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James Franco

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.


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Born:
Apr 19, 1978 In Palo Alto, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
22
First Appeared:
In the series Saturday Night Live 1975-10-11
Latest Project:
Series Deadbeat 2014-04-09

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 40 wins & 68 nominations.

Known For
Poster of The Mindy Project
Poster of 30 Rock
Poster of The Colbert Report
Poster of The X-Files
Filmography
Deadbeat Unknown 2014-04-09
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Unknown 2014-02-17
Naked and Afraid Unknown 2013-06-23
Hollywood Heights Unknown 2012-06-01
The Mindy Project Unknown 2012-09-25
Hamish & Andy's Gap Year Unknown 2011-07-28
Conan Unknown 2010-11-08
Chelsea Lately Unknown 2007-07-01
30 Rock Unknown 2006-10-11
The Colbert Report Unknown 2005-10-17
Cartaz Cultural Self 2003-02-17
Freaks and Geeks Daniel Desario 18 episodes, 1999-2000 1999-09-25
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Pacific Blue Unknown 1996-03-02
Profiler Unknown 1996-09-21
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
Inside the Actors Studio Unknown 1994-06-12
The X-Files Unknown 1993-09-10
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
American Experience Unknown 1988-10-04
The Oprah Winfrey Show Unknown 1986-01-07
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11