James Franco, plain and simple, is an enigma. He’s oddly charming, oddly attractive and oddly talented. Not only that, he’s now a college-educated actor, which means that he has beauty and brains. Arguably, there’s really nothing else you could ask from the man. He returned back to UCLA to complete his undergraduate degree in creative writing – even after starting his career in the entertainment industry.
In short, he has a lot of feelings and he went to school to figure out the best and most artistic way to express them. He is a man who can express himself through the stage and pen and paper. How great is that?
With that in mind, you might be wondering how much James Franco is worth today.
As of 2018, James Franco is worth $20 million.
Let’s take a look at how he earned his riches, shall we?
In 1999, after 15 months of acting training, James Franco got his first television break on the cult television series, Freaks and Geeks. He made his movie debut in the 1999 film, Never Been Kissed. He later went on to play a jock in the 2000 movie, Whatever It Takes.
In 2001, he took on the role of James Dean in the biographical film, James Dean. For his performance, he received a Golden Globe Award and a nomination for an Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Franco achieved worldwide fame when he played the role of Harry Osborn in the 2002 film, Spider-Man. He later reprised the role in 2004 for Spider-Man 2. It became the second highest-grossing film in 2004.
In 2003, he co-starred with Neve Campbell in the ballet movie, The Company. In the following year, he starred in the black comedy, The Ape. In 2005, he starred in The Great Raid.
Franco re-enrolled at UCLA as an English major with a creative writing concentration.
In 2007, he reprised his role as Harry Osborn again for Spider-Man 3, the most successful film in the movie series and Franco’s highest-grossing film to date.
In 2008, Franco starred in the stoner comedy, Pineapple Express. The performance earned Franco a second Golden Globe nomination. In the same year, he hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live. He returned to the show a second time in 2009 to host again.
In 2010, he starred in Date Night and Eat Pray Love. He also made an appearance in the sitcom, 30 Rock. In the same year, he moved to New York to attend graduate school at Columbia University for a MFA writing program, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for filmmaking and Brooklyn College for fiction writing.
In the same year, he starred in 127 Hours. His performance earned him universal acclaim from critics and earned him a nomination for an Academy Award, Golden Globe and SAG Award. For the performance, he won an Independent Spirit Award.
Franco filmed and directed a movie version of William Faulker’s As I Lay Dying in 2010.
Franco made a cameo appearance in NBC’s Minute To Win It in 2011. He made yet another cameo in the opening scene of The Green Hornet.
He starred alongside Winona Ryder in The Letter. He additionally played a drug-addicted lawyer in the film, About Cherry. Franco also signed up in the same year to film a sequel to Oz the Great and Powerful.
It was announced in March 2011 that Franco was to teach a fall semester course on modifying poetry into short films to graduate film students at NYU.
In February 2012, Franco starred in a film version of Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God.
In March 2013, Franco revealed that he was to make his Broadway debut in the role of George in a revival of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men. Later that year, he appeared in the music video for “City Of Angels” by Thirty Seconds To Mars.
Franco announced in 2014 that he would be directing and co-producing a film adaption of Greg Sestero’s non-fiction book, The Disaster Artist. Later in 2014, he starred in the The Interview.
In 2015, he starred in I Am Michael and True Story, two films that were shown at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. In the same year, he was cast in the lead role for the Hulu limited series, 11.22.63. It premiered in February 2016.
Franco has a lot of projects prepared for 2017, some of which is is directing and producing himself rather than acting. He will star in Zeroville, Actors Anonymous, and The Institute, however everyone is excited for his role in Alien: Covenant, the prequel of Alien. It is scheduled to be released on May 19, 2017. He will also star in the HBO drama The Deuce as Vincent and Frankie Martino.
James Franco was cut from a Vanity Fair front cover image and spurn disdainfully from Oscar.