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
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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