Acclaimed director of Titanic, Aliens, Avatar, The Abyss, The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day. He co-created the 3D Fusion Camera System, which enabled the look of the fantastical Avatar world, and he is also known for his contributions to underwater filming.
He was enrolled at Fullerton College in the early 1970s, but dropped out before graduation. He would then work as a truck driver before quitting his job to write and direct his first film, Xenogenesis, in 1978.
He began development of Avatar in 1994, but he had to wait over a decade for the proper technologies to begin filming. In December 2009, the highly-anticipated blockbuster was released and it went on to set a number of box office records, becoming the highest-grossing film of all-time with over $2 billion in earnings.
He married Sharon Williams in 1978, Gale Anne Hurd in 1985, director Kathryn Bigelow in 1989, and Linda Hamilton in 1997 before marrying Suzy Amis in 2000. He has three daughters named Josephine, Claire, and Elizabeth and a son named Quinn.
Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio co-starred in his 1997 film Titanic, which received a record-breaking 14 Academy Award nominations and went on to win 11 awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.