James Franco is an actor, director, producer and artist who has been a prominent figure in the entertainment industry since his breakout role as Daniel Desario in the cult classic Freaks and Geeks. Born on April 19th 1978, he began his career in television before moving to film. He starred in such films as Spider-Man (2002), Pineapple Express (2008) and 127 Hours (2010).
In addition to acting, James Franco is also an accomplished director with several feature films under his belt including The Sound and the Fury (2014), In Dubious Battle (2016) and Zeroville (2019). He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for 127 Hours. As a producer he has worked on projects such as The Disaster Artist (2017) which won him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
Franco’s artistic endeavors extend beyond filmmaking into writing, painting and photography. His collection of short stories Palo Alto was published by Scribner in 2010 while his debut novel Actors Anonymous was released by Amazon Publishing two years later. Additionally he had exhibited artwork at various galleries throughout Los Angeles, New York City and Berlin.
Throughout the course of his career James Franco has become one of Hollywood’s most versatile actors taking on roles that range from comedic to dramatic; appearing both behind the camera directing projects big or small along with creating art outside of cinema altogether — making him truly multifaceted talent like no other today!
Franco was born on April 19th 1978 in Palo Alto California to Betsy Lou Verne a writer mother and Douglas Eugene “Doug” Franco a businessman father. After graduating from Palo Alto High School he attended UCLA where he double majored in English & Drama. He left UCLA after two years to pursue acting full time when he landed a role on Freaks & Geeks.
Since then James Franco has appeared in over 60 movies as well as numerous TV shows including General Hospital, Scrubs, The Mindy Project among others. In addition to being an actor James also writes poetry directing music videos short films documentaries feature length films etc.. His 2013 documentary Interior Leather Bar received critical acclaim at SXSW Film Festival earning him Best Documentary award nomination at Independent Spirit Awards. He also teaches classes at various universities such as USC NYU Columbia University Yale University Studio 4 CalArts.
Outside of his professional career James Franco is very active philanthropically supporting charities like Art of Elysium 826LA Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Cancer Research Institute PETA Global Green USA etc.. As if all that wasn’t enough James was even awarded with star on Hollywood Walk Of Fame which says it all about this multi talented artist who continues to surprise us every day!