Date of Birth
18 October 1987, San Luis Obispo, California, USA
Zachary David Alexander Efron
5' 10½" (1.79 m)
Born in San Luis Obispo, California, and raised nearby in Arroyo Grande, Zac Efron took his first step toward acting at the age of 11 when his parents took note of his singing ability. Singing lessons soon led to an appearance in the 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), and "The Guardian" (2001). After guest-starring in several episodes of "Summerland" (2004), he joined the regular cast as girl-crazy Cameron Bale. Efron also starred in several pilots such as The Big Wide World of Carl Laemke (2003) (TV) and Triple Play (2004) (TV). He also recently starred as an autistic child in the television movie Miracle Run (2004) (TV), alongside Mary-Louise Parker and Aidan Quinn.
Efron graduated Arroyo Grande High School in June 2006. Efron's favorite sports include golf, skiing, rock climbing, and snowboarding. He recently added surfing after spending days on the beach for "Summerland." He plays the piano at home, and is currently teaching himself to play the guitar. He's also currently fixing up two cars in his spare time, a Delorean and '65 Mustang convertible, both treasured hand-me-downs from his even-more-treasured grandfather. Efron lives at home with his parents and his younger brother Dylan. They have a highly affectionate Australian Shepherd, Puppy, and a very independent Siamese cat named Simon.
IMDb Mini Biography By: JBPR
Parents: David and Starla Siblings: Dylan Pets: Two Australian Shepherds, Dreamer and Puppy, and Siamese cat, Simon
On the Billboard Hot 100 chart of 2006-02-11, Zac had five simultaneous song credits. The songs were "Get'cha Head in the Game" (solo), 3 duets with Vanessa Hudgens ("Breaking Free," "Start of Something New," and "What I've Been Looking For") and "We're All in this Together" credited to the High School Musical (2006) (TV) cast. All tracks were from the soundtrack of "High School Musical".
The Zac Efron-Vanessa Hudgens duet "Breaking Free" (from High School Musical (2006) (TV)) made the fastest climb in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, leaping from 86 to 4 in one week (2006-02-11).
With the popularity of High School Musical (2006) (TV), he had to change his phone number after getting numerous calls from fans.
Zac's most prized possession is his autographed baseball collection.
Is a huge San Francisco Giants fan.
Met his current girlfriend, Vanessa Hudgens, during castings for High School Musical (2006) (TV). They were paired together near the end of casting to see how well they worked together.
Favorite Cartoon Show: Rocko's Modern Life.
He donated many items to Rocky Stone to be given to less fortunate kids as part of the Toy Mountain Campaign.
Attended the World Cup in Germany with Corbin Bleu.
The first concert he ever went to was a Wallflowers concert.
Has one sibling, younger brother, Dylan.
Simon Cowell offered him a record deal but he turned it down saying, "...acting is my main priority".
Named #93 on Empire Magazine's 100 Sexiest Movie Stars. (2007).
Had his appendix removed and is recuperating [January 15, 2008].
His favorite movie is The Goonies (1985).
Ranked #24 on interview magazines Hollywood faces to watch "Future Stars of Tomorrow".
Was ranked #26 on Entertainment Weekly's '30 Under 30' the actors list. (2008).
Was ranked #2 on TV Guide Top 10 Teen Star Countdown (2008).
Was ranked #15 on Moviefone's 'The 25 Hottest Actors Under 25'(2008).
His acting idol is Johnny Depp.
Is a fan of Flight of the Conchords.
Is a fan of comic books and manga, including Death Note, Bleach, Naruto, Dragonball Z, and Shonen Jump.
Recognized by Time Magazine in the 2009 Time 100 as one of the world's 100 most influential people.
Originally auditioned for the role of Peter Pan in the 2003 live action movie of Peter Pan, but Jeremy Sumpter got it instead.
Zac does not and will not use any social network (Twitter, Facebook, etc) saying he doesn't have time and that he also values keeping some of his life private.
His singing voice in the first High School Musical (2006) (TV) was actually that of singer/songwriter/actor Andrew Seeley.
Is good friends with his idol Leonardo DiCaprio.
Has worn a white shirt with red sleeves in all three High School Musical movies.
His favorite movie are Dumb and Dumber, Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Die Hard and Bourne series.
His favorite musicians are The Postal Service, The Shins, The Gorillaz, and John Mayer.
Briefly vacationed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with Vanessa Hudgens. [February 2009]
Coached by actor Aaron Michael Metchik and mother Robyn Metchik.
Graduated Arroyo Grande High School with actors Bryce Blue and JR Garcia.
His favorite actors are are Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jack Black.
Split with Vanessa Hudgens [December 13, 2010].
The songwriters decided to give Link a
, upbeat, Elvis-style number, and it's the perfect time for it in the movie. 'Ladies Choice' establishes the connection between Tracy and Link. And it's the kind of number you need in a sixties musical: the rock 'n' roll band at the record hop, with bright colors and backup dancers.
If I had to hear the High School Musical (2006) (TV) songs anymore, I would have jumped off of something really tall. [On why he chose not to do the High School Musical Tour.]
The number one question I've been asked [for his movie 17 Again] is, 'If you could go back, would you change anything? If you could be 17 all over again, what would you do different? Would you go down this road?' I'm like, absolutely. This is like the best job in the world. I'm having the time of my life... It's always fun. It's always interesting. It's always a challenge. I'm very happy with that and I'm very happy with my life right now.
You know what, I do not want to fall victim to partying too hard, it's too easy and too often done. It's out of style anyway, I think too many people have done it before me, I'm not going to. It's uncool, yeah. I think the rebellious thing to do would to actually be successful.
On why he chose 17 Again: Everything else that was around was either a musical or a high school romance, you know, and this was actually the biggest risk and the biggest challenge. I can relate to playing a kid - I've had a first kiss, I've had awkward dates, I've had fights with my parents... But one thing I've never done is gotten into a fight with my teenage daughter.
In the back of my mind, I can never forget this could be gone tomorrow - and at this point I think the odds are against me... the chances of succeeding in this business are slim to none; there's only a handful of people that have long careers. You have to put in the work, you can never be satisfied, never take it for granted.
There are so many things you can do with a hand.
I'm not really into partying. Don't get me wrong - I've gone to a club. But I'd much rather be with my close friends at home or a concert, or on a trip. I'll go dancing with my grandma. She likes to cut a rug!
I'm definitely not getting married. In this business, you're either getting married or they want you to be pregnant. I'm not getting married until I'm forty. If ever.
I like my women like I like my peanut butter: chunky.
No Twitter, no Facebook, no MySpace - nothing. So if you have me, it's a poser, don't talk to them. [On what social networks he doesn't use]
on Claire Danes: I was intimidated, even just the name Claire Danes carries such weight with it. I needed to be a worthy love interest in the film and I didn't know that I had any of the qualities necessary to woo a girl like her... Claire and I were trapped on an island together with nowhere to go for four weeks, like a reality show. My character was supposed to fall in love, but she was also supposed to be out of his league. After meeting Claire, that was definitely the way it was supposed to be.
And man, you should see the faces on the kids. It's priceless, and I don't look down on, or think badly about, the High School Musical films. I have no regrets at all. I'm extremely proud of those movies, and will be forever.
17 Again (2009) $1,000,000
High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008) $3,000,000
Hairspray (2007) $100,000
Where Are They Now
(2007) Filmed High School Musical 2 (2007) (TV).
(January 2008) Currently filming 17 Again (2009).
(May 2008) Filming High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008) in Salt Lake City, Utah.
(August 2009) Filming Charlie St. Cloud (2010) in Vancouver, B.C.
(October 2009) Completed filming Charlie St. Cloud (2010).