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James Franco

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Famous as :

Actor, producer, writer, director

Birth Name :

James Edward Franco

Birth Date :

April 19, 1978

Birth Place :

Palo Alto, California, USA

Claim to fame :

As Daniel Desario in TV series "Freaks and Geeks" (1999 - 2000)

Biography


Recognized as a versatile young thespian with formidable talent in making convincing portrayal of various film characters, James Edward Franco has really penned his name solidly in Hollywood to strive as one of its outstanding stars of the early 21st century. A native of Palo Alto, California who was born on April 19, 1978 to Doug Franco and Betsy Levine Verne, he spent the first eighteen years of his life growing up in this city before headed for Los Angeles to study English at UCLA following his graduation from Palo Alto High School in 1996. Nevertheless, it later occurred to this striking dark-haired guy that the fondness for acting he had developed earlier was really hard to resist so that he decided to leave the university and thus embarked on the journey to accomplish his dream of becoming a fine actor.

Honed his acting skills intensely for 15 months at Robert Carnegie's Playhouse West in North Hollywood, James afterwards earned a supporting role in a TV miniseries of "To Serve and Protect" (1999) and appeared briefly in Drew Barrymore's vehicle, "Never Been Kissed" which also came up in the same year. His name began to make sound when he was included in the regular cast of NBC's series "Freaks and Geeks" (1999-2000) as the show surprisingly gathered critical acclaim along with tremendous fans all around the country despite its short running. With this growing popularity, he then managed to acquire bigger roles in his 2000 big screen features, such as "If Tomorrow Comes" and "Whatever It Takes" in which he first met his girlfriend, Marla Sokoloff, whom he dated for four years.

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'Tonight Show' Video: Jimmy Fallon Gets Birthday Surprise From Seth Rogen and James Franco

September 20, 2014 06:22:16 GMT

got visits from surprise guests as his birthday present on "" when he turned 40 on Friday night, September 19. The host claimed he had no idea who the surprise guest(s) would be.
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James Franco to Play Serial Killer in 'Rant'

September 12, 2014 07:59:26 GMT

is adapting novel ": The Oral Biography of Buster Casey" from "Fight Club" author Chuck Palahniuk. He is eying to play the main character named Buster "Rant" Casey, the leader of an urban demolition derby. Pamela Romanowsky is in talks to write and direct the pic.
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James Franco Shoots His Film 'Zeroville' at Venice Film Festival

September 06, 2014 05:26:08 GMT

turned his Visionary Award ceremony at the Venice International Film Festival on Friday, August 5 into a film shoot. He accepted the Glory to the Filmmaker prize at the event, and used the occasion to shoot a scene for his new movie "".
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Pics: James Franco Goes Completely Bald for 'Zeroville'

September 05, 2014 08:30:32 GMT

went completely bald as he's preparing for his next movie role in "". The 36-year-old actor shaved his head on Wednesday, September 3 and revealed his new look in Instagram pictures, which documented the hair transformation.
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First Clip Released for James Franco's 'The Sound and the Fury'

September 02, 2014 03:06:24 GMT

's adaptation of William Faulkner's novel "" releases its first clip via Deadline. The scene is between and Scott Haze who feud over how the teenage girl dresses for school and how he's determined to rule her.
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James Franco and Jimmy Kimmel Put Interesting Twist on Ice Bucket Challenge

August 19, 2014 09:12:00 GMT

Many celebrities have taken Ice Bucket Challenge by being poured with a bucket of ice on their heads. and chose to take the challenge a little bit different from usual.
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Lindsay Lohan Responds to James Franco's Bizarre Short Story

August 16, 2014 06:11:23 GMT

has commented on 's bizarre short story "Bungalow 89". A few months ago, Franco shared the short story which centers on some encounters with a character, a "damaged" actress named Lindsay. The story was written after he was mentioned in Lohan's sex list published by In Touch.
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James Franco to Host 2014 MTV VMA Special as His Character in 'The Interview'

August 15, 2014 07:12:19 GMT

is tapped as a host for an upcoming special ahead of 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. The actor will channel his inner Dave Skylark, his talk show host character in comedy "", for the event. He will chat with , and .
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James Franco to Receive Innovation Award at Venice Film Festival

August 09, 2014 00:35:54 GMT

has made himself familiar to the Venice Film Festival. The multi-tasking actor will be handed the annual fest's prestigious Jaeger-Le Coultre Glory to the Filmmaker later this year for his effort in innovating contemporary cinema.
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Kim Jong Un Assassination Movie 'The Interview' Moved to Christmas Day

August 08, 2014 00:38:01 GMT

"" would head to North American theaters on Christmas Day instead of October 10. Sony announced on Thursday, August 7 that the controversial action-comedy movie would like to benefit from the holiday season.
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James Franco Slams 'Homophobic' Story About Him and Scott Haze

August 07, 2014 06:50:22 GMT

slams a story about his relationship with actor Scott Haze, calling the piece "homophobic scoop." The actor/director took to Instagram on Wednesday, August 6 to call out a gossip site for their report, writing, "GAWKER - always getting the cutting edge, homophobic scoop!!! Go see CHILD OF GOD in theaters and see me direct my live-in boyfriend, SCOTT HAZE!!! Love you SCOTT!!!!"
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James Franco's Mystery Woman at LAX Is Revealed

August 06, 2014 08:58:50 GMT

was spotted arriving together with an attractive blonde woman at LAX on August 3. It's now confirmed that the mysterious woman is Los Angeles-based model Erin Johnson.
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Kim Jong Un Complains to U.N. About Seth Rogen and James Franco's Movie

July 10, 2014 04:41:42 GMT

Kim Jong Un files U.N. complaint over Hollywood comedy "". The film which is due October 10 this year stars and as a talk show host and his producer. They are heading to North Korea and plotting to kill the country's leader.
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James Franco to Direct His First Off-Broadway Play

June 17, 2014 02:32:30 GMT

Multi-tasking actor is adding theater director to his resume. He will make a directing debut in an off-Broadway play, Robert Boswell's "The Long Shrift", at the Rattlestick Playwrights theatre in New York this summer.
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James Franco Pens Short Story About Late-Night Sexless Hours With Lindsay Lohan

June 10, 2014 15:02:17 GMT

In response to 's persistent statement that she had sex with him, gives a detailed account of what really happened between him and the troubled former child star. He writes a short story called "Bungalow 89" after a cottage area at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles.
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James Franco Defends Risky Underwear Selfie

May 09, 2014 18:02:50 GMT

explained the "provocative" selfie that shows him reaching his hand inside his underwear nearly exposing himself. During a visit to the "", he said he took the nearly-nude photo and posted it on Instagram just for fun. "It's what the people want!" he said.
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James Franco Shares 'Super Selfie' With Zac Efron, Seth Rogen

May 05, 2014 07:48:31 GMT

apparently is trying to best ' all-star selfie at the Oscars. The actor took to Instagram over the weekend to share a photo of him being surrounded by actor friends such as and among others at the backstage of his play, "Of Mice and Men". Standing in the middle of the group, the 36-year-old star captioned the photo, "SUPER SELFIE!! Ellen eat your heart out! BACKSTAGE OF MICE AND MEN!!!"
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James Franco 'Only Kissed' Lindsay Lohan, Calls Her 'Delusional'

May 01, 2014 08:21:39 GMT

insists he never had sex with . Speaking to , the multi-talented star addressed LiLo's former lover list, saying, "I never had sex with Lindsay Lohan." He added, "I will swear on my mother's life that I never had sex with her."
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James Franco to Make Cameo in 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

April 29, 2014 08:36:13 GMT

is going to make an appearance in "". Director Matt Reeves has confirmed to Collider that the actor, whose character died in the previous installment of the film, will briefly reprise his role as Will Rodman in the sequel.
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Kanye West Wanted James Franco and Seth Rogen to Perform at His Wedding

April 23, 2014 08:51:34 GMT

said asked him and to perform "Bound 2" at his upcoming wedding to . Franco revealed the story during an appearance on "" with his "Of Mice & Men" co-stars.
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James Franco Slams Critic Over Negative Review of His Play 'Of Mice and Men'

April 18, 2014 03:37:12 GMT

is not happy that his performance on Broadway show "Of Mice and Men" got negative feedback from New York Times' Ben Brantley. While posting on Instagram a glowing review from Variety, he adds an extra caption that fires back at the NYT critic.
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Video: Taylor Swift and James Franco Make Surprise Cameo on Seth Rogen-Hosted 'SNL'

April 14, 2014 03:07:17 GMT

enlisted the help of his celebrity friends when hosting "" on April 12. He was joined by singer , frequent co-star , and actress during the show's monologue.
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James Franco: I Learned My Lesson After Texting Underage Girl

April 05, 2014 00:36:08 GMT

appeared on "" on Friday, April 4 to address the recent controversy involving him and a 17-year-old girl. The actor apologized for trying to pick up the teen through Instagram earlier this week, saying he's "embarrassed."
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James Franco Responds to Alleged Hook Up With 17-Year-Old Girl

April 03, 2014 14:47:13 GMT

There's a word on the street that tried to hook up with a girl aged 17. A conversation allegedly happened between the 35-year-old actor and the Scottish girl privately but it has leaked online on Wednesday, April 2.
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James Franco to Play Ex-Gay Activist Michael Glatze in Movie

April 02, 2014 08:20:27 GMT

will play a real-life controversial figure in his next film. According to Page Six, the of "" is tapped to play former-gay advocate, Michael Glatze, in a movie produced by Gus Van Sant. It will start shooting in New York in July.
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James Franco: Lindsay Lohan Lied About Alleged Former Lover List

March 27, 2014 08:50:02 GMT

made headlines earlier this month after a list of celebrities she allegedly slept with was published by InTouch. One of the celebrities mentioned in the list, , now addresses the issue in a new interview with Los Angeles magazine, saying that the "" star lied about him.
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James Franco and Seth Rogen Recreate Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's Vogue Cover

March 22, 2014 06:27:24 GMT

and his best friend recreated the latest Vogue cover which features and . Shortly after news of the couple being featured on the magazine's cover emerged, Franco took to Facebook to share his version.
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Lindsay Lohan's Handwritten List of Famous Ex-Lovers Exposed

March 13, 2014 00:07:11 GMT

The names of all her lovers that could think of are written down in a single piece of paper. The "" star allegedly was fooling around with her girlfriends when she jotted down the names at the Beverly Hills Hotel on January 30, 2013 and later tossed the paper aside.
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James Franco Weighs In on Shia LaBeouf's Behavior in an Op-Ed

February 20, 2014 06:54:33 GMT

has made a comment following headlines about 's erratic behavior. The "" star tries to offer explanation on why actors act out in an op-ed published on the New York Times on Wednesday, February 19. In the piece, Franco suggests that the "" star's recent behavior was "a piece of performance art."
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James Franco to Voice 'Sausage Party', Chris Colfer to Voice 'RoboDog'

January 29, 2014 09:18:28 GMT

Two very different animated projects have found their voice cast. is set to support R-rated "" developed by and , while is booked to join family-oriented "" to be directed by Henry F. Anderson III ("").
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