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Zac Efron is a Hollywood heartthrob who appears in films and on television, most notably in the High School Musical films.
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Born on October 18, 1987, in California, Zac Efron made his first television appearance on the series Firefly. In 2005, Efron landed the lead role in a Disney Channel film called High School Musical. Although it was meant to be the usual Disney fare, it struck a chord with adoring audiences and became the most successful Disney Channel Original Movie ever produced, propelling Efron to further stardom. He went on to appear in 17 Again (2009),
Hairspray (2007) and The Lorax (2012) before dropping his Disney image and taking on more mature roles in films such as The Lucky One (2012) and Parkland (2013).
Actor and singer Zachary David Alexander Efron was born on October 18, 1987, in San Luis Obispo, California. A bona fide teen idol, double-threat Efron has drawn comparisons to a young Cary Grant for his charm and sex appeal. 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-television movie Miracle Run.
Efron also starred as Cameron Bale, a series regular, on The WB's Summerland (2004-05). Although the series was cancelled in July 2005, Efron was still a regular media presence, with guest roles on NCIS (2003-), Disney's The Suite Life of Zack and Cody (2005-08) and CSI: Miami (2002-12). He also landed a leading role in his first feature film, The Derby Stallion (2005).
In 2005, Efron landed another 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 2006, and although it was intended to be the usual Disney fare, it unexpectedly struck a chord with adoring audiences.
Eventually recognized as one of the most successful made-for-television movies ever, the movie produced unprecedented ratings, a best-selling soundtrack and loyal fans.
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