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ZAC EFRON (Jason) has proven to be one of Hollywood's most promising talents. Amassing an impressive body of work that encompasses film and television, Efron has received an array of accolades throughout his career including ShoWest's Breakthrough Performer of the Year award, the MTV Movie Awards for Breakthrough Performance (2008) and Best Male Performance (2009), as well as multiple Teen Choice and Kids' Choice Awards.

This spring Efron will be seen opposite Seth Rogen in Neighbors, a comedy about a couple with a new baby who face unexpected challenges when they move in next door to a fraternity house.

Efron recently starred in the historical drama Parkland, which recounts the true events that occurred at Parkland Hospital in Dallas the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The film premiered at this year's Toronto Film Festival and features an all-star cast including Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton, Jacki Weaver and Marcia Gay Harden.

Additional film credits include Ramin Bahrani's At Any Price, co-starring Dennis Quaid and Heather Graham; Lee Daniels' The Paperboy, opposite Nicole Kidman, John Cusack and Matthew McConaughey; The Lucky One, a film adaption of the Nicholas Sparks novel; Josh Radnor's Liberal Arts, with Elizabeth Olsen and Allison Janney; New Year's Eve, alongside Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro and Halle Berry; Charlie St. Cloud, with Charlie Tahan; 17 Again, opposite Matthew Perry and Leslie Mann; Me and Orson Welles, directed by Richard Linklater; and the box-office smash Hairspray, which won the Critics Choice Award for Best Ensemble.

Television credits include a recurring role on the WB series "Summerland" and guest-starring roles on "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody," "ER," "The Guardian" and "CSI: Miami."

Efron became a household name with the launch of the 2006 Emmy Award-winning Disney Channel phenomenon "High School Musical." He reprised his role as Troy Bolton, captain of the basketball team, in "High School Musical 2," which broke cable-TV records as it drew 17.5 million viewers. Efron also starred in High School Musical 3: Senior Year, a feature-film installment of the extremely successful franchise. The film set a box-office record with the highest-grossing opening weekend for a musical.

On stage, Efron starred in the musical "Gypsy" and has appeared in productions of "Peter Pan," "Mame," "Little Shop of Horrors" and "The Music Man."

In 2010 Efron established his own production company, Ninjas Runnin' Wild, with partner Jason Barrett. NRW has a first-look deal with Warner Bros. and is currently developing several projects.

A native of Northern California, Efron currently resides in Los Angeles.

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