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James Franco is a multi-talented American actor, screenwriter and filmmaker. He, who has always been passionate about learning, has also been a college lecturer, schoolteacher and an author.
He grew up as a mathematics whiz-kid and was excellent on his SATs. He was also in trouble with the law as a teen for graffiti, underage drinking and stealing designer colognes to sell to his classmates.
He dropped out of UCLA in his first year to study acting at Playhouse West while working at McDonald’s to survive.
He featured in a TV ad for Pizza Hut in 1988 and soon landed a main role on 18 episodes of Freaks and Geeks in 1999.
Best Known For
James has appeared in a lot of movies with his most prominent roles being as Harry Osborn in the Spiderman films from 2002 to 2007 as well as notable roles in Milk in 2008, Why Him in 2016, Pineapple Express in 2008 and 127 Hours in 2010.
He is known to regularly collaborate with Seth Rogen on-screen.
Other worthy mentions are The Interview in 2014 and TV series 11.22.63 in 2016 and The Deuce airing since 2017.
James is straight and has been dating Isabel Pakzad since 2017.
Before then, he dated Marla Sokoloff in 1999 and Ahna O'Reilly in 2006, both for 5 years each.
He is the first of 3 sons of Douglas and Betsy Verne with his brothers being actors Tom and Dave Franco.
He grew up in a secular household but adopted his mother’s Ashkenazi Jewish ways in his adult life and just had his Bar Mitzvah ceremony in 2015 at 37 years.
Worth To Know
He auditioned for the role of Peter Parker but the producers went with Tobey Maguire.To play the titular role in James Dean, he dyed his hair blonde, smoked 2 packs of cigarettes daily, learned to ride a bike and play the guitar.