James Franco Biography:
Well known for his works as teen heartthrob on the NBC series Freaks and Geeks and films like Never Been Kissed (1999) starring Drew Barrymore, James Franco has the dark, refined looks of a classic movie star. Indeed, he was cast in the TNT film James Dean playing the screen legend himself, for which he won a Golden Globe Award for his performance in 2002.
Born on April 19, 1978, Franco has lived in California throughout his life. After high school, he studied acting intensely under Robert Carnegie, Jeff Goldblum, and Tony Savant. He also spent time training at the Playhouse West in North Hollywood.
Soon after landing the role as dark and pessimistic Daniel on Freaks and Geeks, where the teenage crowd found his performance accessible and realistic, Franco would earn a series of roles in teen-oriented motion pictures. Along with Never Been Kissed, he appeared in Whatever It Takes, on the set of which he met girlfriend Marla Sokoloff, a fellow actor. In a film about a group of "bad" students called Mean People Suck (2000), Franco appeared in the role of Casey, and then starred in Blind Spot in 2001.
After retaining heartthrob status with his award-winning performance
as James Dean, he would appear in Deuces Wild (2002), a '50s-style gang
drama. That same year, he played the part of Harry Osborn in the live-action
rendition of Stan Lee's superhero comic Spider Man, also starring Tobey
Maguire, Willem Defoe, and Kirsten Dunst. The following year would find
an emerging Franco in his most dramatically challenging role to date,
as a murder suspect who happens to be the son of an NYPD police detective
(Robert DeNiro) in City by the Sea. Impressed by Franco's turn as flm
legend James Dean, DeNiro personally lobbied to have Franco cast in the
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