James Franco

Biography

James Edward Franco (born April 19, 1978) is an American actor, film director, screenwriter, film producer, author, painter, and performance artist. He left college in order to pursue acting and started off his career by making guest appearances on television series in the 1990s. Franco landed a lead part on the short-lived cult hit television program Freaks and Geeks and later achieved recognition for playing the titular character in the TV biopic James Dean (2001), for which he was awarded a Golden Globe Award. He achieved international fame with his portrayals of Harry Osborn in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy.

Franco has been acclaimed for both dramatic and comedic work in projects and has appeared in an eclectic range of projects since the 2000s. Ranging from period to contemporary pieces, and from major Hollywood productions to less publicized indie films, as well as fantasy movies to biopics and soap operas. Other notable films include Pineapple Express, a stoner comedy that earned him his second Golden Globes nomination, the Harvey Milk-biopic Milk (both 2008) as well as Danny Boyle's 2010 movie 127 Hours, about real-life mountain climber Aron Ralston's struggle to free his hand from a boulder. His performance in 127 Hours earned him nominations for many high-profile awards, including the Academy Awards, Golden Globe and SAG Awards.

Franco has hosted the skit comedy Saturday Night Live twice as well as the 83rd Academy Awards with Anne Hathaway. He volunteers for the Art of Elysium charity and is in a relationship with actress Ahna O'Reilly.

Description above from the Wikipedia article James Franco, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

James Edward Franco (born April 19, 1978) is an American actor, film director, screenwriter, film producer, author, painter, and performance artist. He left college in order to pursue acting and started off his career by making guest appearances on television series in the 1990s. Franco landed a lead part on the short-lived cult hit television program Freaks and Geeks and later achieved recognition for playing the titular character in the TV biopic James Dean (2001), for which he was awarded a Golden Globe Award. He achieved international fame with his portrayals of Harry Osborn in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy.

Franco has been acclaimed for both dramatic and comedic work in projects and has appeared in an eclectic range of projects since the 2000s. Ranging from period to contemporary pieces, and from major Hollywood productions to less publicized indie films, as well as fantasy movies to biopics and soap operas. Other notable films include Pineapple Express, a stoner comedy that earned him his second Golden Globes nomination, the Harvey Milk-biopic Milk (both 2008) as well as Danny Boyle's 2010 movie 127 Hours, about real-life mountain climber Aron Ralston's struggle to free his hand from a boulder. His performance in 127 Hours earned him nominations for many high-profile awards, including the Academy Awards, Golden Globe and SAG Awards.

Franco has hosted the skit comedy Saturday Night Live twice as well as the 83rd Academy Awards with Anne Hathaway. He volunteers for the Art of Elysium charity and is in a relationship with actress Ahna O'Reilly.

Description above from the Wikipedia article James Franco, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

View Profile Images

Personal Info

Gender Male

Known Credits 132

Birthday 1978-04-19

Place of Birth Palo Alto - California - USA

Adult Actor False

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • James Edward Franco

Known For

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2017 The Trap
2016 In Dubious Battle as Mac McLeod
2016 Why Him? as Laird Mayhew
2016 The Masterpiece as Tommy Wiseau
2016 Zeroville as Vikar
2016 The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards as Conrad
2016 Sausage Party as Druggie (voice)
2016 Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? as Director
2016 Obituaries as Felix Mitchum
2016 The Caged Pillows as David D-R+
2016 The Fixer as Lindsay
2016 King Cobra as Joe
2016 Memoria as Mr. Wyckoff
2016 The 4%: Film's Gender Problem as Himself
2016 11.22.63 as Jake Epping
2016 11.22.63(8 episodes) as Jake Epping
2016 Goat as Mitch
2016 Yosemite as Phil
2015 Richard Peter Johnson as James Franco
2015 The Night Before as James
2015 Queen of the Desert as Henry Cadogan
2015 Call Me Lucky as Himself
2015 The Little Prince as The Fox (voice)
2015 Wild Horses as Ben Briggs
2015 True Story as Christian Longo
2015 The Adderall Diaries as Stephen Elliott
2015 Every Thing Will Be Fine as Tomas Eldan
2015 Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special as Himself
2015 I Am Michael as Michael
2015 Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha as Pasamonte
2014 The Interview as Dave Skylark
2014 Lennon or McCartney as Himself (archive footage)
2014 Future Relic 02 as The Searcher
2014 National Theater Live: Of Mice and Men as George
2014 Good People as Tom Reed
2014 The Sound And The Fury as Benjy Compson
2014 Palo Alto as Mr. B
2014 Deadbeat(1 episode) as Johnny
2014 Veronica Mars as Himself (uncredited)
2014 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon(1 episode) as Himself
2013 Homefront as Gator
2013 Third Person as Rick
2013 Comedy Central Roast of James Franco as Himself
2013 Lovelace as Hugh Hefner
2013 Child of God as Jerry
2013 This Is the End as James Franco
2013 As I Lay Dying as Darl Bundren
2013 Oz: The Great and Powerful as Oz
2013 Maladies as James
2013 Spring Breakers as Alien
2013 Interior. Leather Bar.
2012 The Color of Time as C.K. Williams (age 40)
2012 The Mindy Project(2 episodes) as Paul Leotard
2012 The Letter as Tyrone
2012 The Iceman as Marty Freeman
2012 About Cherry as Francis
2011 Eames: The Architect & The Painter as Voice
2011 Sal as Milton Katselas
2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes as Will Rodman
2011 The Broken Tower as Hart Crane
2011 Your Highness as Fabious
2011 The Green Hornet as Danny Crystal Cleer
2010 127 Hours as Aron Ralston
2010 Howl as Allen Ginsberg
2010 Love and Distrust as Travis
2010 Eat Pray Love as David
2010 With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story as Himself
2010 Saturday Night as Himself
2010 Shadows & Lies as William Vincent
2010 Date Night as Taste
2009 SNL Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas
2009 Erased James Franco as Himself
2008 Milk as Scott Smith
2008 Pineapple Express as Saul Silver
2008 Camille as Silias
2007 In the Valley of Elah as Sergeant Carnelli
2007 An American Crime as Andy
2007 Knocked Up as Himself (uncredited)
2007 Spider-Man 3 as New Goblin / Harry Osborn
2007 Good Time Max as Max
2007 The Hills with James Franco and Mila Kunis as Justin Bobby
2006 The Dead Girl as Derek
2006 30 Rock(1 episode)
2006 Grasshopper as Travis
2006 Flyboys as Blaine Rawlings
2006 The Wicker Man as Bar Guy #1
2006 Tristan & Isolde as Tristan
2006 Annapolis as Jake Huard
2005 The Colbert Report(1 episode)
2005 The Great Raid as Captain Prince
2005 The Ape as Harry Walker
2004 The Tony Danza Show(1 episode)
2004 Spider-Man 2 as Harry Osborn
2003 The Company as Josh
2003 Blind Spot as Danny
2003 Jimmy Kimmel Live!(1 episode)
2002 Sonny as Sonny
2002 City By The Sea as Joey
2002 Mother Ghost as Skateboarder guy
2002 The Car Kid
2002 Spider-Man as Harry Osborn
2001 James Dean as James Dean
2001 Mean People Suck as Casey
2000 At Any Cost as Mike
2000 Whatever It Takes as Chris Campbell
1999 The Early Show(1 episode)
1999 Freaks and Geeks(48 episodes) as Daniel Desario
1999 Never Been Kissed as Jason
1996 Profiler(1 episode)
1996 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah(1 episode)
1993 The X-Files(1 episode)
1992 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno(1 episode)
1983 Live with Regis and Kathie Lee(1 episode)
1975 Saturday Night Live(2 episodes)
1965 General Hospital(0 episodes) as Franco
1900 The Long Home
1900 Actors Anonymous as Jake Lamont
1900 Future World

Directing

2016 In Dubious Battle … Director
2016 The Masterpiece … Director
2016 Zeroville … Director
2016 11.22.63 … Director
2016 11.22.63(1 episode) … Director
2014 The Sound And The Fury … Director
2013 Venice 70: Future Reloaded … Director
2013 Child of God … Director
2013 La Passione … Director
2013 As I Lay Dying … Director
2013 Interior. Leather Bar. … Director
2012 My Own Private River … Director
2012 Francophrenia … Director
2011 Sal … Director
2011 The Broken Tower … Director
2010 42 One Dream Rush … Director
2010 Saturday Night … Director
2010 Herbert White … Director
2010 Goat Boy … Director
2009 The Feast of Stephen … Director
2007 Good Time Max … Director
2005 The Ape … Director
1900 Future World … Director
1900 The Long Home … Director
1900 Bukowski … Director

Production

2016 In Dubious Battle … Producer
2016 The Masterpiece … Producer
2016 King Cobra … Producer
2016 11.22.63(8 episodes) … Producer
2015 Miss Famous … Executive Producer
2015 The Adderall Diaries … Producer
2014 The Interview … Executive Producer
2014 Guests … Executive Producer
2013 The Director … Producer
2013 Kink … Producer
2012 The Color of Time … Producer
2011 The Broken Tower … Producer
1900 Undergrads: South(0 episodes) … Executive Producer

Writing

2016 Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? … Story
2016 Yosemite … Novel
2014 Palo Alto … Story
2013 Child of God … Screenplay
2013 As I Lay Dying … Screenplay
2011 Sal … Story
2011 The Broken Tower … Screenplay
2010 Herbert White … Writer
2009 The Feast of Stephen … Writer
2007 Good Time Max … Writer
1900 Actors Anonymous … Writer
1900 Bukowski … Writer

Editing

2011 The Broken Tower … Editor

By signing up for an account on TMDb, you can post directly to Twitter and Facebook.

You need to be logged in to continue. Click here to login or here to sign up.