Celebrity Then And Now
James Franco
Name: James Franco
Birthdate: April 19, 1978
Famous Years: 1999-Present
Currently Known For: Actor, filmmaker and college instructor
Networth: $20 MillionFamous For: Pineapple Express, The Deuce, Spider-Man trilogy
James Franco
Name James Franco
Birthdate April 19, 1978
Famous Years 1999-Present
Currently Known For Actor, filmmaker and college instructor
Networth $20 Million
Famous For Pineapple Express, The Deuce, Spider-Man trilogy

"I don't even like to sleep - I feel as if there's too much to do." When an actor has a lot of roles that include playing in stoner comedies, they usually get a reputation as not being too bright. However, that’s probably just the sign of a good actor, which you could certainly qualify James Franco to be.

Born in Palo Alto, California, Franco grew up in a family that promoted higher education, though Franco himself wasn’t always interested in hitting the books. As a teenager, he ran around with some of the local kids that caused some mischief, which ended up getting him arrested as a juvenile. This caused him to open his eyes and he started buckling down in school, quickly improving his grades.

Not only was Franco to rebound his GPA in high school, but he also did tremendously on the SATs. It was reported that Franco achieved a near perfect score with a 1590 out of a possible 1600. It’s said that this would put Franco’s IQ right around 160, which would put him into the genius category. Anything above a 140 is considered to be very rare, and Franco would find himself in the top 0.25 percent of the population, qualifying him for Mensa.

Franco highly excels in mathematics, which allowed him to land an internship at Lockheed Martin. Even though he was brilliant enough to land almost any job that he wanted, Franco did indeed want to get into acting. He would attend UCLA out of college where he majored in English, but left after his first year in school to pursue an acting career.

Instead of being in school, Franco had to work in fast food while he was trying to make it big as an actor. There weren’t many people that were willing to hire him at the time, so Franco has said that he’s actually very grateful for McDonald’s. Many of us have had jobs like that in our late teens trying to make ends meet, and A-list actors are no exception.

Franco would finally start landing acting roles in television shows before his breakout hit “Freaks and Geeks” that helped to put him on the map. Since then, Franco has starred in films such as “Spider-Man”, “Pineapple Express” and “The Disaster Artist”, which earned him a Golden Globe Award. He also received an Oscar nomination for his role in the film “127 Hours”.

When Franco isn’t acting, there’s a good chance that you can catch him on a college campus somewhere. His list of attended colleges is nothing short of impressive, and he would finally return to school at 28 years old. He found himself back at UCLA and didn’t take it lightly, dedicating a lot of his time to his education.

Franco exceeded the standard maximum number of credit hours while at UCLA, taking on a workload that was triple what it was for the average student. Because he took so many credit hours and succeeded with a 3.5 grade point average, Franco needed just two years to finally receive his degree.

Not satisfied with just an undergraduate degree, Franco then set his sights on graduate school. Not only did he attend graduate school, but he attended four of them...at the same time. Franco went to New York University to pursue filmmaking classes, Brooklyn College and Columbia University both for writing and even a poetry major at Warren Wilson College.

Just when you thought that he’d had enough of college, Franco just kept plugging away. He would attend Yale University and the Rhode Island School of Design as a PhD student, just to make things even more impressive. He would pass up on various awards nomination shows because he chose to go to class instead. “I’m not gonna miss class to go and presume that I’m going to be nominated,” he said. “But if you want to bring out a camera crew to Yale and wait and see if I get nominated, I’d be happy to step out of class and say I’m very grateful.”

Franco dedicates a ton of time to his education, and has even lost sleep because of it. “I don’t even like to sleep,” he said. “I feel as if there’s too much to do.” When talking about why he loves school so much, he said “I go to school because I love being around people who are interested in what I’m interested in and I’m having a great experience. I’m studying things that I love so it’s not like a chore.”

Between multiple degrees from several different colleges and even a career that has seen his art displayed in galleries, Franco is certainly a renaissance man. There were some critics that said he didn’t earn all of those degrees because he was an actor with a lot of money, but he has said that his degrees are 100 percent legitimate. It would be hard to argue with him, as well, since he currently teaches classes at several different colleges.

So while Franco might not always portray himself as the brightest bulb in the chandelier, he’s actually one of the smartest celebrities in Hollywood today. A career as an A-list actor is just the icing on the cake in what’s been a tremendous life for Franco.