|Apr 19, 1978
|5 ft 10 in (1.8 m)
|Country of Origin:
|United States of America
|Source of Wealth:
|Actor, Author, Film director, Screenwriter, Film Producer, Teacher, Model, Film Editor, Poet
What is James Franco’s Net Worth?
James Franco is an American actor, director, screenwriter, film producer, artist, and poet who has a net worth of $30 million. James Franco has had an extremely eclectic career, and shows no signs of stopping. He has appeared in massive, successful blockbusters, such as the “Spider-Man” franchise, critically and commercially successful projects such as, “Milk,” “Pineapple Express,” and “127 Hours,” (which earned him an Oscar nomination) and well-reviewed smaller films, such as “The Great Raid,” “Tristan and Isolde,” and “Howl.” He’s also worked successfully on television, starring in the successful television movie, “James Dean,” and recurring on “General Hospital.” He’s been nominated for an Oscar, an Emmy, three SAG Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, and a Razzie Award for Worst Actor.
In amongst his acting work on both film and television, he’s managed to squeeze in a number of directing and writing jobs on independent projects, and he’s earned a B.A. in English from UCLA, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Columbia University (while also attending NYU’s filmmaking program at Tisch School of the Arts and classes at Brooklyn College for fiction writing), and at one point was working to complete a Ph.D in English at Yale.
James Franco’s Net Worth, Career, and Success Story (2023 Update)
James Edward Franco was born on April 19, 1978, in Palo Alto, California. His two brothers, Tom and Dave Franco, are both also actors. Franco attended Palo Alto High School, graduating in 1996. He then enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as an English major, but dropped out against his parents’ wishes after his first year of classes to pursue his dream of being an actor.
After dropping out of college, he took acting lessons at the Playhouse West with Robert Carnegie and supported himself by working at McDonald’s.
He began auditioning for roles in Los Angeles, landing his first-ever paid role in a Pizza Hut commercial in 1997. After working in guest roles on various television shows, he landed his first big break in 1999 when he was cast as the lead on the NBC show Freaks and Geeks.
Although the show only ran for 18 episodes and was eventually canceled due to low viewership, it has since become a cult hit. His first film role was in the 2000 film Never Been Kissed.
Franco’s star continued to rise with his work as the title role in the 2001 television biographical film James Dean, for which he received a Golden Globe Award and nominations for an Emmy Award and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award. He continued on to appear in hit films such as Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy: Spider-Man (2002), its sequel Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Spider-Man 3 (2007).
He also starred in films such as Sonny (2002), City by the Sea (2002), 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) and This Is the End (2013).
He won another Golden Globe Award, this time for Best Actor, for his film The Disaster Artist (2017). Outside of films, Franco also achieved success in television. His notable television appearances include a recurring role in the soap opera General Hospital from 2009 to 2012, a starring role in the limited series 11.22.63 in 2016, and starring in the HBO drama The Deuce from 2017 to 2019.
He co-produced and starred in “King Cobra” in 2016 and then appeared in the Netflix film “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” in 2018. In August 2022, Franco was cast as Fidel Castro in indie film “Alina of Cuba.” Additionally, Franco is well-known for his frequent collaborations with fellow actor Seth Rogen, with the two appearing in multiple projects together including eight films and one television series.
In 2013, Franco was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6838 Hollywood Blvd.
Franco is a skilled director in his own right, producing and directing various projects over the years. He produced and directed the documentary Saturday Night, which is centered on the production of an episode of Saturday Night Live (SNL), informed and influenced by his experience hosting two SNL episodes.
His short films The Feast of Stephen and Herbert White were both presented in May 2010 at the Maryland Film Festival. Other films by Franco include the 90-minute docudrama The Broken Tower (2011), which presents the story of poet Hart Crane and his suicide.
It was screened at the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival and released on DVD in 2012. Additionally, Franco presented his first solo art exhibition at The Clocktower Gallery in New York City, titled “The Dangerous Book Four Boys,” featuring video, drawings, sculptures, and installations.
Franco is also a writer. Palo Alto, his collection of short stories about growing up in Palo Alto, was published by Scribner in October 2010, although it was met with generally mixed and lukewarm critical reviews. Franco has also experimented with musical projects, and his band Daddy released their first single “Love in the Old Days” and their EP MotorCity in September 2012 and the album Let Me Get What I Want in 2016.
Personal Life and Education
Despite his secular upbringing, Franco describes himself as Jewish. He held an official Bar Mitzvah ceremony for himself in 2015, which was presided over by a rabbi. He dated co-star Marla Sokoloff for five years after the couple met on the set of Whatever It Takes in 1999.
Later, he dated actress Ahna O’Reilly, splitting in 2011. He has faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, including from actress Ally Sheedy, former girlfriend Violet Pansy, and multiple women who previously either studied acting under Franco or were being mentored by him.
In December 2021, Franco admitted to having sex with students and being in treatment for sexual addiction since 2016. After dropping out of college in the late 1990s to pursue an acting career, Franco returned to school at UCLA in 2006, majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing.
His undergraduate honors thesis was a novel, prepared under the supervision of novelist Mona Simpson, and graduated in June 2008. He continued on to invest heavily in his own education, moving to New York City to attend graduate school programs simultaneously at Columbia University School of the Arts for writing, Tisch School of the Arts at New York University for filmmaking, Brooklyn College for fiction writing, and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina for poetry.
He received his M.F.A. from Columbia in 2010. He has also studied in the Ph.D. English program at Yale University and attended the Rhode Island School of Design. Franco was featured in print advertisements for his alma mater UCLA with the tagline “Some A-Listers Actually Get A’s.”
James Franco is a popular American actor, director, screenwriter, film producer, artist, and poet who is happiest when pursuing his very diverse career. He has acted in hugely popular blockbusters like the “Spider-Man” series, critically acclaimed and box office hits like “Milk,” and “Pineapple Express.” His role in “127 Hours” got him an Oscar nomination, and he’s appeared in the well-liked indie films “The Great Raid,” “Tristan and Isolde,” and “Howl.” As of November 2023, James Franco’s net worth is estimated to be $30 Million.
James Franco Facts
James Edward Franco was born on April 19, 1978, in Palo Alto, California, United States. His father, Douglas Eugene Franco, headed a Silicon Valley company, and his mother, Betsy Lou, is an author of children’s books and occasional actress. James’ mother is Jewish, coming from a family of Russian Jewish ancestry, and his father is of Portuguese (from Madeira) and Swedish bloodline.
His maternal grandmother Mitzie operated the renowned Verne Art Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio, and was a prominent member of the National Council of Jewish Women. Franco’s family had an intellectual, liberal, and primarily secular background, and, together with his two younger brothers, the actors Tom and Dave, he grew up in California.
Franco, a “math whiz,” completed an internship at Lockheed Martin and his father frequently reminded him to do well on his SATs and to maintain decent marks. He participated in plays while attending Palo Alto High School, where he graduated in 1996.
In his senior year of high school, Franco was detained for underage drinking, graffiti, and stealing designer perfumes from department shops and selling them to classmates. The judge granted him a second shot despite the possibility of juvenile detention and he recounted his legal issues, saying, “It was teen angst.”
He started going to auditions in Los Angeles, where he eventually landed his first ever paid part in a Pizza Hut commercial in 1997. After appearing in several television programs as a guest, he got his big break in 1999 when he was chosen to play the lead character on the NBC series Freaks and Geeks.
Even though the series only had 18 episodes and was ultimately canceled owing to low ratings, it has now gained cult status. He played his debut movie role in the 2000 movie Never Been Kissed, which starred Drew Barrymore, Michael Vartan, David Arquette, and Jessica Alba amongst other notable young actors.
His performance as James Dean in the 2001 television biographical film won him a Golden Globe Award and also a nomination for an Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award. He went on to play leading roles in popular movies, including the Spider-Man trilogy by Sam Raimi, alongside Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Tom Holland, and Michael Keaton.
James also appeared in the movies, This Is the End (2013), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Milk (2008), Pineapple Express (2008), Sonny (2002), and City by the Sea (2002). He received a further Golden Globe nomination for the role of Best Actor in the movie The Disaster Artist in 2017 where Seth Rogan acted alongside him.
Franco found great success in other media besides movies, with noteworthy television appearances including recurring roles in the serial opera General Hospital from 2009 to 2012. He also had a lead part in the limited series 11.22.63 in 2016, and a lead role in the HBO drama The Deuce from 2017 to 2019.
Franco is also well-known for his frequent partnerships with Seth Rogen – the pair have worked on numerous projects together, including eight movies and a television show. In 2013, Franco received his star at 6838 Hollywood Boulevard, on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, joining artists like Bryan Adams, Kirstie Alley, Alec Baldwin, and John Belushi who’ve been honored.
James Franco’s Career Earnings
He has enjoyed success as a television actor, appearing in the popular television film “James Dean” and making frequent appearances on “General Hospital.” In addition to the Razzie Award for Worst Actor, he has had nominations for an Oscar, an Emmy, two SAG Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards.
James Franco’s Net Worth Annually
In addition to his acting work in both film and television, he has also managed to fit in several directing and writing jobs on independent projects. Franco had always wanted to be an actor but was afraid of being rejected, so he considered becoming a marine zoologist instead.
Despite growing up in a secular household, Franco identifies as Jewish, and in 2015, he celebrated his own Bar Mitzvah in a religious ceremony overseen by a rabbi. After meeting Marla Sokoloff on the set of Whatever It Takes in 1999, he dated her for five years and his relationship with actress Ahna O’Reilly later ended in 2011.
His former lover, Violet Pansy, actress Ally Sheedy, and numerous women who either studied acting with Franco or were mentored by him in the past have all made charges of sexual assault against him. Franco went back to UCLA in 2006 to finish his degree in English with a focus on creative writing after leaving school in the late 1990s to pursue a career as an actor.
He graduated in June 2008 with honors, having completed a novel as his undergraduate honors thesis under the guidance of author Mona Simpson. Keep up with James on his official Twitter account as it is regularly updated with his latest news.
Awards & Achievements
Before working at McDonald’s, he spent a year as a vegetarian and he would practice accents on customers while he was working his shifts. In addition to acting in numerous productions over the years, Franco is a talented director in his own right.
How Does James Franco Spend His Money?
James Franco is the owner of six homes, five cars, and one luxury yacht and he is reported to have approximately $12 Million in cash reserves among his assets. James Franco also has an $8 million investment portfolio consisting of many different stocks, including, Starbucks, Wells Fargo, Qualcomm, Netflix, and Amazon.
He moved to New York City to enroll in graduate programs simultaneously at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University for filmmaking, and the Columbia University School of the Arts. At the same time, he enrolled at Brooklyn College for fiction writing and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina for poetry.
He continues to make significant educational investments in himself and, in 2010, he graduated from Columbia with an M.F.A. He also attended the Rhode Island School of Design and Yale University’s Ph.D. English program to round off his education. For his alma university, UCLA, Franco appeared in print ads with the slogan “Some A-Listers Actually Get A’s.” James Franco recently spent $600,000 on an Audi RS Q8 and also owns a BMW X8 for which he paid $200,000.
James has owned some of the most expensive cars in the world including a Jaguar I-Pace, Tesla Model 3, and Volvo XC60.
In addition to his acting accomplishments, James Franco is active in various charitable causes and frequently donates his time to the Art Of Elysium organization. He is an English professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, and teaches screenwriting and short film production at the University of Southern California.
His career started slowly, but with the right decisions he achieved what many aspiring actors can only dream of. As of November 2023, James Franco’s net worth is estimated to be $30 Million.