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James Franco

James Franco's metamorphosis into the title role of TNT's biopic, James Dean, earned him career-making reviews as well as a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television. He also received nominations for Emmy and Screen Actors Guild awards for this memorable performance. He earned a Film Independent Spirit Award nomination for his performance, alongside Sean Penn, in Gus Van Sant's Milk, and he was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in David Gordon Green's comedy Pineapple Express, in which he starred opposite Seth Rogen. He is also known for his starring role as Harry Osborn in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy.

Franco was recently seen as famous poet Allen Ginsberg in Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's Howl. He also recently starred in Ryan Murphy's Eat Pray Love, alongside Julia Roberts, and was a part of an all-star ensemble cast in Shawn Levy's comedy Date Night. He can currently be seen starring in Danny Boyle's critically acclaimed drama 127 Hours. This year, he will star in Rise of the Apes, the newest take on the Planet of the Apes franchise.

Franco's additional credits include George C. Wolfe's Nights in Rodanthe; Paul Haggis' In the Valley of Elah; Karen Moncrieff's ensemble drama The Dead Girl; Tommy O'Haver's drama An American Crime; John Dahl's The Great Raid; Robert Altman's The Company; City by the Sea, opposite Robert De Niro; and the Martin Scorsese-produced Deuces Wild. On television, he starred in the critically acclaimed series Freaks and Geeks.

Franco wrote, directed and starred in the features Good Time Max and The Ape. In 2010, Herbert White, a short film in which he wrote and directed and starred Michael Shannon, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. The Feast of Stephen, also written and directed by Franco, premiered and won a Teddy Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. Additionally, Franco directed Saturday Night, a documentary about the weeklong production of a Saturday Night Live episode, which premiered at SXSW in 2010 and opened in theaters in February 2011. His latest film he has written and directed, The Clerk's Tale, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2010. Franco plans to direct two feature films next year—an adaptation of Charles Bukowski's Ham on Rye and a biography on poet Hart Crane called The Broken Tower.

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James Franco Facts

Birth Name James Edward Franco
BirthdayApril 19, 1978 (45)
BirthplacePalo Alto, California, USA
Height5' 11" (1m80)  How tall is James Franco compared to you?
Awards2002 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or a TV Film (for James Dean)

Selected Filmography

Why Him?
Queen of the Desert
The Running Man
Pineapple Express
Michael Cera
Richard Peter Johnson
Spider-Man 2
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