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American actor, filmmaker, teacher and author

  • James Edward Franco is an American actor, filmmaker, teacher and author.
  • He was born on April 19, 1978.
  • His father was of Portuguese (Madeiran) and Swedish descent.
  • His is Jewish and a descendant of immigrants from Russia.
  • He graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1996, where he acted in plays.
  • Young Franco had the idea of becoming a marine zoologist.
  • His first prominent role was a lead part on the short-lived cult hit television program Freaks and Geeks.
  • He gained popularity with the title character in the TV biographical film James Dean (2001)
  • He was awarded a Golden Globe Award for his James Dean.
  • He portrayed Harry Osborn in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy.
  • He had a recurring role in the ABC soap opera General Hospital.
  • He received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his role in 127 Hours.
  • He volunteers for the Art of Elysium charity and has taught a class at New York University in feature filmmaking and production.
  • In 2013, he began teaching a course in short film production at the University of Southern California.
  • He also teaches a course in screenwriting at his alma mater, University of California, Los Angeles, where he is also an adjunct professor of English.
  • He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in March 2013. The star is located on 6838 Hollywood Boulevard.
  • He was named the Sexiest Man Living in 2009 by Salon.

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