Tom Franco is a famous artist, producer and actor, popular for starring in several successful films, including “Metamorphosis: Junior Year” and “The Disaster Artist.”

Early Life, Age, and Education Background

Thomas Andrew Franco was born under the Aries zodiac sign on 14 April 1980, in Palo Alto, California, which makes him 41 years old as of 2021. He was raised in his hometown alongside his brothers, Dave and James by their parents, Betsy Lou (née Verne), an actress and a writer who is of the Jewish-Russian descent, and Douglas Eugene Franco who was a Philanthropic Entrepreneur and a Silicon Valley-based Businessman, and belonged to Swedish and Portuguese ancestries.

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James and Dave Franco are now established actors – the former is known widely for his roles in films such as “Rise of the Planet of the Ape,” “Flyboys,” and “Spider-Man.”

Tom went to Palo Alto High School, where he developed a knack for painting, writing and acting. He matriculated to the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1998, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in 2002. The Californian actor also has a master’s degree in ceramics from the Oakland-based California College of the Arts – as a teenager, Tom enrolled into a local art theatre, together with his elder brother James.

Interests and Hobbies

Franco is very keen on modern artwork and likes painting; he’s famous for founding the Berkeley-based Firehouse Art Collective, where he has displayed most of his artwork.

He enjoys traveling, and has toured many luxurious destinations across the globe for both pleasure and work – he’s been to Europe (England and Croatia), but considers Miami, Florida, his favourite city.

The famed actor is an animal lover who has kept several pet dogs, but his favourite animals are donkeys and elephants.

When he’s not busy shooting a film, Tom likes watching movies and TV series – his favourite shows are  “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Rat Race,” and “The Godfather,” among others, and his favourite actresses and actors are Julia Roberts, Danny DeVito and Al Pacino.

Career

Like his mother and brother, Tom has chosen professional acting to be his career path. He made his film debut in 1990, when he made an appearance in the horror film “Basket Case 2” as Frog Boy. The film, which received mixed reviews, was written and directed by Frank Henenlotter, and starred Annie Ross and Judy Grafe. Tom was still studying when he made his film debut, so then was forced to take a long break from the screens to complete his studies. He made his comeback in 2005, when he landed a role in “A Peace of History.” He was later selected for the major role as Bernie in the short comedy movie “The Devil Wears a Toupee”, which co-starred Bobby Reed and Justin Minto, and was written and directed by Josh Monkarsh.

In 2011, Tom was assigned a role in the “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” science-fiction drama, in which he portrays the Mounted Officer. The film starred Freda Pinto, Andy Serkis and his brother James, and is about a chimpanzee that’s injected with a strange chemical that makes him think and behave like a human –  he becomes very intelligent, and as a result of injustices subjected to his kind, he leads other apes to revolt against humans. The movie became a commercial success, and won over 20 awards including an Oscar, plus numerous nominations.

Franco made an uncredited appearance in 2012’s “Spring Breakers” crime-drama film, that starred Ashley Benson, Selena Gomez, and Vanessa Hudgens, and was nominated for 34 awards in addition to winning 10.

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In the year that followed, he was invited to “Roast of James Franco: Red Carpet Pre-Show” TV special, hosted by the comedian Jonah Ray and his grandmother Mitzie Verne. Tom has made other notable appearances, in films such as 2017’s “Metamorphosis: Junior Year” as Mr. Z, and  “The Disaster Artist” alongside his brother, James. His latest appearance is in the “Harumi” documentary film – he also recently voiced Mr. Franco in the “Action Nat and the Cat” animated TV series.

Personal Life

In 2004, Franco met Julia Lazer, a camera worker and a singer, when he was shooting “A Peace of History” short film. The duo worked together briefly before he took her for a date, which marked the beginning of their long-term relationship.

They became engaged soon afterwards, but after enjoying close to ten years of togetherness, she started developing liver complications, and was diagnosed with Hepatitis C and liver cancer, which led to liver and kidney failure. She was hospitalised in 2014 when her condition deteriorated, and Franco married her in a hospital.

Unfortunately, Julia, who was 56 years old when she married Tom who was 33 years old then, succumbed to her illness a month later.

In 2011, Tom became good friends with Iris Torres, an assistant director and film producer as soon as he started working on the “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” film with her.

The two eventually began dating and they tied the knot in 2015, in a small and private wedding ceremony that was attended by their family and closest friends. The duo are currently living together in Los Angeles, California.

Body Measurements and Appearance

Tom is an American of white ethnicity, who has a slim-fit physique, is 6ft 1ins  (1.86m) tall and weighs approximately 180lbs (82kgs). He has hazel eyes and long curly brown hair.

Net Worth

As of 2021, sources reveal that the 41-year-old artist’s net worth is close to $10 million, accumulated from his successful career as an artist and a professional actor.

Who are Tom’s Actor Brothers, James and Dave Franco

Dave Franco

Dave is the youngest brother in Tom’s family. He began his acting career with a few minor roles in projects such as “Charlie St. Cloud” and “Superbad”, before he landed major roles in productions such as “21 Jump Street” and ” Scrubs.”

Dave has more recently starred in many films, including “Neighbours” (2014), “Now You See Me 2” (2016),  “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” in the same year, and several others.

James Franco

James Franco is popular for playing various high profile roles in several successful films. He began his career in the 2000s, and has appeared in films and TV series such as “Freaks and Geeks,” “Pineapple Express,” “Milk,” “This Is the End,” “The Deuce,” and many more. He has frequently collaborated with Seth Rogan, with whom he has appeared in eight films. James has been nominated for various awards, including an Oscar.

Author

Robbie is currently a reporter for TheBiography based in Santa Monica, CA. Prior to joining TheBiography in December 2020, he was an entertainment reporter in People.

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