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Zac Efron Broke Free of the ‘High School Musical’ Stereotype a Long Time Ago — and His Films Prove It!

If you were to track him from High School Musical to Hairspray to Baywatch, it's pretty obvious that scoring work hasn't really been a problem for Zac Efron, though that wasn't always the case. "The audition process then was ruthless," the 30-year-old has said of his start in showbiz. "There were several thousand kids out there with brown hair and blue eyes that were my age trying to be in movies. Getting a job was like beating a casino. For every role that I did on TV and movies, I'd auditioned for 30 or 40."

So that kid, who was born Zachary David Alexander Efron on Oct. 18, 1987, in San Luis Obispo, CA, may not have been an overnight success, but, as the following movie guide will show, he's certainly come a long way since a certain Disney Channel Original Movie made him a household name! Scroll down for a closer look at his resume.