James Franco

James Franco

Apr. 19th, 1978
Born in
Palo Alto, California, USA
5' 10"

James Franco's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
11.22.63 TV Show
Freaks and Geeks TV Show
Freaks and Geeks
83rd Academy Awards TV Show
83rd Academy Awards

Main Movie Roles

2016 - Memoria
2015 - The Night Before
2015 - True Story
2015 - Wild Horses
2014 - Maladies
2014 - Palo Alto
2014 - Good People
2014 - Interior. Leather Bar.
2014 - Veronica Mars
2014 - The Interview
2013 - Homefront
2013 - Third Person
2013 - Lovelace
2013 - Child of God
2013 - Sal
2013 - Spring Breakers
2013 - This Is the End
2013 - Mademoiselle C
2013 - Oz: The Great and Powerful
2012 - The Iceman
2012 - About Cherry
2012 - Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present
2011 - Rise of the Planet of the Apes
2011 - The Green Hornet
2011 - The Sitter
2011 - Your Highness
2010 - 127 Hours
2010 - Eat, Pray, Love
2010 - Howl
2010 - Date Night
2008 - Nights in Rodanthe
2008 - Milk
2008 - Pineapple Express
2007 - In the Valley of Elah
2007 - Spider-Man 3
2007 - An American Crime
2007 - Spider-Man 3
2007 - Good Time Max
2007 - Knocked Up
2006 - Flyboys
2006 - Annapolis
2006 - The Holiday
2006 - The Wicker Man
2005 - The Great Raid
2004 - Spider-Man 2
2003 - Blind Spot
2002 - Spider-Man
2002 - Deuces Wild
2001 - Mean People Suck
2000 - Whatever It Takes
1999 - Never Been Kissed
0 - As I Lay Dying

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Sgt. Pepper
Osbourne Silver
Frankie Martino
Himself - Guest
Himself - Guest
Himself - Guest
Paul Leotard
Himself - Guest
[Complete List]


Best known for his breakthrough starring role on "Freaks and Geeks" (1999), James Franco was born in Palo Alto, California on April 19, 1978. Growing up with his two younger brothers, 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) (mini). After that he had a starring role in Whatever It Takes (2000), which is where he met his future girlfriend, Marla Sokoloff.

Although he'd been working steadily, it wasn't until the TNT made-for-television movie, James Dean (2001) (TV) 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).

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) (TV). Definitely growing out of his shyness James Franco is turning into a legend of his own.

  • His first overseas trip was to Australia to film _The Great Raid (2005)_ (qv).
  • James appeared in two movies that premiered on the same day, _Deuces Wild (2002)_ (qv) and _Spider-Man (2002)_ (qv), 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 admitted in an interview he did not get along with 'Busy Philipps' (qv) on the set of _"Freaks and Geeks" (1999)_ (qv).
  • Studied acting with 'Ivana Chubbuck' (qv), whose students include stars such as 'Charlize Theron' (qv), 'Halle Berry' (qv), 'Elisabeth Shue' (qv), 'Catherine Keener' (qv), 'Carrie-Anne Moss' (qv), 'Djimon Hounsou' (qv), 'Garry Shandling' (qv) and 'Jon Voight' (qv).
  • Shares a birthday with 'Hayden Christensen' (qv).
  • His grandmother, Mitzie Verne, is an artist.
  • Was named one of Salon.com's "10 men who might just inspire the rebirth of Jewish male cool."
  • Was named one of People Magazine's 50 Hottest Bachelors [2004]

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