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James Franco

 
Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2014
George

Productions

 
[Off-Broadway, 2014]
Director

James Franco Biography

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.

James Franco Awards and Nominations

 
Drama League Awards - 2014 - Distinguished Performance Award
James Franco, Of Mice and Men

James Franco News

Vangeline Theater/New York Butoh Institute to Host Fundraising Gala in December Photo Vangeline Theater/New York Butoh Institute to Host Fundraising Gala in December
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 22, 2022

Vangeline Theater has announced a Fundraising Gala on Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 8pm at Temple NYC, Brooklyn. Proceeds from the gala will support sending dancers to Houston, Texas, from February 6-10, 2023 to make history conducting a pilot study for The Slowest Wave - the first neuroscientific study of Butoh.

Vangeline Theater/ New York Butoh Institute Presents An Excerpt From The Slowest Wave Photo Vangeline Theater/ New York Butoh Institute Presents An Excerpt From The Slowest Wave At WADEintoACTIVISM Opening Night
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 21, 2022

Vangeline Theater/ New York Butoh Institute presents an excerpt from ETERNITY 123, as part of WADEintoACTIVISM's opening night on Friday, November 25, 2022.

European Premiere of STAND UP IF YOU'RE HERE TONIGHT to Play La Cave Cafe Starting Th Photo European Premiere of STAND UP IF YOU'RE HERE TONIGHT to Play La Cave Cafe Starting This Month
by Blair Ingenthron - Oct 22, 2022

Rohm Literary and American Blues Theater will present the European premiere of a new play, STAND UP IF YOU'RE HERE TONIGHT, written and directed by John Kolvenbach (Olivier Nominee Love Song) and starring Jim Ortlieb (Broadway's The Farnsworth Invention by Aaron Sorkin) and featuring Julie Kalya.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead & Xochitl Gomez Set For URSA MAJOR Film Photo Mary Elizabeth Winstead & Xochitl Gomez Set For URSA MAJOR Film
by Michael Major - Aug 30, 2022

URSA MAJOR is set on an earth-like planet, where a mother (Winstead) and daughter (Gomez) fight for survival while hiding from a group of hunters. With the added threat of an imminent and deadly storm, Natalie - now a teenager - begins questioning her mother, Charlie, about who they are, how they got here, and what they need to do to survive.

Vangeline Is The Recipient Of 2022/23 Gibney Dance In Process Artist Residency Photo Vangeline Is The Recipient Of 2022/23 Gibney Dance In Process Artist Residency
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 15, 2022

Vangeline Theater/ New York Butoh Institute announces that Founder and Artistic Director Vangeline is the recipient of a 2022/23 Gibney Dance in Process (DiP) Residency.

Vanessa Hudgens to Host 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards Photo Vanessa Hudgens to Host 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards
by Michael Major - May 23, 2022

Hudgens returns to the MTV stage following a highly-acclaimed hosting stint in 2020 for the inaugural MTV Movie & TV Awards: Greatest of All Time special, paying homage to the biggest and best moments in film and television with irreverent award categories, memorable presentations and performances from today’s hottest stars. 

Photos: Inside the Pink Carpet Arrivals for MACBETH Photo Photos: Inside the Pink Carpet Arrivals for MACBETH
by Bruce Glikas - Apr 29, 2022

Last night marked the official opening of Tony Award winner Sam Gold's Macbeth on Broadway, starring Daniel Craig in his return to Broadway as Macbeth and Ruth Negga's Broadway debut as Lady Macbeth. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the big night and you can check out photos from the star-studded pink carpet arrivals below!

RENT Runs May 21-July 10 At Portland Center Stage Photo RENT Runs May 21-July 10 At Portland Center Stage
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 21, 2022

Jonathan Larson's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning rock musical Rent takes over Portland Center Stage hot off its 25th anniversary. Rent will be directed by PCS's Associate Artistic Director Chip Miller. It begins previews on May 21, opens on May 27, and runs through July 10 on the U.S. Bank Main Stage. The production, originally slated to run through June 26, has already been extended due to strong ticket sales.

LOVE ALL, a New Play About Billie Jean King by Anna Deavere Smith, is in Development Photo LOVE ALL, a New Play About Billie Jean King by Anna Deavere Smith, is in Development
by Stephi Wild - Apr 20, 2022

LOVE ALL, a new play by Anna Deavere Smith and directed by Marc Bruni will explore the life and career of the legendary Billie Jean King. 

Page 73 Gala To Honor Producer Barbara Whitman Photo Page 73 Gala To Honor Producer Barbara Whitman
by Stephi Wild - Apr 13, 2022

Page 73 announces the 2022 Page 73 Spring Benefit. The event this year honors Barbara Whitman, producer of A Strange Loop on Broadway and, previously, of Fun Home, the 2018 revival of Angels in America, The Humans, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Next to Normal, to name just a few.

James Franco Videos

VIDEO: Vanessa Hudgens Talks Playing Three Characters in THE PRINCESS SWITCH: SWITCHE Videoplay
VIDEO: Vanessa Hudgens Talks Playing Three Characters in THE PRINCESS SWITCH: SWITCHED AGAIN

by Stage Tube - Dec 10, 2020

Vanessa Hudgens talks about what it's like acting with herself as three different characters in 'The Princess Switch: Switched Again' on Netflix.

BWW TV: Bob Dylan Toasts GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY Cast on Opening Night! Videoplay
BWW TV: Bob Dylan Toasts GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY Cast on Opening Night!

by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 5, 2020

The cast of Girl From The North Country was treated to an opening night surprise from Bob Dylan himself! 30 bottles of Heaven's Door Whiskey were sent to the theater along with a personal telegram sending along his well wishes. Check out a video from the celebration below!

VIDEO: Vanessa Hudgens Talks Hanging Out With Snoop Dogg on GOOD MORNING AMERICA Videoplay
VIDEO: Vanessa Hudgens Talks Hanging Out With Snoop Dogg on GOOD MORNING AMERICA

by Stage Tube - Jan 17, 2020

The former “High School Musical” icon stars in the new film “Bad Boys for Life” with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.

Martin Solveig and Roy Woods Unveil New Single 'Juliet & Romeo' Videoplay
Martin Solveig and Roy Woods Unveil New Single 'Juliet & Romeo'

by Abigail Charpentier - Dec 6, 2019

Platinum-certified DJ and producer Martin Solveig and Drake-signed, OVO artist, Roy Woods have dropped massive new single 'Juliet & Romeo', out today, December 6th via Positiva. 

BWW TV Exclusive: The Great Facts of THE GREAT SOCIETY- Grantham Coleman on Martin Lu Videoplay
BWW TV Exclusive: The Great Facts of THE GREAT SOCIETY- Grantham Coleman on Martin Luther King, Jr.

by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 10, 2019

BroadwayWorld is checking in with the cast to uncover some little known facts about the political giants they play onstage. Today, watch as Grantham Coleman gives us a lesson on Martin Luther King Jr.

Ken Jeong, Nikki Glaser, Caroline Rhea, and Adam Carolla Join the Lineup for COMEDY C Videoplay
Ken Jeong, Nikki Glaser, Caroline Rhea, and Adam Carolla Join the Lineup for COMEDY CENTRAL ROAST OF ALEC BALDWIN

by Kaitlin Milligan - Sep 3, 2019

 Comedy Central announced today that Ken Jeong, Nikki Glaser, Caroline Rhea, and Adam Carolla are joining the #BaldwinRoast lineup of insult slingers led by Roast Master Sean Hayes. Previously announced Roasters include Robert De Niro, Blake Griffin, Caitlyn Jenner, Chris Redd, and Jeff Ross.

Robert De Niro, Blake Griffin, and More Join THE COMEDY CENTRAL ROAST OF ALEC BALDWIN Videoplay
Robert De Niro, Blake Griffin, and More Join THE COMEDY CENTRAL ROAST OF ALEC BALDWIN

by Kaitlin Milligan - Aug 12, 2019

Comedy Central, the #1 brand in comedy, announced today that Robert De Niro, Blake Griffin, Caitlyn Jenner, Joel McHale, Debra Messing, Chris Redd, and Jeff Ross will join Roast Master Sean Hayes on the dais for the Comedy Central Roast of Alec Baldwin. Additional Roasters and talent to attend will be announced shortly.

VIDEO: On This Day, April 9- Happy Birthday, Cynthia Nixon! Videoplay
VIDEO: On This Day, April 9- Happy Birthday, Cynthia Nixon!

by A.A. Cristi - Apr 9, 2019

On this day we're celebrating the birthday of multiple Tony Award-winner, television star, and former gubernatorial candidate, the great Cynthia Nixon!

VIDEO: On This Day, February 11- Remembering Jan Maxwell Videoplay
VIDEO: On This Day, February 11- Remembering Jan Maxwell

by A.A. Cristi - Feb 11, 2019

Jan Maxwell, a five-time Tony Award nominee and two-time Drama Desk Award winner, was last seen on stage in City of Conversation at Lincoln Center, for which she wBas nominated for 2015 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards and Scenes From an Execution in the Potomac Theatre Project revival at Atlantic Theater's Stage II.

VIDEO: Watch the Trailer for the Coen Brothers' THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch the Trailer for the Coen Brothers' THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS

by Stage Tube - Nov 5, 2018

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a six-part Western anthology film, a series of tales about the American frontier told through the unique and incomparable voice of Joel and Ethan Coen. Each chapter tells a distinct story about the American West.


James Franco Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has James Franco been in?
James Franco has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

How many West End shows has James Franco been in?
James Franco has not appeared in the West End

What awards has James Franco been nominated for?
Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Of Mice and Men .