- Full Name: James Francis Cameron
- Born: 08/16/1954
- Place of Birth: Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada
- Occupation: Filmmaker
- Marital Status: Married
James Cameron Net Worth History
Most famously known for his work in filmmaking, James Cameron also works as an inventor, engineer, and deep-sea explorer. He has directed several notable films in his lifetime, which has won him great wealth and fame. His first notable film success was when he directed The Terminator, which was released in 1984. Cameron had had incredible success directing several other movies when he was selected as the director of Titanic, which was released in 1997. This film won Cameron three Academy Awards, one for Best Director, one for Film Editing, and one for Best Picture. After directing Titanic, Cameron began work on his highest grossing film, Avatar. This was released in 2009, and is the highest grossing film of all time, followed by Titanic, which is arguably Cameron’s most famous movie.
About James Cameron
Cameron was born in Ontario, Canada to parents Shirley and Phillip Cameron. He grew up in Chippawa, Ontario. His family moved to California when he was seventeen. Cameron worked several various jobs after dropping out of college. Despite not working in the film industry, he was incredibly interested in it. He often went to the local college and read graduate theses done by the students on a variety of topics related to the film industry. When Cameron saw the first Star Wars film in 1977, he was inspired to pursue his dreams in the film industry, so he quit his job as a truck driver.
Cameron got his start in the film industry when he wrote and produced a short film titled Xenogenesis in 1978. His first major project was when he was given the job of art director in the 1980 movie Battle Beyond the Stars. Cameron had various positions as directors of various things in several movies, until he landed his first job as director in Terminator. Cameron had written the screenplay for this movie, and convinced his friend Gale Hurd to buy the screenplay in order for him to be the director.
Cameron next found success as a director when he directed the film Aliens and followed it up with the film The Abyss. After his huge success with the first Terminator movie, Cameron wrote and directed a second one, know as Terminator 2: Judgment Day. With many of the same characters and an incredible amount of required special effects, Terminator 2 was one of the most expensive films of its time, with a production budget of roughly $100 million.
Cameron was interested in the mysterious story of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, so he was inspired to write and direct a film based on that story. The film ended up being one of the most recognized films of all time, and it held the number one spot at the box office for months.
In 2009, Cameron released the first feature film he had directed since Titanic. This film, known as Avatar, had been nearly a decade in the making. Cameron had been forced to wait for technology to advance in order to produce the film that he desired. When the technology was good enough, he created the film, which is now the highest grossing film of all time.