___Zachary David Alexander "Zac" Efron (born October 18, 1987) is ___an American actor and singer. 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.Speaking to Newsweek in June 2006, ___director Adam Shankman described Efron as "arguably the ___biggest teen star in America right now." In 2007, right 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 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 as Efron's father ___Efron had a self-described "normal childhood" in a middle class ___family, and has a younger brother, Dylan.Efron is of Jewish ___ancestry and is an agnostic, having never been religious. He has ___said that he would "flip out" if he got a B ___and not an A in ___school, and that he was a "class clown".Although self-described as ___not academically gifted, he remained focused enough to achieve ___an overall GPA of 4.3.