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Zac Efron Biography, Age, Career, Marital Status, Salary and Net Worth
Who is Zac Efron?
Zac Efron, fully known as Zachary David Alexander Efron is a famous American actor and singer. He started acting professionally in the early 2000s and became famous in the late 2000s for his leading role as Troy Bolton in the High School Musical trilogy (2006-2008). During this period, he also starred in the musical movie Hairspray (2007) and the comedy movie 17 Again (2009).
He then rose to mainstream fame with starring roles in the movies New Year’s Eve (2011), The Lucky One (2012), and The Paperboy (2012). As well as Neighbors (2014), Dirty Grandpa (2016), Baywatch (2017), and The Greatest Snowman (2017). Efron portrayed Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile (2019). He won a Daytime Emmy Award for the Netflix web documentary series Down to Earth with Zac Efron (2020-present) in 2021.
Zac Efron career
2002-2009: Early career and High School Musical
Efron started acting in the early 2000s with guest roles on various television series such as Firefly, ER, and The Guardian. He started appearing as a recurring character in the first season of the WB series Summerland in 2004. Efron was then promoted to the main cast for the show’s second season which aired in 2005. He appeared in some movies such as the Lifetime television film Miracle Run (2004), which earned him a Young Artist Award nomination for his performance as one of two autistic twins.
His career reached a turning point with the teen musical television film High School Musical (2006), premiering on the Disney Channel in January 2006. The movie is described as a modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. It saw him playing the male lead Troy Bolton, a high school basketball player who feels conflicted when he finds himself interested in taking part in the school musical with Gabriella Montez ( Vanessa Hudgens), a girl from the scholastic decathlon team.
The film also starred Lucas Grabeel, Ashley Tisdale, Monique Coleman, and Corbin Bleu in pivotal roles, and became a major success and assisted Efron to gain popularity among teenage audiences. Its soundtrack was certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA, making it one of the best-selling albums of the year in the United States. Efron’s singing talents were discovered when it was revealed that his voice had been blended with Drew Seeley’s on the soundtrack, however, he clarified that the songs were written prior to him being cast and thus did not suit his more baritone vocal range. In his following musical films, he did his own.
Efron was then seen portraying Link Larkin in the musical comedy movie Hairspray (2007), based on the 2002 Broadway musical of the same title. The movie became a main commercial and critical success after its launch in July 2008. He was seen reprising his role of Troy Bolton in High School Musical 2 (2007) later that year, which aired on the Disney Channel in August 2007. Later, he reprised his role of Troy Bolton in High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008). This was the first movie in the High School Musical franchise to earn a theatrical release. It became a major blockbuster at the box office and earned mixed to positive reviews from critics. Efron went on with the commercially successful comedy 17 Again (2019) about a 37-year-old-man (Matthew Perry) who is transformed into his 17-year-old self (Efron) following a chance accident.
How old is Zac Efron?
Zachary David Alexander Efron is aged 34 as of 2021, having been born on October 18, 1987, in San Luis Obispo, California, U.S. He shares his birthday with famous people including Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dawn Wells, Brittney Griner, Chuck Lorre, David Twohy, Joe Morton, Joy Bryant, among others.
Zac Efron Family
Who are Zac Efron’s parents?
Zacahry David Alexander Efron was born in San Luis Obispo, California, to David Efron and Starla Baskett. His father is an electrical engineer at Diablo Canyon Power Plant, while his mother is an administrative assistant who also serves at Diablo Canyon. The family later moved to Arroyo Grande, California where he was brought up. Efron’s surname originates from Hebrews, with his paternal grandfather being Jewish.
Does Zac Efron have siblings?
Efron was born the oldest in his family of three children. He has two younger siblings, brother Dylan Efron and paternal half-sister, Olivia.
Zac Efron Education
Efron attended Arroyo Grande High School and graduated in 2006. He was accepted into the University of Southern California but did not enroll. Efron joined Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, which is a theatre company operating out of Allan Hancock College, a community college located in Santa Maria, California.
Zac Efron Interests
Efron is interested in music and began taking music lessons as he worked in the theater The Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville. He later performed in shows including Gypsy, Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up: Little Shop of Horrors and The Music Man.
Efron describes himself as Jewish despite being brought up agnostically and did not practice religion as a child. He also turned to transcendental meditation (TM) to assist decompress following struggling to separate himself from his role as a serial killer. Efron has his own production company under Warner Bros, Ninjas Runnin’ Wild, which has played part in the production of various films he has starred.
Zac Efron Girlfriend
Efron is currently single and unmarried. He has been previously linked to relationships with Vanessa Hudgens, which began in 2005 during the filming of the High School Musical. However, the two broke up in December 2010. He started dating model and entrepreneur Sami Miro in September 2014 but later broke up in April 2016. Recently he was in a relationship with Vanessa Valladares, but they then broke up in 2021.
Zac Efron Kids
Efron is single and unmarried and does not have any children of his own as of the present.
Zac Efron Height
Efron has a well-built, athletic, and physically fit body, adding up to an impressive height of 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) and a weight of 75 kg (165 lbs).
2009-present: Other work and mainstream success
Efron’s following launch was Richard Linklater‘s period drama Me and Orson Welles. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2008 and earned a wide launch in late 2009. The movie received mostly positive reviews from critics. He then played the title role in the supernatural romantic drama Charlie St. Cloud (2010), which became a moderate success at the box office although it received mostly negative reviews from critics. Efron later appeared as a part of the large ensemble cast in Garry Marshall’s New Year’s Eve (2011), which depicted a series of holiday vignettes of different groups of characters. The film got almost unanimously negative reviews from critics but became a major success at the box office.
He then played a supporting role in the critically successful Liberal Arts (2012), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2012, and earned a limited launch later that year. Efron also starred together with Nicole Kidman, David Oyelowo, Matthew McConaughey, and John Cusack in The Paperboy (2012). The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2012 and received a wider launch later that year. It also received mixed to negative reviews from critics. He then lends his voice to the commercially successful computer-animated movie The Lorax (2012). Following this, he appeared as the male lead in the romantic drama The Lucky One (2012), based on the novel of the same title by Nicholas Sparks. The movie became a major box office success in spite of negative reviews from critics,
Efron starred in the drama At Any Price, premiering at the 2012 Venice International Film Festival. He also appeared in the historical drama Parkland, which premiered at the 2013 Venice International Film Festival, Both of the movies earned mixed reviews from critics. His first release of 2014 was the romantic comedy That Awkward Moment, in which he was also an executive producer, It starred Efron together with Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller as three bachelors in New York City. The film became a moderate commercial success although it received mostly negative reviews from critics.
Efron was then seen in the adult comedy Neighbors (2014) co-starring Seth Rogen. It revolved around a young couple, portrayed by Rogen and Rose Byrne, who struggle to raise their baby daughter while living next to the house of a wild fraternity led by its president, portrayed by Efron. The movie became a major commercial success and received mostly positive reviews from critics. In 2015, he only appeared in the moderately successful We Are Your Friends (2015), in which he played a struggling DJ.
Efron starred alongside, Robert De Niro, in the adult comedy Dirty Grandpa in 2016. The film was about a straitlaced young man who begrudgingly indulges his grandfather’s unhinged personality by taking him on a vacation to Florida. It earned mostly negative reviews from critics for its crude humor but also became a commercial success upon its launch. He then co-starred with Rose Byrne, Seth Rogen, and Chloe Grace Moretz in the comedy sequel Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. The film became a commercial and critical success after its launch in May 2016. It was about the same couple (Rogen and Byrne) who team up with their former rival (Efron) to take down a hard-partying sorority led by a freshman (Moretz). Efron appeared in his third 2016 comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, launched in July, in which he co-starred with Adam DeVine (portraying siblings), and also Aubrey Plaza and Anna Kendrick.
Efron later starred in Baywatch in 2017, an action-comedy movie version of the television series of the same title, launched in May. The movie features Dwayne Johnson and Efron with an ensemble cast, comprising Kelly Rohrbach, Alexandra Daddario, Jon Bass, Priyanka Chopra, and Ilfenesh Hadera. He also had a supporting role in two biographical movies launched in December of the same year, The Disaster Artist, a comedy-drama directed by and starring James Franco, and, as Phillip, in the musical The Greatest Showman, alongside Hugh Jackman. Both of the films were nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy.
2019 to present
Zac played a drug-addled libertine in the Harmony Korine movie The Beach Bum, together with Matthew McConaughey in 2019. He then starred as serial killer Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile, alongside Lily Collins as Bundy’s girlfriend. It premiered at Sundance in early 2019 and was launched by Netflix on May 3. He later voiced Fred Jones in Warner Bros’ 2020 Scooby-Doo animated film. Efron received a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Daytime Program Host for the Netflix web documentary series Down to Earth with Zac Efron in 2021.
Planned to launch in 2021, Efron will star in the survival thriller Gold directed by Anthony Hayes. He is also to star in the horror movie Firestarter, a remake of the 1984 movie based on the novel of the same title by Stephen King, directed by Keith Thomas. Additionally, he is slated to star with his brother in a survival reality series called Kill the Efrons. In the series, the pair were sent to remote parts of the world, for Quibi.
Zac Efron Net Worth
American professional actor and singer, Efron has been active from 2002 to the present. He has been listed several times on the Forbes Celebrity 100 list, in 2008, 2009, and 2015. Efron has been able to gather an estimated net worth of approximately $25 million as of 2022.