James Franco

Knowledge Identifier: +James_Franco


James Franco

American actor, director, screenwriter, producer, teacher and author add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1978.

Countries: United States (72%), United Kingdom (6%), Canada (5%)

Main connections: Spring Breakers, Seth Rogen, Pineapple Express (film)

Linked to: Brooklyn College, University of California, Los Angeles, Yale University, NBC




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James Franco was born in 1978 add something


Set in 1980s New Orleans, "Sonny" follows the titular character returning home after just being discharged from the Army add something


The idea for the exhibition was conceived after Van Sant introduced unused footage from the 1991 film to Franco, inspiring him to turn it into something more add something


"Endless Idaho" showcases edited outtakes, deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes footage from the 1991 movie "My Own Private Idaho", while "My Own Private River" focuses on the late actor River Phoenix add something


He graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1996, where he acted in plays add something


Never Been Kissed - "'Never Been Kissed"' is a 1999 romantic comedy film produced by 20th Century Fox and Drew Barrymore's production company, Flower Films, directed by Raja Gosnell and starring Drew Barrymore, David Arquette, Michael Vartan, Leelee Sobieski, Jeremy Jordan, Molly Shannon, Garry Marshall, John C. Reilly, and James Franco in his film debut


He was subsequently cast as the title role in director Mark Rydell's 2001 TV biographical film "James Dean" add something


Eliza Dushku - In 2001, she appeared in "The New Guy" with DJ Qualls and "City by the Sea" with Robert De Niro and James Franco


Franco achieved worldwide fame and attention in the 2002 superhero film "Spider-Man", when he played Harry Osborn, the son of the villainous Green Goblin and best friend of the title character add something


He next starred in "Sonny", a 2002 release in which he was directed by fellow actor Nicolas Cage, whose involvement had attracted Franco to the film add something


Harry Osborn - He has appeared in many adaptations of $ Spider-Man outside of the comic books, including the 2002-2007 film trilogy portrayed by James Franco and will appear in the film reboot series where Dane DeHaan has officially announced to be portraying the character in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2"


City by the Sea - "'City by the Sea"' is a 2002 film starring Robert De Niro, James Franco, Eliza_Dushku, Frances McDormand and William Forsythe


The success of the first "Spider-Man" film led Franco to reprise the role in the 2004 sequel, "Spider-Man 2" add something


The following year he made and starred in the black comedy "The Ape" and the 2005 war film "The Great Raid", in which he portrayed Robert Prince, a captain in the United States Army's elite Sixth Ranger Battalion add something


Jeffrey Ross - Ross is the current New York Friars' Club Roastmaster General, and was a roaster for the last eleven Comedy Central Roasts: Pamela Anderson in 2005, William Shatner in 2006, Flavor Flav in 2007, Bob Saget in 2008, Larry the Cable Guy in 2009, Joan Rivers in 2009, David Hasselhoff in 2010, Donald Trump, Charlie Sheen in 2011, Rosanne Barr in 2012 and James Franco in 2013


Also in 2006, he made a cameo appearance in the romantic comedy "The Holiday" add something


Franco, dissatisfied with his career's direction, reenrolled at UCLA in autumn 2006 as an English major with a creative writing concentration add something


In 2006, Franco co-starred with Tyrese Gibson in "Annapolis" and played legendary hero Tristan in "Tristan & Isolde", a period piece dramatization of the Tristan and Iseult story starring British actress Sophia Myles add something


David S. Ward - Another ten years would pass before Ward was credited on another film, "Flyboys," a 2006 World War I-drama starring James Franco directed by Tony Bill


Quintessence Films - Founded by Michele Civetta and Manu Gargi in 2006, it now has expanded to include directors Larry Clark, James Franco, and Tommy O'Haver


Sophia Myles - In 2006, Myles co-starred with actor James Franco in the romantic drama "Tristan and Isolde", playing the role of Isolde


Tribeca Film Festival - The movie premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival and centers around two talented brothers who take very diverse paths in life, one going on to become a doctor whilst the other sibling experiences unemployment and uses drugs add something


Among his other 2007 projects were "Good Time Max", which Franco wrote, directed and starred in add something


Franco co-starred with Sienna Miller in the low-budget independent film "Camille", a dark fantasy dramedy about a young newlywed couple and "Interview", where he appears in a voice only role, both 2007 movies that were ignored by audiences and critics alike add something


Mila Kunis - In 2007, Kunis participated in a video for the website "Funny or Die" appearing alongside James Franco


Sienna Miller - Later in 2007, she portrayed an undead bride opposite James Franco in "Camille"


Spider-Man 3 - Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace and Bryce Dallas Howard, DVD audio commentary, 2007, Sony


Milk (film) - In December 2007, actors Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch, Alison Pill, and James Franco joined "Milk", with Brolin replacing Damon as Dan White


In 2008 he appeared in two films by American artist Carter, exhibited at the Yvon Lambert gallery in Paris add something


In 2008, Franco was named as the face of Gucci's men's fragrance line add something


On September 20, 2008, he hosted the sketch comedy show "Saturday Night Live" , and a second time on December 19, 2009 add something


Judd Apatow - For the rest of 2008, Apatow produced the comedy films "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" starring Jason Segel and Kristen_Bell; "Step Brothers", which reunites "Talladega Nights" co-stars Will Ferrell and John C._Reilly; and "Pineapple Express" starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, both of whom originally starred on "Freaks and Geeks"


Hannskarl Bandel - James Franco's character in the 2008 movie Pineapple Express refers to Hannskarl when discussing his favorite civil engineers


Pineapple Express (film) - "'Pineapple Express"' is a 2008 American stoner action comedy film directed by David Gordon Green, written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and starring Rogen and James Franco


In late 2009, he joined the cast of the daytime soap opera "General Hospital" on a recurring basis add something


Viewed as a sex symbol, Franco was named the Sexiest Man Living in 2009 by Salon.com add something


He was selected as the commencement speaker at his alma mater, UCLA, and was to speak at the ceremony on June 12, 2009 add something


Marina Abramovic - Abramovic maintains a friendship with actor James Franco, who interviewed her for the Wall Street Journal in 2009.


Another of his short movies, "The Clerk's Tale", was screened in competition at the Hamptons Film Festival at the end of 2010 add something


Franco began 2010 by making an appearance on the sitcom "30 Rock" where he played himself and carried on a fake romance with Jenna Maroney in a scheme concocted by their respective agents add something


He received his MFA from Columbia in 2010 add something


In summer 2010, the fictional Franco from "General Hospital" held an exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, while the real Franco held an exhibit at the museum based on his experiences on the soap opera add something


His short films as director "The Feast of Stephen" and "Herbert White" were both presented within Maryland Film Festival in May 2010 add something


At the end of September 2010, the actor acquired the rights to Stephen Elliott's "The Adderall Diaries", with the intention to adapt, direct and star in the film add something


In an interview with "Showbiz411", on September 23, 2010, Franco made the erroneous public announcement that he received a "D" grade in "Acting" class at the NYU Graduate Film School add something


On October 19, 2010, Scribner published a collection of short stories, "Palo Alto", by Franco add something


It was given a limited release starting on November 5, 2010 add something


Clemence Poesy - In 2010, Poésy appeared alongside James Franco in "127 Hours", directed by Danny Boyle


Saturday Night Live - In 2010, "Saturday Night", a 94-minute documentary by actor James Franco in his directorial debut, was released; it follows the production process of the December 6, 2008, episode hosted by John Malkovich, from the concept stage to the episode actually airing live


Joseph Gordon-Levitt - In 2010, he replaced James Franco to star alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in Christopher Nolan's science fiction thriller "Inception", which received favorable reviews


Josh Lucas - Lucas co-stars in the 2010 film "Shadows and Lies" alongside James Franco and Julianne Nicholson


Anne Hathaway (actress) - On November 29, 2010, it was announced that Hathaway and James Franco would host the 83rd Academy *awards


Anne Hathaway - On November 29, 2010, it was announced that Hathaway and James Franco would host the 83rd Academy *awards


He was later in a relationship with actress Ahna O'Reilly, until 2011 add something


It was screened at 2011's Los Angeles Film Festival among more than 200 feature films, short projects, and music videos from more than 30 countries add something


The actor opted against watching the 2011 Academy award nominees be announced in favor of attending class add something


In January 2011, at the Art of Elysium Heaven Gala in Los Angeles, Franco was honored for his work at the hospital, receiving the Spirit of Elysium accolade add something


In January 2011, the actor screened his multimedia project entitled "Three's Company The Drama", in which he merges video and art to update the former sitcom, at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival add something


It was announced in January 2011 that the actor has planned to, not only star in, but direct himself in "The Night Stalker", a film version of author Philip Carlo's book about the 1980s serial killer, Richard Ramirez add something


On January 26, 2011, Franco and the Harvard Lampoon released a satirical video on prominent comedy website Funny or Die mocking his last-minute cancellation add something


On February 23, 2011, Franco made a cameo appearance on NBC's "Minute to Win It" where the real-life Ralston was participating as a contestant playing for charity add something


On February 27, 2011, he and Anne Hathaway hosted the 83rd Academy awards add something


It was announced on March 2011 that Franco teaches a fall semester course on modifying poetry into short films to ten to twelve third-year graduate film students at NYU. The course will focus mainly on production, meaning that the students will be in charge of creating their own film based on poetry add something


On March 31, 2011, the actor took part in "An Evening with James Franco," a Washington DC dinner benefit for 826DC, a non-profit foundation created to help neighborhood students reach their goals, as well as provide after-school literature programs and workshops that encourage them to improve their writing skills add something


In April 2011, Franco autographed a T-shirt that would auctioned off through the Yoshiki Foundation, with the proceeds being donated for Japanese tsunami relief add something


Filming began in July 2011, and the film was released on March 8, 2013 add something


He confirmed their separation in an interview for "Playboy" magazine's August 2011 issue, saying that his interest in education got between them add something


Zooey Deschanel - In 2011, Deschanel portrayed the role of Belladonna in the fantasy-comedy film "Your Highness" alongside Natalie Portman and James Franco


Charles Bukowski - In 2011, the actor James Franco publicly stated that he is in the process of making a film adaptation of Bukowski's novel "Ham on Rye


Iga Wyrwal - She played Regina, second wife of the Dwarf King, in the 2011 movie "Your Highness", starring Danny McBride, James Franco and Natalie Portman


Rise of the Planet of the Apes - "'Rise of the Planet of the Apes"' is a 2011 American science fiction film directed by Rupert Wyatt and starring James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, and Andy Serkis


Your Highness - "'Your Highness"' is a 2011 American fantasy comedy film directed by David Gordon Green, starring Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie_Portman and Zooey Deschanel, with Justin Theroux, Toby Jones and Damian Lewis in supporting roles


Steve Erickson - In March 2011, "Variety" announced that actor-director James Franco had acquired feature rights to "Zeroville"


Ashley Hinshaw - In May 2011, Hinshaw was cast as the lead in the independent drama film "About Cherry" alongside Heather Graham, James Franco and Dev Patel


David Cromer - He was announced to direct a Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' "Sweet Bird of Youth" starring Nicole Kidman and James Franco and set for Fall 2011, but in August 2011 the production was delayed and Franco dropped out; Cromer says it is "still on the drawing board"


Vanessa Hudgens - In November 2011, Hudgens announced on her official website that she will be starring with Selena Gomez, James Franco and Emma Roberts in Spring Breakers.


In April 2012, "Shalom Life" ranked Franco and his brother, Dave, together as number two on its list of 50 talented and attractive Jewish men add something


In September 2012, Franco announced the release of his band Daddy's first single "Love in the Old Days" and their first EP "MotorCity add something


In September 2012, Santana filed a lawsuit against Franco for defamation seeking unspecified damages add something


Brad Renfro - In 2012, actor and artist James Franco had the word "Brad" tattooed to his right arm in memory of Renfro, the documentation of which was included along with a small mirror emblazoned with the text "Brad Forever" as the 14th Edition of the art periodical, The Thing Quarterly


Harmony Korine - Korine's next project was the crime drama "Spring Breakers", which was produced in 2012 in Florida, and starred James Franco, Selena_Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, and Korine's wife, Rachel Korine


The Interview (2014 film) - On March 21, 2012, it was announced that Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen would direct an action comedy film for Columbia Pictures with Rogen starring alongside James Franco


Child of God was selected in official competition at the 70th Venice Film Festival, an official selection to the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and an official selection to the prestigious 51st New York Film Festival add something


His notable films include "Pineapple Express", "Milk", "127 Hours", "Tristan & Isolde", "Annapolis", "Rise of the Planet of the Apes", and 2013 releases "Oz the Great and Powerful", "Spring Breakers", "This Is the End", and "Lovelace" add something


In 2013, Franco starred as the gangster "Alien" in Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers," with Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Gucci Mane and Rachel Korine add something


In 2013, Franco was featured as the cover model and featured focus in the men's magazine "Man of the World" add something


In 2013, he began teaching a course in short film production at the University of Southern California and a course in screenwriting at his alma mater, University of California, Los Angeles add something


In March 2013, it was announced that Franco was set to make his Broadway stage debut in the role of George in a revival of John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" add something


In April 2013, Franco received the "Ally award" at the 15th annual Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival add something


On July 9, 2013, Franco announced that he will be the featured roastee on the next "Comedy Central Roast" add something


In September 2013, James Franco and professor José Angel Santana settled the defamation lawsuit add something


Franco has deliberately garnered a reputation for publishing "selfies" and wrote an explanatory article for the "New York Times" in December 2013 add something


Brooklyn Nine-Nine - During the 2013 "Comedy Central Roast" of James Franco, Bill_Hader roasted some of the other participants


Mila Kunis - In 2013, Kunis played Theodora, the youngest of three witches, opposite James Franco, in the Walt Disney Pictures' prequel, "Oz the Great and Powerful"


Edward Norton - In 2013, Norton stared in The Lonely Island's music video, Spring Break Anthem, alongside Andy Samberg, Zach Galifinakis, James Franco, Akiva_Schaffer and Jorma Taccone


Seth Rogen - In 2013, Rogen along with screenwriting collaborator Evan Goldberg made their directorial debut with "This is The End", a comedy movie featuring Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah_Hill, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride playing fictional versions of themselves facing a global apocalypse


As I Lay Dying - In 2013, writer/director James Franco released a film adaptation of the novel


Child of God (film) - "'Child of God"' is a 2013 American crime-drama film co-written and directed by James Franco, and starring Scott Haze, based on the novel of the same name by Cormac McCarthy


Spring Breakers - This was preceded by the "Hollywood.com" website that produced a "For your consideration" poster in support of a nomination for Franco in March 2013


Emilia Clarke - In May 2013 it was announced that Clarke had joined the feature film "Garden of Last Days" opposite James Franco


Rachel McAdams - In June 2013, McAdams will begin voice work for an animated version of "The Little Prince"; other actors involved include Marion Cotillard, Jeff Bridges and James Franco


Spring Breakers - A24 films began a campaign in September 2013 in support of a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for Franco's performance


Spring Breakers - On December 2, 2013, A24 published a YouTube video titled "James Franco - Consider this Sh


In February 2014, Franco was announced as the director and co-producer for the film adaptation of actor Greg Sestero's non-fiction book, "The Disaster Artist" add something


In April 2014, controversy arose over Franco allegedly texting a 17 year old girl, attempting to sleep with her in New York City add something


In June 2014, Franco performed in the BC/EFA benefit Broadway Bares add something


On December 25, 2014 Franco starred in the controversial Sony comedy thriller, The Interview, which played a central role in the real world diplomatic relations between the United States and North Korea as they related to the 2014 Sony hacking incident add something


Of Mice and Men - A new version of the play opened on Broadway at The Longacre Theater on March 19, 2014 for a limited 18-week engagement, starring James Franco, Chris O'Dowd, Leighton Meester and Jim Norton


Cindy Sherman - In April 2014, actor and artist James Franco exhibited a series of photographs at the Pace Gallery called "New Film Stills", in which Franco restaged twenty-nine images from Sherman's "Untitled Film Stills"


Chris O'Dowd - O'Dowd began starring in April 2014 in the Broadway revival of "Of Mice and Men", directed by Anna D. Shapiro and co-starring James Franco and Leighton Meester


I Am Michael - On April 1, 2014, James Franco was added to the film to play the gay activist Michael Glatze, who renounced his homosexuality


Emilia Clarke - In May 2014, it was announced that she had joined the feature film "Garden of Last Days" along side James Franco, but the movie was scrapped two weeks before production was due to begin


Chuck Palahniuk - On September 11, 2014, the film version of Rant was announced, starring James Franco, with Pamela Romanowsky writing and directing


Seth Rogen - His next directing project with Goldberg is "The Interview" with James Franco and Lizzy Caplan, and scheduled for October 2014


Megan Fox - In October 2014, Fox was cast as the female lead in James Franco's film adaptation of "Zeroville"


The Pinkprint - On December 6, 2014, Minaj appeared as a musical guest on an episode of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" alongside host James Franco


In a March 2015 interview with "Four Two Nine" magazine, Franco again opened up about his sexuality, commenting that it is not who you have sex with that defines your sexuality, but instead how you act add something


In April 2015, two of his upcoming projects I Am Michael and True Story were shown at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival add something


In September 2015, Franco announced he would be teaching an eight-part film class to high school students at Palo Alto High School add something


Rachel McAdams - Every Thing Will Be Fine - In 2015, McAdams co-starred in Wim Wenders's drama "Every Thing Will Be Fine", opposite James Franco, Charlotte_Gainsbourg and Marie-Josée Croze


James Toback - In 2015 Toback confirmed that his next film would be entitled "Circle of Deceit", and would star James Franco, Sienna_Miller, and Bobby Cannavale


Courtney Love - In early May 2015, Love was cast in James Franco's film "The Long Home", based on William Gay's novel of the same name


In 2016, Franco co-produced and starred in "King Cobra", a true story about the rise of gay pornographic actor Brent Corrigan and the murder of Bryan Kocis add something


Tonya Pinkins - In 2016 she played Mimi Corcoran on the Hulu science fiction limited series 11,22,63, based on the Stephen King book of the same name, starring James Franco and Sarah Gadon


He will star in the David Simon-created HBO drama "The Deuce" in 2017 add something


It is scheduled to be released on May 19, 2017 add something


"The Disaster Artist" was released on December 1, 2017, to positive reviews add something


Tommy Wiseau - In the 2017 film adaptation of "The Disaster Artist", James Franco portrays Wiseau


The Room (film) - A film based on the book, directed by James Franco, is scheduled for release on December 1, 2017; both the book and film received widespread acclaim


On January 9, 2018, "The New York Times"' event TimesTalk featuring James Franco, was canceled in response to the actor being accused on social media of alleged sexual misconduct add something


Vanity Fair (magazine) - In 2018, Vanity Fair received accolades for removing accused sexual abuser James Franco from a cover shoot


Coen Brothers - "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" , a Western anthology film starring Liam Neeson and James Franco, is due for release on Netflix on November 16, 2018 after a theatrical run