30. Was interested in remaking Planet of the Apes (1968), but his script was turned down. Another script was then developed and eventually made by Tim Burton in 2001.

31. Had a daughter, Elizabeth Rose, with Suzy Amis (born 29 31. December 2006).

32. Considered directing Solaris (2002), but opted to produce instead. Job went to Steven Soderbergh.

33. 2007 - Ranked #3 on EW's The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood.

34. After seeing Star Wars (1977), Cameron quit his job as a truck driver to enter the film industry.

35. Received a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in 2008. Says he's too cheap to pay for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

36. Has a daughter, Josephine Archer Cameron, with Linda Hamilton (born 15 February 1993).

37. Ex-brother-in-law of Leslie Hamilton Gearren.

38. Apart from Piranha II: The Spawning (1981) and The Terminator (1984), all of his films have been nominated for or won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.

39. First director to make 2 films which have grossed more than $1 billion in the worldwide box office (Titanic (1997) and Avatar (2009)). Cameron is now tied for the billion-dollar film record with Christopher Nolan and Peter Jackson. Nolan's The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012) finished their runs with over $1 billion in overall grosses. Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) also finished their runs with over $1 billion in overall grosses.

40. Three of his films have made it to the IMDb top 250 list: The Terminator (1984), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), and Aliens (1986). Avatar (2009) briefly made the list, but ultimately dropped out of it.

41. In 2010, his movie Avatar (2009) became the highest grossing movie of all time, not adjusted for inflation. It is also the first movie to gross the 2 billion dollar mark at the box office. Until Avatar (2009), Cameron's previous movie Titanic (1997) was the highest grossing movie of all time for 12 years (also not adjusted for inflation).

42. In an interview with Tavis Smiley, revealed that he was a truck driver before going into film directing.

43. Lives in Malibu and Calabasas, California.

44. (May 10, 2010) Merited a place in Time magazine's - The 100 Most Influential People in the World ("Artists" category) - with an homage penned by Sigourney Weaver.

45. Was an avid reader of Arthur C. Clarke, A.E. van Vogt, Harlan Ellison and Larry Niven novels as a child.

46. Has directed 3 actresses in Oscar-nominated performances: Sigourney Weaver (Best Actress, Aliens (1986)), Kate Winslet (Best Actress, Titanic (1997)), and Gloria Stuart (Best Supporting Actress, Titanic (1997)).

47. Directed three of the American Film Institute's 100 Most Heart Pounding Movies: Titanic (1997) at #25, The Terminator (1984) at #42 and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) at #77. Aliens (1986) was also nominated but didn't make the list.

48. He named his five favorite films as The Wizard of Oz (1939), Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), The Godfather (1972) and Taxi Driver (1976).

49. Insists that any actor in his films must audition for him, even major stars.

50. Cameron reached the bottom of the Mariana Trench on 25 March 2012, becoming the first person to do so in a one-man craft. The Mariana Trench is the deepest known point on Earth, at 11 km (6.8 miles) below the ocean surface. The vehicle in which he achieved this feat is the Deepsea Challenger (DCV 1), designed built in Sydney, Australia by research and design company Acheron Project Pty Ltd. Cameron is the first person to spend significant time at that depth, having explored the area for three hours after arrival. He later famously commented "Hitting rock bottom never felt so good".

51. Since 1984, all of his films' titles have begin with either the letters 'T' or 'A'. Or, in the case of The Abyss (1989), both (depending on whether you want to classify the film as "The Abyss" or "Abyss, The").

52. Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on December 18, 2009.

53. Despite his reputation for working constantly and for very long hours, he stopped drinking caffeinated coffee after he made Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) and only drinks decaf now.

54. Is very close friends with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

55. frequently worked with the cast of the Star Trek films. Paul Winfield appeared in The Terminator (1984) and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982). Jenette Goldstein, who appeared in Aliens (1986), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), and Titanic (1997), also appears briefly in Star Trek: Generations (1994). Goldstein's Aliens (1986) character was also the inspiration for Tasha Yar (Denise Crosby), and she was the original choice for the role. Mark Rolston, who appeared in Aliens (1986), also appeared on an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). Edward Furlong appeared in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) and Star Trek: Renegades (2015). Zoe Saldana appeared in Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and Avatar (2009). David Warner appeared in Titanic (1997), Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991). In addition, Thomas Dekker appeared in Star Trek: Generations (1994) and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008) as John Connor, while the character's father, Kyle Reese, was played in Terminator Salvation (2009) by Anton Yelchin. Bryce Dallas Howard, who also appeared in Terminator Salvation (2009), is the niece of Clint Howard, who appeared on an early episode of the original series. Bill Paxton's Aliens character, Hudson, inspired the Sam Rockwell character in the Star Trek spoof, Galaxy Quest (1999).

56. Son, James Quinn (known as Quinn), with wife Suzy Amis, born. [September 2003]

57. Not only did he try to make a Spider-Man film, he also tried to make a X-Men movie with his fellow filmmaker and his then wife Kathryn Big.

58. Was considered to direct a Spider-Man film on two occasions, first on Spider-Man (2002) and then on The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) ten years later.

59. Did uncredited voice overs for The Terminator (1984) (as Sarah Connor's (Linda Hamilton) date on the answering machine) and True Lies (1994) as the helicopter pilot who flatly says, "he's got her head in his lap. Yahoo.".

60. He has had 5 of his films win the Oscar for Visual Effects: Aliens (1986), The Abyss (1989), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Titanic (1997), and Avatar (2009).

61. Friends with Bill Paxton.

62. He's a big fan of Zack Snyder, whose films he has praised as an inspiration for some of his own work.

63. His films often include a scene where a male and female protagonist run away from something (Michael Biehn and Linda Hamilton in The Terminator, Michael Biehn and Sigourney Weaver in Aliens, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis in True Lies, Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet in Titanic).

64. The renowned Swiss company ROLEX customized a special watch for Cameron (to be "worn" on the sub's robotic arm) aptly named the "Rolex DeepSea Challenge Sea-Dweller" (39370ft=12000m) to commemorate his landmark oceanic expedition in the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench, a trench that is significantly deeper than Mount Everest is high. The watch was designed to withstand up to 13.6 tons of pressure and functioned perfectly throughout the dive. [March 2012]

65. He got the idea for Strange Days (1995) after the outcome of the Rodney King verdict on 29 April 1992. Two scenes in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) were filmed across the street from where the beating took place while it was happening. See filming locations and trivia for that motion picture.

 66. There just happens to be a photographer named Robert Cameron who is not related. He is also a licensed private pilot and he has published a series of aerial photographs of different American cities. The titles are always "Above [name of city". He is not the same person as Rob Cameron or Robert Cameron.

67. When he set out to write and direct Teminator he was a nobody on a small budget having to cast up and coming actors. He wanted to cast Lance Henrikson as the cyborg but then along came Arnold Schwarzenegger fresh from playing Conan the Barbarian and who was the obvious choice for the Terminator. James didn't forget Lance and cast him as a detective Of Clan Cameron.

68. He has directed two films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: The Terminator (1984) and Titanic (1997).

69. He is the first director to have two unrelated films make over a billion dollars at the box office. The only other director to accomplish such a feat is James Wan who achieved it with Fast & Furious 7 (2015) and Aquaman (2018).

70. He worked various odd jobs after dropping out of college, including janitor and truck driver.

71. He decided to pursue a career in film after seeing Star Wars (1977).

72.  He didn't attend film school.

73. Cameron gave his friend Guillermo del Toro more than one million in cash to pay a ransom and have his father released after he was kidnapped in 1998.

74. Owns a home in New Zealand and splits his time between there and California.

75. Although he has lived in the United States since 1971, he has never become a U.S. Citizen.

76. Close friends with Guillermo del Toro.

77. (September 11, 2001) Cameron was filming a deep-sea sequence of the Titanic wreckage for his documentary Ghosts of the Abyss (2003) when the 9/11 terrorist attacks occurred.

78. When he set out to write and direct Terminator he was a nobody on a small budget having to cast up and coming actors. He wanted to cast Lance Henrikson as the cyborg but then along came Arnold Schwarzenegger fresh from playing Conan the Barbarian and who was the obvious choice for the Terminator. James didn't forget Lance and cast him as a detective.

79. He is the only director to have made two billion dollars films based on original ideas.

80. He is the first director ever to have a film make over one billion dollars at the box office.

81. Was offered by Steven Spielberg to work on Spielberg's TV-Series amazing stories but he declined. Amazing Stories but he declined.

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