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.

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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.

Personal Info

Gender Male

Known Credits 160

Birthday 1978-04-19

Place of Birth Palo Alto - California - USA

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • James Edward Franco

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2018 Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad as (voice)
2017 The Labyrinth as Narrator (voice)
2017 The Disaster Artist as Tommy Wiseau
2017 The Mad Whale
2017 Pretenders as Maxwell
2017 The Deuce(1 episode) as Vincent Martino / Frankie Martino
2017 The Vault as Ed Mass
2017 Zeroville as Vikar
2017 Don't Come Back from the Moon as Roman Smalley
2017 Alien: Covenant as Jacob Branson (uncredited)
2017 Black Dog, Red Dog as Leo
2017 The Institute as Dr. Cairn
2017 Prologue: Last Supper as Capt. Jacob Branson
2017 In Dubious Battle as Mac McLeod
2017 High School Lover as Rick Winters
2016 Why Him? as Laird Mayhew
2016 Goat as Mitch
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 Burn Country as Lindsay
2016 King Cobra as Joe
2016 The Adderall Diaries as Stephen Elliott
2016 Memoria as Mr. Wyckoff
2016 A Walk in Winter as Conrad
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 Angie Tribeca(6 episodes) as Sgt. Eddie Pepper
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 Every Thing Will Be Fine as Tomas Eldan
2015 Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special as Himself
2015 I Am Michael as Michael Glatze
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 A Fuller Life as Himself - Reader (segment "Copy Boy")
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 Masculinity & Me
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 Nights in Rodanthe as Mark Flanner
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 Harry Osborn / New Goblin
2007 Finishing The Game as Dean Silo
2007 Interview as Boyfriend on Phone (voice)
2007 Good Time Max as Max
2007 The Hills with James Franco and Mila Kunis as Justin Bobby
2006 The Holiday as Himself
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 You Always Stalk the Ones You Love
2002 The Car Kid
2002 Deuces Wild as Tino
2002 Spider-Man as Harry Osborn
2001 James Dean as James Dean
2001 Some Body as Apartment Guy #3
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)
1963 General Hospital(0 episodes) as Franco
1900 The Trap
1900 Kin
1900 Actors Anonymous as Jake Lamont
1900 Future World
1900 Killing Animals as Mr. Hurston
1900 Kill the Czar
1900 Mississippi Requiem
1900 The Long Home as Dallas Hardin

Directing

2017 The Disaster ArtistDirector
2017 PretendersDirector
2017 ZerovilleDirector
2017 Black Dog, Red DogDirector
2017 The InstituteDirector
2017 In Dubious BattleDirector
2016 11.22.63Director
2016 11.22.63(1 episode)Director
2014 The Sound And The FuryDirector
2013 Venice 70: Future ReloadedDirector
2013 Child of GodDirector
2013 La PassioneDirector
2013 As I Lay DyingDirector
2013 Interior. Leather Bar.Director
2012 My Own Private RiverDirector
2012 FrancophreniaDirector
2011 SalDirector
2011 The Broken TowerDirector
2010 42 One Dream RushDirector
2010 Masculinity & MeDirector
2010 The Clerk's TaleDirector
2010 Saturday NightDirector
2010 Herbert WhiteDirector
2010 Goat BoyDirector
2009 The Feast of StephenDirector
2007 Good Time MaxDirector
2005 The ApeDirector
1900 Future WorldDirector
1900 The Long HomeDirector
1900 BukowskiDirector

Production

2017 The LabyrinthExecutive Producer
2017 The Disaster ArtistProducer
2017 The InstituteExecutive Producer
2017 In Dubious BattleProducer
2017 High School LoverExecutive Producer
2016 Why Him?Executive Producer
2016 GoatProducer
2016 King CobraProducer
2016 The Adderall DiariesProducer
2016 A Walk in WinterExecutive Producer
2016 11.22.63Producer
2016 11.22.63(8 episodes)Producer
2016 YosemiteExecutive Producer
2015 Miss FamousExecutive Producer
2015 I Am MichaelProducer
2015 Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman of La ManchaExecutive Producer
2014 The InterviewExecutive Producer
2014 GuestsExecutive Producer
2013 The DirectorProducer
2013 KinkProducer
2013 Interior. Leather Bar.Producer
2012 The Color of TimeProducer
2011 The Broken TowerProducer
2005 The ApeExecutive Producer
1900 Mississippi RequiemExecutive Producer
1900 Undergrads: South(0 episodes)Executive Producer

Writing

2017 Black Dog, Red DogWriter
2016 Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?Story
2016 YosemiteNovel
2014 Palo AltoStory
2013 Child of GodScreenplay
2013 As I Lay DyingScreenplay
2011 SalStory
2011 The Broken TowerScreenplay
2010 Masculinity & MeWriter
2010 The Clerk's TaleScreenplay
2010 Herbert WhiteWriter
2009 The Feast of StephenWriter
2007 Good Time MaxWriter
2005 The ApeWriter
1900 Mississippi RequiemWriter
1900 Killing AnimalsNovel
1900 Actors AnonymousWriter
1900 BukowskiWriter

Editing

2011 The Broken TowerEditor

Crew

2013 Interior. Leather Bar.Cinematography

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