James Franco

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  • Name: James Franco ( James Edward Franco )
  • Date of birth: 19 April 1978
  • Age: 38 years
  • Place of birth: Palo Alto, United States
  • Height: 180
  • Activities: actor, film Director, screenwriter, writer
  • Marital status: not married

    James Franco: a biography

    James Franco was born in the Californian city of Palo Alto. His father Doug Franco was a native of Portugal and led the business in Silicon valley, and mother Betsy Verne was a Jew whose parents emigrated from Russia. Betsy wrote poetry, short stories, and also worked as an editor in different publishing houses. In addition to James they had two more younger sons, Tom and David.

    James was in secondary school, but the period of his childhood can not be called satisfactory. At the age of 13 years, he first encountered the representatives of the law. Over the next 2 years he was repeatedly arrested for drinking alcohol, causing graffiti and theft of perfume at the Mall. For some time the boy was a ward of the state, then took himself in hand, began to study well and ceased to violate the law. High school finished High School in Palo Alto, where he majored in math and even interned at a large American aircraft manufacturer Lockheed Martin Corporation. In addition, James participated in all the school drama productions.

    After finishing school in 1996, James Franco joins the University of California at Los Angeles, where he wanted to specialize in the field of English language and literature. But in high school he studied for only one course and left University for the courses of acting with Robert Carnegie at the theatre «West play house». However, appearing in films, Franco returned to the University and in 2008 was able to obtain a bachelor’s degree. In addition, he is a graduate of Columbia University with a degree in «Drama» and new York University, where he studied at Director. Another diploma James Franco got a College in North Carolina, where he completed a poetic art and literary creativity.


    The first cameo appearance of James Franco on screen was in television films and serials, such as «Police bikes», «1997», «to protect and Serve,» «Profiler» and others. First lead actor came in the teen TV series «Freaks and geeks». Franco starred in 18 episodes of this picture, but the popularity of the film had.

    On the big screen he made his debut in the lyrical drama of «never been kissed», and the first major role played in the teen Comedy «at Any cost» in 2000.

    The popularity and growth of her acting career occurred in the beginning of the new Millennium. In 2001 James starred in the biographical film «James Dean» about the childhood and youth of the famous American actor. For a deep understanding of the psychology of a famous person, Franco has received numerous rave reviews from critics and was awarded the prize «Golden globe» and was nominated for an «Emmy» award and screen actors Guild USA.

    Even more resonance was received by execution of James Franco as Harry Osborn in the film adaptation of the comic «spider-Man» in 2002. In 2004 and 2007, came two sequels of this movie, where talent Franco reveals even greater.

    Not to become an actor in one role, Franco starred in many diverse films. In the first 10 years of the 21st century, you can highlight the psychological drama «the Last thing Lamarck», where his partner was Robert de Niro, military action-drama «the Great RAID» romance «Tristan and Isolde» and military-the sports drama «the Duel». Interestingly, for the filming of the action movie «the flyboys James in 2006 had to undergo training and obtain a pilot’s license. In 2008 he published another successful film – Comedy «Pineapple Express: Sit, smoke,» for which James Franco was nominated for a Golden globe. And for a secondary role of Scott Smith in the biographical film «Harvey milk» actor received the prize «Independent spirit».

    Recent notable works in the filmography of the young actor began action Comedy «Interview» and based on the novel by William Faulkner «Noise and fury».

    Also in 2009, James Franco debuted as a Director with the short film «the Feast of Steven». For this work at the 60th Berlin film festival he received the award «Teddy».

    Personal life

    Over 4 years, starting in 1999, James Franco dated actress Marla Sokoloff. Then about a year he, along with model Ashley artman.

    Since the beginning of 2006, his life included actress Anna o’reilly. The couple has been together for 5 years, but in late 2011, they announced the termination of their relationship. One of the main reasons James and Anna called a small amount of time they could spend with each other due to a busy work schedule.

    In addition to acting and directing profession, James has mastered and writing skills. At the moment, came out with a few of his literary works — «history of Palo Alto», «California childhood», «Dangerous book four boys», «Actors anonymous», «Directing Herbert white,» and «the Strongest mess.»

    James Franco is the face of Gucci perfume company advertises their fragrance Gucci By Gucci Pour Homme».


    • 2001 — James Dean
    • 2002 — spider-Man
    • 2002 — the Last thing Lamarck
    • 2005 — the Great RAID
    • 2006 — Tristan and Isolde
    • 2008 — Pineapple Express: Sit, smoke
    • 2008 — Harvey Milk
    • 2011 — rise of the planet of the apes
    • 2013 — Oz the Great and powerful
    • 2014 — the sound and the fury


    James Franco

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