Zachary David Alexander Efron was born October 18, 1987 in San LuisObispo, California. He is the son of Starla Baskett, a formersecretary, and David Efron, an electrical engineer. He has a youngerbrother, Dylan. His surname, "Efron", is a Biblical place name, andcomes from Zac's Polish Jewish paternal grandfather.
The rest of Zac'srecent ancestry is English, German, and Scottish. Zac was raised inArroyo Grande, CA. He took his first step toward acting at the age ofeleven, after his parents noticed his singing ability. Singing andacting lessons soon led to an appearance in a production of "Gypsy"that ran 90 performances, and he was hooked. After appearing on-stage in "Peter Pan", "Auntie Mame", "Little Shop ofHorrors" and "The Music Man", guest parts quickly followed ontelevision series, including "Firefly" (2002) , "ER" (1994) , "CSI: Miami" (2002) , "NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" (2003) , and "The Guardian" (2001) .
After guest-starring in several episodesof "Summerland" (2004) , Zac joined the regular cast asgirl-crazy Cameron Bale. He also starred in several pilots, such as The Big Wide World of Carl Laemke (2003) (TV) and Triple Play (2004) (TV) , and played an autistic child in thetelevision movie Miracle Run (2004) (TV) , alongside'Mary-Louise Parker' and 'Aidan Quinn (I)' . He graduated fromArroyo Grande High School in June 2006. Efron came to fame for starring in the Disney Channel original film High School Musical (2006) (TV) , for which he won the TeenChoice Award for Breakout Star. He returned to the role of Troy Boltonin High School Musical 2 (2007) (TV) , which broke cable TVrecords with 17.
5 million viewers. He played title roles of the fantasy romance Charlie St. Cloud (2010) and the comedy 17 Again (2009) ,both from director 'Burr Steers' , and as the lovable Link Larkinin 2007's smash hit musical Hairspray (2007) , directed by'Adam Shankman (I)' . As part of the all-star cast he shared aCritics Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble, the 2007 Hollywood FilmFestival Award for Ensemble of the Year, and was honored with a ScreenActors Guild Award® nomination for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast. Inaddition, he won an MTV Movie Award for Breakthrough Performance.
Efron also starred in 'Richard Linklater' 's Me and Orson Welles (2008) , an adaptation of the novel by'Robert Kaplow (I)' , which premiered to rave reviews at the 2008Toronto Film Festival. That same year, he starred in'Kenny Ortega (I)' 's High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008) , which set a boxoffice record for the highest grossing opening weekend for a musical. In 2012, Efron took the lead in The Lucky One (2012) , a filmadaptation of the 'Nicholas Sparks (I)' novel, playing a marinewho returns to North Carolina after serving in Iraq in search for theunknown woman he believes was his good luck charm during the war. Healso lent his voice to the animated feature 'Dr. Seuss' ' The Lorax (2012) , and co-starred in 'Lee Daniels (I)' 'thriller The Paperboy (2012) , alongside 'Nicole Kidman' ,'John Cusack (I)' , 'Matthew McConaughey' and'Scott Glenn (I)' , as well as 'Josh Radnor' 's Liberal Arts (2012) , which premiered to rave reviews at theSundance Film Festival.
Another indie film he co-starred in, At Any Price (2012) , was released in 2013. Most recently, Zac starred with 'Seth Rogen' in the hit comedy film Neighbors (2014/I) . His upcoming roles include the drama We Are Your Friends (2015) , and the comedies Dirty Grandpa (2016) , Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) , and Neighbors 2 (2016). Efron's favorite sports include golf, skiing, rock climbing, andsnowboarding. He added surfing after spending days on the beach for"Summerland.
" He played the piano at home. He has also fixed up twocars in his spare time, a Delorean and '65 Mustang convertible, bothtreasured hand-me-downs from his even-more-treasured grandfather. .
|1||2010 MTV Movie Awards||2010||as Himself - Presenter|
|2||2013 MTV Movie Awards||2013||as Himself - Presenter|
|3||2015 MTV Movie Awards||2015||as Himself - Presenter: Fall Out Boy & Fetty Wap/Winner|
|4||Aziz Ansari: Water Skiing Squirrel||2010||as Himself|
|5||High School Musical 2 Dance-Along||2007||as Himself|
|6||HSM2: The Making of a Music Scene||2007||as Himself|
|7||Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising||2016||as Teddy Sanders|
|8||Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 07||2007||as Himself|
|9||Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 2009||2009||as Himself|
|10||One Direction: The Only Way is Up||2012||as Himself|
|11||Robot Chicken DC Comics Special II: Villains in Paradise||2014||as Superboy/Brainiac|
|12||Teen Choice Awards 2010||2010||as Himself - Presenter|
|13||The 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards||2012||as Himself - Presenter|
|14||The 81st Annual Academy Awards||2009||as Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Original Score and Best Original Song/Performer|
|15||The 82nd Annual Academy Awards||2010||as Himself - Presenter: Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing|
|16||Zac and Taylors Amazing Chemistry||2012||as Himself|
|17||Ant & Decs Saturday Night Takeaway||2002||as Himself - Guest Announcer|
|18||Australias Funniest Home Video Show||1990||as Himself|
|19||Chelsea Lately||2007||as Teddy Sanders in 'Neighbors'|
|20||DeLuxe||2005||as Mike O'Donnell (segment "17 Again")|
|21||Late Night with Jimmy Fallon||2009||as Himself - Guest|
|22||Robot Chicken||2005||as Harry Potter/Horrg/Bowling Pin|
|23||The Late Late Show with James Corden||2015||as Himself|
|24||Zac Efron Pitches Robert De Niro on Movie Reboots||2016||as Himself|
|25||Hairspray Extentions||2007||as Himself|
|26||15th Annual Critics Choice Movie Awards||2010||as Himself|
|27||17 Again||2009||as Mike O'Donnell|
|28||2006 MTV Movie Awards||2006||as Himself|
|29||2007 MTV Movie Awards||2007||as Himself|
|30||2008 MTV Movie Awards||2008||as Himself|
|31||2009 Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet Special||2009||as Himself|
|32||2009 MTV Movie Awards||2009||as Himself|
|33||2014 MTV Movie Awards||2014||as Himself - Winner/Presenter|
|34||21 Years: Richard Linklater||2014||as Himself|
|35||At Any Price||2012||as Dean Whipple|
|36||Baywatch||2017||as Matt Brody|
|37||Bravo Supershow||2007||as Himself|
|38||BRAVO: Best of 2010||2010||as Himself|
|39||Charlie St. Cloud||2010||as Charlie St. Cloud|
|40||Charlie St. Cloud: On Location with Zac Efron||2010||as Himself|