Zachary “Zac” David Alexander Efron was born on October 18, 1987 in San Luis Obispo, California and is an American actor and singer. Zac Efron was the son of a family of the American middle class in San Luis Obispo and later moved to Arroyo Grande.
The professions of his parents, David Efron and Starla Baskett are an engineer and secretary. He has a younger brother named Dylan. At age eleven, his singing talent was discovered and promoted through a performance of Peter Panl and in the musical Gypsy. By 1999 he had delivered over 90 performances. Subsequently, he was a member of improvisational theatre. It was followed by other performances on stage in musicals such as Little Shop Of Horrors and The Music Man.
After an almost year-long search for new role offers and several auditions in Los Angeles, he had, aged 15 years, some appearances in the U.S. television series Firefly and ER. In the series Summerland, he was originally just a supporting role, but was so popular with the audience that he became a regular cast member. After two seasons the series was discontinued.
After roles in CSI: Miami and Navy CIS in 2006, they were followed by the Disney TV movie High School Musical, in which he plays along with Vanessa Anne Hudgens, the main role. He and Hudgens present in this film seven songs, with only a few lines that Efron sings (in the main, Drew Seeley’s voice is heard).
According to Efron, he wanted to sing himself, but at the time the soundtrack was written for a tenor. Only some of the lines at the beginning of the songs Start of Something New and Breaking Free are his voice. This only became known after the film songs were published in February 2006 under his name and was added only later in the charts as Drew Seeley. Efron compared the film several times with Grease (1978) and let it be known that he was pleased to be able to cause the audience of High School Musical the same “warm feeling” as Grease.
Start of career
After High School Musical Efron starred with Jennifer Coolidge, in a series pilot ‘If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home Now’. Between September and December 2006, Efron was in Toronto for the film musical Hairspray in the role of Link Larkin with Nikki Blonsky and John Travolta in front of the camera, a remake of the musical of the same name.
His film character was described by Efron as “the role of his life”. In early August 2007 he was on the cover of Rolling Stone and had said in an interview with the magazine, “hopefully not too many sequels come from High School Musical’. A sequel was released however on 17 August 2007 and thus reached a figure of 17.24 million viewers, which would represent a record for U.S. cable television. The movie was filmed from February to April 2007, Efron this time recorded all vocals himself.
Efron then worked on the film 17 Again – Back to High School, a film in which he plays a 37-year-old man who wakes up one morning as a teenager. The project, the second collaboration between Efron and Adam Shankman, the director of Hairspray, saw Efron turn producer.
In May 2008, Efron began the filming of High School Musical 3: Senior Year, which opens next October in the cinema – in contrast to the previous films, which were transmitted on television and directed by Burr Steers, whom also worked on 17 Again. In 2008 Efron was, according to the American Forbes Magazine’s, the best-paid young actor in Hollywood. Between June 2007 and June 2008 he received fees amounting to 15 – 22 million U.S. dollars, ranking behind Daniel Radcliffe, Miley Cyrus, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and the Jonas Brothers at number five.
In 2009 Zac Efron, along with Vanessa Hudgens, Beyonce Knowles and Hugh Jackman was present at the 81st Oscars. They played a medley of musical history, including extracts from Mamma Mia, High School Musical, Grease and Moulin Rouge. In 2010 Zac Efron was presenter of Best Sound and Best Sound Editing at the 82nd Oscars at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. He presented beside Anna Kendrick the prize to the two-time winner Paul NJ Ottosson (Deadly Command – The Hurt Locker). Zac Efron has reportedly already received offers for a solo album (including by Simon Cowell), but has always refused, as a career as an actor meant more to him than a singer.
Zac Efron has had piano lessons since the age of eleven and also plays clarinet and guitar. His original plan to study at the University of Southern California, had his film career not taken off, has been permanently put on hold due to his success. Efron lives in a two-room apartment in the San Fernando Valley, Hollywood. He is dating his acting colleague from the High School Musical movies, Vanessa Anne Hudgens.
2003: Melinda’s World
2003: The Guardian
2003: Emergency Room
2003: The Big Wide World of Carl Laemke
2005: CSI: Miami
2006: Suite Life of Zack & Cody (
2006: Navy CIS (NCIS) (Season 3, Volume 2, follow-059)
2008: Robot Chicken
2009: Saturday Night Live
2010: Entourage (Season 6, Episode 9)