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James Franco

James Franco

Date of Birth
April 19, 1978
Age
44 years old
Zodiac sign
Aries
Occupation
Actor, Producer, Director

Biography of James Franco

James Franco, an American actor and filmmaker, was born on 19th April 1978 in Palo Alto, California. He was born to Douglas Eugene France and Betsy Franco who was an actress and writer. On his mother’s side, he was Jewish, and his father was of Portuguese and Swedish origin. 

In 1996, Franco graduated from Palo Alto High School. During his high school years, James, along with a group of school friends, was arrested by police for underage drinking and stealing fragrances from a department store and selling them to his classmates. However, the judge gave him the second chance, and he evaded the possibility of juvenile hall. After completing his study at the school, he then enrolled at the University of Los Angeles for majoring in English but dropped out against his parents’ wish after a year to pursue his acting career. He joined Robert Carnegie’s Playhouse West where he spent 15 months of intensive study to get into Hollywood. 

His struggle for an acting job did not last long as he starred in an NBC-produced television drama series Freaks and Geeks (1999). However, the show failed to attract viewers and was shut down after the first season. Before his starring role, he made an appearance in the TV mini-series To Serve and Protect (1999). His second starring role came in Whatever it Takes (2000). Subsequently, a year later, he was cast in the title role in the biographical film James Dean (2001) for which he received Golden Globe Award and earned nominations for a Primetime Emmy Award.

James rose to prominence in the superhero film Spider-Man (2002) in which he played the role of Harry Osborn. He once again appeared in Spider-Man 3 (2007) as Harry Osborn. One of his best performances came in 127 Hours (2010), for which he received nominations for Academy Award for Best Actor. Some of his other films include Milk (2008), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), and Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) to name a few. James’s last movie was Zeroville (2019)

Since his last movie, James has been away from the limelight mainly because of the controversy surrounding allegations against him dating back to 2018, when multiple women from his acting school accused James of sexual misconduct. There was a lawsuit filed against the actor, however, James initially denied the allegations but paid a little more than $2 million to reach an out-court settlement with the accused. Nevertheless, last year, James admitted to sleeping with students but said it was all consensual. Moreover, he said, “Over the course of my teaching, I did sleep with students, and that was wrong”.  

Popular Movies

Freaks and Geeks
8.5
Spider-Man
Spider-Man (2002)
7.75

Filmography

Genre
Year
Zeroville 6.8
Zeroville Zeroville
Drama, Comedy 2019, United States of America
The Long Home The Long Home
Drama 2018, United States of America
Kin 5.8
Kin Kin
Sci-Fi, Action 2018, United States of America
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs 7.3
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Western 2018, United States of America
Arctic Dogs 5.1
Arctic Dogs Arctic Dogs
Animation 2018, Great Britain / United States of America / Canada
The Deuce 7.1
The Deuce
Drama, Crime 2017, United States of America
Alien: Covenant 6.6
Alien: Covenant Alien: Covenant
Sci-Fi 2017, United States of America
The Trap The Trap
Thriller, Crime 2017, Germany / United States of America
Future World 4.1
Future World Future World
Sci-Fi, Action 2017, United States of America
The Disaster Artist 7.3
The Disaster Artist The Disaster Artist
Drama, Comedy 2017, United States of America
The Institute 4.7
The Institute The Institute
Thriller 2017, United States of America
The Vault 4.7
The Vault The Vault
Horror, Thriller 2017, United States of America
11.22.63 6.3
11.22.63
Drama, Sci-Fi, Detective 2016, United States of America
Sausage Party 6
Sausage Party Sausage Party
Comedy 2016, United States of America
I Am Michael 6.3
I Am Michael I Am Michael
Drama 2016, United States of America
Why Him? 7.4
Why Him? Why Him?
Comedy 2016, United States of America
Goat 5.7
Goat Goat
Drama 2016, United States of America
King Cobra 5.6
King Cobra King Cobra
Drama, Crime 2016, United States of America
Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? 4
Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?
Horror, Thriller 2016, United States of America
The Little Prince 7.2
The Little Prince The Little Prince
Animation, Fantasy 2015, France
True Story 6.3
True Story True Story
Biography, Drama 2015, United States of America
Queen of the Desert 6.6
Queen of the Desert Queen of the Desert
Drama, Biography 2015, United States of America / Morocco
Yosemite 4.8
Yosemite Yosemite
2015, United States of America
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