James Franco

Actor, Fast food employee
During the 1990s, actor James Franco broke out as one of the era's go-to guys by playing sports heroes, disaffected pretty boys and rebellious burnouts with equal appeal. His career began in the brilliant-but-canceled ... Read more »
Born: 04/18/1978 in Palo Alto, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (97)

I Am Michael 2015 (Movie)

Michael (Actor)

Memoria 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Queen of the Desert 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

True Story 2015 (Movie)

Christian Longo (Actor)

A Fuller Life 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

Black Dog, Red Dog 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Child of God 2014 (Movie)

Jerry, The Hunter (Actor)

Everything Will Be Fine 2014 (Movie)

Tomas (Actor)

Good People 2014 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

Grasshopper 2014 (Movie)

Travis (Actor)

If Tomorrow Comes 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Interior. Leather Bar. 2014 (Movie)

James (Actor)

Maladies 2014 (Movie)

James (Actor)

Palo Alto 2014 (Movie)

Mr. B (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 2008 - 2009, 2014 (Tv Show)

Host

The Adderall Diaries 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Color of Time 2014 (Movie)

C.K. Williams (Actor)

The Comedy Central Roast of James Franco 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The Disaster Artist 2014 (Movie)

Tommy Wiseau (Actor)

The Interview 2014 (Movie)

Dave Skylard (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Third Person 2014 (Movie)

Rick (Actor)

Yosemite 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Zeroville 2014 (Movie)

Ike Jerome (Actor)

As I Lay Dying 2013 (Movie)

Darl Bundren (Actor)

Conan 2011, 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Homefront 2013 (Movie)

Morgan 'Gator' Bodine (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lovelace 2013 (Movie)

Hugh Hefner (Actor)

Oz: The Great and Powerful 2013 (Movie)

Oz (Actor)

Spring Breakers 2013 (Movie)

Alien (Actor)

The Iceman 2013 (Movie)

Marty Freeman (Actor)

The Letter 2013 (Movie)

Tyrone (Actor)

The Mindy Project 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Sound and the Fury 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Women's Concert for Change: Live From London 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

This Is The End 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

About Cherry 2012 (Movie)

Frances (Actor)

General Hospital 2009 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hollywood Heights 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Iconoclasts 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Profiler 1998 - 1999, 2009 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Broken Tower 2012 (Movie)

Hart Crane (Actor)

Eames the Architect and the Painter 2011 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Franchophrenia 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Rise of the Planet of the Apes 2011 (Movie)

Will Rodman (Actor)

Sal 2011 (Movie)

Milton Katselas (Actor)

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Host

With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Your Highness 2011 (Movie)

Fabious (Actor)

127 Hours 2010 (Movie)

Aron Ralston (Actor)

30 Rock 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Date Night 2010 (Movie)

Taste (Actor)

Eat Pray Love 2010 (Movie)

David Piccolo (Actor)

Howl 2010 (Movie)

Allen Ginsberg (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 2010 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

81st Annual Academy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Black Water Transit 2009 (Movie)

Nicky Cicero (Actor)

William Vincent 2009 (Movie)

William (Actor)

Camille 2008 (Movie)

Silas Parker (Actor)

Milk 2008 (Movie)

Scott Smith (Actor)

Pineapple Express 2008 (Movie)

Saul Silver (Actor)

Reel Comedy: Pineapple Express 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2008 MTV Movie Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Finishing the Game 2007 (Movie)

Dean Silo (Actor)

In the Valley of Elah 2007 (Movie)

Sergeant Dan Carnelli (Actor)

Interview 2007 (Movie)

Boyfriend on Phone (Actor)

Spider-Man 3 2007 (Movie)

New Goblin/Harry Osborn (Actor)

The 2007 Film Independent's Spirit Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Annapolis 2006 (Movie)

Jake Huard (Actor)

Flyboys 2006 (Movie)

Blaine Rawlings (Actor)

Good Time Max 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Dead Girl 2006 (Movie)

Derek (Actor)

The Wicker Man 2006 (Movie)

Bar Guy #1 (Actor)

Tristan & Isolde 2006 (Movie)

Tristan (Actor)

The Ape 2005 (Movie)

Harry Walker (Actor)

The Great Raid 2005 (Movie)

Captain Prince (Actor)

The Price of Freedom: Making The Great Raid 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Spider-Man 2 2004 (Movie)

Harry Osborn (Actor)

The Company 2003 (Movie)

Josh (Actor)

City by the Sea 2002 (Movie)

Joey LaMarca (Actor)

Deuces Wild 2002 (Movie)

Tino (Actor)

Sonny 2002 (Movie)

Sonny (Actor)

Spider-Man 2002 (Movie)

Harry Osborn (Actor)

Mean People Suck 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

The X-Files 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Blind Spot 2000 (Movie)

Danny Alton (Actor)

Freaks and Geeks 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Whatever It Takes 2000 (Movie)

Chris (Actor)

Never Been Kissed 1999 (Movie)

Jason (Actor)

An American Crime (TV Show)

Actor

James Dean (TV Show)

Actor

Ricky Stanicky (Movie)

(Actor)

To Serve and Protect (TV Show)

Actor
Director (17)

Black Dog, Red Dog 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Bukowski 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Child of God 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Interior. Leather Bar. 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Disaster Artist 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Zeroville 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

As I Lay Dying 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

The Sound and the Fury 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

The Broken Tower 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Franchophrenia 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Sal 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Saturday Night 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Feast of Stephen 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Herbert White 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

The Clerk's Tale 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Good Time Max 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

The Ape 2005 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (16)

I Am Michael 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Memoria 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Child of God 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Interior. Leather Bar. 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Kink 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Adderall Diaries 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Color of Time 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Disaster Artist 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Interview 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Yosemite 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Zeroville 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Gucci: The Director 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Gucci: The Director 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Broken Tower 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sal 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Ape 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Writer (13)

Child of God 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Palo Alto 2014 (Movie)

(from short story collection: "Palo Alto: Stories") (Source Material)

The Adderall Diaries 2014 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

As I Lay Dying 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Sound and the Fury 2013 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

The Broken Tower 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Franchophrenia 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sal 2011 (Movie)

(Story By)

Feast of Stephen 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Herbert White 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Clerk's Tale 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Good Time Max 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Ape 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Editor (3)

The Broken Tower 2012 (Movie)

(Editor)

Sal 2011 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Clerk's Tale 2009 (Movie)

(Editor)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Interior. Leather Bar. 2014 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Biography

During the 1990s, actor James Franco broke out as one of the era's go-to guys by playing sports heroes, disaffected pretty boys and rebellious burnouts with equal appeal. His career began in the brilliant-but-canceled television comedy series "Freaks and Geeks" (NBC, 1999-2000), and while Franco's portrayal of a moody dreamboat on the series won him a legion of love-struck teenage fans, it was his impressive portrayal of legendary Hollywood bad boy James Dean in the made-for-cable biopic "James Dean" (TNT, 2001) that cemented Franco's status as a serious actor. Keeping one foot in commercial waters, Franco landed a high-profile supporting role as the son of the villainous Green Goblin in director Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" film series (2002, 2004, 2007), as Peter Parker's best friend and romantic rival, Harry Osborne. Franco's Independent Spirit Award-nominated turn as a gay civil rights activist in the biopic "Milk" (2008) and his popularity in the stoner buddy comedy "Pineapple Express" (2008) confirmed his versatility, as well as his appeal with both mainstream and art house audiences. Although his trip to Port Charles as a recurring villain on the soap "General Hospital" (ABC, 1963- ) was a head-scratcher, it just solidified Franco's reputation as a guy up for anything. His career really took off with his Oscar-nominated performance as trapped mountain climber Aron Ralston in the gut-wrenching "127 Hours" (2010), though his co-hosting duties with Anne Hathaway during those same Academy Awards were critically derided. Still, the good-natured and fearless Franco escaped the ceremonies relatively unscathed and continued to remain one of Hollywood's more enigmatic, yet appealing young actors.

Relationships

Agyness Deyn Actor

Companion
Rumored to have briefly dated 2011 No longer together

Dave Franco Actor

Brother
Appeared together in "Milk" (2008) and the video short "Acting with James Franco" (2009)

Doug Franco

Father
Died September 2011

Betsy Franco

Mother

Tom Franco

Brother

Ahna O'Reilly Actor

Companion
Began dating 2006 Ended relationship 2011

Marla Sokoloff Actor

Companion
Co-starred in "Whatever it Takes" (2000) No longer together

EDUCATION

Columbia University

New York , New York 2011
Graduated with a degree in creative writing

Playhouse West

North Hollywood , California
Studied under Robert Carnegie

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut
Accepted into Yale's doctoral program and working towards a degree in English

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California 2008
Dropped out to study acting at Playhouse West; returned in 2007 to complete his honors thesis in creative writing studies

New York University

New York , New York 2011
Graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a degree in filmmaking.

Robert Carnegie's Playhouse West

Studied acting for 15 months

Milestones

2013

Played title role in fantasy adventure "Oz the Great and Powerful," directed by Sam Raimi

2013

Co-directed "Interior. Leather Bar." with Travis Mathews; film re-imagined lost 40 minutes from"Cruising" (1980)

2011

Starred as a scientist in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"

2011

Co-hosted 83rd Annual Academy Awards with Anne Hathaway

2010

Guest starred on episode of NBC's "30 Rock" as himself and carried on a fake romance with Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski)

2010

Co-starred with Julia Roberts in "Eat Pray Love," based on Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir; Roberts portrayed the author who, after a painful divorce, goes on a life-changing journey through Italy, India, and Indonesia

2010

Starred in Danny Boyle's "127 Hours" as Aron Ralston, the American mountain climber who was trapped by a boulder for nearly five days before amputating his own arm

2009

Joined cast of ABC's "General Hospital" with recurring role of serial killer Franco

2008

Portrayed Harvey Milk's (Sean Penn) lover in director Gus Van Sant's biopic "Milk"

2008

Co-starred with Seth Rogen in "Pineapple Express," co-written and co-produced by Rogen and Judd Apatow

2007

Once again teamed with Tobey Maguire and director Sam Raimi to play Harry Osborn in "Spider-Man 3"

2007

Made cameo appearance in Judd Apatow's "Knocked Up"

2006

Made directorial debut with "The Ape"; originally co-wrote as a one-act play and later released on video

2006

Portrayed legendary hero Tristan opposite Sophia Myles in Tristan & Isolde"

2006

Played lead role in WWI adventure "Flyboys"

2005

Co-starred in WWII drama "The Great Raid"

2004

Reprised role of Harry Osborn for "Spider-Man 2"

2003

Co-starred with Neve Campbell in Robert Altman's "The Company"

2002

Played Robert De Niro's son in drama "City by the Sea"

2002

Cast in supporting role of Harry Osborn, son of the villainous Green Goblin in director Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man"

2001

Portrayed the titular legend in director Mark Rydell's biographical TV movie "James Dean" (TNT)

2000

First major film role, romantic high school comedy "Whatever It Takes"

1999

Featured in NBC miniseries "To Serve and Protect"

1999

Appeared in teen comedy "Never Been Kissed"

1999

Cast as rebel Daniel Desario on NBC's short-lived but well-received series "Freaks and Geeks," produced by Judd Apatow

1998

Began to pursue acting career following 15-month intensive training course

Bonus Trivia

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"I almost feel like this is a transition period for me. Until now, I played a lot of tortured young men, and now it seems like it's going into something else. But what is that? Who am I, and who will that be? That's what I'm finding out." – Franco to Interview magazine, February 2006

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Franco was named the 2009 Man Of The Year from Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatrical Society.

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"...In 'Eat Pray Love,' my character mostly appears in the first twenty pages of the book. And I can definitely say I read the first twenty pages." – Franco quoted in Esquire, September 2010

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