David John "Dave" Franco is an American television and film actor best known for his roles in Now You See Me, Now You See Me 2, Neighbours, Neighbours 2: Sorority Rising and on the ninth season of the series Scrubs.

He portrays Ian in the film adaptation of Nerve.

Acting career

In 2006, Franco made his acting debut on The CW drama television series 7th Heaven. Since then he appeared in television shows such as Do Not Disturb and Young Justice. Franco has also had noticeable roles in films such as Superbad, Charlie St. Cloud, 21 Jump Street, Warm Bodies, The Shortcut and Now You See Me. In May 2008, he was cast in The CW teen drama television series Privileged. The series centered on a live-in tutor for two spoiled heiresses in Palm Beach. Franco was cast in an initial major recurring role. The series premiered on September 9, 2008 to 3.1 million viewers. Ratings continued to slip each week with the series sixth episode reaching 1.837 million viewers. The CW did not renew the series for a second season due to low ratings.

Cole Aaronson

Franco as Cole Aaronson from the final season of Scrubs.

In August 2009, Variety announced Franco was cast in a regular role for the ninth season of the ABC sitcom series Scrubs. Franco portrayed the role of medical student Cole Aaronson, whose family paid a large sum of money to Sacred Heart Hospital so that he would receive an internship. Franco went on to appear in all thirteen episodes of the ninth season and received praise from critics for his performance; however, the ninth was the final season of the series.

MTV Networks' named him one of its "Breakout Stars to Watch For" in 2011. In August 2011, Franco starred in the 3D horror comedy film Fright Night alongside Colin Farrell and Toni Collette. The film is a remake of the 1985 film of the same name and follows a teenage boy who finds out his neighbor is a vampire. Franco played the role of popular high school student Mark. The film received positive reviews from critics and went on to make over $41 million worldwide.

In April 2012, Shalom Life ranked him and his brother James at number 2 on its list of "the 50 most talented, intelligent, funny, and gorgeous Jewish men in the world".[19] In March 2012, Franco starred in the Columbia Pictures action comedy film, 21 Jump Street, as Eric, a high school student and the lead drug dealer. The film was based on the 1987 television series of the same name.

Jack Wilder

Franco as Jack Wilder from Now You See Me 2.

In 2013, he co-starred in the zombie romance film Warm Bodies, as Perry Kelvin. The film, an adaptation of the best-selling novel Warm Bodies, followed a romance between a zombie and a human during a zombie apocalypse. The same year, Franco appeared alongside Jesse Eisenberg, Mélanie Laurent, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman and Isla Fisher in the ensemble crime thriller film Now You See Me. To promote the film, he was interviewed on the Bob Rivers Show, based in Seattle. Rivers persuaded Franco to show the card-throwing abilities he had learned and Franco expertly sliced half a banana into a further half with his hotel card.

Franco's 2014 roles included the Seth Rogen comedy Neighbors and a cameo appearance in 22 Jump Street. In 2015 he co-starred with Vince Vaughn and Tom Wilkinson in the comedy Unfinished Business.

In 2016, he reprised his roles in the sequels Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, as Pete, and Now You See Me 2, as Jack Wilder, and will play actor Greg Sestero in the film The Disaster Artist and legendary film star Montgomery Clift in Zeroville.



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Frat Bros. A.J. Short
2007 Superbad Greg the Soccer Player
2007 After Sex Sam
2008 Milk Telephone Tree #5
2009 The Shortcut Mark
2009 A Fuchsia Elephant Michael Short; also executive producer
2010 Greenberg Rich
2010 Charlie St. Cloud Sully
2011 The Broken Tower Young Hart Crane
2011 Fright Night Mark
2012 Would You Dave Short; also writer
2012 21 Jump Street Eric Molson
2013 Warm Bodies Perry Kelvin
2013 Now You See Me Jack Wilder
2014 The Lego Movie Wally (voice)
2014 Neighbors Pete Regazolli
2014 22 Jump Street Eric Molson Uncredited cameo
2015 Unfinished Business Mike Pancake
2016 Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising Pete Regazolli
2016 Now You See Me 2 Jack Wilder
2016 Nerve Ian
2016 Zeroville Montgomery Clift
2016 The Masterpiece Greg Sestero
2017 The Lego Ninjago Movie Lloyd (voice)
2017 The Little Hours Massetto In post-production
2017 6 Balloons Seth In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2006 7th Heaven Benjamin Bainsworth Episode: "Highway to Cell"
2008 Do Not Disturb Gus 5 episodes
2008 Greek Gonzo 6 episodes
2008–2009 Privileged Zachary 5 episodes
2009–2010 Scrubs Cole Aaronson 13 episodes
2011–2012 Young Justice Edward Nigma/Riddler (voice) 2 episodes
2015 Other Space Chad Simpson 2 episodes
2016 BoJack Horseman Alexi Brosepheno (voice) Episode: "Love And/Or Marriage"
2016 Easy Jeff 2 episodes


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