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James Franco

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James FrancoJames Franco is a renowned actor, published author, producer, director and educator.

In 2001, he won a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of James Dean in the TV biographical film of the same name. He was Academy Award nominated for his role in Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours (2010).

As an author, Franco has published numerous articles, poems and books. In 2014, he was nominated for a Best Spoken Word Grammy Award for the reading of his novel Actors Anonymous.

As a producer and a director, Franco has credits on dozens of titles. His films As I Lay Dying (2013) and Child of God (2013) are currently available on several on-demand platforms.

Franco received his M.F.A. from Columbia University in 2010, and is currently working on his Ph.D. at Yale University. He has been teaching film classes at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television since 2012.

Franco volunteers for the nonprofit Art of Elysium, which helps children with serious medical conditions. In January 2011, at the Art of Elysium Heaven Gala in Los Angeles, Franco was honored for his work and received the Spirit of Elysium award.