Zac Efron

Actor, Singer
It took just one television movie to change young actor Zac Efron from a supporting player to a bona fide teen star. Of course, that movie was The Disney Channel's tween pop cultural phenomenon, "High School Musical" ... Read more »
Born: 10/17/1987 in San Luis Obispo, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (63)

Dirty Grandpa 2016 (Movie)

Jason (Actor)

21 Years: Richard Linklater 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

Conan 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Neighbors 2014 (Movie)

Teddy Sanders (Actor)

That Awkward Moment 2014 (Movie)

Jason (Actor)

The 86th Annual Academy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Graham Norton Show 2008 - 2009, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

We Are Your Friends 2014 (Movie)

Cole (Actor)

At Any Price 2013 (Movie)

Dean Whipple (Actor)

Die in a Gunfight 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Parkland 2013 (Movie)

Dr. Charles "Jim" Carrico (Actor)

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax 2012 (Movie)

Ted (Voice)

Liberal Arts 2012 (Movie)

Nat (Actor)

Nickelodeon's 25th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

Teen Choice 2012 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lucky One 2012 (Movie)

Logan (Actor)

The Paperboy 2012 (Movie)

Jack Jansen (Actor)

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

New Year's Eve 2011 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

2010 MTV Movie Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Charlie St. Cloud 2010 (Movie)

Charlie St. Cloud (Actor)

Teen Choice 2010 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

17 Again 2009 (Movie)

Mike O'Donnell (Actor)

2009 Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet Special 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

81st Annual Academy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Entourage 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Me and Orson Welles 2009 (Movie)

Richard Samuels (Actor)

Nickelodeon's 22nd Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Robot Chicken 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Voice

Saturday Night Live 2009 (Tv Show)

Host

Teen Choice 2009 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2008 MTV Video Music Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 66th Annual Golden Globes Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2009 (Tv Show)

Guest

High School Musical 3: Senior Year 2008 (Movie)

Troy Bolton (Actor)

The 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2008 Teen Choice Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Hairspray 2007 (Movie)

Link Larkin (Actor)

Nickelodeon's 20th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2007 MTV Movie Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2007 Teen Choice Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

NCIS 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Miami 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Derby Stallion 2005 (Movie)

Patrick McCardle (Actor)

Summerland 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Guardian 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Suite Life of Zack & Cody 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

ER 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Firefly 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Heist (Tv Show)

Actor

High School Musical (TV Show)

Actor

High School Musical 2 (TV Show)

Actor

Miracle Run (TV Show)

Actor
Music (3)

This Is 40 2012 (Movie)

("You Can't Stop The Beat") (Song Performer)

High School Musical 3: Senior Year 2008 (Movie)

("Right Here Right Now") (Song Performer)

Hairspray 2007 (Movie)

("It Takes Two") (Song Performer)
Producer (1)

That Awkward Moment 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

It took just one television movie to change young actor Zac Efron from a supporting player to a bona fide teen star. Of course, that movie was The Disney Channel's tween pop cultural phenomenon, "High School Musical" (2006), which elevated Efron to major league heartthrob status for his star-making turn as a high school jock who discovers his hidden love for singing. Reprising the role for a summer resort sequel (2007) and a big-screen trilogy-ender (2008), Efron continued to be singled out for excellent reviews by critics. He ascended from the hot-pink teen idol wasteland to mainstream success as the romantic male lead of the hit "Hairspray" (2007), which he confirmed by carrying his first solo success, the hit body-switching comedy "17 Again" (2009). Dramatic turns in the well-received "Me and Orson Welles" (2009) and "Charlie St. Cloud" (2010) promised future success, with Efron seemingly poised to make the difficult transition from Disney-stamped teen heartthrob to viable and respected adult actor.

Relationships

Starla Baskett

Mother
Once worked at the same power plant as Efron's father

David Efron

Father

Dylan Efron

Brother

Vanessa Hudgens Actor

Companion
Met while co-starring in "High School Musical" (2006) Dated for several years before splitting in December 2010

Milestones

2012

Voiced the character Ted in animated feature "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax"

2012

Co-starred with Nicole Kidman and Matthew McConaughey in Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy"

2012

Starred in "The Lucky One," based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks

2012

Cast opposite writer and director Josh Radnor in romantic comedy "Liberal Arts"

2011

Cast in Garry Marshall's ensemble romantic comedy "New Year's Eve"

2010

Played the title role in "Charlie St. Cloud," about a young man coming to terms with the death of his younger brother

2009

First solo lead role in a feature, the high school-set comedy "17 Again"

2009

Directed by Richard Linklater in the period film "Me and Orson Welles"

2008

Appeared in third and final film in the trilogy, "High School Musical 3: Senior Year"

2007

Reprised his role for the Disney Channel movie "High School Musical 2"

2007

Cast as Link Larkin in a film version of "Hairspray," co-starring Amanda Bynes, Queen Latifah and John Travolta

2006

Landed breakthrough role as Troy Bolton in the Disney Channel original movie "High School Musical"

2004

Joined the cast of The WB drama series "Summerland"

2003

Played one of two autistic twins in the Lifetime original movie "Miracle Run"

2002

Made TV debut on an episode of "Firefly" (Fox)

Began acting in his high school theater productions

Bonus Trivia

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"It's weird, I don't feel like I deserve any of the attention. There's really nothing but one audition for a Disney Channel movie that separates me from 2,000 other brown-haired, blue-eyed guys in LA, you know?" – Efron quoted in Details magazine, January/February 2008

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"You know, everything I've done in the past has felt very safe, and it was great for a while, but now I'm looking for a place to take chances, I want to play with things." – Efron tells "Milk" director Gus Van Sant in Interview magazine, April 2009

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"I was always prepared to fail. This wasn't supposed to work. There's 150 guys that are just like me, except more talented, and they probably deserve to be out here. It's a fluke." – Efron quoted in GQ magazine, May 2009

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