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Zachary David Alexander Efron (or Zefron, born October 18, 1987) is an American actor and singer whose first (and most famous) major role was as Troy in High School Musical. Since then, some think that he has branched into a more "serious" actor with better performances. He often plays the Big Man on Campus.

He dated HSM co-star Vanessa Hudgens for four years. They split in late 2010; both attribute the breakup to simply growing up.

He may also be Kira, and is quite the charismatic humanitarian.

Selected filmography:

Tropes applying to Efron:

  • Adam Westing: He appeared in a Saturday Night Live sketch as Troy Bolton returning to East High to tell the seniors that in the real world people don't begin singing and dancing out of nowhere.
  • Casting Gag: Efron's big break was as Troy Bolton, captain of the basketball team of high school. His next movie, 17 Again (2009), is about a former basketball's captain in high school.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Got ridiculously jacked for Baywatch. If you had to spend an entire movie in nothing but swim trunks while standing next to The Rock, you probably would too. Same goes for playing Kevin Von Erich in The Iron Claw, where he built up the requisite Heroic Build for convincingly playing a pro wrestler.
  • I Am Not Spock: With the exceptions of 17 Again and The Lucky One, all of his post-HSM films kept flopping at the box office until 2014, with smash box office success of Neighbors and the modest success of That Awkward Moment. And then came The Greatest Showman.
  • Scully Box: At 5'8, he's shorter than the typical Mr. Fanservice, and various tricks have been used to make him appear taller in films.
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • What Could Have Been: There was a long-standing rumor that he would've played Light Yagami in the American Death Note adaptation years back. It came to the point that "Is he [Zac Efron] Kira?" became a meme over night, lasting long after the project was scrapped. (Zac actually looking like Light Yagami in the late 2000s definitely helped the meme). Zac also being a fan of the Death Note manga also won him some points, sadly it wasn’t meant to be.
    • Rumor has it he turned down the part citing the need to cast Asian actors as Asian characters, avoiding a Race Lift... Sadly when the movie was made in 2017, they casted Nat Wolff as Light.