1. Zachary David Alexander “Zac” Efron is an American actor and singer.
2. Efron was born in San Luis Obispo, California, and later moved to Arroyo Grande, California.
3. He was recommended to an agent in Los Angeles by his drama teacher, Robyn Metchik .
4. Efron graduated from Arroyo Grande High School in 2006 and was then accepted into the University of Southern California, but has deferred his enrollment to work on film projects.
5. He also attended Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, a community college located in Santa Maria, California, which provided him with the opportunity to perform as a “young player” during the years of 2000 and 2001.
6. In 2002, Efron began to appear in guest roles on several television series, including Firefly, ER, and The Guardian.
7. 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, Lori Loughlin and Jesse McCartney.
8. Since appearing in Summerland, he has also had guest roles on the shows CSI: Miami, NCIS, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and The Replacements.
9. In 2003, Efron starred in the Lifetime original television movie Miracle Run.
10. 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 race.
11. In 2006, Efron starred in the Disney Channel original movie High School Musical as Troy Bolton, a popular student and captain of the basketball team.
12. The film, which he initially made with “low expectations”, helped Efron gain recognition among teenage audiences as both an actor and a singer, even though his singing voice was overdubbed.