Zachary David Alexander Efron was born October 18, 1987 and is an American actor and singer.

He 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 GypsyPeter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow UpLittle Shop of Horrors; and The Music Man. He was recommended to an agent in Los Angeles by his drama teacher, Robyn 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.

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), The Greatest Showman (2017), Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019), and Scoob! (2020).