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Zac Efron

Actor Date of birth 18th October 1987
Place of birth San Luis Obispo, California, USA
Year of debut 2004
First feature film Miracle Run

Born in San Luis Obispo, Zac Efron’s middle class family later moved to Arroyo Grande. He appeared in school plays and amateur productions including Peter Pan. He got his first taste of Hollywood when his theatre teacher, Robyn Metchick, introduced him to an agent in LA. He cut his TV teeth in guest roles in ER, Firefly and CSI: Miami. His breakthrough role came in 2006 when he starred in High School Musical. His subsequent movie work ranges from Hairspray to Me And Orson Welles.

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Zac Efron's films

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Packshot for the film Parkland
15 Certificate
90 Mins

The true story of the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. With Paul Giamatti and Billy Bob Thornton. Contains bloody surgery scenes and gory injury detail.

Rent for £3.49
Packshot for the film The Death And Life Of Charlie St Cloud
12 Certificate
95 Mins

Zac Efron forms a bond with his deceased younger brother, who visits him from the afterlife. With Kim Basinger. Distressing scenes and some moderate language. Flashing images.

Rent for £2.99
Packshot for the film Me And Orson Welles
12 Certificate
110 Mins

A young actor (Zac Efron) stars in a play directed by Orson Welles (Christian McKay). Co stars Claire Danes and Ben Chaplin. Moderate sex references and language.

Rent for £2.49

Did you know?

  • Zac Efron’s singing voice in the Disney Channel’s original first television movie High School Musical (2006) was actually that of Canadian Andrew (Drew) Seeley. Drew is a regular singer on Disney soundtracks and compilations.
  • He became the first artist to debut on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with two songs in the same week with the High School Musical tracks: Get'cha Head In the Game and Breaking Free.
  • Simon Cowell offered him a record deal but he turned it down, claiming that acting was his main priority.
  • Towards the end of filming 17 Again, he had appendicitis. He had initially dismissed it as bad wind. He went straight to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after filming and had to have an emergency appendectomy that night.
  • He and his High School Musical co-star Ashley Tisdale successfully got Punk’d during a shopping trip. Zac witnessed two men walk in to the shop and take the cash box. However, when Zac reported the crime, the manager accused Zac of letting people steal.