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James Edward Franco 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 , for which he won a Golden Globe Award. For his role in 127 Hours , Franco was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. He is also known for his roles in Spider-Man, Pineapple Express , Rise of the Planet of the Apes , Spring Breakers , Oz the Great and Powerful , and King Cobra and other films, as well as TV roles in General Hospital and 11.22.63. In 2014, he made his Broadway debut in Of Mice and Men.

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Franco at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in March 2013
Born James Edward Franco
(1958-04-19) April 19, 1958 (age 58)
Palo Alto, California, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California
New York City, New York
Alma mater University of California, Los Angeles
Columbia University
New York University
Brooklyn College
Warren Wilson College
Yale University
Rhode Island School of Design
Occupation Actor, filmmaker
Years active 1997–present
Family Dave Franco (brother)
Tom Franco (brother)

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. For his role in 127 Hours (2010), Franco was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. He is also known for his roles in Spider-Man, Pineapple Express (2008), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Spring Breakers (2012), Oz the Great and Powerful (2013), and King Cobra (2016) and other films, as well as TV roles in General Hospital and 11.22.63. In 2014, he made his Broadway debut in Of Mice and Men.

Franco volunteers for the Art of Elysium charity, and has also taught film classes at New York University, the University of Southern California, UCLA, and Palo Alto High School.