From a humble beginning in TV movies to breaking out in Disney's "High School Musical" series, the former child star continues to mature with a buzzy performance in "Neighbors."
Efron starred opposite Mary-Louise Parker in the 2004 Lifetime Television movie about a single mother raising twin boys with autism.
The drama about a woman raising her niece and nephew ran for two seasons on The WB from 2004-2005.
'High School Musical 2'
Efron celebrated the premiere of High School Musical 2 in 2007.
The 2007 musical was a hit, earning $118.8 million domestically.
Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron
The couple met working on High School Musical. The two no longer are in close touch, but, says Efron, "She was a really interesting, sweet person."
Efron starred opposite Matthew Perry in the 2009 comedy.
Efron worked with director Lee Daniels on 2012's The Paperboy.
Efron voiced Ted in the 2012 hit The Lorax, based on the Dr. Seuss classic.
Abs at the MTV Movie Awards
Efron turned heads by going shirtless at this year's MTV Movie Awards.
The $18 million film is getting terrific buzz for the actor, who plays a frat boy spinning frighteningly out of control. Neighbors also stars Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne.
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