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Franco in 127 HOURS.
About James Edward Franco (1978 – )
Born in Palo Alto, California on April 19, 1978, James Edward Franco is an American actor, film director, screenwriter, film producer, author, and painter.
After graduating from Palo Alto High School in 1996, James enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) but dropped out after his freshman year to pursue a career as an actor, taking acting lessons with Robert Carnegie at the Playhouse West.
James got his first break in 1999 when he was cast in a leading role on the short-lived but well-reviewed television series FREAKS AND GEEKS. The show, however, was not a hit to its viewers at the time, and was canceled after its first year. Now, it has become a cult-hit.
Also in 1999, James starred in the TV miniseries; TO SERVE AND PROTECT (TV). After that he had a starring role in WHATEVER IT TAKES; (2000), his first major film, in which he co-starred with his then-girlfriend, Marla Sokoloff.
It wasn't until the TNT made-for-television movie, JAMES DEAN; (2001) (TV), that James rose to fan-magazine fame and got to show off his talent. James' next role was the part of "Harry Osborne", Spider-Man's best friend in the summer 2002 major hit, SPIDER-MAN; (2002). He returned to the Osborne role for the next two films in the trilogy.
More recently James roles include a drug dealer, Saul Silver, in PINAPPLE EXPRESS; (2008), NIGHTS IN RODANTHE; (2008), and MILK; (2008). His performance in MILK earned him an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor.
In 2010, Franco played poet Allen Ginsberg in the drama HOWL, and has received acclaim for portraying mountain climber, Aron Ralston, in 127 HOURS. On January 25, 2011, Franco was officially nominated by the Academy for Best Actor for his performance as Aron Ralston in 127 HOURS.
James Edward Franco's notable movie credits include...
NEVER BEEN KISSED (1999)
FREAKS AND GEEKS (1999-2000)
WHATEVER IT TAKES (2000)
JAMES DEAN (2001)
CITY BY THE SEA (2002)
THE COMPANY (2003)
SPIDER-MAN 2 (2004)
THE GREAT RAID (2005)
SPIDER-MAN 3 (2007)
FINISHING THE GAME (2007)
PINEAPPLE EXPRESS (2008)
NIGHTS IN RODANTHE (2008)
DATE NIGHT (2010)
127 HOURS (2010)