Zachary David Alexander Efron is an American actor. He began acting professionally in the early 2000s, and rose to prominence in the late 2000s for his leading role as Troy Bolton in the High School Musical franchise . During this time, he also starred in the musical film Hairspray and the comedy film 17 Again . He has since appeared in the films New Year's Eve , The Lucky One , The Paperboy , Neighbors , Dirty Grandpa , Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising , Baywatch and The Greatest Showman .Early lifeEfron was born in San Luis Obispo, California, and later moved to Arroyo Grande, California. His father, David Efron, is an electrical engineer at a power station, and his mother, Starla Baskett, is a secretary who worked at the same power plant. Efron has a brother, Dylan, and had, as he has described, a normal childhood in a middle-class family.