James Franco

Film Actor
Born Apr 19, 1978

James Edward Franco is an American actor, filmmaker, teacher, artist, and author. His first prominent role was a lead part on the short-lived cult hit television program Freaks and Geeks; he later achieved recognition for playing the titular character in the TV biographical film James Dean (2001), for which he was awarded a Golden Globe Award. He portrayed Harry Osborn in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy.… Read More

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1978 Birth Born on April 19, 1978.


1996 18 Years Old He graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1996, where he acted in plays. … Read More


1999 - 2001 2 More Events
2002 24 Years Old 1 More Event
Franco achieved worldwide fame and attention in the 2002 superhero film Spider-Man, when he played Harry Osborn, the son of the villainous Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe) and best friend of the Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire). … Read More
2004 - 2005 2 More Events
In 2006, Franco co-starred with Tyrese Gibson in Annapolis and played legendary hero Tristan in Tristan & Isolde, a period piece dramatization of the Tristan and Iseult story also starring British actress Sophia Myles. … Read More
2007 29 Years Old 1 More Event
Franco co-starred with Sienna Miller in the low-budget independent film Camille, a dark fantasy dramedy about a young newlywed couple and Interview, where he appears in a voice only role, both 2007 movies that were ignored by audiences and critics alike.


2008 30 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 2008 he also appeared in two films by American artist Carter, exhibited at the Yvon Lambert gallery in Paris.
2009 31 Years Old 1 More Event
In late 2009 he joined the cast of the daytime soap opera General Hospital on a recurring basis. … Read More
Franco began 2010 by making an appearance on the sitcom 30 Rock where he played himself and carried on a fake romance with Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski) in a scheme concocted by their respective agents. … Read More
In January 2011, the actor screened his multimedia project entitled Three's Company The Drama, in which he merges video and art to update the former sitcom, at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. … Read More
In March 2013, it was announced that Franco was set to make his 2014 Broadway stage debut in the role of George in a revival of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. … Read More
…  In 2014, he made his Broadway debut in Of Mice and Men. … Read More
While working at the establishment, he would practice accents on customers, an experience he remembered nostalgically in a 2015 Washington Post editorial ("McDonald’s was there for me when no one else was").
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