James Francis Cameron (born 16 August 1954) is a Canadian film director, film producer, deep-sea explorer, screenwriter, and editor. He first found success with the Hollywood hit move "The Terminator" in 1984. He then wrote and directed Aliens in 1986 and The Abyss in 1989. He followed up with Terminator 2: Judgment Day in 1991, True Lies in 1994, and Titanic in 1997 which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Director and Film Editing. He directed Avatar in 2009 for which he was nominated for Best Director and Film Editing.
In the time between making Titanic and Avatar, Cameron spent several years creating many documentary films, including underwater documentaries, and co-developed the digital 3D Fusion Camera System. Cameron has also contributed to underwater filming and remote vehicle technologies. On 26 March 2012, Cameron reached the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the ocean, in the Deepsea Challenger submersible. He was the first person to do this in a solo descent, and only the third person to do so ever.