Zac Efron is an American actor. He was born in San Luis Obispo, California on October 18, 1987 to David Efron and Starla Baskett. One day Zac went on a road trip and his parents turned the radio on and Zac began singing along. His parents then asked him "Zac would you like to think about maybe taking piano lessons?" He then responded, "no way that's stupid." They then asked him if he thought he was musical and he responded: "not really." Zac then flipped on his Gameboy and that was the end of it. Years later when he was eleven he told his parents he didn't want to play another season of baseball. So, they gave him the option to take piano lessons instead. His piano teacher later encouraged him to try out for a role in a play called Gypsy, which ran for 90 performances. After he landed the role he got roles in the plays Once Upon a Mattress, Peter Pan, The Music Man, Mame, and Little Shop Of Horrors.
His middle school drama teacher, Robyn Metchik realized his potential and contacted an agent friend who got Zac several guest roles and pilots on television. Efron made his television debut on Firefly playing a young Dr. Simon Tam in a flashback. He then got a recurring guest role on the hit WB show Summerland as Cameron the love interest of Nikki Westerly. The next season he became a series regular however since the show got moved to midseason with little promotion a lot of fans became confused at when it was on and the show was canceled.
He then starred in the Lifetime movie called Miracle Run for which he garnered critical acclaim. He then filmed The Derby Stallion however the movie had trouble finding a distributor so the movie was released on DVD in June 2007. He then starred in the mega-hit TV movie High School Musical which was viewed by 38 million viewers in the United States alone. However, many people became confused at what he sang in High School Musical when Zac revealed that some of the lyrics have had his voice blended with a singer named Andrew Seeley. Zac sang all the songs himself with the exceptions of Get'cha Head in the Game, which Andrew Seeley mostly did himself and Breaking Free, in which Zac sang the first verse and had his voice blended with Andrew's for some lines through out the rest of the song. The official reasons given were Zac was coming out of puberty and had trouble with the high notes and when blended with Andrew's voice Zac sounded better singing with Vanessa. However, many have speculated that Andrew Seeley would only sell the song Get'cha Head in the Game to Disney if he got to sing it and got one other song credit. It should be noted that Andrew Seeley has not written any songs that will be used in High School Musical 2 and will not be doing any singing in the movie. Efron has stated that he wishes to do all his own singing in all future films.… Expand
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