About this star

  • Category: Motion pictures
  • Unveiled: 07 Mar 2013
  • Address:
    6892 Hollywood Blvd
  • HWOF Popularity:
    Today: 107th
    Monthly Average: 97th
  • Notes: Selected for 2013, the 2,492nd Star

James Franco

Next star: Pearl White
Previous star: Chuck Connors


Franco at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in March 2013

James Edward Franco (born April 19, 1978) is an American actor and filmmaker. His first prominent acting role was the lead character Daniel Desario on the short-lived cult hit television program Freaks and Geeks. He later played the title character in the TV biographical film James Dean (2001), for which he won a Golden Globe Award. He played Harry Osborn in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy (2002–2007). He is also known for his roles in the films Flyboys (2006), Pineapple Express (2008), Milk (2008), 127 Hours (2010), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Oz the Great and Powerful (2013), Spring Breakers (2013), This Is the End (2013), and The Interview (2014). He had a recurring role in the ABC soap opera General Hospital and the lead role as Jake Epping/James Amberson in Hulu miniseries 11.22.63. For his role in 127 Hours (2010), Franco was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. In 2014, he made his Broadway debut in Of Mice and Men.

Fact file

  • Born: James Edward Franco April 19, 1978 (age 38) Palo Alto, California, U.S.
  • Alma mater: University of California, Los Angeles (B.A.) Columbia University (M.F.A.) New York University (M.F.A.) Brooklyn College (M.F.A.) Warren Wilson College (M.F.A.) Yale University (Ph.D. student) Rhode Island School of Design (attended)
  • Occupation: Actor, filmmaker
  • Years active: 1997–present
  • Family: Dave Franco (brother) Tom Franco (brother)

Read more about James Franco at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

In the news

SoCal museum listings, May 5-12: ‘Ernie Barnes: A Retrospective’ and more
LA Times Entertainme, 2019-05-04 01:00:00
Openings Isaac Julien: Playtime Multi-channel video by the artist and filmmaker explores the power of money in the art world and features James Franco, Maggie Cheung, and others (opens Sun.; ends Aug. 11). Also on display: “Frank Stella: Selections from the Permanent Collection” featuring works...

Review: James Franco, Rashida Jones support the moody ‘Don’t Come Back From the Moon’
LA Times Entertainme, 2019-01-16 23:35:00
An indie with one foot in the netting of social realism and another in the terrain of desolation fables, “Don’t Come Back From The Moon” offers up a tale of mass disappearance born of economic hardship: fathers in a depressed small town leaving their wives and children like something out ...

Variety, 2019-01-15 01:07:34
James Franco has settled a lawsuit filed last year by a former student who said he wrote several early drafts of “The Disaster Artist.” Ryan Moody filed suit in March, alleging that he was swindled into giving up the rights to his work for just $5,000. Moody sued Franco’s company, ...

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