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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. 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 been nominated for six Academy Awards overall (Best Picture, Best Director and Best Film Editing for both Titanic and Avatar). Notably, Cameron has directed the highest grossing film of all time twice — Titanic in 1997 and Avatar in 2009.


Year Title Notes
1978 Xenogenesis
1981 Piranha II: The Spawning Uncredited
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 and Arnold Schwarzenegger
1994 True Lies With Bill Paxton and Arnold Schwarzenegger
1997 Titanic With Jenette Goldstein 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).
  • Coincidentally, Cameron's first film was called Xenogenesis, similar to the later Dark Horse comic Aliens: Xenogenesis.

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

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