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James Franco is an American actor, director, comedian, producer, academic, painter and writer. For his role in 127 Hours (2010), he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. Franco is known for his roles in live-action films, such as Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy (2002–2007); Milk (2008); Pineapple Express (2008); Eat, Pray, Love (2010); Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011); Spring Breakers (2012); Oz the Great and Powerful (2013); This Is the End (2013); Sausage Party (2016); and The Disaster Artist (2017), for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. He is known for his collaborations with fellow actor Seth Rogen, having appeared in eight films and one television series with him.

Franco is also known for his work on television; his first prominent acting role was the character Daniel Desario on the short-lived ensemble comedy-drama Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000), which developed a cult following. He portrayed the title character in the television biographical film James Dean (2001), for which he won a Golden Globe Award. Franco had a recurring role on the daytime soap opera General Hospital (2009–2012) and starred in the limited series 11.22.63 (2016). He starred in the David Simon-created HBO drama The Deuce (2017–2019).

Franco volunteers for the Art of Elysium charity, and has taught film classes at New York University, the University of Southern California, UCLA, Studio 4, Palo Alto High School, and Playhouse West.

In August 2022, Franco was cast as Fidel Castro in Alina in Cuba.

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Vangeline Theater/New York Butoh Institute to Present SCREEN TEST Benefit Screening

Vangeline Theater/New York Butoh Institute will present Screen Test, a benefit screening celebrating the 15th anniversary of the award winning production, part of Wild Project's March 2024 programming. Learn how to purchase tickets.

Open-Door Playhouse to Debut BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL CLEOPATRA Online

Open-Door Playhouse is continuing to present short plays in podcast form. Its upcoming play Beautiful, Beautiful Cleopatra will debut on April 3, 2024 online.

Photos: First Look At BANKSY AND ME At Theater 68

Kevin Broccoli's follow-up to 'James Franco and Me' explores a meeting with famed street artist Banksy in 'Banksy and Me'. See photos from the production. 

Vangeline Theater/New York Butoh Institute Partners with ELF and Machine Dazzle for MAN WOMAN

Vangeline Theater/New York Butoh Institute partners with ELF and Machine Dazzle for a new duet titled MAN WOMAN.

Joel Perez & Ana Villafañe to Host Latiné Musical Theatre Lab and Prospect Theater Company's NEW MUSICALS MIXTAPE

Latiné Musical Theatre Lab and Prospect Theater Company have revealed the full line-up of artists for New Musicals Mixtape.

Vangeline Theater/New York Butoh Institute to Partner With ELF Present Butoh Invasion

Vangeline Theater/New York Butoh Institute partners with ELF for Butoh Invasion, bringing the art of Butoh to the Brooklyn nightlife scene. Learn more and get tickets now.

MARY JANE Starring Rachel McAdams Sets Opening Date at Manhattan Theatre Club

Mary Jane, starring Rachel McAdams, has set its opening night date of April 23, following previously announced previews that begin on April 2 at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The limited run will continue through June 2.

Wake Up With BroadwayWorld December 14th, 2023

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is December 14, 2023 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.

Vangeline Theater to Present A Virtual Expert Talk With Prof. Dr. Judith Revers And Artist Vangeline

Vangeline Theater presents a virtual expert talk with Prof. Dr. Judith Revers and artist Vangeline, exploring the intersection of arts and neuroscience.

Rebellious Bodies: International Butoh Dance Festival 2023 To Present Performances by Vangeline

Rebellious Bodies: International Butoh Dance Festival 2023 presents performances by Vangeline, accompanied by workshops. Don't miss the homage to Butoh founder Tatsumi Hijikata in 'Hijikata Mon Amour.'

Vangeline in HIJIKATA MON AMOUR Comes to Rebellious Bodies: International Butoh Dance Festival 2023

Rebellious Bodies: International Butoh Dance Festival 2023 present Vangeline in Hijikata Mon Amour.  Learn more about the upcoming performance here!

Garrett Clayton Joins OFC Creations Theatre Center's THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW as 'Frank N Furter'

Garrett Clayton, well known for playing ‘Link’ in NBC’s HAIRSPRAY LIVE!, as well as one of the leads in Disney TEEN BEACH MOVIE FRANCHISE, has been added to top billing for OFC Creations Theatre Center's October regional production of The Rocky Horror Show.

Rachel McAdams to Make Broadway Debut in MARY JANE at Manhattan Theatre Club

Manhattan Theatre Club will present the Broadway premiere of Mary Jane written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Amy Herzog, starring Academy Award® nominee & Critic’s Choice Award Winner Rachel McAdams and directed by Anne Kauffman. Learn how to purchase tickets!

Jeff Ross And Janelle James To Headline 6th Annual FLYOVER COMEDY FESTIVAL In St. Louis

Flyover Comedy Festival is returning to St. Louis Nov 9-11, 2023 with three days of stand-up, improv and sketch comedy. While the full, nearly 100 artist line-up will be revealed in the coming weeks, organizers are releasing a sneak peek and early ticket offering with the announcement of its Thursday night headliner, Sheng Wang, as well as its Saturday night headliners, Jeff Ross and Janelle James.

Ana Villafañe and More Join Matt Doyle in SINATRA THE MUSICAL at Birmingham Rep; Full Cast Revealed!

The complete cast of over 20 actors who will be performing in Sinatra The Musical -  the major new musical based on the life and career of the legendary artist and cultural icon which premieres at Birmingham Rep in September 2023 - has been announced. Learn more about the cast and the musical here!

Billy Crudup to Reprise His Role in HARRY CLARKE at Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Emmy and Tony Award winner Billy Crudup will reprise his award–winning role in David Cale’s Harry Clarke, performing at Berkeley Rep’s Roda Theatre (2015 Addison St., Berkeley) November 15–December 23, 2023. 

Exclusive: Oh My Pod U Guys- Ana Villafañe Is A Movie Star

In this week's episode, Ana Villafañe talks about her experience as a proud Latina working in the arts, and how her friendship with Gloria Estefan informed her performance as Gloria for her incredible three-year Broadway run. She touches on growing from unsustainable habits surrounding being a performer, and how thrilled she is for everyone to see her new film! U don't wanna miss this episode.

Performers Announced for Fifth Eddies Music Hall of Fame

The performance line-up for the fifth annual Capital Region Thomas Edison Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Monday, March 27 at Universal Preservation Hall has been announced.

Chazz Palminteri Stars in a Staged Reading Of IF YOU LOVE ME at The Actors Studio This Weekend

This weekend, The Actors Studio, located at 432 West 44th Street, will open its doors to the public for a staged reading of If You Love Me, a staged reading of a new play by Lyle Kessler (Orphans). Directed by Academy Award winner Bobby Moresco, Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri (Bullets Over Broadway, A Bronx Tale) leads a cast featuring Gabe Furman, Kathleen Simmonds and Connor Chase Stewart.

Oxford Humanities Cultural Programme Presents The U.K. Premiere Of ETERNITY 123

Vangeline Theater/ New York Butoh Institute presents the U.K. premiere of Eternity 123 as part of the Oxford Humanities Cultural Programme, curated by Alice Baldock, on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at 6pm at The Old Fire Station.


James Franco has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

James Franco has not appeared in the West End.

James Franco has been nominated for the Distinguished Performance Award at the Drama League Awards for his role in "Of Mice and Men".

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