James Franco

BirthDay:

19 Apr 1978

BirthPlace:

Palo Alto, California, USA

BirthName:

James Edward Franco

Bio:

Known for his breakthrough starring role on Freaks and Geeks (1999), James Franco was born in Palo Alto, California on April 19, 1978. His mother, Betsy Franco, is Jewish, and his father, Douglas Eugene "Doug" Franco, was of Portuguese and Swedish descent, and ran a Silicon Valley business. James's mother, a writer, has occasionally acted.

Growing up with his two younger brothers, Dave Franco, also an actor, and Tom, James graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1996 and went on to attend UCLA, majoring in English. To overcome his shyness, he got into acting while studying there, which, much to his parents' dismay, he left after only one year. After fifteen months of intensive study at Robert Carnegie's Playhouse West, James began actively pursuing his dream of finding work as an actor in Hollywood. In that short time, he landed himself a starring role on Freaks and Geeks (1999). The show, however, was not a hit to its viewers at the time, and was canceled after its first year. Now, it has become a cult-hit. Prior to joining Freaks and Geeks (1999), Franco starred in the TV miniseries To Serve and Protect (1999). After that, he had a starring role in Whatever It Takes (2000).

Although he'd been working steadily, it wasn't until the TNT made-for-television movie, James Dean (2001) that James rose to fan-magazine fame and got to show off his talent. Since then, he has been working non-stop. After losing the lead role to Tobey Maguire, James settled for the part of "Harry Osborne", Spider-Man's best friend in the summer 2002 major hit Spider-Man (2002). He returned to the Osborne role for the next two films in the trilogy.

Next was Deuces Wild (2002) and City by the Sea (2002), in which Robert De Niro personally had him cast, after viewing his performance in James Dean (2001). He was recently seen in David Gordon Green's Pineapple Express (2008) opposite Seth Rogen, in George C. Wolfe's Nights in Rodanthe (2008), starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane and in Paul Haggis' In the Valley of Elah (2007), starring Tommy Lee Jones. Also starring opposite Sean Penn in Gus Van Sant's Milk (2008) in which his performance earned him an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor. Definitely growing out of his shyness, James Franco is turning into a legend of his own.
Filmography

Actor ( 204 credits )

Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad (2018) (voice)
The Pretenders (2018) Maxwell
The Labyrinth (2017) (voice)
Black Dog, Red Dog (2017) Leo
The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards (2017) Conrad
The Trap (2017) (rumored)
Zeroville (2017) Vikar
The Long Home (2017)
Kill the Czar (2017)
The Deuce (2017)  Frankie Martino / ... (10 episodes, 2017)
The Institute (2017) Dr. Cairn
Blood Theatre (2017) Romero
The Vault (2017) Ed Maas
Blood Surf (2017) Metalhead Troy
Why Him? (2016)
Burn Country (2016) Lindsay
King Cobra (2016) Joe
Sausage Party (2016) (voice)
Goat (2016) Mitch
Actors Anonymous (2016) Jake Lamont
In Dubious Battle (2016) Mac McLeod
Angie Tribeca (2016)  Eddie Pepper (1 episode, 2016)
The Mad Whale (2016)
Every Thing Will Be Fine (2015) Tomas Eldan
The Night Before (2015) James Franco
Queen of the Desert (2015) Henry Cadogan
The Adderall Diaries (2015) Stephen Elliott
Wild Horses (2015)
Yosemite (2015) Phil
I Am Michael (2015) Michael Glatze
Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha (2015) Pasamonte
Richard Peter Johnson (2015) James Franco
The IMDb Studio (2015)  Himself (1 episode)
No Actor Parking (2015)  Himself (1 episode)
The Interview (2014) David Skylark
National Theater Live: Of Mice and Men (2014) George Milton
The Sound and the Fury (2014) Benjy Compson
Good People (2014) Tom Reed
Veronica Mars (2014) James Franco (uncredited)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)  Himself (2 episodes, 2014)
Making a Scene with James Franco (2014) (unknown episodes)
I Think You're Totally Wrong: A Quarrel (2014) James
Advice (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Deadbeat (2014)  Johnny (1 episode, 2015)
The Drunken Peasants (2014)  Dave Skylark (archive footage) (1 episode, 2014)
A Fuller Life (2013) Himself - Reader (segment "Copy Boy")
Third Person (2013) Rick
Homefront (2013) Morgan 'Gator' Bodine
As I Lay Dying (2013) Darl Bundren
Child of God (2013) Jerry
Mademoiselle C (2013) Himself
Palo Alto (2013) Mr. B
This Is the End (2013) James Franco
Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) Oz
Lovelace (2013) Hugh Hefner
Interior. Leather Bar. (2013) James
Through the Mind's Eye of Colleen Atwood (2013) Himself
The Frame (2013)  Will Rodman (archive footage) (1 episode, 2013)
Revealed (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Naked and Afraid (2013)  Himself - Survivalist (1 episode, 2014)
Spring Breakers (2012) Alien
The Color of Time (2012) C.K. Williams
The Letter (2012) Tyrone
The Iceman (2012) Marty Freeman
Maladies (2012) James
About Cherry (2012) Frances
Hart Crane: An Exegesis (2012) Himself / Hart Crane
Francophrenia (Or Don't Kill Me, I Know Where the Baby Is) (2012) Franco
Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012) Himself
The Mindy Project (2012)  Paul Leotard (2 episodes, 2013)
Hollywood Heights (2012)  Osbourne Silver (6 episodes, 2012)
Vivir de cine (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
MSN Exclusives (2012)  Himself (2014)
Playhouse (2012) (unknown episodes)
Unscripted (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
CBS This Morning (2012)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2015)
Larry King Now (2012)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2015)
Celebrity Style Story (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
The Sitter (2011) Soap Actor (archive footage) (uncredited)
Eames: The Architect & The Painter (2011) (voice)
Sal (2011) Milton Katselas
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) Will Rodman
The Broken Tower (2011) Hart Crane
Na Nai'a: Legend of the Dolphins (2011) Narrator (voice)
Your Highness (2011) Fabious
The Green Hornet (2011) Danny Crystal Cleer (uncredited)
On Story (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Hamish & Andy's Gap Year (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
On Story: Presented by Austin Film Festival (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Rebel (2011)
127 Hours: An Extraordinary View (2010) Himself
127 Hours (2010) Aron Ralston
Eat Pray Love (2010) David Piccolo
With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story (2010) Himself
Masculinity & Me (2010)
Shadows & Lies (2010) William Vincent
Date Night (2010) Taste
Saturday Night (2010) Himself
Howl (2010) Allen Ginsberg
Conan (2010)  Himself (3 episodes, 2011-2013)
Janela Indiscreta (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
FCU: Fact Checkers Unit (2010)  James (1 episode, 2012)
Erased James Franco (2009) Himself
Milk: Hollywood Comes to San Francisco (2009) Himself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Richard Roeper & the Movies (2009)  Aron Ralston (archive footage) (1 episode, 2010)
Milk (2008) Scott Smith
Nights in Rodanthe (2008) Mark Flanner (uncredited)
Pineapple Express (2008) Saul Silver
Camille (2008) Silias
Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
In the Valley of Elah (2007) Sgt. Dan Carnelli
Good Time Max (2007) Max
Spider-Man 3 (2007) New Goblin / Harry Osborn
Knocked Up (2007) Sol (uncredited)
Finishing the Game: The Search for a New Bruce Lee (2007) Dean Silo
Interview (2007) Boyfriend on Phone (voice)
An American Crime (2007) Andy
Chelsea Lately (2007)  Kanye West (1 episode, 2013)
Xposé (2007)  Himself (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (3 episodes, 2007-2010)
Reel Junkie (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
The Holiday (2006) Himself (uncredited)
The Dead Girl (2006) Derek
Grasshopper (2006) Travis
Flyboys (2006) Blaine Rawlings
The Wicker Man (2006) Bar Guy #1
Annapolis (2006) Jake Huard
Tristan + Isolde (2006) Tristan
30 Rock (2006)  James Franco (1 episode, 2010)
The Fabulous Picture Show (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Fuse Celebrity Playlist (2006)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2006)
The Great Raid (2005) Captain Prince
The Ape (2005) Harry Walker
Fool's Gold (2005) Brent
The Colbert Report (2005)  Himself - Guest / ... (2 episodes, 2011-2013)
Attack of the Show! (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (3 episodes, 2010-2013)
Noche Hache (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Howard Stern on Demand (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Iconoclasts (2005) (3 episodes, 2012)
Spider-Man 2 (2004) Harry Osborn
At the Movies (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Le grand journal de Canal+ (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Omg! Insider (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
The Tony Danza Show (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
The Company (2003) Josh
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Himself - Guest / ... (6 episodes, 2008-2013)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Shootout (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Cartaz Cultural (2003)  Himself
Sonny (2002) Sonny
City by the Sea (2002) Joey
Mother Ghost (2002) Skateboarder guy
You Always Stalk the Ones You Love (2002)
Blind Spot (2002) Danny
Deuces Wild (2002) Tino
Spider-Man (2002) Harry Osborn
Last Call with Carson Daly (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Into the Night with... (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Reel Comedy (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
The Car Kid (2002)
Some Body (2001) Apartment Guy 3 (uncredited)
Mean People Suck (2001) Casey
If Tomorrow Comes (2000) Devin
Whatever It Takes (2000) Chris Campbell
Never Been Kissed (1999) Jason (as James Edward Franco)
Freaks and Geeks (1999)  Daniel Desario (18 episodes, 1999-2000)
The Early Show (1999)  Himself (4 episodes, 2002-2008)
Total Request Live (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
The View (1997)  Himself (2 episodes, 2010-2014)
Corazón de... (1997)  Himself (2 episodes, 2006-2007)
Profiler (1996)  Stevie (1 episode, 1999)
Pacific Blue (1996)  Brian (1 episode, 1997)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
MSNBC Live (1996)  Dave Skylark (archive footage) (1 episode, 2014)
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2010)
Extra (1994)  Himself - The Interview (1 episode, 2014)
The X-Files (1993)  Officer #2 (1 episode, 2001)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Himself / ... (8 episodes, 2008-2014)
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (2 episodes, 2002-2011)
Gomorron (1992)  Himself - Från galan (1 episode, 2011)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself - Guest (3 episodes, 2011-2013)
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Himself / ... (4 episodes, 2010-2014)
This Morning (1988)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Inside Edition (1988)  Himself (2 episodes, 2014)
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Cinema 3 (1984)  Himself (2 episodes, 2011-2013)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (9 episodes, 2008-2014)
Kino Kino (1978)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Himself / ... (4 episodes, 2008-2014)
Good Morning America (1975)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
Fantástico (1973)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Canada A.M. (1972) (archive footage) (1 episode, 2014)
General Hospital (1963)  Franco (59 episodes, 2009-2012)
Today (1952)  Himself (3 episodes, 2007-2011)
The Little Prince (0) The Fox (voice)
Memoria (0) Mr. Wyckoff
True Story (0) Christian Longo
Killing Animals (0) Mr. Hurston
The Masterpiece (0) Tommy Wiseau
Future World (0)
Kin (0)
Mississippi Requiem (0)

Producer ( 40 credits )

Blood Heist (2018) producer
The Labyrinth (2017) executive producer
The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards (2017) executive producer
The Long Home (2017) producer
Dark Hours: Roxana (2017) executive producer
The Deuce (2017) executive producer (10 episodes, 2017)
The Institute (2017) executive producer
Blood Theatre (2017) executive producer
Rio (2017) executive producer
Dark Hours: Typee (2016) executive producer
King Cobra (2016) producer
Goat (2016) producer
Actors Anonymous (2016) executive producer
In Dubious Battle (2016) producer
Actors Anonymous (2016) producer
F*ck (2016) producer (1 episode, 2016)
The Mad Whale (2016) producer
Suburban Memoir (2015) producer
The Adderall Diaries (2015) producer
Yosemite (2015) executive producer
I Am Michael (2015) producer
Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha (2015) executive producer
Tenn (2015) executive producer
The Ultimate Evil (2015) executive producer
The Interview (2014) executive producer
The Director: An Evolution in Three Acts (2013) producer
Interior. Leather Bar. (2013) producer
Kink (2013) executive producer / producer
Acting Class (2013) executive producer
The Color of Time (2012) producer
Undergrads: South (2012) executive producer (unknown episodes)
Jeffrey (2012) producer
The Broken Tower (2011) producer (uncredited)
The Ape (2005) executive producer
Memoria (0) executive producer
The Masterpiece (0) producer
Future World (0) producer
The Game (0) producer
Mississippi Requiem (0) executive producer
Please Don't Come Back from the Moon (0) producer

Writer ( 16 credits )

Actors Anonymous (2016) (novel)
Actors Anonymous (2016) (novel)
Suburban Memoir (2015) (screenplay)
As I Lay Dying (2013) (screenplay)
Child of God (2013) (screenplay)
Palo Alto (2013) (short stories)
Sal (2011) (story)
The Broken Tower (2011) (written by)
The Clerk's Tale (2010) (screenplay)
Herbert White (2010) (screenplay)
The Feast of Stephen (2009) (screenplay)
Good Time Max (2007) (written by)
The Ape (2005) (written by) &
Fool's Gold (2005) (screenplay)
Killing Animals (0)
Mississippi Requiem (0)

Director ( 32 credits )

The Pretenders (2018)
Black Dog, Red Dog (2017)
The Long Home (2017)
Zeroville (2017)
The Institute (2017)
The Deuce (2017) (1 episode, 2017)
In Dubious Battle (2016)
Tenn (2015)
The Sound and the Fury (2014)
Making a Scene with James Franco (2014) (unknown episodes)
I Think You're Totally Wrong: A Quarrel (2014)
As I Lay Dying (2013)
Child of God (2013)
Bukowski (2013)
Interior. Leather Bar. (2013)
Dream (2012)
My Own Private River (2012)
Francophrenia (Or Don't Kill Me, I Know Where the Baby Is) (2012)
Sal (2011)
The Broken Tower (2011)
Rebel (2011) (segment "Brad Forever")
42 One Dream Rush (2010)
Masculinity & Me (2010)
The Clerk's Tale (2010)
Saturday Night (2010)
Herbert White (2010)
The Feast of Stephen (2009)
Good Time Max (2007)
The Ape (2005)
Fool's Gold (2005)
The Masterpiece (0)
Future World (0)

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