Biographic by Steve McGarry for March 10, 2013
Biographic Steve McGarry James Franco James Franco was born in Palo Alto, California, on April 19, 1978. To support himself while studying acting in Los Angeles, he took a night job at a McDonald's restaurant - even though he was a vegetarian! Following a handful of small TV parts, he landed a leading role in the short-lived series "Freaks and Geeks." He made his movie debut in the 1999 Drew Barrymore comedy "Never Been Kissed," before starring in the teen rom-com "Whatever it Takes." The Title role in the 2001 TV biopic "James Dean" brought him a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Nomination. In 2002, Franco appeared in a number of movies, including "City by the Sea" opposite Robert de Niro. He starred as Harry Osborn, the son of The Green Goblin, in the smash hit "Spider-man," a role he has since reprised in tow blockbuster sequels. Subsequent projects included the likes of "The Great Raid" and "Pineapple Express," before 2008's "Milk" brought him acclaim and awards recognition for his work opposite Sean Penn. The leading role in the harrowing real-life tale "127 Hours" brought him and Oscar nomination, and he starred in the hit "rise of the Planet of the Apes." His Quirkier acting choices include taking a recurring role on the daytime soap "General Hospital," and his extracurricular activities include being a published author, painter, filmmaker and director. In recent years, he has made time to further his academic credentials, earning degrees from UCLA and COlumbia, as well as studying a variety of subjects at a number of other schools, including Yale. Following his starring role opposite Mila Kunis in "Oz, the Great and Powerful," Franco is scheduled to portray Playboy founder Hugh Hefner in the controversial "Lovelace."