James Francis Cameron was born on August 16, 1954 in Ontario. åÊCameron’s father was an engineer and Cameron himself majored in physics. åÊCameron was ranked #3 on Entertainment Weekly’s Smartest 50 People in Hollywood in 2007, and has consulted for NASA. åÊHe is a Vegan and is actually the only person in the world that has been to the bottom of the Marian Trench – the deepest place in the ocean 6.8 miles beneath the sea. åÊThe deep(est) sea excursion took place in a one-man craft, The Deepsea Challenger (DCV-1), åÊand rumors are that he plans on filming part of Avatar sequelåÊusing similar deep sea craft.
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Cameron moved to the U.S. in 1971. åÊHe became extremely interested in movies and show business, but was actually driving a truck to make ends meet. åÊThat all changed when in 1977 he watchedåÊStar Wars (Episode IV,åÊA New Hope). åÊCameron had ideas for the kinds of movie’s he wanted to make – movies inspired by A Space Odyssey: 2001, but was hesitant and did not know where to start. åÊCameron described that seeingåÊStar Wars was the kick in the butt he needed because it showed the kind of movies he wanted to make were successful and furthermore, that someone was beating him to it. He immediately quit his job and moved to Hollywood with four friends. åÊ2 years later Cameron described that he got his big break working as a second unit director onåÊGalaxy of Terror in 1981 when producers happened to see that he made maggots in an dis-membered arm writhe on cue when he said ‘action’ and stop when he said ‘cut’ due to an electrical stimulus he had workers rig up. åÊProducers quickly took notice of the new talent and began asking for hints and tips with other scenes. åÊBy 1984 he had written and directed the uber-successful filmåÊTheåÊTerminator starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. åÊåÊCameron claimed it was his frist time not only directing, but directing a major star, which forced him to learn to get things done quickly. åÊOne article described that in his home he had three desks set up where he was simultaneously was writing three different scripts and keeping the work process for each separate. åÊAt one work station he was writing The TerminatoråÊat another he was writingåÊRambo: First Blood Part II and at yet another desk he was writingåÊAliens.
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In 1997 after proving himself as one of the most bankable writer/director’s in Hollywood Cameron wrote and directed the mega blockbusteråÊTitanicåÊwhich at the time was the highest grossing movie of all time. åÊThe hit won 11 academy awards and was nominated for 14 oscars. åÊMore importantly it was the highest grossest movie of all time at $2.18 billion all-time worldwide gross sales. åÊTitanicåÊstayed on top for 12 years until it was topped byåÊAvataråÊin 2009 – another movie written and directed by, you guessed it, James Cameron. åÊWorldwide gross sales of Avatar are $2.78 billion. åÊCameron set the record then broke his own record and now firmly holds the #1 and #2 spots on the highest grossing films of all time åÊshowing unrivaled talent and consistency. åÊOnly 9 films have grossed more than $1 billion world wide and James Cameron is the only person out of those 9 to have created 2 of the films – the top 2!åÊ However, he is the only person to have ever made a film that grossed over $2 billion worldwide — a feat no one else has ever achieved which Cameron did not once but twice.Not surprisingly then Cameron is on the Forbes top 10 Billionaires in the Making list with a net worth estimated between $600 and $700 million. åÊFor TitanicåÊCameron was paid $600,000 for the screen play plus a salary of $8 million to direct but all told made about $115,000,000 on the project from backend profit sharing. åÊForåÊAvataråÊCameron was paid a whopping $350 million dollars. åÊ350 million from one film! åÊThat is amazing! åÊThat could be the single highest payday from one film anyone in Hollywood has ever achieved. åÊCameron is also known to spend a lot of money in order to get the right effect and right shots for his films. åÊForåÊAvataråÊ it is said he had a fleet of submarines constructed to get correct underwater shots. åÊCameron stated he is not a perfectionist but a rightist – doing whatever was necessary to get the shot right. åÊWith his wealth Cameron åÊpurchased an 8,272 square foot home in Malibu with 6 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms. åÊThe jewel of his real estate portfolio tough is probably his 100 acre ranch in Santa Barbara where, as a vegan after watchingåÊForks over Knives, he grows his own food. åÊCameron also is said to own a JetRanger helicopter, a collection of dirt bikes, a yacht, and a Humvee fire truck.The coolest advice Cameron has given to aspiring young directors? åÊIf you want to be a director, start directing. åÊPick up a camera and point it at things. åÊBravo Mr. Cameron.