Douglas Eugene Franco, the father of Hollywood star James Franco and his brothers Dave and Tom, died unexpectedly on September 26, 2011, at the age of 63.
Who was Douglas Eugene Franco?
Douglas Eugene Franco was born on February 20, 1948, in Glencoe, Illinois, to Daniel and Marjorie Franco. He had Portuguese and Swedish ancestry. He graduated from Harvard Business School and became a successful entrepreneur and businessman in Silicon Valley.
He married Betsy Franco in 1971, after meeting her at Stanford University. They had three sons: James, Dave, and Tom, who all followed their father’s footsteps in pursuing creative careers. James Franco is an acclaimed actor, director, writer, and producer, known for his roles in films such as Spider-Man, 127 Hours, The Disaster Artist, and The Interview. Dave Franco is also an actor, who has appeared in films such as 21 Jump Street, Now You See Me, The Lego Movie, and The Disaster Artist.
Douglas Eugene Franco was a supportive and loving father, who encouraged his sons to pursue their dreams and passions. He also had a great sense of humor and introduced his sons to comedy shows such as Monty Python and Saturday Night Live.
How did Douglas Eugene Franco die?
The cause of death of Douglas Eugene Franco is still unclear, as his family has not released any official statement about it. Other sources claim that he died in a car accident, but there is no evidence or citation to support this claim. Therefore, the exact circumstances of his death remain a mystery.
How did his family and friends react?
The death of Douglas Eugene Franco shocked and saddened his family and friends, who expressed their grief and condolences on social media and in interviews. His son James Franco posted a photo of him and his father on Instagram, with the caption: “Dad”. His son Dave Franco also posted a photo of him and his father on Twitter, with the caption: “I love you dad. You will always be my hero”. His son Tom Franco wrote a poem in honor of his father, titled “Douglas”.
Many celebrities and stars who knew Douglas Eugene Franco also paid tribute to him and sent their prayers and thoughts to his family. Some of them include Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Busy Philipps, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyssa Milano, and Tori Spelling.
What was Douglas Eugene Franco’s legacy?
Douglas Eugene Franco left behind a legacy of success, generosity, and love. He was a respected and admired figure in the business and philanthropic world, and he touched many lives with his kindness and wisdom. He was also a devoted and caring husband and father, who inspired and nurtured his sons’ talents and careers. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and fans, and his memory will live on in their hearts. Rest in peace, Douglas.