Zachary David Alexander Efron (; born October 18, 1987) is an American actor and singer. He began acting professionally in the early 2000s and rose to prominence in the late 2000s for his leading role as Troy Bolton in the High School Musical trilogy (2006–2008). During this time, he also starred in the musical film Hairspray (2007) and the comedy film 17 Again (2009). Efron has since starred in the films New Year's Eve (2011), The Lucky One (2012), The Paperboy (2012), Neighbors (2014), Dirty Grandpa (2016), Baywatch (2017), and The Greatest Showman (2017). He played Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019).
Efron was on the Forbes Celebrity 100 list in 2008 at number 92, with estimated earnings of $5.8 million from June 2007 to June 2008. In April 2009, his personal wealth equaled about $10 million. In May 2015, Efron's net worth was $18 million.People magazine reported in 2007 that Efron and Vanessa Hudgens began dating in 2005 during the filming of High School Musical, although Us magazine reported, after the two broke up in December 2010, that they "met in 2005 while making the first High School Musical flick, and became a romantic item about two years later." Efron began a romantic relationship with model and entrepreneur Sami Miró in September 2014. The couple split in April 2016.Efron sought treatment in early 2013 after struggling with alcoholism and substance abuse. He has been sober since June 2013. In November 2013, Efron had to have his jaw wired shut after breaking it in a fall at home. In March 2014, Efron engaged in a fight with a homeless man in Skid Row. Law enforcement officials did not make any arrests because they viewed it as mutual combat.In 2010, Efron started his own production company under Warner Bros., Ninjas Runnin' Wild. The company played a part in the production of his films Dirty Grandpa, That Awkward Moment, and Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. In 2019, Efron's brother Dylan, who also plays a role in the company, stated that Ninjas Runnin' Wild has started to produce more digital content in addition to their traditional film work.Efron announced the creation of his YouTube channel in March 2019. The video sharing platform hosts two weekly series. "Off the Grid" follows Efron and his brother Dylan as they participate in outdoor activities and trips without electronic devices—with the exception of a video camera in order to document their experiences. "Gym Time" spotlights fitness and nutrition, with Efron informing his viewers that he plans to "train with celebrities, athletes, and interesting people". YouTube received backlash for promoting Efron's new channel in a post made from their official Twitter account. Fans accused the platform of promoting a mainstream celebrity's account, which they feared would overshadow lesser known creators and would make it more difficult for them to "break through."Efron turned to transcendental meditation (TM) to help decompress after struggling to separate himself from his role as serial killer Ted Bundy in his movie. "I really love TM, transcendental meditation. I did TM on the way home. Not while driving, but when you're shooting a movie, one thing we can afford is a ride home, so on the way home I just do some TM and try to phase out of it."In December 2019, Efron contracted a serious and potentially life-threatening illness, a "form of typhoid or similar bacterial infection", while filming his adventure series Killing Zac Efron in Papua New Guinea. He was flown to St Andrews War Memorial Hospital in Australia and was treated before flying back home on Christmas Eve. He recovered without serious issue.
Efron was born in San Luis Obispo, California, and later moved to Arroyo Grande, California. His father, David Efron, is an electrical engineer at a power station, and his mother, Starla Baskett, is an administrative assistant who worked at the same power plant. Efron has a brother, Dylan, and had, as he has described, a "normal childhood" in a middle-class family. His surname is Hebrew. He is of Jewish heritage, though he was raised in an agnostic household and did not practice religion as a child.Efron has said that he would "flip out" if he got a "B" and not an "A" in school, as well as that he was a class clown. Efron subsequently worked in the theater The Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville, and began taking singing lessons. He performed in shows such as Gypsy; Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up; Little Shop of Horrors; and The Music Man. He was recommended to an agent in Los Angeles by his drama teacher, Robyn Metchik (the mother of actors Aaron Michael Metchik and Asher Metchik). Efron was later signed to the Creative Artists Agency.Efron graduated from Arroyo Grande High School in 2006 and was then accepted into the University of Southern California but did not enroll. He also attended Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, a community college located in Santa Maria, California, where he performed during the years of 2000 and 2001.
Movies & TV shows
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Down to Earth with Zac Efron
Actor Zac Efron journeys around the world with wellness expert Darin Olien in a travel show that explores healthy, sustainable ways to live.
The Disney Family Singalong
Ryan Seacrest hosts a nationwide singalong event featuring celebrities and their families as they take on their favorite Disney tunes from their homes; onscreen lyrics allow viewers to sing along.
In the greatest adventure of all time, see the never-before-tell story of how long-time friends and Mystery Inc co-conspirators, Fred, Velma, and Daphne first met, and how they joined forces to form t...
Killing Zac Efron
A new adventure series with Zac Efron going deep into the jungles of a remote, dangerous island in order to carve his own name in expedition history.
The Great Global Cleanup
Zac Efron and filmmaker Zach King join the people and organizations who have made it their mission to clean up the planet. With innovations in recycling and next-level waste management, these supersta...
Dude Perfect: Backstage Pass
Best known for trick shots, stereotypes, battles, bottle flips, ping pong shots and all-around competitive fun, Dude Perfect prides ourselves in making the absolute best family-friendly entertainment ...
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High School Musical: The Musical: The Series: The Special
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is an exclusive look into the making of the show.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy, from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.
The Beach Bum
An irreverent comedy about the misadventures of Moondog, a rebellious stoner and lovable rogue who lives large.
A group of friends living at the dawn of human civilization are the first to discover necessities like fire and the wheel. We'll watch as they stumble onto humanity's best, and worst, innovations. Art...
The Greatest Showman
P.T's story is the story of an American showman. The famous traveling Ringling Bros. were founded by the founder of the circus, Mr. Barnum. There was a circus called the Barnum and Bailey Circus.
Devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon gets into a fight with a new recruit. They uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.
The Disaster Artist
An aspiring actor in Hollywood meets an enigmatic stranger by the name of Tommy Wiseau, the meeting leads the actor down a path that nobody could have predicted, creating the worst movie ever made.
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
The home of Mac and Kelly Radner has a young child next to the sorority house. The radner's enlisted the help of their former nemeses from the frat to battle the rowdy sisters.
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
Brothers Mike and Dave tend to get out of control at family gatherings. The rest of the Stangles insist that the brothers bring respectable dates when their sister reveals her wedding plans. Two charm...
One week from now, Kelly will marry his boss's daughter, which will put him on the fast track for a partnership at the law firm. However, when the straight-laced Jason is tricked into driving his foul...
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The show with hot questions and even hotter wings invites a famous guest over to eat and then interviews them while they're struggling through the heat.
We Are Your Friends
Young Cole Carter dreams of hitting the big time as a Hollywood disc jockey, spending his days and nights hanging with buddies and working on the one track that will set the world on fire. Opportunity...
21 Years: Richard Linklater
A journey through the professional life of innovative film director Richard Linklater: 21 years creating films, carving his signature in pop culture; an analysis of his style and motivations, through ...
That Awkward Moment
Best pals Jason and Daniel indulge in casual flings and revel in their carefree, unattached lives. After learning that the marriage of their friend Mikey is over, they gladly welcome him back into the...
A couple with a newborn baby face difficulties after they are forced to live next to a house.
Robot Chicken DC Comics Special II: Villains in Paradise
A film about DC comics characters was aired on April 6th.
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Running Wild with Bear Grylls
The famed survivalist takes A-list celebrities on journeys into the wildest locations around the world, forcing the stars to push their bodies and minds to the limit to successfully complete the adven...
The world changed on November 22nd, 1963, when young American President John F. Kennedy was killed in Texas. A group of people are forced to make split-second decisions after an event that will change...
Newly single, 35, and uninspired by his job, Jesse Fisher worries that his best days are behind him. Life keeps pulling Jesse back even though he buries his head in a book. Jesse was invited to speak ...
A boy is searching for the one thing that will allow him to win the affection of a girl of his dreams. He needs to discover the story of the Lorax, a charming creature who fights to protect his world....
At Any Price
Henry Whipple wants his son Dean to help expand his family's farming empire, which is set in the competitive world of modern agriculture. Dean has his sights set on becoming a professional race car dr...
As investigative reporter Ward Jansen and his partner Yardley Acheman chase a sensational, career-making story with the help of Ward's younger brother Jack and sultry death-row groupie Charlotte Bless...
The Lucky One
The U.S. is located in the United States. Thibault credits a photograph he found of a woman he doesn't know with keeping him alive during his third tour of duty in Iraq. He shows up at Beth's door, le...
Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III
Chris McKay is the director of Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III, which is a parody of Green and Matthew Senreich's Robot Chicken with characters from the Star Wars universe.
Charlie St. Cloud
Charlie St was an accomplished sailor. Cloud has a college scholarship that will lead him far away from his hometown of Pacific Northwest, as well as the admiration of his mother and little brother. W...
Me and Orson Welles
New York, 1937. A teenager hired to star in Orson Welles' production of Julius Caesar becomes attracted to a career-driven production assistant.
On the verge of a midlife crisis, 30-something Mike O'Donnell wishes he could have a "do-over." And that's exactly what he gets when he wakes up one morning to find that he's 17 years old again. With ...
High School Musical 3: Senior Year
It's almost graduation day for high school seniors Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Chad, Ryan, and Taylor, and the thought of heading off in separate directions after leaving East High has them thinking the...
A plump teenager, Tracy Turnblad, auditioning to be on Baltimore's most popular dance show, The Corny Collins Show, lands a prime spot. She becomes determined to help her friends and end the racial se...
High School Musical 2
The East High Wildcats are going to have a lot of fun this summer. The Lava Springs Country Club is owned by Sharpay and Ryan's family. Get Troy is Sharpay's first rule of business. As Troy experience...
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High School Musical Remix
The Disney Channel Original Movie features hours of awesome new bonus features that will rock your world. Take a front-row seat on the red carpet for the Hollywood premiere and join the cast in an exc...
Heist is an American television series that premiered March 22, 2006, on NBC, but was almost immediately canceled due to low ratings. The series was from acclaimed director Doug Liman and revolved aro...
High School Musical
Troy, the popular captain of the basketball team, and Gabriella, the brainy and beautiful member of the academic club, break all the rules of East High society when they secretly auditioning for the l...
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The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
The newest residents of Boston's posh Tipton Hotel are 11 year-old identical twins named Zack andCody. The boys treat the tipton like their own playground, because they live in a suite with their mom....
The Derby Stallion
An alcoholic former horse-trainer believes that a fifteen-year-old boy has a unique gift of horsemanship and that it is possible for the boy to pursue his dream.
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3 kids are from an average Kansas household. When their parents are killed in a car accident, their life is thrown upside-down. Their aunt gets custody of her niece and nephew and they move into her h...
Single mom Corrine discovers that her twins are autistic. She refuses to give up on their potential, even though it seems that the rest of the world has turned its back on them. Thanks to this incredi...
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Any crime that has a shred of evidence connected to Navy and Marine Corps personnel is investigated by a team of special agents.
The Big Wide World of Carl Laemke
The story of a suburban family in which the father refuses to become an adult.
The actor pranked his celebrity friends with over-the-top stunts.
Melinda's world is very small. Her dour parents, members of a religious sect, forbid the celebration of birthdays or holidays. Melinda finds solace in small things: a spun silver spider web, her box o...
2 TV shows
CSI: Miami follows Crime Scene Investigators working for the Miami-Dade Police Department as they use physical evidence, similar to their Las Vegas counterparts, to solve gruesome murders. The Miami C...
In the year 2517, after the arrival of humans in a new star system, follow the adventures of the crew of the "Firefly-class" spaceship. The cast portrays the nine characters who live on the show.
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Nick Fallin is a hotshot lawyer working at his father's ultrasuccessful Pittsburgh law firm. Unfortunately, the high life has gotten the best of Nick. Arrested for drug use, he's sentenced to do 1,500...
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The inner workings of an urban teaching hospital and the critical issues faced by the dedicated physicians and staff of its overburdened emergency room were explored.
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