Fast Facts

  • Was inspired to become a filmmaker when he saw, as a teen, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
  • Worked as a truck driver while trying to get his start as a screenwriter.
  • His breakthrough hit was The Terminator (1984). Its producer, Gale Anne Hurd, became the second Mrs. Cameron; female lead Linda Hamilton became his fourth wife.
  • Appeared as himself twice on Entourage as the director of a film (called Aquaman) starring Vince (Adrian Grenier).
  • Has served on the NASA Advisory Council from 2003 to 2005 due to his interest in space exploration; also involved with ocean exploration and conservation.
  • Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in December 2009.
  • Topped the Vanity Fair list of Hollywood's Top 40 earners of 2010, largely due to the success of Avatar.

Awards

  • 2009, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 2009, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1998, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Winner
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  • 2010, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1997, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Winner
  • 2009, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
  • 2009, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 1997, BAFTA Film Awards — The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction: Nominee
  • 2009, Oscar — Best Achievement in Film Editing: Nominee
  • 1997, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
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  • 2009, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Editing: Nominee
  • 1997, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Winner
  • 1997, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Editing: Nominee
  • 1997, Oscar — Best Achievement in Film Editing: Winner
  • 1998, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2003, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming: Nominee

Relationships

  • Quinn Cameron — Son
  • John Cameron — Brother
  • Sharon Williams — Ex-wife
  • Kathryn Bigelow — Ex-wife
  • Linda Hamilton — Ex-wife
  • Suzy Amis — Wife
  • Gale Anne Hurd — Ex-wife
  • Jasper Robards — Stepson
  • Josephine Archer Cameron — Daughter
  • Philip Cameron — Father
  • Carol Cameron — Daughter
  • Mike Cameron — Brother
  • Shirley Cameron — Mother

College

  • Attended California State University, Fullerton, CA

Details

  • Birth Name: James Francis Cameron
  • Birth Place: Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada
  • Birthday: August 16, 1954, Leo
  • Profession: Director, Screenwriter, Producer, Film editor
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