Tom Franco

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Franco in 2016
Thomas Andrew Franco

(1980-04-14) April 14, 1980 (age 43)
Education Palo Alto High School
Alma mater University of California, Santa Cruz
California College of the Arts
Occupation(s)Artist, actor
Years active1990–present
Julia Lazar
(m. 2014;died 2014)
Iris Torres
(m. 2021)
Relatives James Franco (brother)
Dave Franco (brother)

Thomas Andrew Franco (born April 14, 1980) is an American actor, [1] artist, and the founder of the Firehouse Art Collective in Berkeley, California. [2] He is the brother of actors James Franco and Dave Franco. [3]


Early life and education

Franco was born in Palo Alto, California. His mother, Betsy Lou ( née Verne), is a writer and occasional actress.[ citation needed ] His father, Douglas Eugene Franco (died 2011), ran a Silicon Valley business, [4] [5] and was a "philanthropic entrepreneur". [6] Franco's father was of Portuguese (Madeiran) and Swedish descent. [7] Franco's mother is from a family of Russian Jewish ancestry; her parents had changed the surname from "Verovitz" to "Verne." [8] Tom is the middle child of three brothers; the older is actor, director, writer, and artist James Franco and the younger is actor and director Dave Franco. They were raised in Palo Alto. [6]

Franco is a graduate of Palo Alto High School, class of 1998. [9] He graduated in 2002 from University of California, Santa Cruz majoring in fine art, [9] then attended California College of the Arts in Oakland, California, majoring in ceramics. [6]


Franco started acting professionally in the comedy horror film Basket Case 2 (1990), credited as Frog Boy. He subsequently appeared in A Peace of History (2005) and The Devil Wears a Toupee (2007). [10] He had a small role in The Disaster Artist (2017), in which his brothers played the lead roles.

Franco is the founder and co-director of Berkeley's Firehouse Art Collective. [6] He shared directorship with his wife Julia Lazar Franco who died in 2014. [11]

Personal life

Franco's first wife, Julia Lazar, worked closely with him. Her death was a result of liver failure (brought on by hepatitis C and liver cancer) [12] and kidney trouble. The two were married in a hospital solarium about a month before her death. [13] In 2021, Franco married Iris Torres, a film producer.

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