James Franco

James Franco

Age
36
Birthday
Apr. 19th, 1978
Born in
Palo Alto, California, USA
Height
5' 10"

James Franco's Main TV Roles

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

Main Movie Roles

2014 - Good People
2014 - Palo Alto
2011 - Your Highness
2010 - 127 Hours
2010 - Eat, Pray, Love
2010 - Date Night
2008 - Nights in Rodanthe
2008 - Milk
2008 - Pineapple Express
2007 - Good Time Max
2007 - In the Valley of Elah
2007 - An American Crime
2007 - Camille
2007 - Spider-Man 3
2007 - Knocked Up
2006 - The Holiday
2006 - Annapolis
2006 - The Wicker Man
2006 - Flyboys
2005 - The Great Raid
2004 - Spider-Man 2
2002 - Deuces Wild
2002 - Spider-Man
2002 - City By The Sea
2000 - Whatever It Takes
1999 - Never Been Kissed

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Osbourne Silver
6
Himself - Guest
2
Paul Leotard
2
Himself - Guest
1
Stevie
1
James Franco
1
[Complete List]



BIOGRAPHY:

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.


TRIVIA:
  • 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).
  • Has his own production company - Rabbit Bandini Productions.
  • Auditioned for the role of Peter Parker in _Spider-Man (2002)_ (qv), but was given the part of Harry Osbourne.
  • Is of Portuguese and Swedish heritage on his father's side, and of Russian Jewish heritage on his mother's side.
  • 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.
  • His parents are Betsy & Doug Franco
  • He has two brothers, Tom and 'Dave Franco' (qv).


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