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James Cameron

August 16, 1954


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James Cameron


James Francis Cameron[1] (born August 16, 1954) is a Canadian film director, film producer, deep-sea explorer, screenwriter and editor[2][3][4][5] who wrote and directed the 1986 film Aliens. He is the ex-husband of producer and screenwriter Gale Anne Hurd, who produced Aliens. Other notable films Cameron has directed include The Terminator (1984), The Abyss (1989), Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991), Titanic (1997) and Avatar (2009).

Cameron has won three Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Director and Best Film Editing for Titanic) and has been nominated for a further three (the same Academy Awards for Avatar). He has also won two Golden Globes and been nominated for six BAFTAs. For his work on Aliens, he won Saturn Awards for Best Director and Best Writing. Notably, Cameron has directed the highest grossing film of all time twice — Titanic in 1997 and Avatar in 2009.

Awards and NominationsEdit

Year Film Notes
1986 Aliens Saturn Award for Best Director
Saturn Award for Best Writing
Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation


Year Title Notes
1978 Xenogenesis
1981 Piranha II: The Spawning Uncredited; with Lance Henriksen
1984 The Terminator With Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton and Arnold Schwarzenegger
1986 Aliens
1989 The Abyss With Michael Biehn
1991 Terminator 2: Judgement Day With Michael Biehn,[6] Jenette Goldstein, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sven-Ole Thorsen and Gerard G. Williams
1994 True Lies With Bill Paxton and Arnold Schwarzenegger
1996 T2 3-D: Battle Across Time With Arnold Schwarzenegger, co-directed by Stan Winston
1997 Titanic With Simon Crane, Jenette Goldstein, Michael Papajohn and Bill Paxton
2009 Avatar With Sigourney Weaver


  • Cameron is known for recasting actors he has worked with previously. Michael Biehn and Bill Paxton have each been in four Cameron films, Jeanette Goldstein and Arnold Schwarzenegger have been in three, while Lance Henriksen and Sigourney Weaver have been in two. Biehn was additionally considered for the role of Colonel Miles Quaritch in Avatar before Steven Lang was cast (who, ironically, had auditioned unsuccessfully for the part of Hicks in Aliens).[7]
  • Cameron's first film was called Xenogenesis; from 1999 to 2000, Dark Horse Comics released 3 comic book miniseries as part of their "Xenogenesis" crossover event, one each for Aliens, Predator and Aliens vs. Predator.

Cameron's original Sulaco sketch.

  • As well as a director, Cameron is also a prolific conceptual artist on his own films. Among the items designed by Cameron in the Alien series are the USS Sulaco, the Power Loader and the Xenomorph Queen. Cameron is also the man who suggested the Predator have mandibles in Predator.



  1. Space Foundation. (n.d.). America's vision: The case for space exploration, p. 42. Retrieved December 12, 2009.
  2. Contact Kat Hannaford: Email the author Comment (June 2, 2010). "Environment Expert/Avatar Director James Cameron To Help Clean Up BP Gulf Oil Disaster". Retrieved on March 23, 2012.
  3. "A Message from James Cameron: Vote NO on 23". YouTube (November 17, 2011). Retrieved on March 23, 2012.
  4. Sony (2009). James Cameron returns to abyss with Reality Camera System. Retrieved December 25, 2009.
  5. Thompson A (2009). "The innovative new 3D tech behind James Cameron's Avatar". Fox News. Retrieved December 25, 2009.
  6. Biehn's appearance in Terminator 2: Judgement Day was cut from the theatrical release, but later reinstated in the extended Special Edition
  7. "EMPIRE - Aliens: The Colonial Marines". Retrieved on 2013-11-28.

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