Zac Efron Biography
Full name: Zachary David Alexander Efron
Birthdate: October 18, 1987
Residence: Los Angeles, California, US
Zac Efron is an American actor and singer first known for his role of Troy Bolton in the “High School Musical” franchise. He was born on October 18, 1987, in San Luis Obispo, California. His father David Efron is an electrical engineer and his mother Starla Baskett is a secretary who worked at the same power plant. He also has a younger brother named Dylan. His family later moved to Arroyo Grande, California where he was raised in a middle-class family with a normal life.
From childhood, Zac was very good at singing. His parent quickly noticed his abilities and encouraged him and sent him to singing and acting lessons at the age of eleven. The acting lessons led him to appear in a production of “Gypsy” which ran for 9 more performances. He also performed in several schools plays in high school and worked in the theatre The Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville. Later, he also performed in dramas including “Peter Pan; or, The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up”, “Little Shop of Horrors” and “The Music Man”. Later, his drama teacher recommended him to an agent in Los Angeles and was signed by the Creative Artist Agency.
In 2006, Zac graduated from the Arroyo Grande High School and later enrolled into the University of Southern California. However, he then refused to go to college to pursue his career as an actor. Later, he enrolled in the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Santa Maria, California. The community college gave him the opportunity to perform as a young player in the film industry.
Zac Efron Career and Net Worth
Zac started his career as an actor by appearing in guest roles on various TV series including “ER”, “Firefly” and “The Guardian”. Later, Zac became one of the recurring characters in the first season of the series “Summerland” by WB and became the part of the main cast in the second season in 2005. He also appeared in some of the movies including “Lifetime” and “Miracle Run”. He also received his first nomination as a Young Artist Award for his performance in the “Miracle Run” as one of the two autistic twins.
In 2006, Zac got his first leading role in the Disney musical movie titled “High School Musical” which proved to be the turning point of his career. In the movie, Zac played the role of Trot Bolton who is a high school basketball player who becomes confused when discovered his interest in the school musical. The movie was said to be a modern adaptation of Rome and Juliet with the leads Zac Efron as Troy Bolton and Vanessa Hudgens as Gabriella Montez. The movie was aired on the Disney Channel and was a major success. The movie gained Zac recognition among the teenage audience. The soundtracks of the movie were later certified as platinum by the RIAA. The movie had two more sequels as “High School Musical 2” (2007) and “High School Musical 3: Senior Year” (2008). The third sequel was released in the theatres being the first High School Musical franchise to be released in the theatres. The movie was a major blockbuster at the box office.
In 2007, Zac also starred in the role of Link Larkin in the musical comedy movie titled “Hairspray”. The movie was based on the 2002 Broadway musical having the same name and was a major success both commercially and critically. In 2009, Zac starred in the movie “17 Again” which was also a commercial success. In the movie, Zac played the role of the 17-year-old who is actually a 37-year-old who becomes young after a chance accident. In the same year, his another movie “Me and Orson Welles” was released and received a lot of positive reviews. Initially, the movie was released at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008 and later was widely released in 2009.
In 2010, Zac starred in another comedy supernatural drama titled “Charlie St. Cloud” in which he played the title role. However, the movie was a moderate success and received negative reviews. The following year, he starred in the movie “New Year’s Eve” with a large ensemble cast. The movie was a series of holiday vignettes of different groups of people and despite receiving most of the negative review, the movie was a major success at the box office. In 2012, Zac appeared in a supporting role in the movie “Liberal Arts”. He also starred in the movie “The Paperboy” alongside Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, David Oyelowo, and John Cusack.
Also, in 2012, Zac gave his voice to the character of Ted in the animated musical fantasy-comedy movie titled “The Lorax”. The movie was a major success at the box office. In the same year, he also played the lead role in the movie “The Lucky One” which was based on the novel o the same name written by Nicolas Sparks. Despite receiving a lot of negative reviews, the movie was a success at the box-office. He also starred in the dramas “At Any Price” and “Parkland”.
In 2014, Zac starred in the romantic comedy “That Awkward movie” of which he was also the executive producer. In the same year, Zac appeared as the president of a fraternity in the adult comedy “Neighbors” which was about a couple who recently became parents and tries to raise their daughter while living next to the house of a wild fraternity. The movie was a major commercial success and received a lot of positive reviews. Later, a sequel titled “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” was released in 2016 which also featured the American singer Selena Gomez. Zac also appeared in the movie “We Are Your Friends” in 2015.
In 2016, Zac starred in another adult comedy titled “Dirty Grandpa” which received a lot of negative reviews for its unpolished humor but was a commercial success. He also starred in the comedy movie “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates”. In 2017, Zac starred in the action comedy movie “Baywatch” which is based on a TV series of the same name. in the same year, he also appeared in the movie “The Disaster Artist” and “The Greatest Showman”. Currently, he is working for the movies “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” and “The Beach Bum”.
Currently, Zac Efron’s total estimated net worth is 18 million dollars. Currently, he lives in a house worth 2.35 million dollars in Woodrow Wilson Drive, LA. He also owns luxury cars such as Audi S5 Coupe, Audi S6sports sedan, and Audi A6.
Zac Efron Relationship
Back in 2005, Zac Efron used to date his co-star Vanessa Hudgens. The two first met on the set of “High School Musical”. According to sources, the two started dating after a year of knowing each other. The two also attended several red carpets together including the Oscars and Academy Awards. The two were also spotted on a Basketball date and looked very happy together. They were also seen walking and holding hand after a shopping. However, the pair separated after dating for 4 years. In an interview, Vanessa said “Long-distance relationships are hard no matter what. When you don’t have face-to-face time, it’s just different. Having an iPhone helped, but it just wasn’t the same.” She also said that those times were great and “The relationship kept me grounded, and because I was with someone who knew me so well, I didn’t need to try to be someone I’m not.”
In 2012, Zac was rumored to be dating the British Actress Lily Collins. The two were spotted multiple times together on movie dates. They were also spotted holding hands at a mutual friend’s birthday party. However, both of them never confirmed their relationship. Later, Zac briefly dated the American actress Michelle Rodriguez. The two dated for just 2 months and were seen on a vacation together. However, they split up in 2014 due to their busy schedules.
After that, Zac started dating a non-celebrity Sami Miro who is an American Business Professional. The two were seen posing for a picture on the backstage at the 2015 MTV Movie Awards. Later, Sami also posted a picture of the pair in Instagram marking their one year anniversary. However, the pair broke up after a few months and it was said that Zac was the one to break up as they thought the spark between them had died. However, they still care for each other and a source said: “Distance and work schedules got in the way with their relationship and Zac wanted to focus on his career.”