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James Franco


Known for his breakthrough starring role on Freaks and Geeks (1999), James Franco was born April 19, 1978 in Palo Alto, California, to Betsy Franco, a writer, artist, and actress, and Douglas Eugene "Doug" Franco, who ran a Silicon Valley business. His mother is Jewish and his father was of Portuguese and Swedish descent. Growing up with his two ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 45 wins & 129 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

127 Hours
127 Hours Aron Ralston
(2010)
The Disaster Artist
The Disaster Artist Tommy / 'Johnny'
(2017)
Spring Breakers
(2012)
Pineapple Express
Pineapple Express Saul Silver
(2008)

Filmography

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 2018 The Pretenders (completed)
Maxwell
 2018 Arctic Justice (post-production)
Lemmy (voice)
 2018/I Kin (completed)
 2018 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (TV Mini-Series) (pre-production)
- Near Algodones (2018)
 2018 The Long Home (post-production)
Dallas Hardin
 2018 Zeroville (post-production)
Vikar
 2017 Ozara and Katessa (TV Short) (completed)
Ozara / Robbie / Damsel in Distress / ... (voice)
  Multiple Man (announced)
Jamie Madrox / Multiple Man
 2018 A Rose for Emily (Short)
Homer Baron
 2017 Blood Surf
Metalhead Troy
 2017 The Deuce (TV Series)
Vincent Martino / Frankie Martino
- My Name Is Ruby (2017) ... Vincent Martino / Frankie Martino
- Au Reservoir (2017) ... Vincent Martino / Frankie Martino
- Why Me? (2017) ... Vincent Martino / Frankie Martino
- What Kind of Bad? (2017) ... Vincent Martino / Frankie Martino
- I See Money (2017) ... Vincent Martino / Frankie Martino
 2017 Blood Ride
Billy
 2017 The Disaster Artist
Tommy / 'Johnny'
 2017 The Vault
Ed Maas
 2017 Dumpster Diving (Video short)
El Diablo
 2017 Blood Heist
Farmer Simon
 2017 Don't Come Back from the Moon
Roman Smalley
 2017 Alien: Covenant
Branson (uncredited)
 2017 This Is Your Death
Male Host
 2017 Actors Anonymous
Jake Lamont
 2017 The Institute
Dr. Cairn
 2017 High School Lover (TV Movie)
Rick Winters
 2017/II The Labyrinth
Narrator (voice)
 2016 Why Him?
Laird Mayhew
 2016 In Dubious Battle
Mac
 2016 Angie Tribeca (TV Series)
Sgt. Eddie Pepper
- Electoral Dysfunction (2016) ... Sgt. Eddie Pepper
- The Coast Is Fear (2016) ... Sgt. Eddie Pepper
- Boyz II Dead (2016) ... Sgt. Eddie Pepper
- Organ Trail (2016) ... Sgt. Eddie Pepper
- Fleas Don't Kill Me (2016) ... Sgt. Eddie Pepper
 2016 Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? (TV Movie)
Director
 2016 The Caged Pillows (Video short)
David Del Rosario
 2016 Burn Country
Lindsay
 2016 King Cobra
Joe
 2016 11.22.63 (TV Mini-Series)
Jake Epping
- The Day in Question (2016) ... Jake Epping
- Soldier Boy (2016) ... Jake Epping
- Happy Birthday, Lee Harvey Oswald (2016) ... Jake Epping
- The Truth (2016) ... Jake Epping
- The Eyes of Texas (2016) ... Jake Epping
 2016 Sausage Party
Druggie (voice)
 2016 Goat
Mitch
 2015 Richard Peter Johnson
James Franco
 2015/II The Night Before
James Franco
 2014-2015 Making a Scene with James Franco (TV Series short)
James / Jack / Eric Forman / ...
- One's Company (2015) ... Jack
- That 70s 70s Show (2015) ... Eric Forman / Michael Kelso
- Friendtervention (2015) ... Rachel / Joey
- Seinfeld M.D. (2015) ... Jerry
- Saved by the Freaks (2015) ... Zack Morris / Daniel Desario
 2015/I Memoria
Mr. Wyckoff
 2015 Black Dog, Red Dog
Leo
 2015 Le Petit Prince
The Fox (voice)
 2015 Deadbeat (TV Series)
Johnny
- The Polaroid Flasher (2015) ... Johnny
 2015 The Adderall Diaries
Stephen Elliott
 2015 Wild Horses
Ben Briggs
 2015 A Walk in Winter (Short)
Conrad
 2015 Queen of the Desert
Henry Cadogan
 2015 I Am Michael
Michael Glatze
 2015 Yosemite
Phil
 2015/I True Story
Christian Longo
 2015 Don Quixote
Pasamonte
 2014/II The Interview
Dave Skylark
 2014 Grow a Guy (Short)
Chad, the Grow-a-Guy
 2014 Of Mice and Men
George Milton
 2014 The Sound and the Fury
Benjy Compson
 2014 Dave Skylark's Very Special VMA Special (TV Movie)
David Skylark
 2014 Good People
Tom Wright
 2014 Obituaries (Short)
Felix Mitchum
 2014 Veronica Mars
James Franco (uncredited)
 2013/I Homefront
Morgan 'Gator' Bodine
 2013/IV Playtime
The Art Dealer
 2013 30 Seconds to Mars: City of Angels (Video short)
James Franco
 2013 The Mindy Project (TV Series)
Paul Leotard
- The Other Dr. L (2013) ... Paul Leotard
- All My Problems Solved Forever... (2013) ... Paul Leotard
 2013 Third Person
Rick
 2013 Child of God
Jerry
 2013 Palo Alto
Mr. B
 2013 The Real World: This Is the End Edition (TV Short)
James Franco
 2013 This Is the End
James Franco
 2013 As I Lay Dying
Darl Bundren
 2013 Lovelace
Hugh Hefner
 2012/II The Color of Time
C.K. Williams
 2012 Hollywood Heights (TV Series)
Osbourne Silver
- The Final Concert (2012) ... Osbourne Silver
- Jetsetter (2012) ... Osbourne Silver
- Loren's Recording Session (2012) ... Osbourne Silver
- Eddie Questions His Feelings (2012) ... Osbourne Silver
- Chloe's Secret (2012) ... Osbourne Silver
 2012/IV The Letter
Tyrone
 2012 Spring Breakers
Alien
 2012 The Iceman
Marty Freeman
 2012 Maladies
James
 2012 FCU: Fact Checkers Unit (TV Series)
James
- James Franco Is Preggers (2012) ... James
 2012 Rebel Dabble Babble (Short)
Jim Stark / James Dean
 2012 About Cherry
Frances
 2009-2012 General Hospital (TV Series)
Franco
- 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
 2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Will Rodman
 2011 The Broken Tower
Hart Crane
 2011 Your Highness
Fabious
 2011 The Green Hornet
Danny Crystal Cleer (uncredited)
 2010 127 Hours
Aron Ralston
 2010 Love & Distrust (Video)
Travis / Segment 3 - Grasshopper (Sincerity and Doubt)
 2010 Eat Pray Love
David Piccolo
 2010 Masculinity & Me (Short)
 2010 Shadows & Lies
William Vincent
 2010 Date Night
Taste
 2010 Howl
Allen Ginsberg
 2010 30 Rock (TV Series)
James Franco
- Klaus and Greta (2010) ... James Franco
 2008/I Milk
Scott Smith
 2008 Nights in Rodanthe
Mark Flanner (uncredited)
 2008 Pineapple Express
Saul Silver
 2008/I Camille
Silias
 2007 The Hills with James Franco and Mila Kunis (Video short)
Justin Bobby
 2007 In the Valley of Elah
Sgt. Dan Carnelli
 2007 Spider-Man 3 (Video Game)
Harry Osborn / New Goblin (voice)
 2007 Good Time Max
Max
 2007 Spider-Man 3
New Goblin / Harry Osborn
 2007 Knocked Up
Sol (uncredited)
 2007/I Interview
Boyfriend on Phone (voice)
 2007 An American Crime
Andy
 2006 The Holiday
James Franco (uncredited)
 2006 The Dead Girl
Derek
 2006 Grasshopper (Short)
Travis
 2006 Flyboys
Blaine Rawlings
 2006 The Wicker Man
Bar Guy #1
 2006 Annapolis
Jake Huard
 2006 Tristan + Isolde
Tristan
 2005 Fool's Gold
Brent
 2005 The Great Raid
Captain Prince
 2005 The Ape
Harry Walker
 2004 Spider-Man 2
Harry Osborn
 2003 The Company
Josh
 2002 City by the Sea
Joey
 2002 Sonny
Sonny
 2002 Mother Ghost
Skateboarder Guy
 2002 The Car Kid (Short)
 2002 Blind Spot
Danny
 2002 Deuces Wild
Tino
 2002 Spider-Man
Harry Osborn
 2001 James Dean (TV Movie)
James Dean
 2001 Mean People Suck (Short)
Casey
 2001 Some Body
Apartment Guy #3 (uncredited)
 2001 The X-Files (TV Series)
Officer #2
- Surekill (2001) ... Officer #2
 2000 If Tomorrow Comes
Devin
 1999-2000 Freaks and Geeks (TV Series)
Daniel Desario
- Noshing and Moshing (2000) ... Daniel Desario
- Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers (2000) ... Daniel Desario
- The Little Things (2000) ... Daniel Desario
- Smooching and Mooching (2000) ... Daniel Desario
- Discos and Dragons (2000) ... Daniel Desario
 2000 At Any Cost (TV Movie)
Mike
 2000 Whatever It Takes
Chris
 1999 Profiler (TV Series)
Stevie
- 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)
Greg
 1997 Pacific Blue (TV Series)
Brian
- Matters of the Heart (1997) ... Brian
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Show Show Self (159 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (20 credits)

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Alternate Names:

James Edward Franco

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on Marlon Brando] Brando's performances revolutionized American acting precisely because he didn't seem to be "performing," in the sense that he wasn't putting something on as much as he was being. Off-screen he defied the studio system's control over his image, allowing his weight to fluctuate, choosing roles that were considered beneath him and turning down the Oscar for best actor in 1973. ... See more »

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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 ... See more »

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