As far as film acting goes, being a member of the "Titanic" cast is like the equivalent of playing for the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980's when you consider "Titanic" is the second most successful movie of all time. This winning team joined director James Cameron, who also created the number one most successful movie "Avatar," on an epic romance that develops during the sinking of this historic ship. But the cast of "Titanic" has also kept their creative heads above water in numerous other projects.
Prior to playing the penniless poker-playing nomad Jack Dawson in "Titanic," Leonardo DiCaprio had a transformative role as Arnie, the mentally challenged sibling of Johnny Depp's small town character, Gilbert, in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape." But make no mistake, after "Titanic" sailed away with box office records and Academy Award's, 11 to be exact, DiCaprio became an international superstar that breathed from that rarified air known as true talent. He racked up distinctive performances with many of the cinema's most celebrated directors: Martin Scorsese ("Gangs of New York," "The Aviator," "The Departed," "Shutter Island," "The Wolf of Wall Street"), Steven Spielberg ("Catch Me If You Can"), Ridley Scott ("Body of Lies"), Woody Allen ("Celebrity"), Christopher Nolan ("Inception") and Quentin Tarantino ("Django Unchained").
The gorgeous British actress Kate Winslet knew a thing or two about period dramas before rewinding the hands of time as a leading lady in "Titanic." First Winslet played one of three wealth-inheriting daughters in director Ang Lee's screen adaptation of author Jane Austen's 1811 novel "Sense and Sensibility." Then that was followed by the film version of an author's work that needs no introduction: "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare, directed by Kenneth Branagh. In 2004, Kate Winslet had an amazing post-Titanic double header that gave critics something to get on their best behavior about–award show-friendly turns in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and "Finding Neverland." Then in 2008, she offered another pair of miracles in "The Reader" and she rejoined her "Titanic" co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kathy Bates in "Revolutionary Road."
Prior to joining the "Titanic" cast, and getting her strong performance absorbed by millions of theater ticket consumers, Kathy Bates had a healthy television career appearing on widely-recognizable programs like: "The Love Boat," "One Life to Live," "All My Children," "Cagney & Lacey," "St. Elsewhere," and "L.A. Law." But then Bates had an amazing breakout year in 1990 with performances in four films alongside established stars. First there was the domestic drama "Men Don't Leave" alongside Jessica Lange, the Warren Beatty and Madonna comic book hit "Dick Tracy," and the steamy romance "White Palace" with Susan Sarandon. But Kathy Bates became best known for how she ended 1990–starring in the Stephen King-adapted thriller "Misery," playing the deranged, ax-wielding literary groupie Annie Wilkes opposite James Caan.
As a member of the "Titanic" cast, actor Bill Paxton was already a collaborating favorite of super director and screenwriter James Cameron, given that they had already worked together three times. Bill Paxton showed up as a tough delinquent in "The Terminator" that kicked off Cameron's successful franchise. Then he helped Sigourney Weaver fight aliens in the aptly titled sci-fi sequel "Aliens." Then Paxton had another opportunity to participate in the ongoing James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger collaborative clique in "True Lies." Speaking of sci-fi and Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton rejoined Arnie in "Commando," and experimented with other fictional science projects like "Weird Science" and "Predator 2."