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'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.

Hudgens' rep confirms naked pic is real

LOS ANGELES , Sept. 6 (UPI) -- A representative for Hollywood actress Vanessa Hudgens says a naked picture of the "High School Musical" teen on the Internet is real, TMZ.com said Thursday.

Zac Efron to headline 'Kids Choice Awards'

SYDNEY, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- American actor Zac Efron, who stars in "Hairspray," is heading to Australia to serve as host of the 2007 Nickelodeon "Australian Kids Choice Awards."

Salary dispute holding up 'Musical' sequel

Aug. 25 (UPI) -- A salary dispute between the stars of the U.S. film "High School Musical" and Walt Disney executives has put plans for another sequel on hold.

Efron considering 'Footloose' re-do

NEW YORK, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Zac Efron says he is considering starring in a new film musical version of the 1984 Kevin Bacon flick, "Footloose."

Efron finds success in movie musicals

NEW YORK, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Zac Efron admitted life has changed considerably and for the better since he starred in last year's hit TV movie "High School Musical."

Beyonce tops Lycos search list

WALTHAM, Mass., Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Web surfers apparently can’t get enough of video footage showing singer Beyonce Knowles tripping on a stage in Orlando.

N.J. to host 'Hairspray' premiere

NEWARK, N.J., July 16 (UPI) -- Newark, N.J., is rolling out the red carpet for the cast of the new movie musical, "Hairspray."
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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)
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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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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Zac Efron."
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