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Dave Franco
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Franco in 2013
Born David John Franco[1]
(1985-06-12) June 12, 1985 (age 30)[2]
Palo Alto, California, U.S.
Education University of Southern California
Occupation Actor, comedian
Years active 2006–present
Relatives James Franco (brother)
Tom Franco (brother)

David John "Dave" Franco (born June 12, 1985) is an American television and film actor who is known for his roles in the films 21 Jump Street, Charlie St. Cloud, Fright Night, Now You See Me, Warm Bodies, and Neighbors, and on the ninth season of the series Scrubs. He is the younger brother of actor James Franco.[3]

Early life

Franco was born in Palo Alto, California, the son of Betsy Lou (née Verne), a poet, author, and editor, and Douglas Eugene "Doug" Franco (1948–2011),[4][5] who met as students at Stanford University.[6] Franco's father was of Portuguese and Swedish descent.[7] Franco's mother is Jewish (from a family of Russian Jewish ancestry, with her parents having changed the surname from "Verovitz" to "Verne"); Dave has stated that he is "proud" to be Jewish.[8][9] Franco's paternal grandmother, Marjorie (Peterson) Franco, is a published author of young adult books.[10][11] 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.[12][13][14] Franco grew up in California with his two older brothers, Tom and James.[15]


In 2006, Franco made his acting debut on The CW drama television series 7th Heaven. Since then he 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.

Franco in September 2013

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 medical student Cole Aaronson, whose family paid a large sum of money to Sacred Heart Hospital so that he would 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 was the final season of the series.[16]

MTV Networks' named him one of its "Breakout Stars to Watch For" in 2011.[17] 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 at number 2 on its list of "the 50 most talented, intelligent, funny, and gorgeous Jewish men in the world".[18] In March 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.

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.[19] 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. Rivers persuaded Franco to show the card-throwing abilities he had learned and Franco expertly sliced half a banana into a further half with his hotel card.[20]

Franco's 2014 roles included the Seth Rogen comedy Neighbors and a cameo appearance in 22 Jump Street.[21][22] In 2015 he co-starred with Vince Vaughn and Tom Wilkinson in the comedy Unfinished Business.

Upcoming roles include playing Greg Sestero in the film The Disaster Artist, reprising his role of Jack Wilder in the film Now You See Me: The Second Act,[23][24] and playing legendary actor Montgomery Clift in Zeroville.

Personal life

Franco has been dating actress Alison Brie since 2012 and in August 2015 the couple got engaged.[25][26]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Frat Bros. A.J. Short
2007 Superbad Greg the Soccer Player
2007 After Sex Sam
2008 Milk Telephone Tree #5
2009 Shortcut, TheThe Shortcut Mark
2009 A Fuchsia Elephant Michael Short; also producer
2010 Greenberg Rich
2010 Charlie St. Cloud Sully
2011 Broken Tower, TheThe Broken Tower Young Hart Crane
2011 Fright Night Mark
2012 Would You Dave Short; also writer
2012 21 Jump Street Eric Molson Nominated—MTV Movie Awards for Best Cast (shared with 21 Jump Street cast)
2013 Warm Bodies Perry Kelvin Young Hollywood Award for Fan Favorite
Nominated—NewNowNext Award for Next Mega Star
2013 Now You See Me Jack Wilder Young Hollywood Award for Fan Favorite
2014 The Lego Movie Wally (voice)
2014 Neighbors Pete Regazolli Nominated—Young Hollywood Award for Best Cast Chemistry - Film (shared with Neighbors cast)
Nominated—Young Hollywood Award for Best Threesome (shared with Zac Efron & Christopher Mintz-Plasse}
MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo (shared with Zac Efron)
2014 22 Jump Street Eric Molson Cameo
2015 Unfinished Business Mike Pancake[27]
2015 Zeroville Montgomery Clift
2016 Now You See Me: The Second Act Jack Wilder Filming
2016 Nerve TBA Post-production
2016 Neighbors 2 Pete Regazolli Filming
TBA The Disaster Artist Greg Sestero Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2006 7th Heaven Benjamin Bainsworth Episode: "Highway to Cell"
2008 Do Not Disturb Gus 5 episodes
2008 Greek Gonzo 6 episodes
2008–2009 Privileged Zachary 5 episodes
2009–2010 Scrubs Cole Aaronson 13 episodes
2011–2012 Young Justice Edward Nigma/Riddler (voice) 2 episodes
2015 Other Space Chad Simpson 2 episodes

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Marvel Avengers Academy Tony Stark / Iron Man (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
2011 You're So Hot Himself Funny or Die short; also writer
2011 Go F*ck Yourself Himself Funny or Die short; also writer
2012 You're So Hot: Part Deux Himself Funny or Die short; also writer
2013 Dream Girl Himself Funny or Die short; also writer, director
2013 Real Life H-O-R-S-E! Himself Funny or Die short; also writer
2013 Chris & Daves Epic Adventure Himself Funny or Die series
2014 Hazing Himself Funny or Die short
2014 You're So Hot: Vol. 3 Beatrix Kiddo Funny or Die short
2015 Madden: The Movie Blade Johnson Madden NFL 16 promotional short


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  25. ^ "Alison Brie and Dave Franco Are Engaged! :". Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  26. ^ "Exclusive! Alison Brie and Dave Franco Engaged—See the Ring Now". E! Online. 24 August 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  27. ^ "Watch the Red-Band Trailer for Vince Vaughn’s New Comedy ‘Unfinished Business’". 26 November 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 

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