James Edward Franco born April 19, 1978 in Palo Alto, California, the son of Betsy, poet, writer and editor, and Doug Franco, the management company.
James grew up in California with his two younger brothers Tom and David. In 1996 he graduated from high school and enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles in the Department of "English". After the first year he resigned from the university for a career actor and began to take lessons with Robert Carnegie from the Western theater.
In 2008, James still received a bachelor's degree in English at the university. His final work, James Franco wrote under the guidance of novelist Mona Simpson. He then moved to New York to study at the Master's program literature at Columbia University and at the School of Arts "Tisch" at New York University, where he studied filmmaking. During this period, James was fond of painting, where he became interested in high school. James Franco can be seen in an episode of the third part of "Spider-Man".
After 15 months of study acting skills James Franco became involved in the auditions in Los Angeles. In 1999 he got his first starring role - in the series "Freaks and Geeks," which did not last long, but was positively otsenёn critics.
First starring role in the film was his role in the youth comedy "any price" in 2000, which Franco starred with his ex-girlfriend Marla Sokoloff.
In the early 2000s, Franco came to fame - through participation in the trilogy, "Spider-Man." Then he played the title role in the TV biopic directed by Mark Rydell "James Dean." For the role of cinema legend James Franco won the "Golden Globe" in the category "Best Actor" and was nominated for the "Emmy" and "Actors Guild Awards".
In 2005, James starred in "The Great Raid", playing the role of Robert Prince, commander of a battalion of Rangers, who saved prisoners from the Cabanatuan camp during the Second World War. The following year starred in three films: "Tristan and Isolde", "Duel" and "Lafayette squadron". And in 2008, she starred in the comedy "Pineapple Express," reunited with their colleagues in the TV series "Freaks and Geeks." He also played a cameo role in the film "Nights in Rodanthe" and co-starred in the biopic "Milk".
In 2008, Franco became the face of a new perfume line Gucci.
Since 2005, James Franco plays the role of a producer, writer and director. He directed several feature-length and short films (some of which he starred). In 2010, his belt The Feast of Stephen received the prize Teddy "at Berlin Film Festival" in the category "Best Short Film".
In October 2010, the United States released the first novel by James Franco, "Palo Alto", which tells about the hard life of Californian teenagers.
The next work was the actor drama "Cry," about the life and work of the legendary beatnik Allen Ginsberg. Recently published out comedy "Date Night", the film "Eat, Pray, Love" and "127 Hours". Also in the near future we expect the movie "Your Majesty" and "Rise of the Apes".
In 2011, together with actress Anne Hathaway, James took the honorable duty of leading the ceremony, "Oscar-2011".
James can not be called a man windy - from 2006 James Franco is in a romantic relationship with actress Hannah O'Reilly.