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Also Known As: James Edward Franco Died:
Born: April 19, 1978 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Palo Alto, California, USA Profession: actor, fast food employee

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During the 1990s, actor James Franco broke out as one of the era's go-to guys by playing sports heroes, disaffected pretty boys and rebellious burnouts with equal appeal. His career began in the brilliant-but-canceled television comedy series "Freaks and Geeks" (NBC, 1999-2000), and while Franco's portrayal of a moody dreamboat on the series won him a legion of love-struck teenage fans, it was his impressive portrayal of legendary Hollywood bad boy James Dean in the made-for-cable biopic "James Dean" (TNT, 2001) that cemented Franco's status as a serious actor. Keeping one foot in commercial waters, Franco landed a high-profile supporting role as the son of the villainous Green Goblin in director Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" film series (2002, 2004, 2007), as Peter Parker's best friend and romantic rival, Harry Osborne. Franco's Independent Spirit Award-nominated turn as a gay civil rights activist in the biopic "Milk" (2008) and his popularity in the stoner buddy comedy "Pineapple Express" (2008) confirmed his versatility, as well as his appeal with both mainstream and art house audiences. Although his trip to Port Charles as a recurring villain on the soap "General Hospital" (ABC, 1963- ) was a...

During the 1990s, actor James Franco broke out as one of the era's go-to guys by playing sports heroes, disaffected pretty boys and rebellious burnouts with equal appeal. His career began in the brilliant-but-canceled television comedy series "Freaks and Geeks" (NBC, 1999-2000), and while Franco's portrayal of a moody dreamboat on the series won him a legion of love-struck teenage fans, it was his impressive portrayal of legendary Hollywood bad boy James Dean in the made-for-cable biopic "James Dean" (TNT, 2001) that cemented Franco's status as a serious actor. Keeping one foot in commercial waters, Franco landed a high-profile supporting role as the son of the villainous Green Goblin in director Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" film series (2002, 2004, 2007), as Peter Parker's best friend and romantic rival, Harry Osborne. Franco's Independent Spirit Award-nominated turn as a gay civil rights activist in the biopic "Milk" (2008) and his popularity in the stoner buddy comedy "Pineapple Express" (2008) confirmed his versatility, as well as his appeal with both mainstream and art house audiences. Although his trip to Port Charles as a recurring villain on the soap "General Hospital" (ABC, 1963- ) was a head-scratcher, it just solidified Franco's reputation as a guy up for anything. His career really took off with his Oscar-nominated performance as trapped mountain climber Aron Ralston in the gut-wrenching "127 Hours" (2010), though his co-hosting duties with Anne Hathaway during those same Academy Awards were critically derided. Still, the good-natured and fearless Franco escaped the ceremonies relatively unscathed and continued to remain one of Hollywood's more enigmatic, yet appealing young actors.

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  Bukowski (2014)
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  Sal (2012)
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  Ape, The (2006)

CAST: (feature film)

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 Sausage Party (2016)
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 Memoria (2014)
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 Third Person (2014)
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 True Story (2014)
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 Lovelace (2013)
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1998:
Began to pursue acting career following 15-month intensive training course
1999:
Featured in NBC miniseries "To Serve and Protect"
1999:
Appeared in teen comedy "Never Been Kissed"
1999:
Cast as rebel Daniel Desario on NBC's short-lived but well-received series "Freaks and Geeks," produced by Judd Apatow
2000:
First major film role, romantic high school comedy "Whatever It Takes"
2001:
Portrayed the titular legend in director Mark Rydell's biographical TV movie "James Dean" (TNT)
2002:
Cast in supporting role of Harry Osborn, son of the villainous Green Goblin in director Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man"
2002:
Played Robert De Niro's son in drama "City by the Sea"
2003:
Co-starred with Neve Campbell in Robert Altman's "The Company"
2004:
Reprised role of Harry Osborn for "Spider-Man 2"
2005:
Co-starred in WWII drama "The Great Raid"
2006:
Portrayed legendary hero Tristan opposite Sophia Myles in Tristan & Isolde"
2006:
Made directorial debut with "The Ape"; originally co-wrote as a one-act play and later released on video
2006:
Played lead role in WWI adventure "Flyboys"
2007:
Once again teamed with Tobey Maguire and director Sam Raimi to play Harry Osborn in "Spider-Man 3"
2007:
Made cameo appearance in Judd Apatow's "Knocked Up"
2008:
Co-starred with Seth Rogen in "Pineapple Express," co-written and co-produced by Rogen and Judd Apatow
2008:
Portrayed Harvey Milk's (Sean Penn) lover in director Gus Van Sant's biopic "Milk"
2009:
Joined cast of ABC's "General Hospital" with recurring role of serial killer Franco
2010:
Guest starred on episode of NBC's "30 Rock" as himself and carried on a fake romance with Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski)
2010:
Co-starred with Julia Roberts in "Eat Pray Love," based on Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir; Roberts portrayed the author who, after a painful divorce, goes on a life-changing journey through Italy, India, and Indonesia
2010:
Starred in Danny Boyle's "127 Hours" as Aron Ralston, the American mountain climber who was trapped by a boulder for nearly five days before amputating his own arm
2011:
Co-hosted 83rd Annual Academy Awards with Anne Hathaway
2011:
Starred as a scientist in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"
2013:
Co-directed "Interior. Leather Bar." with Travis Mathews; film re-imagined lost 40 minutes from"Cruising" (1980)
2013:
Played title role in fantasy adventure "Oz the Great and Powerful," directed by Sam Raimi
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Education

University of California, Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California - 2008
New York University: New York , New York - 2011
Columbia University: New York , New York - 2011
Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut -
Robert Carnegie's Playhouse West: -
Playhouse West: North Hollywood , California -

Notes

Franco on how "Freaks and Geeks" writers approach his character: "They don't want it to be another cool kid. They really just wanna display all our faults out there in the open and just make them more real people, not some icon." --quoted in the ULTIMATE TV feature "Who's Hot", November 12, 1999

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companion:
Marla Sokoloff. Actor. Starred opposite each other in "Whatever it Takes".

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