Actor and filmmaker James Franco has a net worth of $20 million.
James Franco Net Worth: Career Beginnings
Born James Edward Franco in Palo Alto California on April 19, 1978, James began acting in plays during high school. He dropped out of college against his parents wish to pursue an acting career. Neglected by his parents because of his career choice, Franco took a job in McDonald’s to support himself. He took acting lessons at Playhouse West with Robert Carnegie, and about a year later, he began auditioning for roles in LA. Franco received minor roles and even featured in a paid Pizza Hut TV commercial. “Freaks and Geeks” a late 90’s short-lived NBC series was Franco’s first break.
James Franco Net Worth: Success and Worldwide Fame
After the critically acclaim Freaks and Geeks was cancelled due to low viewership, Franco starred in his debut film “Never Been Kissed” (1999) and later “Whatever It Takes” (2000). “James Dean”, a 2001 TV biographical film by Mark Rydell was another hit for Franco who portrayed the title character. Franco put hard work and dedication to portray an outstanding role and it paid off- he won a Golden Globe award for best actor in motion picture and received SAG and Emmy nominations.
James Franco found international fame with Sam Raimi’s superhero film Spider-Man for which he portrayed Harry Osborn, the friend to Peter Parker. The movie was critically successful and was a box office hit grossing $822 million worldwide. Franco reprised his role in the two subsequent sequels with the last one Spider-Man 3 (2007) being the most successful. It grossed $891 million worldwide and at the time of this writing remains Franco’s highest grossing movie.
In 2008 comedy movie “Pineapple Express”, Franco received a second Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in motion picture. Some of Franco’s popular and outstanding movies include “Milk” (2008) “127 Hours” (2010) for which her received Golden Globe, Academy and SAG nominations, “Rise of Planet Ape” (2011), high budget movie “Oz The Great And Powerful” (2013) and “The Interview” (2014).
A filmmaker in his own right, Franco has produced written and directed a number of movies. Some of his recent works include “The Masterpiece” (2016), “Mother May I Sleep With Danger”, the reboot of 1996 Lifetime drama which featured lesbian vampire lovers and more.
James Franco tutors in several schools on filmmaking, screenwriting and production. One of such schools is his alma mater University of Los Angeles and Palo Alto High School.