James Franco Facts
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.