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Birth Name: James Edward Franco
Place of Birth: Santa Clara, California, United States
Date of Birth: April 19, 1978
*Portuguese, Swedish (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)
James Franco is an American actor, director, producer, and writer. He became famous for his role as Harry Osborn in the Spider-Man movies. He is the brother of Tom and actor Dave Franco.
James is the son of Betsy (Verne) and Douglas Eugene Franco. His father ran a Silicon Valley business, and his mother is a writer and actress. James’s father was of half Portuguese and half Swedish descent. James’s mother is Jewish (of Russian Jewish, German Jewish, Polish Jewish, and Lithuanian Jewish descent). James has said, “I’m Jewish, my mother’s Jewish”, although he is not religious. In 2015, he had an official Bar Mitzvah ceremony, presided by a rabbi of the Reform Jewish denomination.
James’s paternal grandfather was Daniel Franco, Jr. (the son of Daniel Franco and Eugénia Baptista). James’s grandfather Daniel was the son of Portuguese immigrants, from the Madeira islands. James’s great-grandfather Daniel was the son of João Franco and Maria de Mendonça. James’s great-grandmother Eugénia was the daughter of João Baptista and Carlota de Freitas.
James’s paternal grandmother is Marjorie J. Peterson (the daughter of Claus Fredolph Peterson and Martha Louise Rehn). Marjorie is a children’s author. Claus was born in Illinois, to Swedish parents, Carl Magnus Peterson and Amelia Bernadette Ackerman. Martha was also born in Illinois, to Swedish parents, Edward Anderson Rehn and Anna Louise Knall.
James’s maternal grandfather was Daniel Surad Verovitz/Verne (the son of Carroll Verovitz and Bessie G. Surad). Carroll was born in Chicago, Illinois. Carroll’s father, Harry/Harris David Verovitz, was a Russian Jewish immigrant. Carroll’s mother, Mary Harris, was born in Ohio, to a German Jewish father and a Polish Jewish mother. Bessie was born in Portland, Oregon, to Philip Surad and Mary Shank, who were Jewish immigrants from Russia.
James’s maternal grandmother was Marcella “Mitzie” Ruth Levine (the daughter of Emanuel “Manuel” Levine and Jessie Bialosky). Marcella owned the Verne Art Gallery, a prominent art gallery in Cleveland. Emanuel was a noted judge in Cleveland; he was born in Vilna, Lithuania, to Jewish parents, David J. Levine and Michelle Corban. Jessie was born in Ohio, the daughter of Louis Bialosky and Rebecca Shapiro, who were Polish Jewish immigrants.
James’s paternal grandfather, Daniel Franco, Jr., on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
James’s paternal grandmother, Marjorie J. Peterson, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
James’s maternal grandfather, Daniel Surad Verovitz, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
James’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Harry/Harris David Verovitz, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
James’s maternal grandmother, Marcella “Mitzie” Ruth Levine, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
James’s maternal great-grandmother, Jessie Bialosky, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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