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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 32 wins & 90 nominations. See more awards »

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127 Hours
127 Hours Aron Ralston
The Interview
The Interview Dave Skylark
Spider-Man Harry Osborn
This Is the End
This Is the End James Franco


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 2018 Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad (filming)
Lemmy (voice)
 2017 Blood Surf (post-production)
Metalhead Troy
 2017 Pretenders (filming)
 2017 The Long Home (post-production)
Dallas Hardin
 2017 Actors Anonymous (post-production)
Jake Lamont
 2017/II Kin (post-production)
 2017 The Deuce (TV Series) (post-production)
Vincent Martino / Frankie Martino
- Episode #1.8 (2017) ... Vincent Martino / Frankie Martino
- Episode #1.7 (2017) ... Vincent Martino / Frankie Martino
- Why Me? (2017) ... Vincent Martino / Frankie Martino
- What Kind of Bad? (2017) ... Vincent Martino / Frankie Martino
- Episode #1.4 (2017) ... Vincent Martino / Frankie Martino
 2017 The Institute (completed)
Dr. Cairn
 2017 The Vault (post-production)
Ed Maas
 2017 Zeroville (completed)
  Killing Animals (completed)
Mr. Hurston
 2017 High School Lover
Rick Winters
 2017 The Labyrinth
Narrator (voice)
 2016 In Dubious Battle
 2016 Angie Tribeca (TV Series)
Sgt. Pepper / Eddie Pepper
- Electoral Dysfunction (2016) ... Sgt. Pepper
- The Coast Is Fear (2016) ... Sgt. Pepper
- Boyz II Dead (2016) ... Sgt. Pepper
- Organ Trail (2016) ... Sgt. Pepper
- Fleas Don't Kill Me (2016) ... Sgt. Pepper
 2016 Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? (TV Movie)
 2016 The Caged Pillows (Video short)
David Del Rosario
 2016 Burn Country
 2016 King Cobra
 2016 Sausage Party
Druggie (voice)
 2016 Goat
 2015/II The Night Before
James Franco
 2014-2015 Making a Scene with James Franco (TV Series short)
James / Jack / Eric Forman, Michael Kelso / ...
- One's Company (2015) ... Jack
- That 70s 70s Show (2015) ... Eric Forman, Michael Kelso
- Friendtervention (2015) ... Rachel / Joey
- Seinfeld M.D. (2015) ... Jerry
 2015/I Memoria
Mr. Wyckoff
 2015/I The Little Prince
The Fox (voice)
 2015 Deadbeat (TV Series)
- The Polaroid Flasher (2015) ... Johnny
 2015 The Adderall Diaries
Stephen Elliott
 2015 Wild Horses
Ben Briggs
 2015 A Walk in Winter (Short)
 2015 Every Thing Will Be Fine
Tomas Eldan
 2015 Yosemite
 2015 Don Quixote
 2014 Grow a Guy (Short)
Chad, the Grow-a-Guy
 2014 Of Mice and Men
George Milton
 2014 Good People
Tom Wright
 2014 Obituaries (Short)
Felix Mitchum
 2014 Veronica Mars
James Franco (uncredited)
 2013 Palo Alto
Mr. B
 2013 The Real World: This Is the End Edition (TV Short)
James Franco
 2012/IV The Letter
 2012 Maladies
 2012 FCU: Fact Checkers Unit (TV Series)
- James Franco Is Preggers (2012) ... James
 2012 Rebel Dabble Babble (Short)
Jim Stark / James Dean
 2009-2012 General Hospital (TV Series)
- Episode #1.12473 (2012) ... Franco
- Episode #1.12472 (2012) ... Franco
- Episode #1.12443 (2011) ... Franco
- Episode #1.12429 (2011) ... Franco
- Episode #1.12428 (2011) ... Franco
 2011/II Rebel (Short)
 2011/I Sal
Milton Katselas
 2010 Love & Distrust (Video)
Travis (segment: "Grasshopper" by Eric Kmetz)
 2010 Masculinity & Me (Short)
 2010 Shadows & Lies
William Vincent
 2010 Date Night
 2010 30 Rock (TV Series)
James Franco
 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 Spider-Man 3 (Video Game)
Harry Osborn / New Goblin (voice)
 2007 Knocked Up
Sol (uncredited)
 2007/I Interview
Boyfriend on Phone (voice)
 2006 Grasshopper (Short)
 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 The Car Kid (Short)
 2002 Blind Spot
 2002 Deuces Wild
 2001 James Dean (TV Movie)
James Dean
 2001 Mean People Suck (Short)
 2001 Some Body
Apartment Guy #3 (uncredited)
 2001 The X-Files (TV Series)
Officer #2
- Surekill (2001) ... Officer #2
 2000 If Tomorrow Comes
 2000 At Any Cost (TV Movie)
 1999 Profiler (TV Series)
- Three Carat Crisis (1999) ... Stevie
 1999 Never Been Kissed
Jason (as James Edward Franco)
 1999 To Serve and Protect (TV Mini-Series)
Matt Carr
- Episode #1.2 (1999) ... Matt Carr
- Episode #1.1 (1999) ... Matt Carr
 1998 1973 (TV Movie)
 1997 Pacific Blue (TV Series)
- Matters of the Heart (1997) ... Brian
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Announced he will make his Broadway debut in spring 2014, starring as George in a revival of John Steinbeck's classic 1937 drama "Of Mice and Men, to be directed by Anna D. Shapiro. See more »

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

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Alternate Names:

James Edward Franco


5' 11" (1.8 m)

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(2011, on being a workaholic) I don't know, but the first short film I ever directed, years before I even went to film school at NYU, is about a boy who is introduced to the concept of his own mortality when his goldfish dies. He says to his parents, "I don't want to die," and though they say he shouldn't worry because there's plenty of time, they don't really comfort him. So he thinks, I have to... See more »


In October 2015, James Franco had a Bar Mitzvah, the Jewish coming-of-age ceremony traditionally celebrated at age 13. A rabbi, of the Reform Jewish denomination, presided over the ceremony, in which Franco, wearing a traditional prayer shawl and yarmulke, read from the Torah in Hebrew. Franco was 37 at the time of his Bar Mitzvah; though they are most often celebrated at 13, a Bar Mitzvah may be... See more »


Tends to play characters with a troubled past or life See more »


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