Birthday: 19-04-1978
Age: 41
Star sign: Taurus

James Franco is a prominent American actor and director. He was born as James Edward Franco on April 19, 1978, in Palo Alto, California, the USA to Betsy Lou, a writer-actress and Douglas Eugene Franco, who is running the Silicon Valley business. He was raised in California with his two brothers namely Tom and Dace (an actor). Franco is an intern at Lockheed Martin. His father usually encouraged him to get good grades, especially in SATs.

He completed his studies at Palo Alto High School in the year 1996. During his time in Palo Alto, Franco usually participates in school plays, which led him to attend the California State Summer School for the Arts in 1998. In high school, he was arrested for graffiti, underage drinking, and after stealing designer fragrances from the department stores, which he sold to his classmates. This led him to become the ward of the state, and as he is about to face the juvenile hall, the judge gave him another chance. Franco was interested in marine zoologist but deep inside of him, he wanted to become an actor. He majored English at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), but later drops out. He took an acting course at the Playhouse West and has also worked in McDonald’s late night shift so he can support himself. After a year and three months of training, he auditioned in Los Angeles.

His very first paid role was in Pizza Hut’s TV commercial, where he was featured as dancing, Elvis Presley. Franco later had TV guest appearances, and his big break came after he was starred in the lead role on NBC’s Freaks and Geeks in 1999. However, due to low viewership, the show was canceled after running 18 episodes, but he described it as one of his most fun work. He was debuted as a film actor in the romantic comedy film, Never Been Kissed and later acted as Chris Campbell in the teen comedy film, Whatever It Takes. In 2001, he portrayed the role of James Dean in the TV biographical film of the same name.

This film depicts the life of the 1950’s actor, James Dean; from his struggles to become an actor to an A-list movie star in Hollywood. He earned a nomination at the 8th Screen Actors Guild Awards and had won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film. In 2002, his portrayal as Harry Osborn in the American superhero film, Spiderman, earned him worldwide fame. Originally, he was considered to play the main lead in Spiderman, but the role was given to Tobey Maguire. This was followed by the crime-drama film, Sonny. This film marks the directorial debut of actor, Nicholas Cage, who also made a cameo appearance in the film. In the very same year, he did the role of Joey LaMarca, a homeless drug addict, in Robert De Niro-starrer, City by the Sea. In 2003, he was co-starred with Neve Campbell in The Company, a film about Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet.

He reprised his role as Harry Osborn in the Spiderman 2 (sequel of Spiderman) in 2004. It became the second highest-grossing film of the year and had proved to be a huge financial success. Subsequently, he was starred in The Ape and John Dahl’s war film, The Great Raid. In 2006, he was co-starred with Tyrese Gibson and Jordana Brewster in Justin Lin’s drama film, Annapolis and acted as Tristan, a legendary hero, in the epic romantic drama film, Tristan & Isolde. Franco was trained for Private Pilot License as preparation for his character in British-American war drama film, Flyboys. Also in 2006, he made a short appearance in The Wicker Man and made a cameo appearance in Nancy Meyers’ The Holiday. In 2007, he reprised his role for the third time in Spiderman 3. Contrary to the first two films that received positive reviews, Spiderman 3 met a mixed response from the critics. But it still managed to earn a worldwide gross of $891-million and became the most successful film in the Spiderman series. In the same year, he appeared as himself in the romantic comedy film, Knocked Up. He was starred in the independent rom-com film, Camille, opposite Sienna Miller in the lead roles and played a voice role in Steve Buscemi’s Interview. Both films were ignored by the critics and audiences.

It was also in the year 2007 when he wrote, directed and starred in the drama film, Good Time Max. In 2008, Franco was co-starred with Seth Rogen in the stoner action comedy film, Pineapple Express, where he earned another nomination at the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy. The Stoner of the Year Award by the High Times magazine was also presented to him for his brilliant performance in Pineapple Express. In the same year, he made appearances in two films by Carter, an American artist and were exhibited in Paris (Yvon Lambert gallery). He hosted Saturday Night Live twice; first is on September 20, 2008, and the next one was on December 19, 2009. Franco was starred opposite Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch and Diego Luna in the biographical film, Milk, which is based on the life of Harvey Milk, a gay rights activist, and politician. His performance as Scott Smith, the lover of Sean Penn’s character in the film, earned him the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor. In 2009, he was cast in a recurring role in the daytime medical drama entitled General Hospital. He started the year 2010 with an appearance in the satirical TV sitcom, 30 Rock.

He was also seen in the successful comedy crime film, Date Night, which stars Steve Carell and Tina Fey. He played as David in Julia Robert-starrer Eat, Pray, Love and was starred as Allen Ginsberg in the experimental film, Howl. He played as Aron Ralston, a mountain climber, in Danny Boyle’s biographical survival drama film, 127 Hours. Franco shot the film 12-hours per day, and he will only leave the set to go to the lavatory and read books and textbooks to keep him busy.

He considered the making of the film a once in a lifetime experience and was one of his most well-reviewed films. 127 Hours was also a commercial success and had earned him nominations for the Golden Globe, Academy Award, SAG Award and won the Independent Spirit Award. In early 2011, he made a cameo appearance on the game show, Minute to Win It. After his unaccredited role in the 3D action-comedy crime film, The Green Hornet, he starred in the fantasy stoner comedy film, Your Highness, along with Natalie Portman and Danny McBride. Franco was also starred in Rupert Wyatt’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the psychological thriller film, The Letter, together with Winona Ryder. He played as Francis, a drug-addicted lawyer, in Stephen Elliott’s directorial debut entitled About Cherry.

He was later cast in the fantasy adventure film, Oz the Great and Powerful. This was filmed in 2011 and was only released in 2013. In 2012, Franco started filming Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God, which was selected at the prestigious 70th Venice Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival 2013 and 51st New York Film Festival. Subsequently, he starred as Alien in the crime drama film, Spring Breakers, alongside Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Selena Gomez and Rachel Korine. It was declared that he will make his debut on the Broadway stage in the revival of John Steinback’s novella, Of Mice and Men. He appeared in Thirty Seconds to Mars’ City of Angels, in October 2013.

Franco was also seen in the controversial political satire comedy, The Interview, in 2014 and 2015, his films True Story and I Am Michael were shown in Sundance Film Festival. In the same year, he starred as Jake Epping in the sci-fi thriller limited series, 11.22.63, which was adapted from Stephen King’s novel of the same name. The series was premiered last February 15, 2016. Besides acting, he also ventured into production and direction of short films and documentaries including Saturday Night, The Feast of Stephen, Palo Alto, Herbert White, The Broken Tower, and much more.

He played the role of a lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles’ (UCLA) School of Theater, Film and Television. Franco was also known for doing charitable works. He has been a volunteer of Art of Elysium’s charity, who’s helping children with serious medical illness, along with his Spiderman co-star, Kirsten Dunst. He also helped the NGO, 826DC, who aims to help neighborhood students to attain their goals. He supported the LGBT community and thus received the Ally Award from the 15th Annual Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.

James Belushi English Actor

James Belushi

James Belushi is an American actor, musician and comedian, and a total performer. He is popular for his role as James ‘Jim’ Orenthal on ABC’s According to Jim, from the year 2001 to 2009. He was born as James Adam Belushi on June 15, 1954, in Chicago, Illinois in the USA to Agnes Demetri and Adam Anastos Belushi, who are both Albanian immigrants. He was raised in Wheaton together with his three siblings, John, Marian and Billy. He graduated from Wheaton Central High School and later attended College of DuPage and took a degree in Speech and Theater Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Jim and his brother, John, have worked in the very popular Chicago-based theater troupe called The Second City, from the year 1977 to 1980. In 1979, he was debuted on television through Paramount’s ‘Who’s Watching the Kids?’ on NBC channel. Later, he was starred along with Michael Keaton in Bob Brunner’s Working Stiffs. His career in Hollywood started from here. In 1981, Jim made his first significant role in Michael Mann’s neo-noir film, Thief. When his brother, John, passed away, he made an appearance on Saturday Night Live for two seasons. He was also starred in Oliver Stone’s Wild Palms and the critically acclaimed Beggars and Choosers. He also made guest appearances on ER, Trading Places, Pinocchio and several television shows. He rose to fame after donning supporting roles in Stan Dragoti’s The Man with One Red Shoe (1985), Edward Zwick’s About Last Night (1986), Oliver Stone’s Salvador (1986), and Frank Oz’ Little Shop of Horrors (1986). This gave him opportunities to appear in lead roles in films like Real Men (1987), The Principal (1987), Red Heat (1988), Homer and Eddie (1989), K-9 (1989), The Palermo Connection (Dimenticare Palermo in 1989), Taking Care of Business (1990), Mr. Destiny (1990), Only the Lonely (1991), Curly Sue (1991), Once Upon a Crime (1992), Race the Sun (1996), Jingle All the Way (1996), and many more. He lends his voice in the Mighty Ducks (Phil Palmfeather), The Pebble and the Penguin (Rocko), Babes in Toyland (Gonzargo), Gargoyles, and Hey Arnold!, Hoodwinked! (Kirk), Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King (Glob), and The Wild (Benny the squirrel). Jim also voiced Salty, the aeroplane man in the computer adventure game, 9: The Last Resort in 1996 and as Masked Mutant on the video game Goosebumps in 1997. In the year 2001, his performance in ER’s episode Piece of Mind contributes to his re-appearance in the eye of the public. In the following year, he played the title role in the super hit comedy series, According to Jim. His first voice-over was in Nickelodeon’s Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, where he played as a pimple on the head of Krum. After this, he had a recurring role as Simon the Monster Hunter, where he just ad-libbed most of his dialogues in the series. In the year 2003, Jim and actor-comedian, Dan Aykroyd had an album entitled Have Love, Will Travel. They toured and performed in different places as Zee Blues, from the former The Blues Brothers. In 2006, his book, Real Men Don’t Apologize was released. He also narrated NFL commercial and had introduced the starting lineups of the football team, the University of Illinois at the Rose Bowl in 2008. Jim became interested in his Albanian origin and after his visit to Tirana in 2008, he got the Honor of the Nation order, which was given by H.E. Bamir Topi, the President of Albania. In the following year, he earned the Albanian citizenship. Jim also appeared in MC Hammer’s video for the song, Too Legit to Quit in the year 1991. He got married three times and had three children. His first marriage was with Sandra Davenport in 1980, and they have a son named Robert James. In 1990, he got married to Marjorie Bransfield and had a divorce in 1992. His last marriage was with Jennifer Sloan in 1998, and they have a daughter named Jamison Bess and a son named Jared James. Jim also suffered from Gout and thus became the Savient Pharmaceuticals’ spokesman for their Check Out Your Gout educational campaign. In 2012, he endorsed President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

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James Marsden

James Marsden is an American actor, singer, and model. Marsden hails from Stillwater, Oklahoma. His father, James Luther Marsden, teaches animal sciences and industry at Kansas State University. Marsden has a big family which includes his two younger brothers and two younger sisters. When James was nine years old, his parents had a divorce. He went to Hefner Middle School and later studied at Putnam City North High School. Marsden wanted to study broadcast journalism, unlike his parent's profession. He took admission at Oklahoma State University but dropped out in the first year to take up acting as his profession. He commenced his acting career with television shows by making special appearances only. His television series include Saved by the Bell: The new class, Party of Five and Touched by an Angel. Soon he was noticed by the director of the television show; The Nanny offered him to play the role of Eddie, who is Margaret Sheffield's boyfriend, in the series. Marsden got his first break in television with 'The Nanny'. Following that he was cast in another television series Ally McBeal, in which he played an important character during the first half of the fifth season. In this series, he made his debut as a singer. By the end of that series, he appeared in the Canadian television series Boogies Diner. Although it aired for only one season, he was becoming famous among the youngsters. He later worked in 'Disturbing Behavior' starring Katie Holmes and Gossip with Kate Hudson. Marsden finally started acting in movies after working in television series. He played the character of Cyclops in the X-Men films which are very prominent in comics which was well appreciated by the viewers and also won him Blockbuster Award for Best Supporting Actor. Later Marsden worked in Superman Returns, which is directed by Bryan Singer. He played the role of Lon Hammond Jr. in the film adaption of Nicholas Spark's novel, romantic drama, The Notebook opposite Rachael Mcadams and Ryan Gosling. In 2007, Marsden played the character of Corny Collins in another film adaptation of the Broadway musical Hairspray. As Corny Collins, he sang two songs, "The Nicest Kids In Town" and "(It's) Hairspray" which were a huge hit. He then went on to play the role of Prince Edward opposite Amy Adams in Disney animated/live action film Enchanted. Enchanted was very much appreciated by the people as well critics and earned more than $340 million at the box office. Marsden attracted much female attention when he played the male lead in the romantic comedy 27 Dresses starring Katherine Heigl, which became quite a hit. He was at the peak of his career when he starred opposite Cameron Diaz and Frank Langella, who was his co-star in Superman Returns. Marsden played Easter Bunny in Hop, an Easter-themed comedy with Russell Brand. Later Marsden returned to television after many years with an appearance on ABC's Modern Family in 2011. He also did independent films which included Robot & Frank, Small Apartments, Bachelorette and As Cool as I Am. In 2013, he worked in 2 Guns, an action film with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. He played President John F. Kennedy in the historical drama, The Butler. The film received positive reviews. Marsden played the character of Scott Summers after a gap of eight years in X-Men: Days of Future Past in a cameo. He would be working once again in Nicholas Sparks film The Best of me after 'The Notebook'. Marsden dated 'Days of our Lives' actress Lisa Linde and got married in the year 2000.This 'much in love couple' gave birth to two children, Jack, and Mary. Later in 2011, Lisa filed a divorce, and the couple got separated with mutual consent after eleven years of marriage.

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