1. His first prominent acting role was the lead character Daniel Desario on the short-lived cult hit television program Freaks and Geeks.
2. He later played the title character in the TV biographical film James Dean , for which he won a Golden Globe Award.
3. He is also known for his roles in the films Flyboys .
4. He had a recurring role in the ABC soap opera General Hospital.
5. For his role in 127 Hours , Franco was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor.
6. In 2014, he made his Broadway debut in Of Mice and Men.
7. Franco volunteers for the Art of Elysium charity and has taught a class at New York University in feature filmmaking and production.
8. These arrests led to his briefly becoming a ward of the state.
9. Facing the possibility of juvenile hall, Franco was given a second chance by the judge. “It was teen angst.
10. I changed my ways just in time to get good grades”, he recalled of his troubles with the law.
11. His first paid role was a television commercial for Pizza Hut, featuring a dancing Elvis Presley. which ran for 18 episodes and was canceled due to low viewership.
12. Later, the show became a cult hit among audiences. In another interview, Franco said: “When we were doing Freaks and Geeks, I didn’t quite understand how movies and TV worked, and I would improvise even if the camera wasn’t on me …