James Franco is one of those guys who abandoned education after they fell in love with the entertainment industry. The famous actor is also admired for being a fine filmmaker. million. Learn more about his love life and other facts of his life.
James Franco Bio
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 featured in a paid Pizza Hut TV commercial. “Freaks and Geeks” a late 90’s short-lived NBC series was Franco’s first break.
After the critical 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 worked hard 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.
High Grossing Movies and Earnings
James Franco found international fame with Sam Raimi’s superhero film “Spider-Man” for which he portrayed Harry Osborn, the friend of 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 a motion picture. Some of Franco’s popular and outstanding movies include “Milk” (2008) “127 Hours” (2010) for which he 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.
His net worth estimated at $20 million comes majorly from his endeavours in the movie industry.
James Franco’s Education
A younger James Franco graduated from Palo Alto High School in California. That was in 1996. It is said that he was very good in maths and initially toyed with the idea of becoming a marine zoologist. He nonetheless, was in a secret romance with thoughts about being an actor. James eventually decided to major in English at the University of California, Los Angeles. The decision was short-lived; he spent only a year at the institution before he abandoned his studies to be with his first love – acting.
Interestingly, James Franco now tutors in several schools on filmmaking, screenwriting and production. One of such schools is his alma mater the University of Los Angeles and Palo Alto High School.
James Franco has two brothers; Dave Franco and Tom Franco. The two are well known in their own right and together they make a pretty neat and talented bunch of siblings.
Dave Franco was born on June 12, 1985, and is also in the entertainment industry as a film and television actor. He first appeared in small film roles like Superbad (2007) and Charlie St. Cloud (2010). When he, however, starred in the ninth season of the comedy series Scrubs, he followed through with a supporting role in the buddy comedy film 21 Jump Street (2012).
Since then he has had starring roles in the films Fright Night (2011), Now You See Me (2013) and its sequel Now You See Me 2 (2016), Warm Bodies (2013), Neighbors (2014) and its sequel Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016), Nerve (2016), The Little Hours (2017) and The Disaster Artist (2017).
Tom Franco, full name Thomas Andrew Franco was born April 14, 1980. The second child of the Francos is an artist and the founder of the Firehouse Art Collective in Berkeley, California. Tom Franco stuck with his own education and is a graduate of Palo Alto High School class of 1998. He subsequently graduated in 2002 from the University of California, Santa Cruz majoring in fine art before attending California College of Arts in Oakland, majoring in ceramics.
Is James Franco Gay?
The man has appeared in quite a number of gay-themed film projects which caused some people to speculate on his sexuality. He has admitted to being a little gay when the question was raised sometime in the past by the media. However, it’s possible Franco is just messing with everyone’s head. There are no strong reasons to proclaim that he isn’t straight.
Girlfriend or Wife?
James Franco has stayed decidedly unmarried and single up until very recently. At the 2018 Golden Globes, speculations increased that he is dating Isabel Pakzad.
Isabel Pakzad is a graduate student at the University of Southern California. She is studying at the institution’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.