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)
His father, David Efron, is an electrical engineer at a power station, and his mother, Starla Baskett, is a secretary 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, “Efron”, is an Ashkenazi Jewish surname, taken from a Biblical place name (his paternal grandfather was Jewish, and Zac has described himself as Jewish)
His father encouraged him to begin acting when Zac was eleven years old.
Efron subsequently appeared in theater productions at his high school, worked in the theater The Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville, and began taking singing lessons.
worked in the theater The Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville, and began taking singing lessons.
He considers Johnny Depp as his acting idol.
Efron's career reached a turning point with the teen musical television film High School Musical (2006),
He gained massive attention thanks to High School Musical, and continued to showcase his acting skills in films like 17 Again and Baywatch, opposite Dwayne Johnson.