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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 ... See full bio »

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 2018 Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad (filming)
Lemmy (voice)
 2017 Blood Surf (post-production)
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 2017 The Long Home (post-production)
Dallas Hardin
 2017 The Institute (post-production)
Dr. Cairn
 2017 The Vault (post-production)
Ed Maas
 2016/I Actors Anonymous (post-production)
Jake Lamont
 2016 Zeroville (completed)
  Killing Animals (completed)
Mr. Hurston
 2017 The Labyrinth
Narrator (voice)
 2016 In Dubious Battle
 2016/IV Burn Country
 2016 King Cobra
 2016 Sausage Party
Druggie (voice)
 2016 Goat
 2015 The Night Before
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 2015/I Memoria
Mr. Wyckoff
 2015/I The Little Prince
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 2015 The Adderall Diaries
Stephen Elliott
 2015 Wild Horses
Ben Briggs
 2015 Every Thing Will Be Fine
Tomas Eldan
 2015 Queen of the Desert
Henry Cadogan
 2015 Yosemite
 2014 Good People
Tom Wright
 2014 Veronica Mars
James Franco (uncredited)
 2013 Palo Alto
Mr. B
 2012/IV The Letter
 2012 Maladies
 2011/I Sal
Milton Katselas
 2010 Shadows & Lies
William Vincent
 2010 Date Night
 2008/I Milk
Scott Smith
 2008 Nights in Rodanthe
Mark Flanner (uncredited)
 2008/I Camille
 2007 In the Valley of Elah
Sgt. Dan Carnelli
 2007 Knocked Up
Sol (uncredited)
 2007/I Interview
Boyfriend on Phone (voice)
 2006 The Wicker Man
Bar Guy #1
 2005 Fool's Gold
 2005 The Ape
Harry Walker
 2003 The Company
 2002 Sonny
 2002 Mother Ghost
Skateboarder Guy
 2002 Blind Spot
 2002 Deuces Wild
 2001 Some Body
Apartment Guy #3 (uncredited)
 2000 If Tomorrow Comes
 1999 Never Been Kissed
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Appeared as himself in student film 'Erased' See more »

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5 Interviews | 22 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 32 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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James Edward Franco


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[2011, on being a troubled youth] I was arrested for a lot of petty crimes. It added up. I was a ward of the court and was put on probation. Finally, I'd had enough chances, but they gave me one final chance, and, fortunately, I didn't get into any trouble after that. Otherwise, I guess it could have been like Lindsay Lohan, when she's on probation and then she's accused of stealing a necklace, ... See more »


Franco's creative writing professors have included such major figures as Amy Hempel, Mona Simpson, Jonathan Lethem, Gary Shteyngart and Michael Cunningham. See more »


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