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James Franco

James Franco
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James Franco Biography

James Franco, born as James Edward Franco (born April 19, 1978), is an American actor, filmmaker, teacher and author. His first prominent role was a lead part on the short-lived cult hit television program Freaks and Geeks; he later achieved recognition for playing the title character in the TV biographical film James Dean (2001), for which he was awarded a Golden Globe Award. He portrayed Harry Osborn in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy. His notable films are Pineapple Express, Milk, 127 Hours, Tristan & Isolde, Annapolis, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and 2013 releases Oz the Great and Powerful, Spring Breakers, This Is the End, and Lovelace. He also had a recurring role in the ABC soap opera General Hospital. For his role in 127 Hours, Franco received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.

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James Franco Awards

YearAwardCategoryForResult
2013 Walk of Fame Motion Picture Won
2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Oz the Great and Powerful (2013). Nominated
2013 Cannes Film Festival As I Lay Dying (2013). Nominated
2012 Rembrandt Awards Best International Actor 127 Hours (2010). Nominated
2012 Rome Film Fest Dream (2012/II). Nominated

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James Franco Trivia

  • Auditioned for the role of Peter Parker in Spider-Man (2002), but was given the part of Harry Osborn.
  • James appeared in two movies that premiered on the same day, Deuces Wild (2002) and Spider-Man (2002), both opening on May 3rd. The success of the two films was highly varied as Spider-Man film has to date amassed a box office gross some 67 times greater than that of Deuces.
  • He has two younger brothers, Tom Franco and Dave Franco.
  • His parents, Betsy Franco & Doug Franco, met at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
  • In his spare time he likes to paint.
  • Was named one of People Magazine's 50 Hottest Bachelors [2004]
  • Has his own production company - Rabbit Bandini Productions.
  • Went by the name of Ted in high school and was voted "Best Smile" at Palo Alto High School.
  • Was named one of Salon.com's "10 men who might just inspire the rebirth of Jewish male cool."
  • Although he always hated it, he started smoking for his lead role in James Dean (2001) (TV).
  • Is of Portuguese and Swedish heritage on his father's side, and of Russian Jewish heritage on his mother's side.
  • Worked with stunt coordinator Nick Powell in two movies both premiering in 2006: Tristan + Isolde (2006) and Annapolis (2006).
  • Close friends with Tobey Maguire. He also used to "babysit" Tobey's daughter on the set of Spider-Man 3 (2007).
  • His grandmother, Mitzie Verne, is an artist.
  • Is friends with Busy Philipps, who he met on the set of "Freaks and Geeks" (1999).
  • Franco told interviewer Terry Gross that when he was in junior high school, he was arrested for shoplifting cologne from a department store and reselling it with his friends at the school. He noted to Gross the irony that, in 2008, he shot an advertising campaign in which he became the face of Gucci cologne.
  • While a guest on her NPR program "Fresh Air", Franco told interviewer Terry Gross that when he went back to UCLA to finish his undergraduate degree in creative writing, he was worried that his classmates and professors might think of him as "sliding by" because of his acting career, so he took a lot of extra courses to make sure they knew he was serious. He told Gross that the cap on the number of units that a student is allowed to take in a quarter was 19, but in his last quarter he took 62 units - which as far as he knows is a record for a single student.
  • In 2009, he reunited with his Deuces Wild (2002) co-star, Ronnie Marmo, on "General Hospital" (1963).
  • Franco's creative writing professors have included such major figures as Amy Hempel, Mona Simpson, Jonathan Lethem, Gary Shteyngart and Michael Cunningham.
  • Chosen by Premiere magazine as one of the "The 40 Most Handsome Hollywood Men"(#1)[2009].
  • Mother Betsy Franco also played his character's mother on "General Hospital" (1963).
  • He completed his private pilot's license to prepare for his role in 2006's Flyboys (2006).
  • Is a talented mathematician. He interned at Lockheed Martin, the American global aerospace, defense, security, and advanced technology company.
  • Has directed short films for two R.E.M. songs, "Blue" and "That Someone Is You" from their 2011 album, "Collapse Into Now".
  • Franco volunteers at the charity Art of Elysium in Los Angeles, helping kids with serious medical conditions. In January 2011, he was honoured for his work at the hospital, receiving the Spirit of Elysium accolade.
  • After seeing Franco's turn as James Dean, Robert De Niro personally chose him to play his drug-addicted son in the 2002 movie City by the Sea (2002).
  • He did eight months of boxing training for Annapolis (2006).
  • His production company is Rabbit Bandini Productions, which he runs with friend and producer Vince Jolivette.
  • In 2009, Salon.com named Franco the "Sexiest Man Living.".
  • May perhaps be one of the most academically accomplished actors (an "extreme scholar") in Hollywood history: besides his BFA in English from UCLA, he has two MFA degrees - both in writing - from Columbia and Brooklyn College, and a third MFA, in film, from New York University. He is continuing further degree studies while also teaching a graduate class that takes students through the process of making a feature-length film. (2011).
  • His favorite film is My Own Private Idaho (1991).
  • His debut book of poetry is due to be released in April 2014 [December 17, 2012].
  • Admitted to his younger brother, Dave Franco, that he hadn't seen a single episode of Dave's episodes in the TV series, "Scrubs" (2001).
  • Was presented the 2,492nd Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame accompanied by his mother Betsy Franco, brother Dave Franco, Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) director Sam Raimi and This Is the End (2013) co-star Seth Rogen (March 7, 2013).

    Trade Mark
  • One sided smile
  • Tends to play characters with a troubled past or life
  • Often plays real life characters


James Franco Photos

  • James Franco Jr.

    Phat Inc. Magazine Release Party Hosted by Paparazzi Comedy and Variety Show at Jon Lovitz Comedy Club in Universal City on August 1, 2013

  • Tim Blake Nelson, Ahna O'Reilly, James Franco and Beth Grant

    66th Annual Cannes Film Festival - "As I Lay Dying" Photocall

  • James Franco

    James Franco "A California Childhood" Book Signing and Conversation at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park on May 13, 2013

  • James Franco Jr.

    Paparazzi Comedy Hosts Zhavea's Debut of "Not in My Life" at Jon Lovitz Comedy Club in Universal City on March 7, 2013

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    James Franco Honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 7, 2013

  • James Franco

    "Oz the Great and Powerful" European Premiere - Arrivals

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