There have been numerous young stars, but Zac Efron is one of the few who has stood out in recent years. He was an enthusiastic participant in his high school’s theater plays, having been interested in performing since a young age. It only took one television movie to transform Efron’s career trajectory and establish him as a celebrity, after several cameo appearances on television. ‘High School Musical,’ The Disney Channel’s tween pop cultural sensation, catapulted Efron to enormous fame and success. From a humble beginning in the first film to a successful trilogy, ‘High School Musical’ earned the actor wonderful reviews and critical acclaim. After years of being a teen heartthrob, Efron made the transition to mainstream cinema with the smash blockbuster ‘Hairspray.’ Following his role as the lead in this film, he went on to star in several more, including ’17 Again’ and ‘The Lucky One,’ establishing himself as a talented and versatile actor. Since then, he has acted in a variety of films, including “Me and Orson Welles” and “Charlie St. Cloud.” Efron has proven his mettle with each picture, seamlessly transitioning from a Disney Channel teen star to a credible mainstream Hollywood actor.
Childhood and Adolescence
Zac Efron was born in San Luis Obispo, California, to David Efron, an electrical engineer, and Starla Baskett, a secretary at the same power plant. Dylan is his younger brother.
Efron, a talented student in school, was pushed into acting by his father when he was just eleven years old. During high school, he worked in theatre performances such as ‘The Great American Melodrama’ and ‘Vaudeville.’
His acting teacher referred him to an agent when he appeared in shows including ‘Gypsy,’ ‘Peter Pan or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up,’ ‘Little Shop of Horrors,’ and ‘The Music Man,’ and Efron was finally signed to the Creative Artists Agency. He was accepted to the University of Southern California after graduating from Arroyo Grande High School in 2006. He did, however, take a break from his studies to focus on his film career. He also attended the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, a community college.
Career of Zac Efron
Efron began his acting career as a guest performer on television in 2002, appearing in shows such as ‘Firefly,’ ‘ER,’ and ‘The Guardian.’ The next year, he starred in the television film ‘Miracle Run,’ for which he received critical acclaim. After multiple guest appearances on the show ‘Summerland,’ he became a permanent cast member in 2004. He appeared in Hope Partlow’s song video “Sick Inside” a year later. In the same year, he appeared in the film ‘The Derby Stallion.’
Efron’s major break into the film industry came with ‘High School Musical.’ He gained renowned among the teenage audience after the film was released in 2006. The film’s songs were released soon after, and some of them were hits, such as ‘Get’cha Head in the Game’ and ‘Breaking Free.’
He had an appearance in an episode of ‘Punk’d’ in 2007. He also appeared in Vanessa Hudgens’ track “Say OK.” In the same year, he released his film ‘Hairspray,’ for which he recorded his own vocals. His popularity soared after the release of ‘High School Musical 2’ in the same year.
He starred in the film ‘Me and Orson Welles’ in 2008. In ‘High School Musical 3: Senior Year,’ he also made an appearance. He next appeared in the comedy-drama film ’17 Again’ in 2009. He also had an appearance in the web comedy video ‘Zac Efron’s Pool Party.’ He also hosted an episode of ‘Saturday Night Live’ that same year.
His film ‘Charlie St. Cloud’ was released in 2010. He has appeared in a number of ads for the ‘MTV Movie Awards.’
In 2011, he appeared in the critically acclaimed film ‘New Year’s Eve,’ and the following year, he starred in the cinematic adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ novel ‘The Lucky One.’ In the same year, he appeared in ‘The Paperboy,’ ‘At Any Price,’ and ‘Liberal Arts,’ among other films.
He played Dr. Charles James in the 2013 film ‘Parkland.’ He will appear in the flicks ‘Townies’ and ‘Are We Officially Dating?’ next year. In 2014, he starred opposite Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan in the comedy ‘That Awkward Moment’ and ‘Neighbors,’ starring Seth Rogen.
Major Works of Zac Efron
Major Works Efron’s breakout film, ‘The High School Musical Trilogy,’ launched him to stardom. The film series was a major box office hit.
Achievements & Awards
For his work in ‘High School Musical 3: Senior Year,’ he won the ‘Teen Choice Award’ and the ‘MTV Movie Award’ in the category of ‘Best Male Performance’ in 2009.
In 2013, he won the ‘People’s Choice Award’ for ‘Favourite Dramatic Movie Actor’ for his roles in the films ‘The Paperboy’ and ‘The Lucky One.’
Personal History and Legacy
Vanessa Hudgens was rumored to be having an affair with Efron, and the two began dating in 2005. In 2010, the five-year partnership came to an end. In the summer of 2020, Zac Efron apparently dated model Vanessa Valladares for a short time.
Zac Efron Net Worth
Zac Efron has a net worth of $25 million dollars.