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James Franco

Birth Name: 
James Edward Franco
Birthday: 
Wednesday, April 19, 1978
Birth Place: 
Palo Alto, California, USA
Height: 
5'10"

Best known for his breakthrough starring role on "Freaks and Geeks" (1999), James Franco was born in Palo Alto, California on April 19, 1978. Growing up with his two younger brothers, James graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1996 and went on to attend UCLA, majoring in English. To overcome his shyness, he got into acting while studying there, which, much to his parents' dismay, he left after only one year. After fifteen months of intensive study at Robert Carnegie's Playhouse West, James began actively pursuing his dream of finding work as an actor in Hollywood. In that short time, he landed himself a starring role on "Freaks and Geeks" (1999). The show, however, was not a hit to its viewers at the time, and was canceled after its first year. Now, it has become a cult-hit. Prior to joining "Freaks and Geeks" (1999), Franco starred in the TV miniseries To Serve and Protect (1999) (TV). After that, he had a starring role in Whatever It Takes (2000).

Although he'd been working steadily, it wasn't until the TNT made-for-television movie, James Dean (2001) (TV) that James rose to fan-magazine fame and got to show off his talent. Since then, he has been working non-stop. After losing the lead role to Tobey Maguire, James settled for the part of "Harry Osborne", Spider-Man's best friend in the summer 2002 major hit Spider-Man (2002). He returned to the Osborne role for the next two films in the trilogy.

Next was Deuces Wild (2002) and City by the Sea (2002), in which Robert De Niro personally had him cast, after viewing his performance in James Dean (2001) (TV). He was recently seen in David Gordon Green's Pineapple Express (2008) opposite Seth Rogen, in George C. Wolfe's Nights in Rodanthe (2008), starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane and in Paul Haggis' In the Valley of Elah (2007), starring Tommy Lee Jones. Also starring opposite Sean Penn in Gus Van Sant's Milk (2008/I) in which his performance earned him an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor. Definitely growing out of his shyness, James Franco is turning into a legend of his own. (IMDb)

Awards and Nominations

2011 - Nominated - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (127 Hours)

Interviews

James Franco: The Interview (Oz The Great and Powerful)

Disney’s fantastical adventure Oz The Great And Powerful uncovers the origins of the beloved wizard character first brought to life in L. Frank Baum’s book The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz.... Read more
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News

Statham & Franco In Homefront

Jason Statham already has Expendables 2, Parker and Hummingbird on the "upcoming" slate, and James Franco has recently racked up Oz: The Great And Powerful, The Iceman, Lovelace and Spring Breakers.... Read more
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Disney's "Oz The Great And Powerful" Begins Production

Walt Disney Pictures’ fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,”  directed by Sam Raimi, went in front of the cameras at the brand-new Raleigh Studios in Pontiac, Michigan, on Monday, July 25, 2011, boasting a stellar cast that includes Academy Award® nominee James Franco (“127 Hours”) as... Read more
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Rachel Weisz to Play Evil Witch in Disney's 'Oz'

Oscar-winning actress Rachel Weisz is in negotiations to play the villainess in Oz: The Great and Powerful, Disney’s prequel-ish take on The Wizard of Oz tale that stars James Franco and Mila Kunis and is being directed by Sam Raimi.... Read more
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James Franco to Return to 'General Hospital'

From the Kodak Theater to Port Charles, James Franco will appear on General Hospital the day before and after co-hosting the Oscars.... Read more
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Anne Hathaway and James Franco to Host the Oscars

In an unconventional bit of casting, James Franco and Anne Hathaway have been selected to cohost the 83rd Academy Awards. Oscar telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced the choice Monday. RELATED: Complete awards watch and analysis.... Read more
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Reviews

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

When the original Planet of the Apes was release in 1968 it surprised everyone with its twist ending revealing that the astronauts were not on some alien planet but actually Earth, now ruled by intelligent apes.... Read more
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Shadows and Lies (BLU RAY)

THE SKINNY ABOUT SHADOWS AND LIES:... Read more
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Your Highness

James Franco and Natalie Portman are two names in the film industry you can’t ignore, especially with their recent recognitions. You’d expect a film starring the two together would be an instant success, right? Oh how wrong you’d be.... Read more
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127 Hours (BLU-RAY)

Based on the unbelievable true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston, 127 Hours is the definition of being stuck between a rock and a hard place, literally.... Read more
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Howl (BLU-RAY)

What is Howl? Aside from it being one of the better known published works of Allen Ginsburg and of the “Beat Generation”, which sparked controversy and led to publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti to be jailed before both Howl and Ferlinghetti were cleared by law.... Read more
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Videos

The Interview (Trailer #2)

The Interview (Trailer #2)

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The Interview (Red Band Trailer)

The Interview (Red Band Trailer)

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Good People (Looking For Evidence)

Good People (Looking For Evidence)

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Good People (We're In This)

Good People (We're In This)

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Good People (Trailer)

Good People (Trailer)

Good People starring James Franco, Kate Hudson, Anna Friel, Omar Sy ... Read more
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