Born Zachary David Alexander Efron on October 18, 1987, Zac Efron is
one of the hottest young actors around today, due in large part to a starring role in Disney's "High School Musical" and a previous attention-getting performance in the WB seriesSummerland.
Growing up in San Luis Obispo, California, Zac Efron's parents recognized their young son's singing talent early on and encouraged him to perform on stage.
At age eleven, he was already appearing in a local production of
Gypsy, and went on to appear in other roles in such regional theater productions as Peter Pan, The Music Man, and Mame.
By his early teens, Efron turned his attention to television with
guest appearances on various TV shows including ER and The Guardian. Soon after, his breakthrough performance that began with a guest spot on the WB series Summerland eventually led to his being assigned a place as a regular cast member in the role of Cameron Bale.
Later cancelled, Summerland led to a variety of other roles for Zac Efron, who next appeared in featured roles in such TV shows as The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigation Service and CSI: Miami.
Critical notice came in 2003 when Efron took the starring role in Miracle Run, a Lifetime TV movie in which he played an autistic teen, a role that won him a nomination for best performance by a supporting actor at the Young Artist Awards.
"The New American Heart Throb"
Zac Efron on the September 2007
cover of Rolling Stone Magazine
2006 finally saw Efron's career skyrocket - with his starring role as the singing superjock Troy Bolton in the Disney Channel's TV movie High School Musical.
Alongside other cast members Vanessa Anne Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel and Corbin Bleu, the role provided Efron with a prime spotlight for his acting and singing talents. The role also secured his place on the Billboard Hot 100, with such spinoff hits as Get'cha Head in the Game, Breaking Free, Start of Something New and What I've Been Looking For: Reprise.
In August, the young actor was crowned "The New American Heart Throb" by Rolling Stone magazine with a front cover and feature story.
Off the set, Efron's own high school days came to an end as he headed for USC in 2007. In 2008 he appeared in his first major movie role as Link Larkin in the movie version of the Broadway musical Hairspray starring Queen Latifah, John Travolta and Amanda Byes. He later
followed that with a starring role in 17
Zac Efron has evolved from teen heartthrob in High School Musical and Hairspray to more dramatic roles in such movies as The Lucky One.
The actors next film performances were in the title role of Charlie St. Cloud, and as the voice of Ted in the animated feature, The Lorax. Efron played an ex-Marine in The Lucky One in 2012 and in another dramatic role in Parkland as an emergency room doctor on the day JFK was assassinated in Dallas.
More recent performances include starring in the romantic comedy "That Awkward Moment" and in hit comedy "Neighbors" with Seth Rogen, both released in 2014.
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