Zac Efron

BirthDay:

18 Oct 1987

BirthPlace:

San Luis Obispo, California, USA

BirthName:

Zachary David Alexander Efron

Bio:

Zachary David Alexander Efron was born October 18, 1987 in San Luis Obispo, California. He is the son of Starla Baskett, a former secretary, and David Efron, an electrical engineer. He has a younger brother, Dylan. His surname, "Efron", is a Biblical place name, and comes from Zac's Polish Jewish paternal grandfather. The rest of Zac's recent ancestry is English, German, and Scottish. Zac was raised in Arroyo Grande, CA. He took his first step toward acting at the age of eleven, after his parents noticed his singing ability. Singing and acting 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 of Horrors" and "The Music Man", guest parts quickly followed on television series, including Firefly (2002), ER (1994), CSI: Miami (2002), NCIS (2003), and The Guardian (2001). After guest-starring in several episodes of Summerland (2004), Zac joined the regular cast as girl-crazy Cameron Bale. He also starred in several pilots, such as The Big Wide World of Carl Laemke (2003) and Triple Play (2004), and played an autistic child in the television movie Miracle Run (2004), alongside Mary-Louise Parker and Aidan Quinn. He graduated from Arroyo Grande High School in June 2006.

Efron came to fame for starring in the Disney Channel original film High School Musical (2006), for which he won the Teen Choice Award for Breakout Star. He returned to the role of Troy Bolton in High School Musical 2 (2007), which broke cable TV records 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 Larkin in 2007's smash hit musical Hairspray (2007), directed by Adam Shankman. As part of the all-star cast he shared a Critics Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble, the 2007 Hollywood Film Festival Award for Ensemble of the Year, and was honored with a Screen Actors Guild Award® nomination for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast. In addition, 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, which premiered to rave reviews at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival. That same year, he starred in Kenny Ortega's High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008), which set a box office record for the highest grossing opening weekend for a musical.

In 2012, Efron took the lead in The Lucky One (2012), a film adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel, playing a marine who returns to North Carolina after serving in Iraq in search for the unknown woman he believes was his good luck charm during the war. He also lent his voice to the animated feature Dr. Seuss' The Lorax (2012), and co-starred in Lee Daniels' thriller The Paperboy (2012), alongside Nicole Kidman, John Cusack, Matthew McConaughey and Scott Glenn, as well as Josh Radnor's Liberal Arts (2012), which premiered to rave reviews at the Sundance 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). 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, and snowboarding. He added surfing after spending days on the beach for "Summerland." He played the piano at home. He has also fixed up two cars in his spare time, a Delorean and '65 Mustang convertible, both treasured hand-me-downs from his even-more-treasured grandfather.
Filmography

Actor ( 116 credits )

The Greatest Showman (2017) (rumored)
Baywatch (2017) Matt Brody
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) Dave Stangle
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) Teddy Sanders
Dirty Grandpa (2016) Jason Kelly
Robert De Niro Tricks Zac Efron Into Making Him a Sandwich (2016)  Himself
We Are Your Friends (2015) Cole Carter
The Late Late Show with James Corden (2015)  Himself (2 episodes, 2015-2016)
Neighbors (2014) Teddy Sanders
That Awkward Moment (2014) Jason
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)  Britney Anderson / ... (2 episodes, 2014)
Running Wild with Bear Grylls (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Sit Down with the Stars (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014)  Himself (2 episodes, 2015-2016)
The Drunken Peasants (2014)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2014)
Parkland (2013) Dr. Charles 'Jim' Carrico
Circus Halligalli (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
IMDb: What to Watch (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
The Queen Latifah Show (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Weekend Ticket (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
The Paperboy (2012) Jack Jansen
At Any Price (2012) Dean Whipple
The Lucky One (2012) Logan
The Lorax (2012) Ted (voice)
Liberal Arts (2012) Nat
Unscripted (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Catfish: The TV Show (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
Welcome to the Basement (2012)  Himself / ... (archive footage) (2 episodes, 2013)
One Direction: The Only Way is Up (2012) Himself
New Year's Eve (2011) Paul - Resolution Tour
The Project (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Charlie St. Cloud (2010) Charlie St. Cloud
Conan (2010)  Himself (2 episodes, 2012-2014)
Janela Indiscreta (2010)  Himself (2 episodes, 2011-2014)
Daybreak (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
17 Again (2009) Mike O'Donnell
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2011)
The 7PM Project (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Lopez Tonight (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Live from Studio Five (2009)  Himself (4 episodes, 2009-2010)
Mark at the Movies (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
E.S.L.: Entertainment as a Second Language (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Me and Orson Welles (2008) Richard Samuels
High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008) Troy Bolton
High School Musical: Get in the Picture (2008)  Himself (1 episode)
Fama Show (2008)  Troy Bolton (archive footage) (1 episode, 2009)
VTV Interviews (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Artist on Artist (2008)  Himself - Guest
Rude Tube (2008)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2013)
Hairspray (2007) Link Larkin
Chelsea Lately (2007)  Teddy Sanders in 'Neighbors' (1 episode, 2014)
The Graham Norton Show (2007)  Himself (5 episodes, 2009-2014)
Xposé (2007)  Himself (2 episodes, 2009)
Fabrice Fabrice Interviews (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (2 episodes, 2007-2009)
Heist (2006)  Pizza Guy #1 (1 episode, 2006)
Bondi Rescue (2006)  Himself (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
The ONE Show (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
El hormiguero (2006)  Himself - Interviewee (1 episode, 2007)
The Replacements (2006)  Davey Hunkerhoff (1 episode, 2006)
Rachael Ray (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Disney 365 (2006) (1 episode, 2006)
The Derby Stallion (2005) Patrick McCardle
The Suite Life of Zack and Cody (2005)  Trevor (1 episode, 2006)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (7 episodes, 2009-2014)
20 to 1 (2005)  Himself (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Robot Chicken (2005)  Billy Joel / ... (2 episodes, 2009)
DeLuxe (2005)  Mike O'Donnell (segment "17 Again") (1 episode, 2009)
Toasted TV (2005)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2009)
Entourage (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Summerland (2004)  Cameron Bale (16 episodes, 2004-2005)
Le grand journal de Canal+ (2004)  Himself (2 episodes, 2008-2012)
NCIS (2003)  Danny (1 episode, 2006)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Himself (7 episodes, 2006-2014)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)  Himself (5 episodes, 2008-2014)
Punk'd (2003)  Himself (3 episodes, 2007-2012)
Australian Idol (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Firefly (2002)  Young Simon (1 episode, 2002)
CSI: Miami (2002)  Seth Dawson (1 episode, 2005)
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (2002)  Himself - Guest Announcer (1 episode, 2009)
Boogie (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
American Idol (2002)  Himself - Audience Member (1 episode, 2009)
The Guardian (2001)  Luke Tomello (1 episode, 2004)
Richard & Judy (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
The Movie Loft (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Rove Live (2000)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Caldeirão do Huck (2000)  Himself (segment "Vou de Táxi") (1 episode, 2012)
Breakfast (2000)  Himself - Actor (1 episode, 2010)
TRL Italy (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Total Request Live (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
The View (1997)  Himself (3 episodes, 2007-2009)
Access Hollywood (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
E! True Hollywood Story (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
ER (1994)  Bobby Neville (1 episode, 2003)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2009)
GMTV (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Días de cine (1991)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2009)
Saturday Disney (1990)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Australia's Funniest Home Video Show (1990)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Himself / ... (7 episodes, 2007-2014)
This Morning (1988)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Cinema 3 (1984)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Today (1982)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (44 episodes, 2007-2014)
CBS News Sunday Morning (1979)  Himself - Actor (segment "The Lucky One") (1 episode,
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Himself - Host (1 episode, 2009)
Good Morning America (1975)  Himself (2 episodes, 2008-2013)
Fantástico (1973)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Sesame Street (1969)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
Today (1952)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
The Associate (0) Kyle McAvoy
The Masterpiece (0) Dan Janjigian

Producer ( 2 credits )

That Awkward Moment (2014) executive producer
The Associate (0) producer

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