16 Interesting Facts About James Cameron

James Cameron is a well renowned filmmaker, environmentalist and explorer. He is known for successfully making one of most challenging movies, as far as production and canvas at which they are made is concerned. Let’s dig some interesting facts about James Cameron.

James Cameron

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1. Early life and family

Cameron was born on August 16, 1954, in Kapuskasing, Ontario, to Shirley and Phillip Cameron. He grew up in Chippawa, Ontario, but in 1971 moved to Brea, California. His ancestors emigrated from Balquhidder, Scotland, in 1825.
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2. Educational background

james cameron at school

He did his schooling from the Stamford Collegiate School in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Then attended Troy High School for secondary education, and later, enrolled at Fullerton College, in 1973, but dropped out in 1974.
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3. Early filmmaker traits

As a child, he was a science fiction fan and wanted to become one of the most prolific filmmakers in Hollywood.
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4. Starting jobs



Do you know, before reaching the heights in film making, he did several jobs such as: truck driver, writing etc. He left his truck driver job for the film industry after watching the original Star Wars film in 1977.
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5. A 10 minute script

After reading a book called “Screenplay by Syd Field”, he thought about the possibility of integrating science and art, and wrote a 10 minute science-fiction script with his friends, titled Xenogenesis. This 35 mm movie helped him get a job with New World Pictures.
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6. The turning point

James Cameron with terminator robot

In 1984, his fortunes changed when he wrote and directed the film “The Terminator”, a science fiction tale of a robot played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. The movie proved to be a critical and commercial hit.
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7. He lived in his car

Cameron lived in his car when he wrote Terminator, as he hardly had enough money to get by.
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8. Oscar success through Titanic

James Cameron oscar

In 1997, he made Titanic, and the rest is history. This $200 million dollar movie became the first film to earn more than $1 billion with 14 Academy Award nominations. Cameron won 3 Oscars for best director, best film editing, and best picture.
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9. Repeating history


In 2009, his movie Avatar, based upon the conflict between American forces and people from another planet was released. Avatar rapidly surpassed Titanic at the box office with a huge collection of $2.74 billion worldwide. This movie was nominated for 9 Academy Awards, and Cameron won 3, for best art direction, best cinematography and best visual effects.
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10. Lucky survival

He almost died during the filming of The Abyss, when while filming an underwater scene he ran out of air and tried to make it to the surface. It pushed water into his lungs, and he had to punch the diver to free himself and make it to the surface.
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11. Personal life

Suzy Amis and James Cameron

Cameron has been married 5 times to Sharon Williams, Gale Anne Hurd, Kathryn Bigelow, Linda Hamilton, and Suzy Amis, who is his present wife. He currently lives in New Zealand, which he really liked while filming Avatar.
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12. Razzie for Rambo

In the 6th Golden Raspberry Awards, held on March 23, 1986 in Santa Monica, California to recognize the worst in movie industry, his movie Rambo: First Blood Part II won the Worst Picture Award.
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13. Has shrapnel in his arm

He carries a piece of shrapnel in his arm since the making of Terminator 2 that never came out. Though, not present in any insecure distance from his heart, or spine.
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14. Terminators inspiration

James Cameron

He got the inspiration for a killer cyborg from a dream, during his visit in Italy to promote his directorial debut, the Piranhas II: The Spawning.
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15. Wanted to make Avatar just after Titanic

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James Cameron actually tried to make Avatar in 1999, next after Titanic. But, due to an estimated budget of $400 million, he thought no studio would fund the film, and delayed it for almost 10 years.
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16. What a co-incidence

titanic sinking

The Titanic movie has a duration of 2 hours and 40 minutes. But do you know? It is the same amount of time the actual Titanic took to sink.
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