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James Franco Biography

James Franco (born 19.04.1978)
James Franco is an American actor who rose to fame with his role on the cult TV show 'Freaks and Geeks' 1999 but is best known for starring in 2001 biopic 'James Dean' and playing Harry Osborn in the 'Spider-Man' film trilogy that began in 2002.

James Franco: Childhood
James Franco was born in Palo Alto, California. His parents are Betsy Lou, a poet and author, and Doug who was the owner of a shipping container security firm before he passed away in 2011.
James was talented at mathematics and became an intern at the technology company Lockheed Martin. He attended Palo Alto High School and was arrested several times as a youngster for petty crimes.
He attended the University of California in LA majoring in English but soon dropped out, preferring to chase his acting career. He took acting lessons whilst working an evening shift at McDonalds to fund it. In 2006, he enrolled at the university again and graduated in 2008.

James Franco: Acting Career
James Franco made his first big break in 1999 with the comedy 'Freaks and Geeks'. In that year, he made an appearance in his first movie, 'Never Been Kissed'. In 2000, he took on a bigger role in 'Whatever it Takes'.
James received true recognition when he was selected for the eponymous role in 'James Dean' in 2001. To get into character, he started smoking, riding a motorcycle and learned guitar. His efforts were duly awarded with a Golden Globe.
In 2002, James became internationally famous when he played the role of Harry Osborn in Sam Raimi's 'Spider Man' trilogy. In the same year, he was in the poorly reviewed crime drama 'Sonny' and played a drug addled tramp in 'City by the Sea'.
James has been in several independent movies throughout his career including the 2003 ballet flick 'The Company' and fantasy drama 'Camille' in 2007.
In 2008, he portrayed Harvey Milk, the first gay politician elected into public office, in the biopic 'Milk' and also became a stoner in the comedy 'Pineapple Express'.
James received an Academy Award nomination for his leading role in '127 Hours' in 2010 and later landed a role in 'Planet of the Apes' remake 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' in 2011.
He is set to star as the titular character in 'The Wizard of Oz' sequel 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' in 2013 and currently has a recurring role in ABC show 'General Hospital'.

James Franco: Other Career Ventures
James plans to direct movie versions of Stephen Elliott's 'The Adderall Diaries' and Philip Carlo's 'The Night Stalker' among others. He is currently adapting the film 'Child of God' from the book by Cormac McCarthy.
He has directed projects before and even created several multimedia expeditions. He has written a gritty book about his teenage antics called 'Palo Alto: Stories' which was published in 2010.

James Franco: Personal Life
James Franco has been in relationships with Marla Sokoloff and Ahna O'Reilly; the latter relationship ended in 2011 due to a clash of interests. There has been a lot of media speculation surrounding his sexuality because he has portrayed a number of gay characters in movies but he appears to deny these suggestions.

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The Latest James Franco News

Leighton Meester Praises Adam Brody

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Leighton Meester thinks her new husband Adam Brody is ''incredible.''The former 'Gossip Girl' star, who tied the knot with the...

James Franco Lashes Out At Theatre Critic

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James Franco Reviews

You Should See 'This Is The End' And Here's Why

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James Franco Footage Film / Movie Reviews

Veronica Mars 2014, Review by Rich Cline

Funded by fans, this follow-up to the cult TV show feels a lot like an...

Oz the Great and Powerful 2013, Review by Rich Cline

Like Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, this film shows the overpowering strength of Disney and...

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Comedies don't get much more self-referential than this film, in which a bunch of old...

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An unusual structure gives this biopic a surprising kick as it explores both sides of...

As I Lay Dying 2013, Review by Rich Cline

James Franco makes his directing debut with this ambitious adaptation of William Faulkner's notoriously downbeat...

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James Franco Interviews

James Franco - Interview

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James Franco, Video Interview

2nd May 2007

James FrancoVideo InterviewSpider-Man 3Released in cinemas across the UK on May 4th, 2007Columbia Pictures' Spider-Man...

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