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 Efron 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.
Zac Efron won the Teen Choice Award for Breakout star, for his film High School Musical (2006). His role of Troy Bolton in High School Musical 2 2007) broke cable TV records with 17.5 million viewers. 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.
He also did another hit musical Hairspray (2007) and starred in Me and Orson Welles (2008), which premiered at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival. His musical movie High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008) had a record for the highest grossing opening weekend for a musical.
Then following year, he played lead role in the fantasy romantic Charlie St. Cloud (2010) and the comedy 17 Again (2009).
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), 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), headlined the 2015 drama We Are Your Friends (2015), and carried three 2016 comedies, Dirty Grandpa (2016), Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016), and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (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.