James Cameron

On this date in 1954, filmmaker James Francis Cameron was born in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. Cameron directed two of the highest grossing films of all time: "Titanic" (1997) and "Avatar" (2009). Cameron has also written and directed several other blockbuster movies, including "The Terminator" (1984), "Aliens" (1986), "The Abyss"(1989), "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" (1991) and "True Lies" (1994). He has also directed several documentaries with themes that range from the deep sea to Mars. Cameron is a proponent of 3D films and co-developed the digital 3D Fusion Camera System. 

In March 2012 he became the third human to reach the Challenger Deep in the Marianas Trench, the deepest known point on Earth. He traveled there in a submarine he designed. He has always had a passion for the deep sea, which is reflected in many of his films and documentaries.

Cameron married his fifth wife, model Suzy Amis, in 2000. He has four children.

"I've sworn off agnosticism, which I now call cowardly atheism. I've come to the position that in the complete absence of any supporting data whatsoever for the persistence of the individual in some spiritual form, it is necessary to operate under the provisional conclusion that there is no afterlife and then be ready to amend that if I find out otherwise."

—Cameron, interview with the Hollywood Reporter (March 23, 2010)

Compiled by Sarah Eucalano; photo by Phil Stafford / Shutterstock.com

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