James Franco had already starred in two "Spider-Man" films by the time he finished his bachelor's degree in English at University of California, Los Angeles in 2006. But his academic career didn't end there. While working on films like "Pineapple Express" and "Milk," the actor attended Columbia University's MFA writing program, New York University's Tisch School of Arts for filmmaking, Brooklyn College for fiction writing, and an MFA poetry program at North Carolina's Warren Wilson college. Did we mention he was also a . student in English at Yale? Along with a lengthy film career, Franco also has an impressive track record as a student.