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  1. Known for his breakthrough starring role on Freaks and Geeks (1999), James Franco was born April 19, 1978 in Palo Alto, California, to Betsy Franco, a writer, artist, and actress, and Douglas Eugene "Doug" Franco, who ran a Silicon Valley business. His mother is Jewish and his father was of Portuguese and Swedish descent.

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    'Freaks and Geeks'

    After 15 months of intensive study with noted drama coach Robert Carnegie at the North Hollywood acting school/theater Playhouse West, in 1999, Franco landed his breakthrough role: as heartthrob/bad boy Daniel Desario on the critically acclaimed but short-lived television series Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000), which also starred Seth Rogen, Busy Philipps, Jason Segel and Linda Cardellini. The teen comedy soon gained a cult-like following. That same year, Franco made his film debut in the Drew B...

    'James Dean'

    But it was Franco's standout title performance in 2001's TNT cable biopic James Deanthat made critics stand up and take notice of the young actor. His portrayal of Dean earned him the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in 2002. Franco later said that he prepared for the role by picking up smoking — two packs of cigarettes a day.

    'Spider-Man' Franchise

    Also in 2002, James Franco appeared alongside Robert De Niro and Frances McDormand in the crime drama City by the Sea, and starred as a male prostitute turned soldier in the Nicolas Cage film Sonny. Turning to more commercial fare that same year, he took on the role of Harry Osborne, son of the villainous Green Goblin, in Spider-Man. The actor would return to play the character in the following two installments of the film franchise — Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Spider-Man 3(2007). Around this sa...

    The same night he was awarded his Golden Globe in January 2018, a new controversy began brewing when actress Ally Sheedy fired off a few cryptic tweets, one of which read: "James Franco just won. Please never ask me why I left the film/tv business." Another actress, Violet Paley, also took to Twitter to accuse Franco of forcing her into a sexual ac...

    Franco re-enrolled at UCLA as a creative writing major in 2006, taking an accelerated course load while continuing to act. He completed his degree two years later, graduating with a GPA of 3.5/4. Moving to New York City in 2008, Franco enrolled at Columbia University. While working toward a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing there, he a...

  2. Dec 22, 2021 · Actor James Franco has broken his silence about sexual misconduct allegations months after he paid $2.2 million to settle a lawsuit filed by former acting students who accused him in 2019 of...

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  3. › wiki › James_FrancoJames Franco - Wikipedia

    James Edward Franco (born April 19, 1978) is an American actor and filmmaker. He has starred in numerous films, including Sam Raimi 's Spider-Man trilogy (2002–2007), Milk (2008), Eat, Pray, Love (2010), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Spring Breakers (2012), and Oz the Great and Powerful (2013).

  4. James Franco is an American actor, filmmaker, and college instructor. He began acting on television, guest-starring in Pacific Blue (1997). He landed his breakthrough role in the comedy-drama television series Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000). [1] After his film debut in Never Been Kissed (1999), [2] Franco won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film and was nominated for Screen Actors Guild Award and Primetime Emmy Award in the same categories for playing the ...

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