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 has a younger brother, Dylan. Efron's father encouraged him to begin acting when Efron was eleven. He appeared in theater productions at his high school, worked in a theater called the Melodrama, and began taking singing lessons. Efron performed in plays such as Gypsy, Peter Pan, Little Shop of Horrors, The Music Man and Mame, appearing at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. Efron was recommended to an agent in Los Angeles by his drama teacher, Robyn Metchik.
Efron starred in the Disney Channel original movie High School Musical as Troy Bolton, alongside actresses Vanessa Anne Hudgens, The film, helped Efron gain recognition among teenage audiences as both an actor and a singer. The following are some songs which he sang in High School Musical 1 and 2: Get'cha Head in the Game,Breaking Free, a duet with Vanessa Anne Hudgens, Start of Something New, What I've Been Looking For: Reprise,We're All in This Together, Every Day, Bet On It, Work This Out, What Time Is It, You Are The Music In Me, Got To Go My Own Way. The following are some films in which he took part: High School Musical Hairspray High school Musical 2