James Cameron filmography

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A photograph of Cameron speaking at the Hollywood Walk of Fame awarding ceremony of producer Gale Anne Hurd in 2012
Cameron speaking at the Hollywood Walk of Fame awarding ceremony of producer Gale Anne Hurd in 2012

James Cameron is a Canadian director, screenwriter, and producer who has had an extensive career in film and television. Cameron's debut was the 1978 science fiction short Xenogenesis, which he directed, wrote and produced.[1][2] In the early part of his career, he did various technical jobs such as special visual effects producer, set dresser assistant, matte artist, and photographer. His feature directorial debut was the 1981 release Piranha II: The Spawning.[2][3] The next film he directed was the science fiction action thriller The Terminator (1984). It starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as the titular cyborg assassin, and was Cameron's breakthrough feature.[4][5][6] In 1986, he directed and wrote the science fiction action sequel Aliens starring Sigourney Weaver.[7] He followed this by directing another science fiction film The Abyss (1989). In 1991, Cameron directed the sequel to The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day (with Schwarzenegger reprising his role),[8] and also executive produced the action crime film Point Break. Three years later he directed a third Schwarzenegger-starring action film True Lies (1994).[9]

In 1997, Cameron directed, wrote, and produced the epic romantic disaster film Titanic which grossed over $1.84 billion[10][a] at the worldwide box-office and became the highest grossing of all time.[b] He received the Academy Award for Best Director, the Academy Award for Best Film Editing, and shared the Academy Award for Best Picture with the other producers. It had a total of 14 Oscar nominations (tying the record set by the 1950 drama All About Eve) and won 11 (tying the record set by the 1959 epic historical drama Ben-Hur).[15] Cameron also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Director and shared the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama with the other producers.[16] He followed this by directing, and producing two underwater documentaries: Ghosts of the Abyss (2003), and Aliens of the Deep (2005). He returned to directing features in 2009 with the 3D science fiction film Avatar. It grossed over $2.78 billion at the worldwide box-office and became the highest grossing of all time breaking the record set by Titanic, and still holds this record as of 2014.[14][17] Avatar was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won three in technical categories.[18] Cameron also earned a second Golden Globe Award for Best Director, and Best Motion Picture – Drama.[19] He followed this by executive producing two 3D films, Sanctum (2011) and Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away (2012), as well as the documentary Deepsea Challenge 3D (2014).

Cameron made his television debut in 1998 playing himself in the sitcom Mad About You. Two years later he executive produced the science fiction television series Dark Angel (2000) starring Jessica Alba. In 2005, he appeared in two documentaries about the sinking of the RMS Titanic: Last Mysteries of the Titanic, and Tony Robinson's Titanic Adventure. He also made appearances as himself on the comedy-drama television series Entourage that same year. Cameron followed this by executive producing two biblical documentaries, The Exodus Decoded (2006) and Lost Tomb of Jesus (2007). He executive produced and appeared in a third Titanic related documentary, Titanic: Final Word with James Cameron, in 2012. Two years later, Cameron executive produced the climate change documentary television series Years of Living Dangerously (2014) which received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series.[20]

Film[edit]

A photograph of Cameron (right) with Aliens producer Gale Anne Hurd (left) in 1986
Cameron (right) with his then wife and Aliens producer Gale Anne Hurd (left) in 1986[21]
A photograph of Cameron receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2009
Cameron receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2009
A photograph of Cameron speaking at the 2010 TED conference
Cameron speaking at the 2010 TED Conference
Title Year Credited as Notes Ref(s)
Director Writer Producer Other
Xenogenesis 1978 Yes Yes Yes Yes Short film
Visual effects producer
[1]
Happy Birthday, Gemini 1980 No No No Yes Set dresser assistant [22]
Battle Beyond the Stars 1980 No No No Yes Photographer, art director, and miniatures designer [23]
Escape from New York 1981 No No No Yes Special visual effects photographer and matte artist [24]
Galaxy of Terror 1981 No No No Yes Second unit director and production designer [25]
Piranha II: The Spawning 1981 Yes Yes No No [26]
Android 1982 No No No Yes Design consultant [27]
The Terminator 1984 Yes Yes No No [28]
Rambo: First Blood Part II 1985 No Yes No No [29]
Aliens 1986 Yes Yes No No [30]
The Abyss 1989 Yes Yes No No [31]
Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 Yes Yes Yes No [32]
Point Break 1991 No No Yes No Executive producer [33]
True Lies 1994 Yes Yes Yes No [34]
Strange Days 1995 No Yes Yes No [35]
Titanic 1997 Yes Yes Yes Yes Editor and director of photography [36]
The Muse 1999 No No No Yes Appeared as himself [37]
High Heels and Low Lifes 2001 No No No Yes Appeared as Reporter [38]
Solaris 2002 No No Yes No [39]
Ghosts of the Abyss 2003 Yes Yes Yes Yes Documentary
Appeared as himself
Reality Camera System designer
[40][41]
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines 2003 No No No Yes Writer (characters) [42]
Volcanoes of the Deep Sea 2003 No No Yes No Executive producer
IMAX only
[43]
The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing 2004 No No No Yes Documentary
Appeared as himself
[44]
Aliens of the Deep 2005 Yes No Yes Yes Documentary
Appeared as himself
Cinematographer
[45][46][47]
Explorers: From the Titanic to the Moon 2006 No No No Yes Documentary
Appeared as himself
[48]
Terminator Salvation 2009 No No No Yes Writer (characters) [49]
Avatar 2009 Yes Yes Yes Yes Editor [50]
Sanctum 2011 No No Yes No Executive producer [51]
Side by Side 2012 No No No Yes Documentary
Appeared as himself
[52]
Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 2012 No No Yes No Executive producer [53]
Deepsea Challenge 3D 2014 No No Yes Yes Documentary
Executive producer
Appeared as himself
[54]
Terminator Genisys 2015 No No No Yes Writer (characters) [55]

Television[edit]

Title Year Role Channel Notes Ref(s)
Mad About You 1998 Himself NBC Episode: "The Finale" [56]
Dark Angel 2000−02 FOX Executive producer
Episode: "Freak Nation" (director)
[57]
Expedition: Bismarck 2002 Discovery Channel Director and producer [58]
Last Mysteries of the Titanic 2005 Himself Discovery Channel Director and producer
Documentary
[59][60]
Entourage 2005−06 Himself HBO Episode: "The Sundance Kids"
Episode: "The Bat Mitzvah"
Episode: "The Abyss"
Episode: "Aquamom"
[61]
Tony Robinson's Titanic Adventure 2005 Himself Channel 4 Documentary [62][63]
The Exodus Decoded 2006 The History Channel Executive producer
Documentary
[64]
The Lost Tomb of Jesus 2007 Discovery Channel Executive producer
Documentary
[65]
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2008−09 FOX Writer (characters) [66]
Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron 2012 Himself National Geographic Channel Documentary [67]
James Cameron: Voyage to the Bottom of the Earth 2012 Himself National Geographic Channel Documentary [68]
A New Age of Exploration: National Geographic at 125 2013 Himself National Geographic Channel [67][69]
Years of Living Dangerously 2014 Showtime Executive producer
Documentary series
[70]
James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction 2018 Himself AMC Creator and executive producer
Documentary series
[71]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A worldwide 3D rerelease of the film in 2012 increased this total to over $2.18 billion.[11][12][13]
  2. ^ This record was held until 2010 when it was surpassed by the 3D science fiction film Avatar also directed by Cameron.[14]

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