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Monday, 31 December 2007
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Zachary David Alexander Efron (born October 18, 1987) is an American actor and
singer. He began acting in the early 2000s, and became known to young audiences after
his roles in the Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical, the WB series
Summerland, and the film version of the Broadway musical Hairspray. Speaking to
Newsweek in June 2006, director Adam Shankman described Efron as "arguably the
biggest teen star in America right now." In 2007, right before the release of High
School Musical 2, Rolling Stone declared him the "poster boy for tweenyboppers" and
featured him in their late August issue.

   Efron was born in San Luis Obispo, California and later moved to Arroyo Grande,
California. His father, David Efron, is an engineer at a power plant, and his mother,
Starla Baskett, is a former secretary who worked at the same power plant as Efron's
father. Although of Jewish ancestry, Efron was raised agnostic and has never been
religious. Efron had a self-described "normal childhood" in a middle class family,
and has a younger brother, Dylan. He has said that he would "flip out" if he got a
'B' and not an 'A' in school, and that he was a "class clown." Efron's father
encouraged him to begin acting when Efron was eleven. He subsequently appeared in
theater productions at his high school, worked in a theater called the Melodrama, and
began taking singing lessons. Efron performed in plays such as Gypsy, Peter Pan,
Little Shop of Horrors, The Music Man and Mame, appearing at the Pacific Conservatory
of the Performing Arts. Efron was recommended to an agent in Los Angeles by his drama
teacher, Robyn Metchik (the mother of actors Aaron Michael Metchik and Asher

   Efron was accepted to the University of Southern California, but deferred his
enrollment to Spring 2007 while he works on film projects. He plans to return at some

   In 2002, Efron began to appear in guest roles on several television series,
including Firefly, ER, and The Guardian. He portrayed Cameron Bale on the
now-cancelled WB series Summerland. Originally introduced as a recurring character,
Efron became a regular cast member on the show in the second season in 2004, starring
opposite the likes of Kay Panabaker and Lori Loughlin. Since appearing in Summerland,
he has also had guest roles on the shows CSI: Miami, NCIS: Naval Criminal
Investigative Service, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and The Replacements. In 2003,
Efron starred in the Lifetime original television movie Miracle Run. He played Steven
Morgan, one of two autistic twins. For his performance, he was nominated for a Young
Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie, Mini-series or Special - Supporting
Young Actor. In 2005, he played a main character in Hope Partlow's music video for
her song "Sick Inside." Also in 2005, he played horse-loving Patrick McCardle in The
Derby Stallion, where his character wants to beat the town bully at the steeple chase

   In 2006, Efron starred in the Disney Channel original movie High School Musical as
Troy Bolton. The film, which he initially made with "low expectations", helped Efron
gain recognition among teenage audiences as both an actor and a singer. As a result,
he placed as high as #4 on the IMDBPro's STARMeter for the week of January 29, 2006.
In August 2006, Efron won a Teen Choice Award in the Breakout Star and the TV -
Choice Chemistry categories, shared with Vanessa Anne Hudgens. The film's cast, along
with Efron, toured Sydney, Australia, London, England, and other locations to promote
the film, although Efron did not participate in the High School Musical Concert that
toured the U.S. and Canada throughout the fall and winter 2006 as he was filming
Hairspray in Toronto at the time.

   Shortly after High School Musical aired, Efron debuted with two simultaneous
charted songs on February 4, 2006, Billboard Hot 100, with "Get'cha Head in the Game"
and "Breaking Free," a duet with Vanessa Anne Hudgens from High School Musical. On
the following week's chart, Efron had five simultaneous song credits from High School
Musical: "Get'cha Head in the Game," "Start of Something New," "What I've Been
Looking For: Reprise," "We're All in This Together" and "Breaking Free." "We're All
in This Together" was credited to the whole High School Musical cast. "Breaking
Free," at the time, made the fastest climb in the history of the Billboard charts,
from #86 to #4 between the two weeks; the record has since been beaten by Eminem and
Akon's "Smack That."  Efron also appeared in the 2006 Disney Channel Games as captain
of the Red Team.

   Efron's singing talents were disputed when it was revealed that Andrew Seeley's
voice was blended with his on the soundtrack of High School Musical. An August 23,
2007 interview in Rolling Stone magazine revealed that he had been cast in High
School Musical after the songs were written, and the songs (written for a tenor) were
somewhat out of his baritone vocal range. Efron's subsequent singing performances in
Hairspray and High School Musical 2 were genuine, though arguably not as polished as
those of Seeley's. Efron stated in interviews that he feels his future is that of a
serious dramatic actor, not necessarily a singer.

   On April 7, 2007, Efron appeared in an episode of Punk'd. Efron also starred in
the music video for Vanessa Hudgens's single "Say OK", where he played her love
interest. The video aired on March 16, 2007 on Disney Channel. That year, he was
named one of People magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People in 2007. A picture and short
profile of him was in the section "Coming of Age". In it, he related how he was
always the shortest kid in school (he is now 5'8") and was teased for the "huge gap"
in his teeth.

   In 2006, Efron was cast as Link Larkin in a film version of Hairspray released on
July 20, 2007. Efron performed all of his own vocals in the role, which was filmed in
Toronto, Ontario, from September 5 to December 2, 2006. He cut and dyed his hair dark
brown and gained about 15 pounds for the role. Both Efron's performance and the film
have received positive reviews.

   Efron presented the 2007 Teen Choice Award for "Favorite Movie" alongside Queen

   Efron's upcoming roles include Seventeen, a high school-set drama/comedy produced
by Adam Shankman and based on a pitch by Jason Filardi; the plot involves an adult
who is transformed into a 17-year old (to be played by Efron). Efron is also
scheduled to star in Paramount's musical remake of the film Footloose; he has said
that he would like to add his "own little bit of flair" to the role originated by
Kevin Bacon.

   For his portrayal of Link Larkin in Hairspray, Efron (along with his co-star Nikki
Blonsky) won the "One to Watch" award of the Young Hollywood Awards.

   Efron appeared on the cover of the August 2007 edition of Rolling Stone. The
article about him revealed that he hopes to someday play an action hero.

   Efron has finalized negotiations with the producers of Seventeen, a film slated to
commence shooting in December 2007.

   Before the release of High School Musical 2, Efron topped IMDBPro's Star Meter at
#1, indicating that he was the most searched celebrity. Additionally, Lycos reported
searches for Efron surged by 81%. Amid the frenzy surrounding Zac Efron, the release
of High School Musical 2 set a new record, becoming the most watched basic cable
program in U.S. history, with 17.2 million viewers.

   Efron co-hosted the 2007 Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards with The
Veronicas on October 10 in Sydney.

   Efron is represented by the Creative Artists Agency.

   Efron has two dogs, Australian shepherds named Dreamer and Puppy, along with a
Siamese cat named Simon.

   Zac is currently involved in a relationship with his High School Musical, High
School Musical 2 and High School Musical 3 co-star Vanessa Anne Hudgens.

ashleeredger1 says:   20 January 2008   519768  
whered u get this? from wikipedia? and im watching derby stallion
Emo_Emy123 says:   18 March 2008   157741  
RavenLover123 says:   18 March 2008   525851  
i no rite
xxjunelunaxx cries:   22 November 2009   178351  
‹▓ƒå╚╚ïⁿg_äpâr┼_á┬_╬hë_§ëα› says :   6 August 2010   237257  
I thought he was in Firefly!


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