Birthdate: October 18, 1987
Birthplace: San Luis Obispo, California, USA
A teen heartthrob on the popular High School Musical series, Zac Efron (birthname: Zachary David Alexander Efron) has transitioned into fully adult—and sometimes much darker—roles as he moves into his 30s. His pattern has been to alternate light entertainments emphasizing his comedy and song-and-dance skills with character-driven dramas that reveal a solid performer turning into a very good actor.
2008 was a key year for Zac Efron’s move into major films, jumping from High School Musical 3: Senior Year to Richard Linklater’s overlooked biopic, Me and Orson Welles, with Claire Danes and Christian McKay. In 2012, he made fine impressions in Scott Hicks’ The Lucky One and Lee Daniels’ adaptation of Pete Dexter’s The Paperboy, with Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, John Cusack and David Oyewolo. Parkland (2013), a JFK assassination drama with Marcia Gay Harden, Billy Bob Thornton and Paul Giamatti preceded the comedy, Neighbors (2014) with Seth Rogen. That proved such a hit that it spawned Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016).
While he has done his duty in blatantly commercial projects like the lambasted feature version of Baywatch (2017), Zac Efron has shifted into interesting terrain since that year, which included the release of the megahit musical, The Greatest Showman, with Hugh Jackman, and a wild double role in James Franco’s acclaimed The Disaster Artist.
This was followed by two incredibly different turns, first in Harmony Korine’s nutty yet charming The Beach Bum (2017), reuniting Efron with McConaughey, and then Efron portraying serial killer Ted Bundy in Joe Berlinger’s chilling Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) with Lily Collins. Zac Efron continued his run of dark dramas with the thriller, Gold (2022) and as the star of Universal/Blumhouse’s new version of Stephen King’s Firestarter (2022). His pattern of alternating dramas and comedies continued in 2022 with Peter Farrelly’s The Greatest Beer Run Ever, with Efron teaming with Russell Crowe and Bill Murray.
Raised in the central coastal California towns of San Luis Obispo by parents David and Starla, Zac Efron has one brother, Dylan, and a half-sister, Olivia. Performing in his high school play and musicals, Efron passed on acceptance to the University of Southern California and instead studied drama and performed with the central California theater company, Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. He has never married and has no children. Zac Efron has permanently moved to Byron Bay, south of Brisbane on Australia’s east coast. His net worth is $25 million.* His height is 5’ 8”.
Teen Heartthrob: Zac Efron has won 14 Teen Choice Awards, from 2006 to 2018.
Music Man: Efron has 12 charted songs in the US, including those associated with the High School Musical franchise and three associated with The Greatest Showman.
Meditation Medicine: In order to emotionally separate from portraying Ted Bundy, Zac Efron practiced Transcendental Meditation.
Almost Killing Zac Efron: Efron came down with a life-threatening bacterial infection likened to typhoid while shooting his TV show, Killing Zac Efron, in Papua New Guinea in 2019. He fully recovered.