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Zac Efron is a teen heartthrob who appears in films and on TV, notably in the High School Musical films.
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In 2002, Zac Efron made his first TV appearance, on the series Firefly. In 2005, Efron landed the lead role in a Disney Channel film called High School Musical. Although it was intended to be the usual Disney fare, it unexpectedly struck a chord with adoring audiences, becoming the most successful made-for-TV movie ever and propelling Efron to further stardom, as did the film’s two sequels.
Actor, singer. A bona fide teen idol, double-threat Zac Efron has drawn comparisons to a young Cary Grant for his charm and sex appeal. Efron projects a squeaky-clean persona—an image that meshes well with his starring roles in Disney vehicles—and his work as the hunky lead of the High School Musical franchise has helped him secure a strong 'tween fan base.
On October 18, 1987, Zachary David Alexander Efron was born in San Luis Obispo, California. His father David, an electrical engineer, and mother Starla, an administrative assistant, met while working at the same nuclear power plant. The couple relocated to Arroyo Grande, California, a town roughly 200 miles north of Los Angeles, to raise Zac and his younger brother, Dylan.
At 11, a piano teacher recognized Efron's burgeoning talent and persuaded him to pursue theatrical roles at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. He auditioned for—and was subsequently cast in—a small part in a long-running production of Gypsy. The role ignited his passion for acting, and his continued performances in other local productions earned him a contract with a talent agent. Soon, Efron was making regular trips to Los Angeles for auditions while attending Arroyo Grande High School.
In 2002, he made his first television appearance on the short-lived series Firefly. In 2003, Efron landed guest roles on ER and the pilot for The Big Wide World of Carl Laemke. The following year, he could be seen in the film The Guardian, as well as the pilot for Triple Play and the made-for-TV movie Miracle Run.
Efron also starred as Cameron Bale, a series regular, on The WB's Summerland. Although the series was cancelled in July 2005, Efron was still a regular media presence with guest roles on NCIS, Disney's The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and CSI: Miami. He also landed a leading role in his first feature film, The Derby Stallion (2005).
That same year, Efron landed the lead role in a small, low-budget film for the Disney Channel called High School Musical. While on the set of the film, he met co-star Vanessa Hudgens, and the two began dating off-set. The movie debuted in January of 2006, and although it was intended to be the usual Disney fare, it unexpectedly struck a chord with adoring audiences.
Eventually recognized as the most successful made-for-TV movie ever, the movie produced unprecedented ratings, a best-selling soundtrack, and loyal fans.
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