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JAMES FRANCO's metamorphosis into the title role of the TNT biopic JAMES DEAN earned him career-making reviews, as well as a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture made for Television. He also received nominations for an Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award for this memorable performance. Franco earned an Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead as well as nominations for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award and recognition from numerous critics' associations for his starring role in Danny Boyle's critically acclaimed drama 127 HOURS. His performance alongside Sean Penn in Gus Van Sant's MILK earned an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor and he was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in David Gordon Green's comedy PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, where he starred opposite Seth Rogen. He is also known for his starring role as Harry Osbourne in Sam Raimi's SPIDER-MAN trilogy.

Franco made his Broadway debut in the revival of the American classic OF MICE & MEN to rave reviews. He was nominated for a Drama League Distinguished Performance Award for his performance, as was the play for the Outstanding Revival Award. The play was also shot for a theatrical release worldwide. He also directed the off-Broadway play THE LONG SHRIFT.

He most recently starred in the title role of Hulu's original television event series 11.22.63 based on Stephen King's novel. He is also starring in Seth Rogen's animated feature SAUSAGE PARTY, the animated tale THE LITTLE PRINCE, and Fox's WHY HIM with Bryan Cranston this year. He also directed and produced an adaptation of John Steinbeck's IN DUBIOUS BATTLE with an all-star cast including Selena Gomez, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston and Danny McBride. The film will premiere at the Venice Film Festival and screen at the Deauville Film Festival this year. Franco is currently working on HBO's THE DEUCE, not only as an Executive Producer, but he is also playing two twin characters and directing some of the episodes. His Emmy-nominated show MAKING A SCENE WITH JAMES FRANCO is available on AOL's digital platform, which he also co-produced.

He recently starred in THE ADDERALL DIARIES with Amber Heard, which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, Wim Wenders' EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE, which premiered at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival, and THE SOUND AND THE FURY, which he also directed and produced, and the film screened at both the Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals.

He also recently shot his own major productions of THE MASTERPIECE, starring with Dave Franco and Josh Hutcherson, the fraternity drama GOAT with Nick Jonas out this fall, and KING COBRA, which recently premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. He also directed, produced and starred in ZEROVILLE with Seth Rogen and Will Ferrell.

He has racked up an impressive number of additional starring roles including the comedy THIS IS THE END with Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and Danny McBride, THE INTERVIEW again with Rogen, Harmony Korine's SPRING BREAKERS, Paul Haggis' THIRD PERSON, Sam Raimi's OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, the thriller TRUE STORY with Jonah Hill, Gia Coppola's PALO ALTO, based on the book he wrote of the same title, and Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's HOWL, where he played the famous poet Allen Ginsberg, among many others. On television, he appeared in the critically acclaimed series FREAKS AND GEEKS, again with Rogen and Jason Segel and had an arc on GENERAL HOSPITAL. On the small screen, he also produced and shot a small role in a re-vamp of the cult classic MOTHER, MAY I SLEEP WITH DANGER for Lifetime.

Aside from his acting accomplishments, Franco has also established himself as a producer and director on several films. He produced and starred in Carter's MALADIES as well as the film AS I LAY DYING, based on the classic novel by William Faulkner, which he also directed. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival before its theatrical release. He also produced and starred in the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's CHILD OF GOD, which he also co-wrote. The film premiered at both the Venice and the Toronto International Film Festivals before being released.

He also produced and directed SAL, a bio-pic based on the life of Sal Mineo, which screened at the Venice Film Festival before its release. He directed SATURDAY NIGHT, a film documenting the production of an episode of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, and THE BROKEN TOWER, among many others. Additionally he produced KINK, a documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, THE COLOR OF TIME, which he shot with his student directors, and I AM MICHAEL, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and is still making the rounds on the festival circuit.

Franco has been published several times in magazines and through his own books and is currently teaching college courses at UCLA, USC and CAL ARTS and acting classes at STUDIO 4.


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