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James Franco

Highest Rated:   100% Memoria (2016)
Lowest Rated:   3% Deuces Wild (2002)
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Birthplace:   Palo Alto, California, USA
Well known for his works as teen heartthrob on the NBC series Freaks and Geeks and films like Never Been Kissed (1999) starring Drew Barrymore, James Franco has the dark, refined looks of a classic movie star. Indeed, he was cast in the TNT film James Dean playing the screen legend himself, for which he won a Golden Globe Award for his performance in 2002.Born on April 19, 1978, Franco has lived in California throughout his life. After high school, he studied acting intensely under Robert Carnegie, Jeff Goldblum, and Tony Savant. He also spent time training at the Playhouse West in North Hollywood. Soon after landing the role as dark and pessimistic Daniel on Freaks and Geeks, where the teenage crowd found his performance accessible and realistic, Franco would earn a series of roles in teen-oriented motion pictures. Along with Never Been Kissed, he appeared in Whatever It Takes, on the set of which he met girlfriend Marla Sokoloff, a fellow actor. In a film about a group of "bad" students called Mean People Suck (2000), Franco appeared in the role of Casey, and then starred in Blind Spot in 2001.After retaining heartthrob status with his award-winning performance as James Dean, he would appear in Deuces Wild (2002), a '50s-style gang drama. That same year, he played the part of Harry Osborn in the live-action rendition of Stan Lee's superhero comic Spider Man, also starring Tobey Maguire, Willem Defoe, and Kirsten Dunst. The following year would find an emerging Franco in his most dramatically challenging role to date, as a murder suspect who happens to be the son of an NYPD police detective (Robert DeNiro) in City by the Sea. Impressed by Franco's turn as flm legend James Dean, DeNiro personally lobbied to have Franco cast in the film. Franco would continue to work with talented collaborators, landing a role in Robert Altman's ballet movie The Company in 2003. He returned to the role of Harry Osbourn in Spider-Man 2 a year after that. 2005 was a busy year for the young actor who directed an adaptation of his own play, The Ape, and starred in a couple of historical dramas. Neither The Great Raid nor Tristan & Isolde made much of an impression with audiences, but the films showed an actor willing to try new things. He was back in theaters early in 2006 with the Naval Academy/boxing movie Annapolis. That fall he again appeared in theaters in the World War 1 drama Flyboys, directed by Tony Bill. He also agreed to reprise the role of Harry Osborn one more time in Spider-Man 3.Having long nurtured an aptitude for painting, Franco had his first public exhibition of his work in 2006, with a show at a Los Angeles gallery. He also began writing and directing his own short films, like 2007's Good Time Max and 2009's The Feast of Stephen. Around this time, Franco made the unexpected decision to enroll at UCLA as an English major. After receiving special permission to take on a heavier than normal course-load, he received his degree in 2008, and promptly began working on his MFA at Columbia University in New York, which he completed in 2010. He next enrolled as a Ph.D. student in English at Yale University. All the while that he was completing his higher education, Franco was living up to the description often given by his co-stars and collaborators as having a superhuman ability to complete numerous projects at once. In 2008, Franco found an awesome vehicle for his comedic chops with the action-stoner-comedy Pineapple Express, pairing him with Seth Rogen as an adorably friendly weed dealer. That same year, he earned accolades for his performance as Scott Smith in the Award Winning biopic Milk, opposite Sean Penn. Even stranger, in 2009 - at the height of success - Franco decided curiously to join the cast of the daytime soap opera General Hospital, as a performance artist, not unlike himself, named Franco. He would later refer to the role as "performance art," but the tong

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Pretenders
  • Director
2018
15% Queen of the Desert
  • Henry Cadogan
2017
No Score Yet The Institute
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
  • Dr. Cairn
2017
No Score Yet I Think You're Totally Wrong: A Quarrel
  • Director
  • Actor
2017
29% In Dubious Battle
  • Mac
  • Director
2017
66% I Am Michael
  • Michael Glatze
2017
No Score Yet I Think You're Totally Wrong: A Quarrel
  • Director
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet High School Lover
  • Executive Producer
  • Rick Winters
2017
No Score Yet Future World
  • Actor
  • Director
2017
40% Why Him?
  • Laird Mayhew
$60.4M 2016
60% Burn Country
  • Lindsay
2016
45% King Cobra
  • Producer
  • Joe
$71.1k 2016
77% Goat
  • Mitch
  • Producer
$23.5k 2016
83% Sausage Party
  • Druggie
$97.7M 2016
93% The Little Prince
  • The Fox
2016
56% Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Actor
2016
100% Memoria
  • Mr. Wyckoff
$2.7k 2016
77% Yosemite
  • Producer
  • Phil
  • Executive Producer
$13.1k 2016
92% The Disaster Artist
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Tommy Wiseau
2016
No Score Yet Zeroville
  • Director
  • Actor
2016
66% The Night Before
  • Himself
$31.4M 2015
17% Wild Horses
  • Ben Briggs
2015
44% True Story
  • Christian Longo
$3.5M 2015
No Score Yet F For Franco
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Michael
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Richard Peter Johnson
  • Himself
2015
No Score Yet The Legend of the Knight: Don Quixote
  • Actor
2015
52% The Interview
  • Dave Skylark
  • Executive Producer
$4.6M 2014
5% The Color of Time
  • Producer
  • C.K. Williams, age 40
2014
No Score Yet National Theatre Live: Of Mice And Men
  • George
2014
No Score Yet National Theatre Live: Of Mice And Men Encore
  • Actor
2014
10% Good People
  • Tom Reed
2014
22% The Sound And The Fury
  • Director
  • Benjy Compson
2014
86% Kink
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
2014
41% Child Of God
  • Director
  • Jerry
  • Screenwriter
2014
24% Third Person
  • Rick
$0.7M 2014
72% Palo Alto
  • Mr. B
$0.5M 2014
6% Maladies
  • James
2014
79% Veronica Mars
  • Himself
$2.7M 2014
53% Interior. Leather Bar.
  • Producer
  • James
  • Director
$26.7k 2014
No Score Yet Masculinity/Femininity
  • Actor
2014
42% Homefront
  • Gator
$12.7M 2013
43% Sal
  • Director
  • Milton Katsolas
2013
41% As I Lay Dying
  • Screenwriter
  • Darl
  • Director
$15.5k 2013
50% Mademoiselle C
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Comedy Central Roast of James Franco
  • Actor
2013
53% Lovelace
  • Hugh Hefner
$0.3M 2013
83% This Is the End
  • James Franco
$96.2M 2013
66% The Iceman
  • Marty Freeman
$1.9M 2013
67% Spring Breakers
  • Alien
$13.9M 2013
59% Oz the Great and Powerful
  • Oz
$235.0M 2013
No Score Yet The Director: An Evolution in Three Acts
  • Producer
2013
10% About Cherry
  • Frances
$3.3k 2012
95% Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present
  • Actor
$40.8k 2012
20% Broken Tower
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Hart Crane
2012
No Score Yet Francophrenia (Or Don't Kill Me, I Know Where the Baby Is)
  • Director
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet The Stare
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet The Letter
  • Tyrone
2012
88% Eames: The Architect And The Painter
  • Narrator
$0.2M 2011
81% Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Will Rodman
$175.3M 2011
27% Your Highness
  • Fabious
$21.6M 2011
No Score Yet Saturday Night
  • Director
  • Actor
2010
93% 127 Hours
  • Aron Ralston
$18.4M 2010
No Score Yet Love & Distrust
  • Travis
2010
62% Howl
  • Allen Ginsberg
$0.7M 2010
36% Eat Pray Love
  • David Piccolo
$80.6M 2010
67% Date Night
  • Taste
$98.8M 2010
No Score Yet Shadows & Lies
  • William Vincent
2010
No Score Yet In Praise of Shadows
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet The Clerk's Tale
  • Director
2010
No Score Yet With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Camille
  • Silias
2009
94% Milk
  • Scott Smith
$31.8M 2008
30% Nights in Rodanthe
  • Mark Flanner
$41.9M 2008
68% Pineapple Express
  • Saul Silver
$87.4M 2008
73% In the Valley of Elah
  • Sgt. Dan Carnelli
$6.6M 2007
23% An American Crime
  • Andy
2007
90% Knocked Up
  • Himself
$148.8M 2007
63% Spider-Man 3
  • Harry Osborn/New Goblin
$336.6M 2007
No Score Yet Good Time Max
  • Max
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2007
35% Finishing the Game
  • Rob Force
2007
No Score Yet Grasshopper
  • Actor
2007
75% The Dead Girl
  • Derek
2006
33% Flyboys
  • Blaine Rawlings
$13.1M 2006
15% The Wicker Man
  • Bar Guy No. 1
$23.7M 2006
10% Annapolis
  • Jake Huard
$16.9M 2006
32% Tristan & Isolde
  • Tristan
$14.6M 2006
37% The Great Raid
  • Capt. Prince
$10.1M 2005
No Score Yet The Ape
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Fool's Gold
  • Actor
  • Director
2005
No Score Yet Making the Amazing (Making the Amazing: Spider-Man 2)
  • Actor
2004
93% Spider-Man 2
  • Harry Osborn
$373.4M 2004
No Score Yet Spider-Man 2.1 (Extended Cut)
  • Actor
2004
71% The Company
  • John
2003
23% Sonny
  • Sonny Phillips
2002
48% City by the Sea
  • Joseph `Joey' Nova
$22.4M 2002
No Score Yet Mother Ghost
  • Skateboarder Guy
2002
89% Spider-Man
  • Harry Osborn
$403.8M 2002
3% Deuces Wild
  • Tino
$6.1M 2002
No Score Yet James Dean
  • James Dean
2001
16% Whatever It Takes
  • Chris Campbell
2000
No Score Yet Celebrating AFI
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet At Any Cost
  • Mike
2000
57% Never Been Kissed
  • Jason
1999
No Score Yet To Serve and Protect
  • Matt
1999
No Score Yet Celebrating AFI
  • Actor
1995

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
79% 11.22.63
2016
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
  • Jake Epping
  • 2016
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Greatest Party Story Ever
2016
  • Appearing
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Host
  • 2014
  • 2009
  • 2008
86% The Mindy Project
2012
  • Dr. Paul Leotard
  • 2013
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2010
  • 2008
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Narrator
  • 2011
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2011
81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
  • Himself
  • 2010
No Score Yet The X-Files
1993-2016
  • Second Officer
  • 2001
No Score Yet Freaks and Geeks
1999-2000
  • Daniel
  • 2000
  • 1999

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