Who is Tom Franco?
Thomas Andrew Franco was born on 14 April 1980, in Palo Alto, California, USA, of Swedish, Portuguese and Russian-Jewish descent and is an artist as well as an actor, probably best known for being the founder of the Firehouse Art Collective located in Berkeley, California. He is the brother of actors Dave and James Franco.
The Riches of Tom Franco
How rich is Tom Franco? As of early-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is at $10 million, earned through a successful career as an artist. He’s also done a few acting projects throughout his career, and as he continues his endeavors, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life, Education, and Career
Tom was born into a family which was familiar with the entertainment industry, as his mother worked as an occasional actor and a writer. His father on the other hand ran a Silicon Valley business, and was a philanthropist. He is. He was born as the middle child, and grew up with older brother James and younger brother Dave in Palo Alto.
He attended Palo Alto High School, and after matriculating in 1998, enrolled at the University of California, Santa Cruz where he studied fine arts. After graduating, he furthered his education by enrolling at the College of the Arts in Oakland, California, completing his degree with a major in ceramics.
Acting and Artistry
Like his brother and mother, Franco tried his hand at a professional acting career, appearing in the 1990 comedy horror film entitled “Basket Case 2”, the sequel to “Basket Case”, and written by Frank Henenlotter. Despite the acting project, his heart was not really set on acting, and he wanted to pursue a career focused on the arts.
Eventually, he founded the Berkeley Firehouse Art Collective as a means to showcase his artworks and make a career for himself. He became the director of the company alongside Julie Lazar, who worked with him closely from the beginning of his company, and also became a director on her own. Even with his work in art, he continued to do a few acting projects, mainly in independent films, appearing in “A Peace of History” which was released in 2005, and then had a role in “The Devil Wears a Toupee” which was released two years later.
Brother – James Franco
James Franco is an actor and filmmaker, best known for his work in the Sam Raimi “Spider-Man” trilogy”, and in “127 Hours”, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. Other notable films he’s been a part of include “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”, “Eat, Pray, Love”, “Oz the Great and Powerful”, and “The Disaster Artist” which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. He’s known to be a frequent collaborator with fellow actor Seth Rogen, as they have appeared in eight films together.
Aside from films, James also works on television, having appeared in the short lived series “Freaks and Geeks”, but which gained a cult following. He won a Golden Globe Award for his work in the biographical film “James Dean”, and also had a recurring role in the soap opera “General Hospital”, and starred in the series “The Deuce”, also in “11.22.63”. Aside from acting, he teaches film classes at New York University, Palo Alto High School, Studio 4, UCLA, and the University of Southern California.
Brother – Dave Franco
Dave Franco is an actor, beginning his career in small roles in films such as “Charlie St. Cloud” and “Superbad”. During the ninth season of the series “Scrubs”, he was given a starring role but it wasn’t until his appearance in the comedy film “21 Jump Street” that he made his breakthrough in acting, in a supporting role in the film which stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, an adaptation of the 1987 television series of the same name, following two police officers who are forced to relive high school as they go undercover as students to try and prevent the outbreak of a new drug.
Since then, Dave has had starring roles in numerous films including “Now You See Me” along with its sequel “Now You See Me 2”. He also had starring roles in “The Disaster Artist”, “Warm Bodies”, “Neighbors”, and the sequel “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising”. He continues to work in television, mainly in guest or recurring roles, and has tried his hand at voice acting for video games, as Tony Stark/Iron Man in “Marvel Avengers Academy”. He’s also participated in several “Funny or Die” shorts in which he was credited as a writer, director, and star.
For his personal life, it is known that Tom married Julia Lazar in 2014, just a month before her death – the two worked together for most of their careers on the Firehouse Art Collective. According to reports, she passed away as a result of liver failure brought on by cancer and hepatitis C. She also had kidney trouble which worsened her condition; they were actually married in a hospital solarium. The following year, he married Iris Torres and the two have been together since. Aside from his work in art, he has remained mostly out of the spotlight.