James Franco Net Worth, Biography, Career and Girlfriend

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Updated 2020/06/24 at 11:34 AM
James Franco Net Worth

James Franco Net Worth   $35 Million 

Popular Name:James Franco
Real Name:James Edward Franco
Birth Date:19 April 1978
Birth Place:Palo Alto, California, United States
Marital Status:Single
Profession:Actor, Musician, Director, Author
Years active:1997 Till Date
Net Worth:$35 Million
Last Updated:2022

James Franco is popular as an actor, director, producer, and author. He developed an interest for learning and enrolled in institutions concentrating mainly in creative writing. However, his main stay was acting.

He made his debut in NBC’s TV series “Freaks and Geeks” which ended up becoming a cult classic. His debut movie was “Never Been Kissed”. He projected to fame with his appearance in the movie “SpiderMan” as Harry Osborn. He reprised this role in “SpiderMan 2” and “SpiderMan 3”.

He appeared as Robert James “Franco” Frankin in the soap opera “General Hospital” and earned popularity and critical acclaim for his efforts in “Pineapple Express”. Acting and producing many films has been a key factor in James Franco net worth.

This gifted actor was presented with a Golden Globe Award for his effort with the role of “James Dean”. He bagged an Independent Spirit Award for his masterclass performance in “Milk”.

In “127 Hours”, he acted as a real-life mountain climber Aron Ralston, and earned one more Independent Spirit Award among several award nominations. James has tried his hands at scripting and directing.

He has written short stories and as a teacher, he has taught English and film at NYU, CalArts, USC, and UCLA. He passionately continues his acting career, and has also released several music albums.

James Franco’s Early Life

James Edward Franco was born in Palo Alto, California, United States, on April 19, 1978. His parents were Douglas Eugene Franco, a businessman of Swedish and Portuguese descent, and Betsy Lou Verne, an actress and writer from an immigrant Russian Jewish family.

James and his two younger brothers Dave and Tom were raised in California. He was good at mathematics, and served as an intern at Lockheed Martin. He finished his studies from Palo Alto High school in 1996.

As a teenager, James was arrested many times for offences like graffiti, underage drinking, and selling stolen designer fragrances from stores to classmates. All these events and activities resulted into his becoming a ward of the state for a brief period.

James Franco’s Career

Since the beginning of his professional life in 1997, James Franco has not only succeeded as an actor but also as a comedian, musician, host, painter, poet, teacher, model, director, and producer. An actor known to take every very seriously, James can be seen listening to lectures and reading books during his free time on the sets.

After he dropped out from UCLA, James attended acting classes before auditioning for acting roles. His first reasonable appearance was in the commercially successful television series “Freaks and Geeks”. He did several other movies after that before landing a lead role in “James Dean”.

Following his award-winning performance in the film “James Dean”, James Franco entered the mainstream cinema. He appeared in some famous movies like “Pineapple Express”, the Spiderman trilogy, and “127 hours”. He also starred in America’s longest-running soap opera “General Hospital” during this time.

The actor has also directed and produced some movies and documentaries, notable ones being “Saturday Night” and “The Disaster Artist”. He has also been busy in other professions outside of Hollywood.

He has worked as a lecturer in UCLA. Along with his band “Daddy”, he has released two albums, and one other as an individual. Furthermore, he has released a collection of short stories titled “Palo Alto”, and has presented an exhibition of his sculptures and drawings in New York City.

James Franco Books

  • Palo Alto
  • Splash Mountain
  • Strongest of the Litter: A Chapbook
  • James Franco: The Dangerous Book Four Boys
  • The Thing Postcard Book – James Franco
  • Straight James / Gay James
  • Hollywood Dreaming: Stories, Pictures, and Poems
  • Directing Herbert White
  • A California Childhood
  • Actors Anonymous
  • Flip-Side: Real and Imaginary Conversations with Lana Del Rey

James Franco’s Major Works

Most of his major works are in the form of the films he has either appeared in, directed or produced. He has also tried his hands in the music business, so here’s a highlight of some of his works.

Movies & Shows

2019Arctic DogsLemmy
2018The Pretenders
2018KinTaylor Balik
2018Future WorldWarlord
2017The Disaster ArtistTommy Wiseau
2017The VaultEd Mass
2017The InstituteDr. Cairn
2017Don’t Come Back From the Moon
2016In Dubious BattleMac


  • 2011: Turn It Up EP
  • 2012: MotorCity EP
  • 2016: Let Me Get What I Want

Awards & Achievements

James has earned a reputation for immersing himself in the roles so much that the line between the actor and character blurs. Though a man who doesn’t smoke, he once started smoking heavily to prepare for a role.

There is another instance where he deserted his comfortable life and started living on the streets so as to gain better understanding of the character of a drug addict.

For all of his efforts, James Franco has been duly awarded. Till date, he has won 33 awards from a possible 112 nominations. He has has also received awards and recognition for his charitable works.

Personal Life

James Franco has never been married. But according to his dating history, he dated actress Maria Sokoloff for five years from 1999 to 2004 after the duo met on the sets of the film “Whatever It Takes”.

After their separation, it was confirmed that the actor dated Ahna O’Reilly until 2011 before he confirmed their separation.

There are no available details on the children associated with this man, so it is safe to conclude that he has no kids and is currently not in any relationship as of now.

Age & Physical Features

Being born in 1978 makes James Franco 42 years old as of today. Still being very active in the industry means he has to keep fit and maintain a trimmed physical appearance so as to be qualified for film roles and other jobs.

The actor currently weighs 76kg and stands at a good height of 180cm.

James Franco Net Worth

This versatile actor been immensely successful through his mainstream movies. His wealth has come not just as an actor of movies but also as a director and producer. He is also a singer and painter, model and teacher.

His career is truly diverse and the success he has attained from all his endeavours now account for James Franco net worth which runs into many millions of dollars. As a talented actor, he has found himself in many commercially successful films.

His Spiderman 1, 2 and 3 films earned $822, $783 and $891 million, respectively. While not being a regular mainstream actor, this man has starred in blockbuster movies.

He is the kind of guy that puts his heart, soul, and whole body into any given role without caring about its size. Here’s James Franco’s financial data, salary and income from all his endeavours.

Salary & Earnings

In 2002, he was a part of the film “Oz the Great and Powerful”, and was paid $2 million for his job. In 2013, he earned a big salary of $7 million for his role in the movie “The Company”. Besides acting in movies, he has earned well from appearing in many successful television series.

He is also having a splendid directing career which can see him earn over $100,000 per year. Another boost to James Franco net worth is the comedian’s endorsement deal with several companies and big brands including the likes Ray Ban, Gucci, Ford, and many others.

Additionally, his huge following on social media platforms like twitter and instagram can see him earn more money through posting of sponsored posts.

Assets, Houses, Cars, Lifestyle

With his current financial position, the Hollywood star enjoys a lifestyle of lavish. He owns numerous homes and cars, and enjoys the best things in life as a bachelor with not much to worry about.

In 2019, he put his Spanish-style villa on sale for $6.25 million. The 5,215-square-foot which he bought for $3.3 million in 2006 has four bedrooms and five bathrooms including a hotel frequented by celebrities.

He owns a Silver Lake mansion which was bought from Janie Bryant for $775,000. His several luxurious cars include a Cadillac CTS ($86,495), a BMW i3 ($34,900), a Mazda ($21,600), and Audi Q3 ($35,695).

James Franco is worth approximately $35 million, all generated through his successful involvement in acting, teaching, singing, and several other varying ventures.

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