Daniel on "Freaks and Geeks"

In 1998, after fifteen months of intensive study at Robert Carnegie's Playhouse West, James Franco began actively pursuing his dream of finding work as an actor in Hollywood. In that short time, he's landed himself a starring role in "Freaks and Geeks" as Daniel, the nihilistic burn-out who takes life for a ride.

"In this role my character has a deeper than average perspective on life because of his tumultuous family background," says Franco. "But instead of trying to change his surroundings like Lindsay, he accepts them with a grin of sarcasm. He's the type of guy who can't conceive of living past 30, so why not live as he wants to now."

Prior to joining "Freaks and Geeks," Franco starred in the TV miniseries "Family Shield" and co-starred opposite Drew Barrymore in the hit film "Never Been Kissed." During the summer of 1999, he starred in the Phoenix Pictures/Sony feature film "Got To Be You." In this modern day twist on Cyrano de Bergerac, Franco plays popular high school jock Chris, who exchanges services with fellow student Ryan to woo Ryan's best friend, Maggie.

Born and raised in Palo Alto, California, Franco now makes his home in Los Angeles. In his spare time, Franco enjoys painting and is currently working on a screenplay. His birthday is April 19, 1978.

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