Zac Efron

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Born Zachary David Alexander Efron
October 18, 1987
San Luis Obispo, California, U.S.
Residence Los Feliz, California.
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 2002–present
Website www.zacefron.com


Zac Efron

Zachary David Alexander Efron (born October 18, 1987) is an American actor and singer. He began acting professionally in the early 2000s, and rose to prominence in the late 2000s for his leading role in the High School Musical franchise (2006–08). During this time, he also starred in the musical film Hairspray (2007) and the comedy film 17 Again (2009). He has since appeared in films like New Year’s Eve (2011), The Lucky One (2012), Neighbors (2014), Dirty Grandpa (2016), and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016).

Efron was born in San Luis Obispo, California, and later moved to Arroyo Grande, California. His father, David Efron, is an electrical engineer at a power station, and his mother, Starla Baskett, is a secretary who worked at the same power plant. Efron has a brother, Dylan, and had, as he has described, a “normal childhood” in a middle-class family. He was raised in an agnostic household and did not practice any religion as a child His surname, “Efron”, is an Ashkenazi Jewish surname, taken from a Biblical place name (his paternal grandfather was Jewish, and Zac has described himself as Jewish).

Efron has said that he would “flip out” if he got a “B” and not an “A” in school, as well as that he was a class clown. His father encouraged him to begin acting when Zac was eleven years old. Efron subsequently appeared in theater productions at his high school, worked in the theater The Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville, and began taking singing lessons. He performed in shows such as Gypsy; Peter Pan; or, The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up; Little Shop of Horrors; and The Music Man. He was recommended to an agent in Los Angeles by his drama teacher, Robyn Metchik (the mother of actors Aaron Michael Metchik and Asher Metchik). Efron was later signed to the Creative Artists Agency.

Efron graduated from Arroyo Grande High School in 2006 and was then accepted into the University of Southern California, but has deferred his enrollment to work on film projects. He also attended Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, a community college located in Santa Maria, California, which provided him with the opportunity to perform as a “young player” during the years of 2000 and 2001.

Efron began acting in the early 2000s with guest roles on several television series including Firefly, ER, and The Guardian. In 2004, he began appearing as a recurring character in the first season of the WB series Summerland. For the show’s second season, which aired in 2005, he was promoted to the main cast. He also appeared in some films, including the Lifetime television film Miracle Run (2004), for which he earned a Young Artist Award nomination for his performance as one of two autistic twins.

Efron’s next release was Richard Linklater’s period drama Me and Orson Welles, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2008 and received a wide release in late 2009. The film earned mostly positive reviews from critics. He next played the title role in the supernatural romantic drama Charlie St. Cloud (2010), which became a moderate success at the box office despite receiving mostly negative reviews from critics.


Efron next appeared as a part of the large ensemble cast in Garry Marshall’s New Year’s Eve (2011), which depicted a series of holiday vignettes of different groups of characters. The film received almost unanimously negative reviews from critics, but became a major success at the box office. He also played a supporting role in the critically successful Liberal Arts (2012), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2012 and received a limited release later that year. He also starred alongside Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, David Oyelowo, and John Cusack in The Paperboy (2012), which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2012 and received a wider release later that year. The film received mixed to negative reviews from critics.

After lending his voice to the commercially successful computer-animated film The Lorax (2012), he appeared as the male lead in the romantic drama The Lucky One (2012), based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. The film became a major box office success despite negative reviews from critics. He also starred in the drama At Any Price, which premiered at the 2012 Venice International Film Festival, and the historical drama Parkland, which premiered at the 2013 Venice International Film Festival. Both of these films received mixed reviews from critics.

Efron’s first release of 2014 was the romantic comedy That Awkward Moment (2014), on which he was also an executive producer. The film, which starred Efron alongside Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan as three bachelors in New York City, became a moderate commercial success despite receiving mostly negative reviews from critics.

Later in 2014, Efron was seen in the adult comedy Neighbors (2014), co-starring Seth Rogen. The film revolved around a young couple, played by Rogen and Rose Byrne, who struggle to raise their baby daughter while living next to the house of a wild fraternity led by its president, played by Efron. The film became a major commercial success and earned mostly positive reviews from critics, who also added that Efron had successfully shed his “Disney kid” pretty boy image.

Efron’s only release in 2015 was the moderately successful We Are Your Friends (2015), in which he played a struggling DJ. In January 2016, he starred alongside Robert De Niro in the adult comedy Dirty Grandpa, about a straitlaced young man who begrudgingly indulges his grandfather’s unhinged personality by taking him on a vacation to Florida. The film received mostly negative reviews from critics for its crude humor, but became a commercial success upon its release. He subsequently co-starred with Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, and Chloë Grace Moretz in the comedy sequel Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, which became a commercial and critical success upon its release in May 2016. The film followed the same couple (Rogen and Byrne) who team up with their former rival (Efron) to take down a hard-partying sorority led by a freshman (Moretz). His third 2016 comedy, released in July, was Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, in which he co-starred with Adam DeVine (playing siblings), as well as Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza.

Personal life

Efron was on the Forbes Celebrity 100 list in 2008 as number 92, with estimated earnings of $5.8 million from June 2007 to June 2008. In April 2009, his personal wealth equaled about $10 million. In May 2015, Efron’s net worth was $18 million.

People magazine said in 2007 that Efron and Vanessa Hudgens began dating in 2005 during the filming of High School Musical, although Us magazine said, after the two broke up in December 2010, that they “met in 2005 while making the first High School Musical flick, and became a romantic item about two years later.” Efron began a romantic relationship with model and entrepreneur Sami Miró in September 2014. The couple split in April 2016.

Efron sought treatment in early 2013 after struggling with alcoholism and substance abuse. He has been sober since June 2013. In November 2013, Efron had to have his jaw wired shut after breaking it in a fall at home. In March 2014, Efron engaged in a fight with a homeless man in Skid Row. Law enforcement officials did not make any arrests because they viewed it as mutual combat.


2003 Melinda’s World Stuart Wasser
2003 The Big Wide World of Carl Laemke Pete Laemke
2004 Miracle Run Steven Morgan
1 award (1 nomination) [show]
2004 Triple Play Harry Fuller
2005 The Derby Stallion Patrick McCardle
2006 If You Lived Here, You’d be Home Now Cody
2006 High School Musical Troy Bolton
4 awards (3 winnings; 1 nomination) [show]
2007 Hairspray Link Larkin
14 awards (8 winnings; 6 nominations) [show]
2007 High School Musical 2 Troy Bolton
7 awards (4 winnings; 3 nominations) [show]
2008 High School Musical 3: Senior Year Troy Bolton
9 awards (6 winnings; 3 nominations) [show]
2009 17 Again Mike O’Donnell (teen)
6 awards (3 winnings; 3 nominations) [show]
2009 Me and Orson Welles Richard Samuels
2010 Charlie St. Cloud Charlie St. Cloud
7 awards (1 winning; 6 nominations) [show]
2011 New Year’s Eve Paul
1 award (1 nomination) [show]
2012 Liberal Arts Nat
2012 The Lorax Ted Wiggins
1 award (1 nomination) [show]
2012 The Lucky One Logan Thibault
5 awards (3 winnings; 2 nominations) [show]
2012 The Paperboy Jack Jansen
2 awards (1 winning; 1 nomination) [show]
2012 At Any Price Dean Whipple
2013 Parkland Dr. Charles James “Jim” Carrico
2 awards (1 winning; 1 nomination) [show]
2014 That Awkward Moment Jason Flynn
6 awards (1 winning; 5 nominations) [show]
2014 Neighbors Teddy Sanders
10 awards (2 winnings; 8 nominations) [show]
2015 We Are Your Friends Cole Carter
2016 Dirty Grandpa Jason Kelly
2016 Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising Theodore “Teddy” Sanders
3 awards (1 winning; 2 nominations) [show]
2016 Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Dave Stangle
2017 The Disaster Artist Dan Janjigian
2017 Baywatch Matt Brody Post-production
2017 The Greatest Showman Phillip Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Firefly Young Simon Tam Episode: “Safe”
2003 The Guardian Luke Tomello Episode: “Without Consent”
2003 ER Bobby Neville Episode: “Dear Abby”
2004–2005 Summerland Cameron Bale Lead role; 16 episodes
2005 CSI: Miami Seth Dawson Episode: “Sex & Taxes”
2005 The Replacements Davey Hunkerhoff “Davey Hunkerhoff / Ratted Out”
2006 Heist Pizza Delivery Guy Episode: “Pilot”
2006 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Trevor Episode: “Odd Couples”
2006 NCIS Danny Episode: “Deception”
2008–2014 Robot Chicken Various Voice role
4 episodes
2009 Saturday Night Live Himself 2 episodes
2009 Entourage Himself Episode: “Security Briefs”
2014 Running Wild with Bear Grylls Himself Single episode; Season 1 Episode


Soundtrack albums

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications

School Musical
Released: January 10, 2006[43]
Formats: CD, digital download
Label: Walt Disney
1 1 1 13 1 6 22 6 — 1
US: 4× Platinum
AUS: Platinum
GER: Platinum
UK: 3× Platinum
(among Cast of Hairspray)
Released: July 10, 2007
Formats: CD, digital download
Label: Warner Music
2 1 5 71 2 34 — — 7 —
US: Platinum
High School Musical 2
Released: August 13, 2007
Formats: CD, digital download
Label: Walt Disney
1 1 4 2 1 12 5 1 3 1
US: 3× Platinum
GER: Platinum
High School Musical 3: Senior Year
Released: October 24, 2008[43]
Formats: CD, digital download
Label: Walt Disney
2 1 4 1 1 6 3 1 1 1
US: Platinum
AUS: Platinum
AUT: Platinum
GER: Gold
NZL: 2× Platinum

“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.
Other awards and nominations