Efron seeks variety in his roles

Efron seeks variety in his roles

LOS ANGELES, April 3 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Zac Efron says he changed his mind about starring in the big-screen musical remake of "Footloose" because he wants to try his hand at other genres.
Efron bows out of 'Footloose' remake

Efron bows out of 'Footloose' remake

LOS ANGELES, March 24 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Zac Efron will not be starring in a big-screen musical version of "Footloose" as planned, a Paramount Pictures representative said.
Report: Studio fast-tracking 'Footloose'

Report: Studio fast-tracking 'Footloose'

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Paramount Pictures is fast-tracking a big-screen U.S. musical remake of "Footloose," with Zac Efron filling Kevin Bacon's dancing shoes, Variety.com said.
Madame Tussauds renders Efron in wax

Madame Tussauds renders Efron in wax

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Zac Efron is the latest celebrity rendered in wax at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, the museum announced.
Efron says he won't do another 'HSM'

Efron says he won't do another 'HSM'

LONDON, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Zac Efron said he won't reprise his role of teen basketball star Troy in a fourth installment of the "High School Musical" franchise.
'HSM3' tickets go on sale this week

'HSM3' tickets go on sale this week

BURBANK, Calif., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Hollywood's Walt Disney Studios says it plans to start selling tickets for its eagerly awaited movie "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" this week.
Hudgens expresses love for Efron

Hudgens expresses love for Efron

COCKBURN TOWN, Turks and Caicos Islands, July 19 (UPI) -- Actress Vanessa Hudgens says she is in love with her "High School Musical" co-star Zac Efron, with whom she spent time in the Caribbean this month.

'High School Musical' actress engaged

SALT LAKE CITY, May 25 (UPI) -- KayCee Stroh, who plays pop-and-lock girl Martha in the American "High School Musical" television movie series, says she is engaged to be married.

TV dancer Zack Wilson joins 'HSM:3'

LOS ANGELES, April 25 (UPI) -- Zack Wilson of ABC's "Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann" will be hoofing on the big screen in "High School Musical 3," the dancer says.

Efron to star in 'Me and Orson Welles'

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Zac Efron has signed on to star in "Me and Orson Welles," Richard Linklater's big-screen adaptation of Robert Kaplow's novel.

Efron recuperating after appendectomy

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- "High School Musical" and "Hairspray" heartthrob, actor Zac Efron, underwent an appendectomy at a Los Angeles hospital, his representative told People.com.

Stars set to return for 'HSM3'

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- All of the stars of the "High School Musical" TV movies have signed on to appear in an upcoming third installment to be released in theaters.

Matthew Perry to play '17'

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Former "Friends" and "Studio 60" star Matthew Perry has signed on to play a man who wakes up to find he is a teenager again in the new U.S. movie, "17."

Efron keeping low profile in Australia

SYDNEY, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Actor Zac Efron says he is planning to keep a low profile during his trip to Australia this week.

Teen star deals with nude photo leak

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- It has emerged that “High School Musical” star Vanessa Hudgens sent nude photos of herself to Nickelodeon star Drake Bell before she became famous.
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Zac Efron
Zac Efron appears backstage with the award for best male performance for "High School Musical 3: Senior Year", at the MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, California on May 31, 2009. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)

Zachary David Alexander "Zac" Efron (born October 18, 1987) is an American actor, singer, and dancer. He began acting professionally in the early 2000s, and became known to young audiences after his roles in the Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical, the WB series Summerland, and the 2007 film version of the Broadway musical Hairspray. In 2007, before the release of High School Musical 2, Rolling Stone declared him the "poster boy for tweenyboppers" and featured him in their late August 2007 issue. Efron has since starred in the films 17 Again, Me and Orson Welles, and Charlie St. Cloud, and is due to star in New Year's Eve and The Lucky One.

Efron was born in San Luis Obispo, California, and later moved to Arroyo Grande, California. His father, David Efron, is an engineer at a power plant, and his mother, Starla Baskett, is a former secretary who worked at the same power plant. Efron has a younger brother, Dylan, and had a self-described "normal childhood" in a middle class family. He is an agnostic, having never been religious. His surname, "Efron", means "lark" in Hebrew (his paternal grandfather was Jewish).

Efron has said that he would "flip out" if he got a "B" and not an "A" in school, and has also described himself as having been a class clown. Efron's father encouraged him to begin acting when Efron was 11 years old. He subsequently appeared in theater productions at his high school, worked in a theater called The Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville, and began taking singing lessons. Efron performed in plays such as Gypsy; Peter Pan; or, The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up; Little Shop of Horrors; and The Music Man. He was recommended to an agent in Los Angeles by his drama teacher, Robyn Metchik (the mother of actors Aaron Michael Metchik and Asher Metchik). Efron was later signed to the Creative Artists Agency.

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