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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), 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.  See full bio on IMDb »

Zac Efron & Kelly Rohrbach -- Breast Rescue Ever (PHOTO)

Zac Efron & Kelly Rohrbach
Breast Rescue Ever

For once, Zac Efron and The Rock's bulging muscles were NOT front and center on the set of "Baywatch" ... 'cause it was time for Kelly Rohrbach to shine. Yeah, Zac's in the shot too -- but… READ MORE >

Zac Efron -- I Got a 'Monkey' on My Arm ... In a Bar (VIDEO)

Zac Efron
I Got a 'Monkey' on My Arm ... In a Bar

Zac Efron was hanging at a Florida pub Saturday night ... with a monkey-like creature on his arm. Zac was shooting "Baywatch" in Boca Raton, hanging at an Irish pub for the night, when a random… READ MORE >

- 784 days ago
Zac Efron -- When I Stroke Out, You Stroke Out (PHOTO)

Zac Efron
When I Stroke Out, You Stroke Out

Zac Efron could actually make the "Baywatch" remake work, even if the script sucks. Zac was taking swimming lessons Thursday to sharpen his skills for the role.   Verdict -- he's plenty… READ MORE >

- 825 days ago
Zac Efron -- Extra Fired From 'Neighbors 2' After Posting Fake Weed Pic

'Neighbors 2'
Extra Fired After Posting Fake Weed Pic

Zac Efron is sober ... and if you say otherwise, you could lose your job. An extra on “Neighbors 2” learned that lesson the hard way this week, after he Instagrammed a pic from the set… READ MORE >

- 922 days ago
Zac Efron -- With Neighbors Like This ... You'd Never Leave Home (PHOTO)

Zac Efron
With Neighbors Like This ... You'd Never Leave Home

Behold Zac Efron's body ... at work. Shirtless Efron is holding court on the set of "Neighbors 2" in Atlanta, and based on this pic ... we're guessing the majority of his scenes will require… READ MORE >

- 944 days ago
Zac Efron -- Shark Rodeo! This Doesn't End Well ... Usually  (TMZ TV)

Zac Efron
Shark Rodeo! This Doesn't End Well ... Usually [TMZ TV]

Tiger sharks bite people -- lots of 'em ... a fact Zac Efron either never learned or somehow forgot, since he jumped in the Pacific and hitched a ride on one!! This is like watching someone's… READ MORE >

- 1043 days ago
Zac Efron -- Dogfight Over Shark Encounter (VIDEO)

Zac Efron
Dogfight Over Shark Encounter

Zac Efron was either a noble conservationist or a reckless yahoo when he dove with a tiger shark. Shark experts could not be more divided. Naturalist Juan Oliphant, who set up the dive in Hawaii… READ MORE >

- 1044 days ago
Zac Efron -- Jacked and Cursed! (TMZ TV)

Zac Efron
Jacked and Cursed! [TMZ TV]

Zac Effron was hiking with Anna Kendrick in Hawaii and showing off his buff body, which got us thinking -- how long can he possibly keep up that physique? Yep, Zac's got the curse that strikes… READ MORE >

- 1064 days ago
Zac Efron -- My Butt Is Not for Your Viewing Pleasure (PHOTO)

Zac Efron
My Butt Isn't For Your Viewing Pleasure

Zac Efron is showing plenty of skin for his new movie -- we've seen the photos -- but there is one body part he's not willing to put on camera ... his butt. Zac continued filming "Dirty Grandpa"… READ MORE >

- 1086 days ago
Robert De Niro & Zac Efron -- Meet the Pecs

Robert De Niro & Zac Efron
Meet the Pecs

Zac Efron apparently had an extra ticket to the gun show Wednesday afternoon ... and he took 71-year-old Robert De Niro along with him. Zac might be a double-barreled shotgun, but De Niro's .45… READ MORE >

- 1092 days ago
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