|Real Name: Zachary David Alexander Efron|
|Birthday: October 18, 1987|
|Place of Birth: San Luis Obispo, California, USA|
Zac Efron was born on October 18, 1987. His real name is Zachary David
Alexander. He started acting and singing in the early 2000s,
and became well known to young teen audiences after his roles in the Disney Channel
Original Movie "High School Musical" (2006), the WB series
"Summerland", and the movie version of the Broadway musical
convinced him to start acting when he was only eleven years old; he then appeared in theater productions at his high school, worked in a
called the Melodrama, began taking singing lessons, performed in the plays "Gypsy", "Peter Pan", "Little Shop of
Horrors", "The Music Man" and "Mame", performing at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.
referred to a manager in Los Angeles by his high school drama teacher. He has two dogs,
Australian shepherds named Dreamer and Puppy, and a Siamese
cat, named Simon.
In 2003, he acted as the lead in the Lifetime original television dramatic movie "Miracle Run" where he played Steven Morgan, one of two autistic twin brothers. For his role, Zac was selected for a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a television Movie, Mini-series or Special - Supporting Young Actor. In 2005, he played the lead role in Hope Partlow's music video for her single "Sick Inside." Also in 2005, he played horse lover Patrick McCardle in "The Derby Stallion". In this film, his character tries to beat the town bully at the steeple chase race.
In 2006, he played a leading role in the Disney Channel original movie "High School Musical" as Troy Bolton, next to actresses Vanessa Anne Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale and Monique Coleman, as well as actors Lucas Grabeel and Corbin Bleu. The movie, which he made with "very few expectations", helped him gain attention with young teen audiences as both an actor and a singer.
2006, he won a Teen Choice Award in the Breakout Star and the Television Choice
Chemistry categories, together with Vanessa Anne Hudgens. The film's cast and crew toured Sydney, Australia, London, England, and other
destinations to market and promote the movie, although he didn't have a
role in the "High School
Musical Concert" that toured nationally and in Canada throughout the fall and
Shortly after "High School Musical" was released, he released two consecutive chart topping songs in February 2006, Billboard's Hot 100, with "Get'cha Head in the Game" and "Breaking Free," a double act with Vanessa Anne Hudgens from "High School Musical".
On the next week's Billboard chart, he had five song credits, all from "High School
including, "Get'cha Head in the Game," "Start of
Something New," "What I've Been Looking For: Reprise,"
"We're All in This Together", and "Breaking Free." "Breaking Free" made the
fastest climb in the history of the
Billboard charts, from #87 to #4. He also had roles
in the 2006 Disney Channel Games as captain of the Red Team.
During this same period, he starred in the music video for Hudgens' single 'Say OK', where he played the role of her romantic love interest. The video aired in March of 2007 on the Disney Channel. The same year, he was honored and named as one of People magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People in 2007.
A still photo and small biography of the actor was shown in the section "Coming
of Age," next to pop singer and actress Hilary
Duff, actress Hayden
Panettiere and R&B singer Chris Brown. In the photo spread, Zac told how he was
always the shortest kid in school and was teased for
the gap between his teeth.
In addition, he was hired and cast in the role of Mike in the comedy horror film "Seventeen Again", About a guy whose life didn't quite turn out how he wanted it to and wishes he could go back to high school and change it. He wakes up one day and is seventeen again and gets the chance to rewrite his life.
Next up for the young Hollywood celebrity was the drama "Me And Orson Welles" (2009) starring Claire Danes, about a young teenager who is cast in the Mercury Theatre production of "Julius Ceasar" directed by a young Orson Welles in 1937. He was next cast in the sequel musical "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" (2009) reuniting most of the original cast where, as seniors in high school ,Troy and Gabriella struggle with the idea of being separated from one another as college approaches. Along with the rest of the Wildcats, they stage a spring musical to address their experiences, hopes and fears about their future.
He is also scheduled to star in Paramount's musical interpretation of the movie "Footloose", and has said he would like to add a personal "bit of flair" to the role originally created by Kevin Bacon.