James Franco Biography


James Franco

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Birth Name: James Franco
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Birth Country: United States
Height: 5 Feet 10 Inch
Birth Sign: Acer
Age:   40 Years
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James Franco was born on 19th April 1978 as James Edward Franco in Palo Alto, California. He is an American filmmaker, actor as well as a college instructor. He is best known for his lead role as Daniel Desario in the short-lived comedy television series ‘Freaks and Geeks’. He is known for other live-action movies like the disaster artist (2017), this is the end (2013), Oz the great and powerful (2013), Spring Breakers (2012), Rise of the Planet of Apes (2011), etc.

James Franco was born to mother, Besty Lou an occasional actress and a writer. His father,  Douglas Eugene Franco died in 2011. He used to run a Silicon Valley business. His father and mother met when they were students at Stanford University. His mother is of Russian and Jewish descent and his father is of Swedish and Portuguese ancestry. Back in the early 1940s, his grandfather, Daniel changed his surname to Verne from Verovitz.

James grew up in California with his two brothers. Tom and Dave, both are actors. James was very good at his studies from a very young age. He was encouraged by his father to do good in his studies. He did very good in SATs as well. In 1996, he graduated from Palo Alto High School. There, he used to act in plays. Later in 1998, he attended CSSSA for further theater studies.

James was once arrested during his high school years for graffiti and for being a part of a group that stole designer fragrances from the store and later sold to classmates. Because of this, Franco for short became the war of the state.

James was interested in marine zoologist when he was young. Besides he was also interested in acting or wanted to become an actor. But he was not courageous enough of pursuing the career as he has this fear of getting rejected. But, after dropping out of the University of California, he finally decided to pursue a career as an actor.

He then started taking lessons with Robert Carnegie at Playhouse West. During this time, he used to take a late-night job at McDonald’s to support himself as his parents were not supporting him. His parents were not happy with him leaving his studies behind and pursuing acting.

After 15 months of training, he finally started auditioning in Los Angeles. He got paid for the first time playing in a television commercial for Pizza Hut. There, he even featured in a dance with Elvis Presley.

After getting several guests roles on television series, in 1999, he finally got the lead role in one of the famous NBC TV series ‘Freaks and Geeks.' It didn’t run for long and got canceled after 18 episodes because of low viewership. He also describes this series as ‘one of the most fun’ work experiences so far.

After that, he got an opportunity to play in another series ‘Whatever It Takes’ in 2000. In 2002, he again got almost the lead role in the major hit ‘Spider-Man.' His next movies were City by the Sea (2002) and Deuced Wild (2002). For City by the Sea, he was personally asked to cast by Robert De Niro as he was impressed by his act in James Dean (2001).

Later, he played in other famous movies like Pineapple Express (2008), Milk (2008), Eat Pray and love (2010), Date Night (2010), Rise of the Planet of Apes (2011), Spring Breakers (2012), This is the End (2013), Oz the Great and Powerful (2013). Recently in 2017, he starred in the movie ‘The Disaster Artist’. His one of the major words is when he was cast in a superhero film ‘Spider-Man’ as Harry Osborn.

He started playing in the film in 2002. He continued his roles in ‘Spider-Man 2’ and ‘Spider-Man 3’ as well. James even directed, scripted and starred in ‘Good Time Max’ in 2007. The movie was about two brothers, one of them becomes a doctor and another one is unemployed.

Talking about Franco’s personal life, he has a long dating history. He dated a famous American actress Marla Sokoloff way back from 1999 to October 2002. The actress is renowned for Lucy Hatcher on The Practice. Again from 2004-2005, he dated another American actress Ashley Hartman, who is famous for Victoria Secret TV.

After a year of his break up with Ashley, he again met another American actress for whom he went crazy for. He started dating Ahna O’Reilly from 2006. The couple dated for a long time but because things didn’t work out, they had to separate in July 2011.

James seems to have a unique thing for actresses. But he has also dated a British Model. He started dating Agness Deyn at the start of 2010. The duo dated for over a year and finally broke up in 2011. Talking about his present relationship, he is currently dating 39-year-old Isabel Pakzad. The couple has been dating since July 2017 and is often seen hanging out together or having a romantic date.

James Franco has earned a good sum throughout his life. As of 2017, his estimated net worth is around $20 Million. He falls on the list of top highest-paid American actors. Recently, ‘People With Money’ announced that Franco is the highest-paid actor in the world. It further says that the actor earned around $75 million between November 2016 and 2017.

Franco bought a beautiful house for himself recently in LA. He spent over $750,000 just for the house. The home is located in Silver Lake, and it is about 1,700 square feet. The house has two bedrooms and three bathrooms and other luxury goods like heated carpets, fireplace, etc. 

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Born in United States

1978 19th of April

James Franco was born as James Edward Franco on April 19, 1978. He was born to a writer as well as actress mother, Besty Lou, and Silicon Valley business running late father, Douglas Eugene Franco. His father died in 2011. 

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Graduated from Palo Alto High School

1996

In 1996, James Franco graduated from Palo Alto School, where he learned how to act in plays. He was very good in studies from a very young age. He always had good grades in school and scored really well in SATs. 

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First lead role

1999

James Franco played his lead role in the famous NBC television series 'Freaks and Geeks' in 1999. The show was short but became quite popular. The series had only 18 episodes. 

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One of the greatest hit

2002

One of his great works is a superhit movie 'Spider-Man'. He played as Harry Osborn in the movie. He played for the movie in 2002. Later, he again played in 'Spider-Man 2' and 'Spider-Man 3'.

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Relationship with Isabel Pakzad

2017 of July

James Franco has dated several American actresses throughout his life. Currently, he is dating Isabel Pakzad. The couple recently started dating from July 2017. They are often seen sharing lunch or icecreams over date. 

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