James Franco


Biography

James Edward Franco (born April 19, 1978) is an American actor. He left college in order to pursue acting and started off his career by making guest appearances on television series in the 1990s. Franco landed a lead part on the short-lived cult hit television program Freaks and Geeks and later achieved recognition for playing the titular character in the TV biopic James Dean (2001), for which he was awarded a Golden Globe Award. He achieved international fame with his portrayals of Harry Osborn in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy.

Franco has appeared in an eclectic range of projects since the 2000s. Ranging from period to contemporary pieces, and from major Hollywood productions to less publicized indie films, as well as fantasy movies to biopics and soap operas. Other notable films include Pineapple Express, a stoner comedy that earned him his second Golden Globes nomination, the Harvey Milk-biopic Milk (both 2008) as well as Danny Boyle's 2010 movie 127 Hours, about real-life mountain climber Aron Ralston's struggle to free his hand from a boulder. His performance in 127 Hours earned him nominations for many high-profile awards, including the Academy Awards, Golden Globe and SAG Awards (None of which he won)

Franco has hosted the skit comedy Saturday Night Live twice as well as the 83rd Academy Awards with Anne Hathaway. He volunteers for the Art of Elysium charity and is in a relationship with actress Ahna O'Reilly.

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2018The Ballad of Buster Scruggs as
2018Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad as (voice)
2017The Labyrinth as Narrator (voice)
2017The Disaster Artist as Tommy Wiseau
2017The Deuce as Vincent Martino / Frankie Martino
2017The Vault as Ed Mass
2017Don't Come Back from the Moon as Roman Smalley
2017Alien: Covenant as Jacob Branson (uncredited)
2017Black Dog, Red Dog as Leo
2017The Institute as Dr. Cairn
2017Last Supper as Capt. Jacob Branson
2017In Dubious Battle as Mac McLeod
2017High School Lover as Rick Winters
2016Why Him? as Laird Mayhew
2016Goat as Mitch
2016The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards as Conrad
2016Sausage Party as Druggie (voice)
2016Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? as Director
2016Obituaries as Felix Mitchum
2016The Caged Pillows as David D-R+
2016King Cobra as Joe Kerekes
2016Burn Country as Lindsay
2016The Adderall Diaries as Stephen Elliott
2016Memoria as Mr. Wyckoff
2016A Walk in Winter as Conrad
2016The 4%: Film's Gender Problem as Himself
201611.22.63 as Jake Epping
201611.22.63 as Jake Epping
2016Angie Tribeca as Sgt. Eddie Pepper
2016Yosemite as Phil
2015Richard Peter Johnson as James Franco
2015The Night Before as James
2015The Sound & the Fury as Benjy Compson
2015Queen of the Desert as Henry Cadogan
2015Call Me Lucky as Himself
2015The Little Prince as The Fox (voice)
2015Wild Horses as Ben Briggs
2015Hot Ones as Himself
2015True Story as Christian Longo
2015Every Thing Will Be Fine as Tomas Eldan
2015Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special as Himself
2015I Am Michael as Michael Glatze
2015Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha as Pasamonte
2014The Interview as Dave Skylark
2014Lennon or McCartney as Himself (archive footage)
2014Future Relic 02 as The Searcher
2014National Theater Live: Of Mice and Men as George
2014Good People as Tom Reed
2014Palo Alto as Mr. B
2014Child of God as Jerry
2014Deadbeat as Johnny
2014Veronica Mars as Himself (uncredited)
2014The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon as Himself
2013Homefront as Gator
2013Sal as Milton Katselas
2013As I Lay Dying as Darl Bundren
2013Third Person as Rick
2013Comedy Central Roast of James Franco as Himself
2013A Fuller Life as Himself - Reader (segment "Copy Boy")
2013Lovelace as Hugh Hefner
2013This Is the End as James Franco
2013Oz: The Great and Powerful as Oz
2013Maladies as James
2013Spring Breakers as Alien
2013Interior. Leather Bar. as
2012The Color of Time as C.K. Williams (age 40)
2012The Mindy Project as Paul Leotard
2012The Letter as Tyrone
2012The Iceman as Marty Freeman
2012The Broken Tower as Hart Crane
2012About Cherry as Francis
2012Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present as Himself
2011Eames: The Architect & The Painter as Voice
2011Rise of the Planet of the Apes as Will Rodman
2011Your Highness as Fabious
2011The Green Hornet as Danny Crystal Cleer
2010127 Hours as Aron Ralston
2010Howl as Allen Ginsberg
2010Love and Distrust as Travis
2010Eat Pray Love as David
2010With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story as Himself
2010Masculinity & Me as
2010Saturday Night as Himself
2010Shadows & Lies as William Vincent
2010Date Night as Taste
2009SNL Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas as
2009Erased James Franco as Himself
2008Milk as Scott Smith
2008Good Time Max as Max
2008Nights in Rodanthe as Mark Flanner
2008Pineapple Express as Saul Silver
2008Camille as Silias
2007In the Valley of Elah as Sergeant Carnelli
2007An American Crime as Andy
2007Knocked Up as Himself (uncredited)
2007Spider-Man 3 as Harry Osborn / New Goblin
2007Finishing the Game: The Search for a New Bruce Lee as Dean Silo
2007Interview as Boyfriend on Phone (voice)
2007The Hills with James Franco and Mila Kunis as Justin Bobby
2006The Holiday as Himself
2006The Dead Girl as Derek
200630 Rock as
2006Grasshopper as Travis
2006Flyboys as Blaine Rawlings
2006The Wicker Man as Bar Guy #1
2006Tristan & Isolde as Tristan
2006Annapolis as Jake Huard
2005The Colbert Report as
2005The Great Raid as Captain Prince
2005The Ape as Harry Walker
2004The Tony Danza Show as
2004Spider-Man 2 as Harry Osborn
2003The Company as Josh
2003Blind Spot as Danny
2003Jimmy Kimmel Live! as
2002Sonny as Sonny
2002City By The Sea as Joey
2002Mother Ghost as Skateboarder guy
2002You Always Stalk the Ones You Love as
2002The Car Kid as
2002Deuces Wild as Tino
2002Spider-Man as Harry Osborn
2001James Dean as James Dean
2001Some Body as Apartment Guy #3
2001Mean People Suck as Casey
2000At Any Cost as Mike
2000Whatever It Takes as Chris Campbell
1999The Early Show as
1999Freaks and Geeks as Daniel Desario
1999Never Been Kissed as Jason
1999To Serve and Protect as Matt Carr
1996Profiler as
1996The Daily Show with Trevor Noah as
1996Pacific Blue as Brian
1993The X-Files as
1992The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as
1983Live with Regis and Kathie Lee as
1975Saturday Night Live as
-Kin as
-Zeroville as Vikar
-Multiple Man as Jamie Madrox / Multiple Man
-Blood on Wheels as
-Blood Heist as Farmer Simon
-The Mad Whale as
-Pretenders as Maxwell
-The Long Home as Dallas Hardin
-Mississippi Requiem as
-Kill the Czar as
-Actors Anonymous as Jake Lamont
-Killing Animals as Mr. Hurston
-Future World as
-The Trap as
2018The Ballad of Buster Scruggs as
2018Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad as (voice)
2017The Labyrinth as Narrator (voice)
2017The Labyrinth as Executive Producer
2017The Disaster Artist as Tommy Wiseau
2017The Disaster Artist as Director
2017The Disaster Artist as Producer
2017The Deuce as Director
2017The Deuce as Vincent Martino / Frankie Martino
2017The Vault as Ed Mass
2017Don't Come Back from the Moon as Roman Smalley
2017Alien: Covenant as Jacob Branson (uncredited)
2017Black Dog, Red Dog as Leo
2017Black Dog, Red Dog as Director
2017Black Dog, Red Dog as Writer
2017The Institute as Director
2017The Institute as Executive Producer
2017The Institute as Dr. Cairn
2017Last Supper as Capt. Jacob Branson
2017In Dubious Battle as Producer
2017In Dubious Battle as Director
2017In Dubious Battle as Mac McLeod
2017High School Lover as Rick Winters
2017High School Lover as Executive Producer
2016Why Him? as Laird Mayhew
2016Why Him? as Executive Producer
2016Goat as Producer
2016Goat as Mitch
2016The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards as Conrad
2016Sausage Party as Druggie (voice)
2016Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? as Story
2016Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? as Executive Producer
2016Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? as Director
2016Obituaries as Felix Mitchum
2016The Caged Pillows as David D-R+
2016King Cobra as Joe Kerekes
2016King Cobra as Producer
2016Burn Country as Lindsay
2016The Adderall Diaries as Stephen Elliott
2016The Adderall Diaries as Producer
2016Memoria as Mr. Wyckoff
2016A Walk in Winter as Executive Producer
2016A Walk in Winter as Conrad
2016The 4%: Film's Gender Problem as Himself
201611.22.63 as Producer
201611.22.63 as Director
201611.22.63 as Director
201611.22.63 as Producer
201611.22.63 as Jake Epping
201611.22.63 as Jake Epping
2016Angie Tribeca as Sgt. Eddie Pepper
2016Yosemite as Phil
2016Yosemite as Book
2016Yosemite as Executive Producer
2015Richard Peter Johnson as James Franco
2015The Night Before as James
2015The Sound & the Fury as Benjy Compson
2015The Sound & the Fury as Director
2015Queen of the Desert as Henry Cadogan
2015Call Me Lucky as Himself
2015The Little Prince as The Fox (voice)
2015Miss Famous as Executive Producer
2015Wild Horses as Ben Briggs
2015Hot Ones as Himself
2015True Story as Christian Longo
2015Every Thing Will Be Fine as Tomas Eldan
2015Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special as Himself
2015I Am Michael as Producer
2015I Am Michael as Michael Glatze
2015Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha as Executive Producer
2015Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha as Pasamonte
2014The Interview as Executive Producer
2014The Interview as Dave Skylark
2014Lennon or McCartney as Himself (archive footage)
2014Future Relic 02 as The Searcher
2014National Theater Live: Of Mice and Men as George
2014Good People as Tom Reed
2014Guests as Executive Producer
2014Palo Alto as Mr. B
2014Palo Alto as Book
2014Child of God as Jerry
2014Child of God as Director
2014Child of God as Screenplay
2014Deadbeat as Johnny
2014Veronica Mars as Himself (uncredited)
2014The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon as Himself
2013Homefront as Gator
2013Sal as Story
2013Sal as Director
2013Sal as Milton Katselas
2013As I Lay Dying as Darl Bundren
2013As I Lay Dying as Screenplay
2013As I Lay Dying as Director
2013Third Person as Rick
2013Comedy Central Roast of James Franco as Himself
2013A Fuller Life as Himself - Reader (segment "Copy Boy")
2013Lovelace as Hugh Hefner
2013Venice 70: Future Reloaded as Director
2013La Passione as Director
2013This Is the End as James Franco
2013The Director as Producer
2013Oz: The Great and Powerful as Oz
2013Maladies as James
2013Spring Breakers as Alien
2013Kink as Producer
2013Interior. Leather Bar. as Producer
2013Interior. Leather Bar. as Cinematography
2013Interior. Leather Bar. as Director
2013Interior. Leather Bar. as
2012The Color of Time as C.K. Williams (age 40)
2012The Color of Time as Producer
2012The Mindy Project as Paul Leotard
2012The Letter as Tyrone
2012The Iceman as Marty Freeman
2012The Broken Tower as Producer
2012The Broken Tower as Hart Crane
2012The Broken Tower as Editor
2012The Broken Tower as Screenplay
2012The Broken Tower as Director
2012My Own Private River as Director
2012About Cherry as Francis
2012Francophrenia as Director
2012Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present as Himself
2011Eames: The Architect & The Painter as Voice
2011Rise of the Planet of the Apes as Will Rodman
2011Your Highness as Fabious
2011The Green Hornet as Danny Crystal Cleer
2010127 Hours as Aron Ralston
201042 One Dream Rush as Director
2010Howl as Allen Ginsberg
2010Love and Distrust as Travis
2010Eat Pray Love as David
2010With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story as Himself
2010Masculinity & Me as Director
2010Masculinity & Me as
2010Masculinity & Me as Writer
2010The Clerk's Tale as Director
2010The Clerk's Tale as Screenplay
2010Saturday Night as Himself
2010Saturday Night as Director
2010Shadows & Lies as William Vincent
2010Date Night as Taste
2010Herbert White as Writer
2010Herbert White as Director
2010Goat Boy as Director
2009SNL Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas as
2009The Feast of Stephen as Writer
2009The Feast of Stephen as Director
2009Erased James Franco as Himself
2008Milk as Scott Smith
2008Good Time Max as Max
2008Good Time Max as Director
2008Good Time Max as Writer
2008Nights in Rodanthe as Mark Flanner
2008Pineapple Express as Saul Silver
2008Camille as Silias
2007In the Valley of Elah as Sergeant Carnelli
2007An American Crime as Andy
2007Knocked Up as Himself (uncredited)
2007Spider-Man 3 as Harry Osborn / New Goblin
2007Finishing the Game: The Search for a New Bruce Lee as Dean Silo
2007Interview as Boyfriend on Phone (voice)
2007The Hills with James Franco and Mila Kunis as Justin Bobby
2006The Holiday as Himself
2006The Dead Girl as Derek
200630 Rock as
2006Grasshopper as Travis
2006Flyboys as Blaine Rawlings
2006The Wicker Man as Bar Guy #1
2006Tristan & Isolde as Tristan
2006Annapolis as Jake Huard
2005The Colbert Report as
2005The Great Raid as Captain Prince
2005The Ape as Director
2005The Ape as Writer
2005The Ape as Executive Producer
2005The Ape as Harry Walker
2004The Tony Danza Show as
2004Spider-Man 2 as Harry Osborn
2003The Company as Josh
2003Blind Spot as Danny
2003Jimmy Kimmel Live! as
2002Sonny as Sonny
2002City By The Sea as Joey
2002Mother Ghost as Skateboarder guy
2002You Always Stalk the Ones You Love as
2002The Car Kid as
2002Deuces Wild as Tino
2002Spider-Man as Harry Osborn
2001James Dean as James Dean
2001Some Body as Apartment Guy #3
2001Mean People Suck as Casey
2000At Any Cost as Mike
2000Whatever It Takes as Chris Campbell
1999The Early Show as
1999Freaks and Geeks as Daniel Desario
1999Never Been Kissed as Jason
1999To Serve and Protect as Matt Carr
1996Profiler as
1996The Daily Show with Trevor Noah as
1996Pacific Blue as Brian
1993The X-Files as
1992The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as
1983Live with Regis and Kathie Lee as
1975Saturday Night Live as
-Kin as
-The Long Home as Director
-Zeroville as Director
-Multiple Man as Producer
-The Trap as
-Pretenders as Director
-Future World as
-Killing Animals as Mr. Hurston
-Actors Anonymous as Jake Lamont
-Kill the Czar as
-Mississippi Requiem as Executive Producer
-Mississippi Requiem as Writer
-Mississippi Requiem as
-The Long Home as Dallas Hardin
-Pretenders as Maxwell
-The Mad Whale as
-Actors Anonymous as Writer
-Future World as Director
-Blood Heist as Farmer Simon
-Killing Animals as Novel
-Blood on Wheels as
-Multiple Man as Jamie Madrox / Multiple Man
-Zeroville as Vikar
-Bukowski as Director
-Bukowski as Writer