Dave Franco

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Dave Franco
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Franco on March 12, 2012
BornDavid John Franco
(1985-06-12) June 12, 1985 (age 28)
Palo Alto, California, U.S.
Years active2006–present
RelativesJames Franco (brother)
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Dave Franco
Dave franco 2012 (cropped).jpg
Franco on March 12, 2012
BornDavid John Franco
(1985-06-12) June 12, 1985 (age 28)
Palo Alto, California, U.S.
Years active2006–present
RelativesJames Franco (brother)

David John "Dave" Franco[1] (born June 12, 1985) is an American television and film actor who is best known for his roles in the films 21 Jump Street, Charlie St. Cloud, Fright Night, Now You See Me and Warm Bodies, and on the ninth season of the series Scrubs. He is the younger brother of actor James Franco.[2]

Early life[edit]

Franco was born in Palo Alto, California, the son of Betsy (née Verne), a poet, author, and editor, and Doug Franco (1948–2011),[3][4] who met as students at Stanford University.[5] Franco's father was of Portuguese and Swedish descent[6] and Franco's mother is Jewish (from a family of Russian Jewish descent).[7] Franco's paternal grandmother, Marjorie (Peterson) Franco, is a published author of young adult books.[8][9] Franco's maternal grandmother, Mitzie (Levine) Verne, owns the Verne Art Gallery, a prominent art gallery in Cleveland, and was an active member in the National Council of Jewish Women.[10][11][12] Franco grew up in California with his two brothers, Tom Franco and James Franco.[13]


In 2006, Franco made his acting debut on The CW Drama television series 7th Heaven. He has since appeared in television shows such as Do Not Disturb and Young Justice. Franco has also had noticeable roles in films such as Superbad, Charlie St. Cloud, 21 Jump Street, Warm Bodies, The Shortcut, and Now You See Me. In May 2008, he was cast in The CW teen drama television series Privileged. The series centered on a live-in tutor for two spoiled heiresses in Palm Beach. Franco was cast in an initial major recurring role. The series premiered on September 9, 2008 to 3.1 million viewers. Ratings continued to slip each week with the series sixth episode reaching 1.837 million viewers. The CW did not renew the series for a second season due to low ratings.

In August 2009, Variety announced Franco was cast in a regular role for the ninth season of the ABC sitcom series Scrubs. Franco portrayed the role of "Cole Aaronson", a medical student, whose family paid a large sum of money to Sacred Heart Hospital to receive an internship. Franco went on to appear in all thirteen episodes of the ninth season and received praise from critics for his performance; however, the ninth season was the final season of the series.[14]

MTV Networks' NextMovie.com named him one of the Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2011.[15] In August 2011, Franco starred in the 3D Horror Comedy film Fright Night alongside Colin Farrell and Toni Collette. The film is a remake of the 1985 film of the same name and follows a teenage boy who finds out his neighbor is a vampire. Franco played the role of popular high school student Mark. The film received positive reviews from critics and went on to make over $41 million worldwide.

In April 2012, Shalom Life ranked him and his brother, James, number 2 on its list of “the 50 most talented, intelligent, funny, and gorgeous Jewish men in the world."[16]

In May 2012, Franco starred in the Columbia Pictures action comedy film, 21 Jump Street, as Eric, a high school student and the lead drug dealer. The film was based on the 1987 television series of the same name and was released in March 2012 to critical acclaim and box office success.[citation needed]

In 2013, he co-starred in the zombie romance film Warm Bodies, as "Perry Kelvin". The film, an adaptation of the best-selling novel Warm Bodies, followed a romance between a zombie and a human during a zombie apocalypse.[17]

Also in the same year, Franco appeared alongside Jesse Eisenberg, Mélanie Laurent, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, and Isla Fisher in the ensemble crime thriller film Now You See Me. To promote the film, he was interviewed on the Bob Rivers Show, based in Seattle, Washington, US. Rivers persuaded him to show the card-throwing abilities he had learned and Franco expertly sliced half a banana into a further half with his hotel card.[18]

In late 2013, Franco's cameo appearance in 22 Jump Street also appears in a trailer for the film,[19] and his role in the Seth Rogen comedy Neighbors also appears in the red band trailer for the film, released in September.[20]

Personal life[edit]

A July 2013 media report stated that Franco is in a relationship with actress Alison Brie.[21]



2007SuperbadGreg the Soccer Player
2007After SexSam
2008MilkTelephone Tree #5
2009Shortcut, TheThe ShortcutMark
2009A Fuchsia ElephantMichaelShort
2010Charlie St. CloudSully
2011Broken Tower, TheThe Broken TowerYoung Hart Crane
2011Fright NightMark
201221 Jump StreetEric MolsonNominated – MTV Movie Awards Best Cast
2013Warm BodiesPerry KelvinNominated – NewNowNext Awards Next Mega Star
2013Now You See MeJack Wilder
2014The Lego MovieWallyVoice
201422 Jump StreetEric MolsonPost-production
2014Business TripTBAPost-production
TBANow You See Me 2Jack WilderPre-production


20067th HeavenBenjamin BainsworthEpisode: "Highway to Cell"
2008Do Not DisturbGus5 episodes
2008GreekGonzo6 episodes
2008–2009PrivilegedZachary5 episodes
2009–2010ScrubsCole Aaronson13 episodes
2011–2012Young JusticeEdward Nigma/RiddlerVoice
2 episodes


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  2. ^ THR staff (2/11/2011). "Paradigm Signs James Franco’s Brother Dave Franco from WME (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  3. ^ "James Franco's Father Dies at 63". E! Online. 2011-10-04. Retrieved 2012-01-10. 
  4. ^ "James Franco Biography". Yahoo!. Retrieved August 8, 2008. 
  5. ^ Anderson, Sam. "The James Franco Project" New York, July 25, 2010.
  6. ^ "LatinoReview.com". Franco Talks Annapolis!. Archived from the original on June 14, 2006. Retrieved May 9, 2006. 
  7. ^ Rhone, Paysha (2009-02-14). "Spidey foe meets his match in Harvard's Hasty Pudding crew". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  8. ^ Marquis Who's Who, Inc (1991). Who's who of emerging leaders in America. Marquis Who's Who. ISBN 0-8379-7202-7. 
  9. ^ Commire, Anne (1985). Something about the Author, Volume 38. Gale Research. p. 77. ISBN 0-8103-0071-0. 
  10. ^ Spevack, Violet (January 31, 2002). "Cavalcade". Cleveland Jewish News. Retrieved December 28, 2010. 
  11. ^ Spevack, Violet (October 23, 2009). "Cavalcade 10/23". Cleveland Jewish News. Retrieved December 28, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Case Western Reserve University". Admission Case. Archived from the original on October 24, 2007. Retrieved August 8, 2008. 
  13. ^ Van Sant, Gus. "Jamesfranco". Interview. p. 1. Retrieved March 2, 2009. 
  14. ^ Korbi Ghosh (August 14, 2009). "'Scrubs' casts Dave Franco as the first of its new series regulars". Zap2It.com. 
  15. ^ Evry, Max (January 5, 2011). "25 Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2011". Next Movie. Retrieved April 11, 2011. 
  16. ^ Ashley Baylen (April 20, 2012). "Top 50 Hottest Jewish Men (10–1)". Shalom Life. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  17. ^ Becky Kirsch (18 January 2013). "Dave Franco Talks Warm Bodies and Why He'd Make a Goofy Zombie" (Video upload). PopSugar. POPSUGAR Inc. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  18. ^ Franco, Dave (June, 2013). "Dave Franco". The Bob Rivers Show. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  19. ^ Kevin P. Sullivan (16 December 2013). "'22 Jump Street' NSFW Trailer: Watch Now". MTV. Viacom International Inc. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  20. ^ Movieed (4 September 2013). "Neighbors - Official Red Band Trailer #1 HD (2014) - Zac Efron, Seth Rogen, Dave Franco, Rose Byrne" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  21. ^ Dodge, Shyam (July 31, 2013). "Mad about you! Alison Brie sports a thigh-skimming summer frock as she enjoys a romantic date with her beau and James Franco's dashing brother Dave". 

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