|Birth Name: Zachary David Alexander Efron
Birth Place: San Luis Obispo, California
Date of Birth: March 16, 1986
Height: 5′ 8″
Mother: Starla Baskett
Father: David Efron
Siblings: 1 brother, Dylan Efron
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Zachary David Alexander Efron was born on October 18, 1987 in San Luis Obispo, California to his parents Starla Baskett and David Efron. His mother is an administrative assistant at a power plant, while his father is an engineer at the same power plant. His parents relocated to Arroyo Grande, California to raise Zac and his younger brother, Dylan. Zac had confessed he would “flip out” if he got lower than an A in school, but was also said to be the class clown. After his piano teacher noticed his talents, he was persuaded to pursue theater at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. Zac performed in the musicals Gypsy; Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up; Little Shop of Horrors; and The Music Man. His drama teacher recommended him to an agent in Los Angeles and was later signed to the Creative Artists Agency. He graduated from Arroyo Grande High School in 2006 and had planned on attending the University of California, but never enrolled.
Zac’s career began in 2002, appearing in an episode of the television show ”Firefly” as Young Simon, followed by Bobby Neville on ”ER” the following year. He would also be a part of the television short ”The Big Wide World of Carl Laemke” as Pete Laemke before appearing in his first feature film Melinda’s World, playing Stuart, both in 2003. In 2004, Zac would continue into television, appearing on the television shows ”The Guardian” as Luke Tomello and ”CSI: Miami” as Seth Dawson. He also played Harry Fuller in the ”Triple Play” television short, and the television movie Miracle Run, as Stephen Morgan, where Zac earned a Young Artist Award nomination for his performance as one of two autistic twins. Zac earned his first recurring role on The WB television series ”Summerland” that year as well, playing the role of Cameron Bale. In 2005, he portrayed the role of Patrick McCardle in The Derby Stallion, a film about a 15-year-old teenager finding his way in life meets a misunderstood horse trainer who convinces his to train for the Derby Cup. The same year, Zac played the boyfriend in Hope Partlow’s music video for “Sick Inside.”
In 2006, Zac began with an appearance on the popular television series ”NCIS”, playing Daniel Austin. Later that month, High School Musical would premiere on the Disney Channel, where Zac played Troy Bolton, a basketball player who finds a love of singing and decides to audition for the school musical. The movie would become an instant hit and its soundtrack was certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA. Zac explained he didn’t sing on the soundtrack because the music was written before his was cast, so the part was for a tenor’s voice instead of a baritone voice. He would appear on the Disney Channel show ”The Suite Life of Zack & Cody” as Trevor, opposite his High School Musical co-star Ashley Tisdale, quickly after. He would also play the first pizza guy in the pilot episode of the television series ”Heist”, as well as Cody in the television movie If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home Now, a film about a group of people living in a temporary hosing complex in Los Angeles. Zac would also lend his voice for the Disney Channel animated series ”The Replacements”, voicing Davey Hunkerhoff. In 2007, he would begin by appearing in Vanessa Hudgens’ music video for “Say OK.” That summer, Zac would join John Travolta, Brittany Snow, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Queen Latifah for the film Hairspray, where he played Link Larkin. A month later, High School Musical 2 would premiere on the Disney Channel.
2008 would begin with the film Me and Orson Welles premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, where Zac played Richard Samuels, alongside Claire Danes and Christian McKay. Later that year, High School Musical 3: Senior Year would hit theaters, where Zac would reprise his role of Troy Bolton one last time. The film grossed almost $253 million worldwide at the box office. In 2009, he portrayed Mike O’Donnell in 17 Again, playing the younger version of Matthew Perry’s character, who ends up going back to relive his glory days in high school and look after his teenage kids. He began voicing countless characters for the animated television series ”Robot Chicken”. Zac also guest starred on the HBO series ”Entourage” as himself that year as well. Zac played the title role in the film Charlie St. Cloud, a film where Charlie is given the gift of seeing his younger brother and other loved ones who have passed, after his brother dies in a car crash. He voiced the character of Anakin Skywalker in the television movie Robot Chicken: Star Wars III in 2010 as well. Zac’s lone project in 2011 was playing Paul opposite his Hairpray co-star Michelle Pfeiffer in the star-studded film New Year’s Eve, directed by the legendary Garry Marshall. In 2012, Zac starred alongside Josh Radnor and Elizabeth Olsen in the film Liberal Arts as Nat, followed by voicing Ted for Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. His next film would be opposite Taylor Schilling in the Nicholas Sparks film The Lucky One, where he played Logan, before playing Jack Jansen in The Paperboy. Zac’s last film of 2012 would be the sports drama At Any Price, also starring Dennis Quaid, where he played Dean Whippie. He also appeared in John John Denim’s music video for “The Race.”
Parkland was released in 2013, where Zac played Dr. Charles “Jim” Carrico. The film recounted the events at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. In 2014, he starred alongside Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller in the romantic comedy That Awkward Moment, playing the role of Jason, in which he also served as an executive producer. Next, came the Seth Rogen comedy Neighbors, where Zac played Teddy Sanders. His last project of 2014 was voicing Superboy and Brainiac in the television short ”Robot Chicken DC Comics Special: Villains in Paradise”. In 2015, Zac starred in We Are Your Friends as Cole Carter, a DJ attempting to find a path in life that leads to fame and fortune. 2016 began with starring opposite Robert De Niro in the comedy Dirty Grandpa as Jason Kelly. Zac reprised his role of Teddy Sanders for Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, followed by the short Neighbors 3: Zombies Rising. Later that year, Zac played Dave Stangle in the comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, alongside Adam Devine, Anna Kendrick, and Aubrey Plaza. 2017 began with starring in Baywatch, also starring Dwayne Johnson and Alexandra Daddario, where Zac played Matt Brody. He also played Dan in James Franco’s film The Disaster Artist, which earned an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. Zac returned to movie musicals with The Greatest Showman, playing Phillip Carlyle opposite Hugh Jackman.
Zac starred as the infamous serial killer Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, opposite Lily Collins, in 2019; the film premiered at Sundance and later premiered on Netflix. He also played Flicker, a drug-addled libertine in The Beach Bum, opposite Matthew McConaughey and Snoop Dogg. Zac lent his voice for the character Gary for the Facebook Watch animated series ”Human Discoveries”, a show about a group of friends living of human civilization are the first to discover necessities. In 2020, he voiced Fred Jones in the newest Scooby Doo film Scoob!, which was released on streaming services in May, due to the coronavirus pandemic. In the summer, Netflix released his series ”Down to Earth with Zac Efron”, a documentary where Zac traveled the world with wellness expert Darin Olien in search of healthy and sustainable ways to live.
Zac and his brother, Dylan, will star in ”Killing Zac Efron”, a survival reality series where they’re sent to remote parts of the world. The series is set to premiere on Quibi. It was announced in 2020 that he will star in the Disney+ reboot of Three Men and a Baby, the film is still in pre-production. The film King of the Jungle is also currently in pre-production process, where Zac will play Ari Furman.
In his spare time, Zac enjoys playing sports including golf, rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, as well as surfing. He plays the piano and fixes up cars; he fixed up a Delorean and a ’65 Mustang convertible, which were both his grandfather’s.