James Franco is an actor, educator, author, and filmmaker. He is known for comedies and dramas. He is known for television roles and films he has starred in, as well as, made. James is an avid reader and student who supports and explores the arts and encourages people to follow their inspiration.
James Edward Franco was born 1978 in Palo Alto, California. He has two brothers and is Jewish. He graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1996. Despite rocky and wild teenage years, he did well in school. He enrolled at UCLA as an English major. He left and then took acting classes at Playhouse West. In 1998, he attended California Summer School for the Arts.
James had begun acting professionally in 1997. A commercial and guest roles on television series led to him being cast in 1999’s Freaks and Geeks. His film debut in Never Been Kissed has led to many additional roles. In 2001, he starred in the lead role in James Dean. For this, he received a Golden Globe award and additional nominations. Being cast in Spider-Man, as Peter Parker’s best friend, led to worldwide fame. Other awards and nominations, for other roles, have followed.
In 2010, he published a collection of stories entitled Palo Alto. He has had other works published since. In 2014, James made his Broadway debut in Of Mice and Men. He has produced and directed other films and has been involved in multiple other projects.
In 2012, he became a lecturer at UCLA, teaching classes in the School of Theater, Film, and Television. Also that year, James’ band Daddy’s first single and EP were released. In 2015, he taught an eight-part film class at Palo Alto High School.
He has been given accolades for his support of the LGBT community. His sexuality has been called into question. However, he has had a couple serious relationships with actresses.
He has continued, amongst other pursuits, to be a student and take classes as well. He enjoys learning and has an aptitude for art. He paints and has exhibited his paintings. The charity he is known primarily for supporting, Art of Elysium, fits right in with his mission to empower yourself and strengthen your community through art and education. James Franco lives a life focused on art and education. He is a contemporary Renaissance man. Be inspired! Have a bright day!