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James Franco Biography

James Franco is an American actor, filmmaker, and college instructor. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in 127 Hours (2010). Franco is best known for his roles in live-action films, such as Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy (2002–2007); Milk (2008); Pineapple Express (2008); Eat, Pray, Love (2010); Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011); Spring Breakers (2012); Oz the Great and Powerful (2013); This Is the End (2013); and The Disaster Artist (2017), for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.

James Franco
James Franco

He is  also known for his collaborations with fellow actor Seth Rogen, having appeared in eight films and one television series with him. He  is also known for his appearance on television; his first prominent acting role was the character Daniel Desario on the short-lived ensemble comedy-drama Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000), which developed a cult following. He portrayed the title character in the television biographical film James Dean (2001), for which he won a Golden Globe Award.

Franco had a recurring role on the daytime soap opera General Hospital (2009–2012) and starred in the limited series 11.22.63 (2016). He currently stars in the David Simon-created HBO drama The Deuce (2017–present).

James volunteers for the Art of Elysium charity, and has taught film classes at New York University, the University of Southern California, UCLA, Studio 4, Palo Alto High School, and Playhouse West.

James Franco Age | How Old Is James Franco

James was born on April 19, 1978 in Palo Alto, California. He is 41 years old as of 2019.

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James Franco Height | How Tall Is James Franco

James stands at a height of 1.8 m.

James Franco Family | James Franco Parents |James Franco Siblings | James Franco Dad

James was born in Palo Alto, California. He is the daughter to Betsy Lou (née Verne), who is a writer and occasional actress, and Douglas Eugene “Doug” Franco who ran a Silicon Valley business.  His mother is  aJewish, from a family of Russian Jewish descent while his  father was of Portuguese (from Madeira) and Swedish ancestry.

Franco’s maternal grandfather, Daniel, changed his surname from “Verovitz” to “Verne” some time after 1940. His paternal grandmother, Marjorie (née Peterson), is a published author of young adult books. His maternal grandmother, Mitzie (née Levine), owned the prominent Verne Art Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio, and was an active member in the National Council of Jewish Women.

His family upbringing was “academic, liberal, and largely secular”. Together with his brothers actors Tom and Dave they grew up in California.

James Franco Education | James Franco High School | James Franco University | James Franco Young

Franco interned at Lockheed Martin.  His father often encouraged him to get good grades and did well on his SATs. In 1996 he graduated from Palo Alto High School , where he acted in plays. This led to him attending CSSSA in 1998 for theater studies.

Though Franco’s idea of becoming a marine zoologist interested him, he had always secretly wanted to become an actor but feared being rejected. He registered at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as an English major but dropped out after his first year (against his parents’ wishes)  to pursue a career as an actor, since he would have had to wait two years to audition for their acting program.

Franco instead chose to take acting lessons with Robert Carnegie at the Playhouse West. Around this time, he took up a late-night job at McDonald’s to support himself because his parents refused to do so. He was a vegetarian for the year prior to working there. While working at the establishment, he would practice accents on customers, an experience he remembered nostalgically in a 2015 Washington Post editorial titled “McDonald’s was there for me when no one else was”.

James Franco Wife | Is James Franco Married

James has never been married.

James Franco Dating

Franco after meeting on the set of Whatever It Takes in 1999 with co-star Marla Sokoloff he dated her  for five years. Later he was in a relationship with actress Ahna O’Reilly until 2011. James confirmed their split in an interview for Playboy magazine’s August 2011 issue, saying that his interest in education got between them.

James Franco Gay

Franco’s sexuality has been a subject of discussion in media sources, relentlessly questioning if he himself is gay. This is due to his support for the LGBT community, and his portrayal of gay characters in his projects . Franco’s response to questions regarding his sexuality, he insists he finds plenty more dimensions to the characters than their bedroom proclivities. “Or, you know what,” he quipped, “maybe I’m just gay.”

In a March 2015 interview with Four Two Nine magazine, Franco again opened up about his sexuality, commenting that it is not who you have sex with that defines your sexuality, but instead how you act. “In the twenties and thirties, they used to define homosexuality by how you acted and not by whom you slept with. Sailors would fuck guys all the time, but as long as they behaved in masculine ways, they weren’t considered gay.” He added, “Well, I like to think that I’m gay in my art and straight in my life.”

James Franco Tv Show




Pacific Blue
To Serve and Protect
Kristin Carter
Freaks and Geeks
Daniel Desario
At Any Cost
Mike Roberts
James Dean
James Dean
The X-Files
Officer No. 2
General Hospital: Night Shift
General Hospital
Saturday Night Live
Himself (host)
81st Academy Awards
Saul Silver
Saturday Night Live
Himself (host)
30 Rock
83rd Academy Awards
Himself (co–host)
FCU: Fact Checkers Unit
Hollywood Heights
Osborne “Oz” Silver
The Mindy Project
Dr. Paul Leotard
Comedy Central Roast of James Franco
Saturday Night Live
Himself (host)
Naked and Afraid
Johnny Penis
Angie Tribeca
Sgt. Eddie Pepper
Jake Epping
Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?
Play Director
High School Lover
Rick Winters
The Deuce
Vincent Martino / Frankie Martino
Saturday Night Live
Himself (host)

James Franco Film | James Franco Series





Never Been Kissed 1999 Jason Way
Whatever It Takes 2000 Chris Campbell
If Tomorrow Comes Devin
Mean People Suck 2001 Casey Mitchell
Spider-Man 2002 Harry Osborn
Deuces Wild Tino Verona
Sonny Sonny Phillips
City by the Sea Joey LaMarca
The Company 2003 Josh Williams
Spider-Man 2 2004 Harry Osborn
The Ape 2005 Harry Walker
The Great Raid Cpt. Robert Prince
Fool’s Gold Brent
Tristan & Isolde 2006 Prince Tristan
Annapolis Jake Huard
The Wicker Man Bar Guy #1
Flyboys Blaine Rawlings
The Dead Girl Derek
The Holiday Himself
An American Crime 2007 Andy Gordon
Finishing the Game Rob Force
Spider-Man 3 Harry Osborn / New Goblin
Knocked Up Himself
Good Time Max Max
In the Valley of Elah Sergeant Dan Carnelli
Camille 2008 Silas Parker
Pineapple Express Saul Silver
Nights in Rodanthe Dr. Mark Flanner
Milk Scott Smith
The Feast of Stephen 2009
Howl 2010 Allen Ginsberg
Date Night Tom “Taste” Felton
Shadows and Lies William Vincent
Eat Pray Love David Piccolo
127 Hours Aron Ralston
Love & Distrust Travis
The Green Hornet 2011 Danny “Crystal” Clear
Your Highness Prince Fabeous
The Broken Tower Hart Crane
Rise of the Planet of the Apes Will Rodman
Sal Milton Katselas
My Own Private River 2012
About Cherry Francis
Maladies James
The Iceman Marty Freeman
Spring Breakers Alien
The Letter Tyrone
The Color of Time (aka Tar) C. K. Williams
Interior. Leather Bar. 2013 Himself
Lovelace Hugh Hefner
Oz the Great and Powerful Oscar Diggs
As I Lay Dying Darl Bundren
This Is the End Himself
Palo Alto Mr. B
Child of God Jerry
Third Person Richard “Rick” Weiss
Homefront Morgan “Gator” Bodine
Veronica Mars 2014 Himself
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Will Rodman
Good People Tom Wright
The Sound and the Fury Benjy Compson
The Interview Dave Skylark
Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha 2015 Pasamonte
True Story Christian Longo
Yosemite Phil
I Am Michael Michael Glatze
Queen of the Desert Henry Cadogan
Every Thing Will Be Fine Tomas Eldan
Wild Horses Ben Briggs
The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards Conrad
The Adderall Diaries Stephen Elliott
The Little Prince The Fox
Memoria Mr. Wyckoff
The Night Before Himself
Goat 2016 Mitch
Sausage Party The Druggie
King Cobra Joseph “Joe” Kerekes
Burn Country Lindsay
The Caged Pillows David Del Rosario
In Dubious Battle Mac McLeod
Why Him? Laird Mayhew
The Labyrinth 2017 Narrator
The Institute Dr. Cairn
Actors Anonymous Jake Lamont
The Show Male Host
The Disaster Artist Tommy Wiseau
Alien: Covenant – Prologue: Last Supper Jacob Branson
Alien: Covenant
Don’t Come Back from the Moon Roman Smalley
The Vault Ed Maas
The Mad Whale  
Future World 2018 The Warlord
Kin Taylor Balik
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Cowboy
Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad 2019 Lemmy
Kill the Czar TBA  
The Long Home Dallas Hardin
The Pretenders Maxwell
Zeroville Vikar

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Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad – 2019

James Franco Paintings | James Franco Art

James Franco has been making art for decades. Franco harnesses his personas from the various worlds he’s involved in as material to create layered, multifaceted work. Franco primarily pursues painting as his main medium, but also explores and integrates video, performance, and photography into his practice.

James Franco Spiderman

Franco became prominent in the 2002 superhero film Spider-Man, when he played Harry Osborn, the son of the villainous Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe) and best friend of Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire). Franco originally was considered for the lead role of Spider-Man/Peter Parker in the film, though the lead went to Maguire. Todd McCarthy of Variety noted that there are “good moments” between Maguire and Franco in the film. Spider-Man was a commercial and critical success. The movie earned $114 million during its opening weekend in North America and went on to earn $822 million worldwide.

The first Spider-Man film success led Franco to repeat the role in the 2004 sequel, Spider-Man 2.  It was well received by critics, and it proved to be a big financial success, setting a new opening weekend box office record for North America.  It became the second highest-grossing film in 2004 with revenue of $783 million worldwide.

James again played Harry Osborn in Spider-Man 3 (2007). Different from the previous two films’ positive reviews, Spider-Man 3 was met with a mixed reception by critics.  However, with a total worldwide gross of $891 million, it stands as the most successful film in the series, and Franco’s highest-grossing film to date.

James Franco James Dean

James Dean is a biographical television film based on the life of the American actor James Dean. James  plays the title role under the direction of Mark Rydell, who chronicles Dean’s rise from a struggling actor to an A-list movie star in 1950s Hollywood. Its supporting roles included director Rydell, Michael Moriarty, Valentina Cervi, Enrico Colantoni, and Amy Rydell.

James Franco Book

  • Straight James / Gay James
  • Directing Herbert White: Poems
  • Actors Anonymous: A Novel
  • A California Childhood
  • Palo Alto by James Franco (2011-08-04)
  • Strongest of the Litter: (The Hollyridge Press Chapbook Series)
  • 113 Crickets: Summer 2012
  • A California Childhood by James Franco (2013-06-18)
  • Actors Anonymous by James Franco (2013-10-15)
  • Manifest der Anonymen Schauspieler: Roman (German Edition)

James Franco Roast

The Comedy Central Roasts are a series of celebrity roast specials that air on the American television channel Comedy Central. The first official Comedy Central Roast premiered on August 10, 2003.

On average one to two roasts air every year. There are eight to ten people invited who roast each other before finally roasting the title subject of each show. As of 2018, sixteen roasts have aired. Targets of roasts have included actors and comedians.

Since 2010, Comedy Central affiliates outside the United States have occasionally produced their own roasts; eight such roasts have been produced in total.

James Franco Award

  • Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
  • 2018 · The Disaster Artist- Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best
  • 2018 · The Disaster Artist – Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
  • 2011 · 127 Hours – Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble
  • 2009 · Milk – Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
  • 2002 · James Dean – Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
  • 2009 · Milk – Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Actor
  • 2017 · The Disaster Artist – National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
  • 2014 · Spring Breakers – Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award
  • 2014 BFCA Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actor in a Picture made for the Television2002 ·  Teddy Award for Best Short Film
  • 2010 · The Feast Of Stephen

Sonny James Franco

Sonny is a crime-drama film starring James Franco, Harry Dean Stanton, Brenda Blethyn, Mena Suvari and Josie Davis. It is based on a screenplay by John Carlen. The film marked the directorial debut of Nicolas Cage, who makes a cameo appearance. It was co-produced by Cage’s production company Saturn Films.

James Franco 127 Hours

127 Hours is biographical survival drama film produced and directed by Danny Boyle. It  stars James Franco, Kate Mara and Amber Tamblyn. In the film, canyoneer Aron Ralston gets trapped by a boulder in an isolated slot canyon in Blue John Canyon, southeastern Utah, in April 2003. Ralston must find a way to escape. It is a British and American venture produced by Everest Entertainment, Film4 Productions, HandMade Films and Cloud Eight Films.

James Franco Brother

James has a brother known as David John Franco who was born on June 12, 1985 . He is a film and television actor. Dave started his career with small roles in films such as Superbad (2007) and Charlie St. Cloud (2010).Dave  grew up in California with his two older brothers, Tom and James.

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