James Franco's father Doug dies aged 63

Wednesday October 5, 2011

Hollywood actor James Franco's father Doug has passed away at the age 63.

The actor's mother Betsy confirmed the sad news on Twitter yesterday.

"It is true that my sweet, generous husband passed away," she wrote.

"He gave so much to his three sons and me, and to many other people, too."

Doug, who died last week, was father to James, 33, and his two brothers, actor Dave, 26, and artist Tom, 31.

He had a Harvard MBA and was a Silicon Valley Entrepreneur.

Doug and Betsy supported James this year when he hosted the Academy Awards with Anne Hathaway.

The Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes star was close to his father, who was the manager of a non-profit shipping container company.

In the past he has talked fondly of how his dad set him on the right path and encouraged him to work hard at school.


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