James Franco – American actor
James Franco is an American actor, film director, screenwriter, producer, artist, writer, teacher at New York University. He began his acting career in the late 1990s, played a role in the TV series Freaks and Geeks, as well as starrd in several youth films. In 2001 he played the title role in Mark Rydell’s television biopic James Dean and became a winner of Golden Globe award. In the early 2000s, he became known for his role as Harry Osborn in the trilogy Spider-Man. In 2005 he starred in the movie The Great Raid. The following year he starred in three films: Tristan and Isolde, Duel and The Lafayette Escadrille. In 2008 he starred in the comedy Pineapple Express. He also played a cameo role in the movie Nights in Rodanthe and co-starred in the biopic Milk.
James Edward Franco was born on April 19, 1978 in Palo Alto, California. He is a son of Betsy (née Verne), poet, writer and editor, and Doug Franco. His father has Portuguese and Swedish roots, and his mother is a Jew with Russian roots. Franco grew up in California with his two younger brothers, Tom and David (also an actor). After school he entered the University of California in Los Angeles. However, he left the university after the first course and chose acting career.
In 1999 he got his first role in the TV series Freaks and Geeks. In 2000 he played the main role in the youth comedy Whatever It Takes, where he starred with his ex-girlfriend Marla Sokoloff.
In 2001 he played the title role in the TV biopic James Dean directed by Mark Rydell. For this role Franco won the Golden Globe award, and was also nominated for Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Franco was one of the contenders for the role of Spider-Man / Peter Parker, but eventually he was approved for the role of Harry Osborn, the son of the evil Green Goblin / Norman Osborn. After the success of the first film, James starred in Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3.
In 2002, Franco starred in the drama City by the Sea. In 2005, he played Robert Prince in the movie The Great Raid.
In 2006, the actor starred in the film Duel and played the role of legendary hero Tristan in Tristan und Isolde film, an adaptation of the legend. In September 2006 Franco played a cameo role in the movie The Wicker Man with Nicolas Cage in main role.
In 2008, Franco played the role of a drug dealer Saul in the comedy Pineapple Express. For this role, Franco was awarded a Golden Globe nomination in the category Best Actor.
On September 20, 2008, James was a presenter of Saturday Night Live.
In 2008, Franco with Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Emile Hirsch starred in a biopic Milk directed by Gus Van Sant.
In 2009, Franco became a director of the short film Feast of Stephen which received Teddy award at the 60th Berlin Film Festival.
On March 7, 2013 the actor received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 1999, James met actress Marla Sokoloff. They were together for 4 years. Then he had a relationship with model Ashley Artman.
From 2006 to 2011 James Franco was in a relationship with actress Anne O’Reilly.