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James Cameron is a filmmaker, director, producer, screenwriter, inventor, engineer, philanthropist, and deep-sea explorer. He first found major success with the science-fiction action film The Terminator (1984). He then became a popular Hollywood director and was hired to write and direct Aliens (1986); three years later he followed up with The Abyss (1989). He found further critical acclaim for his use of special effects in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). After his film True Lies (1994) Cameron took on his biggest film at the time, Titanic (1997), which earned him Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Film Editing. Cameron enrolled at Fullerton College, a two-year community college, in 1973 to study physics. He switched to English, then dropped out before the start of the fall 1974 semester. He worked several jobs, including as a truck driver, writing when he had time. During this period he taught himself about special effects: "I'd go down to the USC library and pull any thesis that graduate students had written about optical printing, or front screen projection, or dye transfers, anything that related to film technology. Cameron quit his job as a truck driver to enter the film industry after seeing Star Wars in 1977

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FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2010, file photo, film director James Cameron poses for photos prior to the opening of the movie "Avatar" in Davos, Switzerland. Cameron says the long-awaited sequel to his science-fiction epic will not be released in 2018. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)

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Director James Cameron discusses the design of "Aliens" in a streaming featurette for "Aliens: 30th Anniversary Edition," now available on Blu-ray from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

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This image shows a scene from "Terminator: Genisys,” the fifth film in the series created by James Cameron in 1984. (Melinda Sue Gordon/Paramount Pictures via AP)

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12. Director James Cameron and actress Linda Hamilton settled their divorce in 1999. Cameron had to pay his wife $50 million, $25 million for each year they were married. "Titanic" Director James Cameron, left, arrives with actress Linda Hamilton for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Sunday, March 8, 1998, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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U.S. film director James Cameron, center, toasts champagne with Chinese officials after a signing ceremony between his Cameron Pace Group (CPG) and two Chinese partners, Tianjin North Film Group and Tianjing Binhai Hi-Tech Development Group at National Museum in Beijing Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. “Avatar” director James Cameron’s company is launching a joint venture in China to market its 3-D technical wizardry to the country’s fast-developing film and television industries. (Associated Press)

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U.S. film director James Cameron, center, toasts champagne with Chinese officials after a signing ceremony between his Cameron Pace Group (CPG) and two Chinese partners, Tianjin North Film Group and Tianjing Binhai Hi-Tech Development Group at National Museum in Beijing Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. “Avatar” director James Cameron’s company is launching a joint venture in China to market its 3-D technical wizardry to the country’s fast-developing film and television industries. (Associated Press)

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The Deepsea Challenger submersible with James Cameron inside is moved into place to begin its descent 7 miles below the surface of the Pacific Ocean to the Mariana Trench. The movie director spent more than three hours inside the trench. (National Geographic via Associated Press)

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James Cameron emerges from the Deepsea Challenger submersible on Monday after making a successful solo dive to the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the Pacific Ocean. "I felt like I literally, in the space of one day, had gone to another planet and come back. It's been a very surreal day," he said. (National Geographic via Associated Press)

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Director James Cameron will be taking the cramped, almost-form-fitting Deepsea Challenger submersible (top) seven miles down into the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific. (National Geographic via Associated Press)

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James Cameron (Associated Press)

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"Avatar" director James Cameron (left) and Walt Disney Co. President and CEO Robert Iger announce an "Avatar"-themed land for Disney parks. (Associated Press)

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"Avatar" director James Cameron told a crowd at the National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas that 3-D television won't work without using directors and producers with 2-D experience. (Associated Press)

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James Cameron (left) speaks about digital filmmaking as George Lucas (center) and Jeffrey Katzenberg look on during a panel discussion at the CinemaCon conference last week in Las Vegas. Mr. Cameron had delayed filming "Avatar" until digital technology caught up with his concept for the movie. (Associated Press)