James Franco Bio
James Franco (Tommy Wiseau; Director, Producer) is a multi-hyphenate actor, director, producer, author, and university lecturer. He began receiving critical acclaim early in his career, winning a Golden Globe for his portrayal of James Dean in TNT’s 2001 biopic. Franco has been recognized with countless award nominations for both his comedic and dramatic work, including Pineapple Express (Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor), Spring Breakers, and 127 Hours, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.
Franco most recently takes his talents to HBO with the premiere of “The Deuce,” a series about the emergence of porn in NYC during the 1970s and ‘80s. Franco takes on the dual role of twins Vincent and Frankie Martino, while also sharing producing duties with creator David Simon and serving as director for two of the ten episodes.
He began his career on the fan-favorite TV series Freaks and Geeks, opposite friend and frequent collaborator Seth Rogen. The two have teamed up for some of the most beloved comedies of the past decade, including Pineapple Express, This Is the End and The Interview. Franco’s international success came by way of his role as Harry Osborn in Sam Raimi’s Spiderman trilogy. Shortly after wrapping the final installment, he returned to UCLA to complete his bachelor’s degree in creative writing. He went on to receive MFAs from Columbia, NYU, RISD and Brooklyn College before enrolling at Yale University for his Ph.D., all while continuing to balance his acting and directing career.
Franco’s commercial success has continued through the years with blockbuster films like Oz the Great and Powerful and Why Him. He returned to the small screen in 2016 for the well-received limited series 11.22.63, which he produced with J.J. Abrams. He is also an Emmy-nominated producer for his digital sketch series Making a Scene, the third season of which premieres this year.
In addition to his film and educational work, Franco is a successful author with several books published to date.
Dave Franco is having a prolific year. In January, he was seen in the Sundance World Premiere of “The Little Hours,” directed by Jeff Baena and co-starring Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, and Nick Offerman. The indie comedy topped the specialty box office opening weekend earning over $61k in two theaters, making it the year’s fourth best Specialty debut. This summer “The Disaster Artist,” premiered at the SXSW Film Festival to rave reviews and was picked up by A24 to release Friday, December 7th. The film, directed by James Franco, takes an in-depth look at how Tommy Wiseau conceived the cult classic “The Room,” what many consider to be one of worst films ever made. This year he also lent his voice as the lead in the highly-anticipated Lego animated film “The LEGO Ninjago Movie,” which released on Friday, September 22nd.
Franco recently wrapped production on the Netflix original drama “6 Balloons,” playing a relapsed heroin addict, opposite Abbi Jacobson. He is also set to star in the ‘dramedy’ “Zeroville,” directed by James Franco, as ‘Montgomery Clift’ opposite James Franco, Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, and Danny McBride.
Last summer he was in the thriller “Nerve,” starring opposite Emma Roberts and directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman; the hit sequel “Now You See Me 2,” alongside an all-star cast featuring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Morgan Freeman; as well as the comedy “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” where he reprised his role of ‘Teddy.’
In 2012, he first grabbed the world’s attention with his breakout role as the eco-conscious villain ‘Eric’ in “21 Jump Street” opposite Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. He then rose to fame in 2013 when he first appeared opposite Zac Efron, Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen in Universal Pictures’ “Neighbors” and the following year when he first played ‘Jack Wilder’ in “Now You See Me.”
Franco’s other credits include “22 Jump Street,” “The Lego Movie,” the comedy “Unfinished Business,” opposite Vince Vaughn and Sienna Miller, and “Warm Bodies” opposite Nicholas Hoult.
John Horn is the host of KPCC’s The Frame, a daily arts and entertainment program.
John has been covering arts and entertainment in Southern California for nearly 30 years. At the Los Angeles Times, he was a lead writer on the film industry for more than a decade, taking readers behind the scenes to examine the creative process and explain how Hollywood works, and why. In 2013, he traveled to the former plantation where “12 Years a Slave” was filmed with director Steve McQueen, and more recently charted how the story of Columbine came to a stage in New York and watched Angelina Jolie take on her first big studio directing job, the “Unbroken” story of Olympian and USC alumnus Louis Zamperini.
Before joining the Times, John was a senior writer at Newsweek magazine, a senior editor at Premiere magazine, an entertainment reporter for The Associated Press, and covered the television industry for the Orange County Register. John’s interest in the arts extends beyond film and he served on the board of directors of The National Arts Journalism Program, where he was a fellow in the mid-1990s.
John was a regular contributor to “The Business” on KCRW, where he also regularly co-hosted on-air segments and podcasts on entertainment news. Prior to joining KPCC, John was a guest on Take Two and AirTalk, including a memorable appearance in 2012 on the morning of the theater shootings in Aurora, Colo. Thanks in part to John’s contribution, that day’s program won a Golden Mike award for best live coverage of a news story from the RTNA of Southern California.