James Cameron is a highly respected filmmaker of Canadian origin. As a film director, producer, editor, and screenwriter, he is indeed an all-round expert behind the scenes. Cameron is widely regarded as one of the most successful Hollywood filmmakers of his generation in terms of critical acclaim and box office receipts. He has his name on some of Hollywood’s greatest films, including The Terminator, Terminator 2: Doomsday, Titanic, and the 3D box office monster Avatar.
You’d think that making such mega-movies would keep James Cameron busy enough, but this multi-talented genius also has a few other important things in his hands. A consummate deep-sea explorer, he has produced several documentaries from the depths of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans through Earthship Productions, a digital media company he co-founded.
James Cameron Bio (Age)
James Francis Cameron was born on August 16, 1954, in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. His mother Shirley (née Lowe) worked as an artist and nurse, while his father Phillip Cameron worked as an engineer. He grew up in Chippawa, Ontario, alongside two brothers, John and Mike. James attended Stamford Collegiate School in Niagara Falls, Ontario. At the age of 17, the family moved to the United States and settled in Brea, California. Cameron spent a short time at Sonora High School before moving to Brea Olinda High School where he completed his high school education.
In 1973, James Cameron enrolled at Fullerton College but left after one year. He then took several jobs to support himself while learning various aspects of film technology on his own. He was eventually inspired to enter the film industry after seeing the epic movie Star Wars in 1977. Cameron made his directorial debut in the sci-fi short Xenogenesis, which was released in 1978. In addition to directing, he co-wrote and co-produced the film with his friend Randall Frakes, and together they raised money and rented the equipment used for the shoot.
After making his debut as a filmmaker with the short film Xenogenesis, James Cameron continued his studies of filmmaking techniques. He also found employment in several low-budget productions as a production assistant, art director, special effects director, and other behind-the-scenes roles.
Cameron’s first major film was The Terminator in 1984, in which he appeared as both writer and director. The script of the film was promising from the beginning but was originally rejected by several production companies because Cameron insisted that he had to be the director of the film. He finally found a company that was willing to let a greenhorn like him direct the film. Surprisingly, “The Terminator” turned out to be a box-office hit that propelled Cameron into the league of productive filmmakers.
Also in the 1980s, two more sci-fi films, Aliens (1986) and The Abyss (1989) were box office hits that helped cement his status as an A-movie maker. He trumped all his previous successes and broke several box office records with his next film project, Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), a sequel to The Terminator. This was followed by another action movie True Lies (1994), which was also a box office hit. Cameron worked with his ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow on the sci-fi thriller Strange Days (1995), which proved to be a commercial failure.
For the film Titanic (1997), James Cameron left his mark on the entire project as author, producer, director, and in several other crucial roles. The talented filmmaker finally surpassed himself with Titanic, which proved to be a mega-commercial and critical success. The film won 11 of a record 14 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director for Cameron.
Titanic went down in history as the first film to reach the billion-dollar mark, and it remained the highest-grossing film of all time until it was topped in 2010 by another James Cameron blockbuster, Avatar (2009). We don’t know your own definition of success, but a man who sets records that only he can break is an all-around success for us. Now, in his sixties, Cameron is not finished yet, as he is billed for work on three more episodes of the Avatar franchise and a sixth installment of the Terminator franchise.
Spouse/Wife, Is He Married?
James Cameron is currently married to former actress and model Suzy Amis. The duo already met on the set of Titanic in 1997, in which Amis played a supporting role. Strangely enough, Cameron was still legally married at the time to another actress, Linda Hamilton, from whom he finally divorced in 1999.
Despite this controversial beginning to their relationship, James Cameron and Suzy Amis tied the knot on June 4, 2000, and have remained together ever since. The couple has 3 children together. Cameron and his wife are prominent environmentalists.
James Cameron has had more than his fair share of box office success in his more than four decades of Hollywood filmmaking. He has proven time and again that he is the master of box office hits, and his directorial work has so far brought in up to $6 billion worldwide. Interestingly enough, Cameron also has his name on the first two films, Titanic and Avatar, which had a worldwide turnover of over 2 billion US dollars.
With all these successes, it is no surprise that James Cameron’s net worth is estimated at an astonishing $700 million. Much of this sum comes from his illustrious career as a filmmaker, as well as a number of sponsorship agreements and business ventures.
Height and Other Body Measurements
James Cameron stands at an impressive height of 188 cm (6 feet 2 inches). In 2011, the prolific filmmaker switched to a vegan diet that helped him control his weight. Today he has a bodyweight of 78 kg (172 lb).