Zac Efron

by ethnic on August 22, 2008

Birth Name: Zachary David Alexander Efron

Place of Birth: San Luis Obispo, California, United States

Date of Birth: October 18, 1987

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish (paternal grandfather), English, German, Scottish, possibly around 1/16th Irish, and remote Dutch and Belgian/Flemish

Zac Efron is an American actor and singer. He is known for his roles in the films High School Musical, Hairspray, 17 Again, The Lucky One, and The Paperboy, among others.

Zac’s paternal grandfather is Jewish (the son of Jewish immigrants from Poland). The surname Efron, an Ashkenazi Jewish surname, is Hebrew, and is taken from the Biblical place name, עפרוניים. Zac once described himself as Jewish in a skit where he was more or less playing himself (see here), but it is unclear if Zac fully identifies himself as Jewish.

Zac’s three other grandparents were/are not of Jewish heritage. Zac’s paternal grandmother’s ancestry included German, Scottish, and English. Zac’s maternal grandfather was of English and German descent, and Zac’s maternal grandmother had English, possibly around one quarter Irish, and distant Dutch and Belgian (Flemish), ancestry. One of Zac’s maternal step-grandfathers, Irving Lipskey, was Jewish.

Zac is an agnostic, and has never been religious.

A picture of Zac with his father can be seen here. A picture of Zac with his mother can be seen here.

A picture of Zac with his paternal grandfather can be seen here.

No genealogical connection between Zac and writer Nora Ephron has been established, but is possible. Nora’s family’s surname was spelled Efron generations back.

Zac’s paternal grandfather is Harold Efron (the son of Nasko/Nossen “Nathan” Rueben Efron and Dworja “Dora” Kleszczelska/Klein/Kleiniskyoff). Harold was born in New York, while Harold’s parents, known as Nathan and Dora in the U.S., were Jewish immigrants (Nasko from from Boćki or Siemiatycze, both in Poland, and Dworja from Boćki). Nasko and Dworja married in 1927 in Zabłudów, Białystok, Poland. Nasko was the son of Leibel Efron and Gitel “Gutka” Worona. Dworja was the daughter of Nathan Kleszczelska/Klein/Kleiniskyoff and Dvora.

Zac’s paternal grandmother is Dorothy Rhe Karcher (the daughter of George Lippincot Karcher, Jr. and Mildred Geneva Cooper). Dorothy was born in Idaho, and has German, Scottish, and English ancestry. George was born in Pennsylvania, to Pennsylvania-born parents, George Lippincot Karcher and Elizabeth Janet McRobbie. Mildred was born in Idaho, to Minnesota-born parents, Alonzo Byron Cooper and Mary Ellen Hipsley.

Zac’s maternal grandfather was Robert Harold Baskett (the son of Roswell C. Baskett and Matilda A. “Lillie” Bade). Robert was born in Washington. Roswell was born in Washington, to a father from Missouri, Charles Monroe Baskett, and a mother from Tennessee, Mary/Martha Isabelle Daily/Dail. Roswell had English ancestry. Matilda was born in Wisconsin; Matilda’s father, Albert Carl/Charles Bade, was born in Wisconsin, to German parents, while Matilda’s mother, Bertha A./Emily Herrmann/Herman, was a German immigrant.

Zac’s maternal grandmother was June Helene Glidden (the daughter of Joseph Henry Glidden and Helene Durgan). June was born in Washington. Joseph was born in Michigan, as were Joseph’s own parents, Elmer Joy Glidden and Luzelle/Luzell Richmond. Elmer had English, as well as distant Dutch and Belgian (Flemish), ancestry. Elmer’s patrilineal line traces back to John Glidden, who was born, c. 1550, in Pancras, near Bideford, Devon, England. Zac’s great-grandmother Helene Durgan was born in Washington state, to a father from New York, Edmund or Edward Durgan, and a mother from Michigan, Angie Estelle Baker. Edmund/Edward Durgan’s parents were Canadian, and he was of Irish or part Irish ancestry. The surnames “Richmond” and “Baker” are often English.

Zac’s great-grandmother Helene (Durgan) Glidden wrote the 1951 novel The Light on the Island, about her childhood growing up on Patos Island, Washington, where her father (Zac’s great-great-grandfather) was lighthouse keeper between 1905 and 1913.

Sources: Genealogy of Zac Efron –

Genealogies of Zac Efron (focusing on his father’s side) –

Marriage record of Zac’s paternal grandparents, Harold Efron and Dorothy Rhe Karcher –

Family history of Zac’s paternal grandfather, Harold Efron –

Zac’s paternal grandfather, Harold Efron, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Zac’s comment on his Jewish grandfather –

Zac’s paternal grandmother, Dorothy Rhe Karcher, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Zac Efron (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Zac’s mother (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Wedding record of Zac’s maternal grandparents, Robert Harold Baskett and June Helene Glidden –

Zac’s maternal grandfather, Robert Harold Baskett, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Zac’s maternal great-grandfather, Roswell C. Baskett –

Zac’s maternal great-grandfather, Roswell C. Baskett, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Zac’s maternal great-grandmother, Matilda A. “Lillie” Bade, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Zac’s family in the Glidden genealogy: the fit of the Glidden genes, Volume 2

Zac’s maternal grandmother, June Helene Glidden, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Zac’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Elmer Joy Glidden –

Genealogy of Zac’s maternal great-great-great-grandfather, Joseph Henry Glidden (focusing on his own father’s side) –

The Light on the Island, the 1951 novel by Zac’s maternal great-grandmother, Helene (Durgan) Glidden –

Picture of Zac’s maternal great-grandmother, Helene (Durgan) Glidden –


{ 76 comments… read them below or add one }

madman April 9, 2017 at 8:26 am

Why “with the rest of Zac’s ancestry being”?

andrew July 14, 2016 at 6:39 pm
follers August 4, 2015 at 7:03 pm

Zac reminds me of this Israeli model, Eliran Biton.

andrew January 29, 2016 at 6:03 pm

I don’t think so. Zac looks more like Joaquin Phoenix now. I suggest to upload a recent picture of Zac.–arrivals.html?&ps=2&x-start=26

follers January 29, 2016 at 8:43 pm

I think the current Zac Efron picture is better. He still sort of looks like that.

Efron looks like Robby Benson also. I think Joaquin Phoenix looks like Michael Stuhlbarg.

andrew January 31, 2016 at 7:18 am

the current picture is obviously better, Zac is a bit overweight now.

Marlene Bleddyn October 28, 2014 at 10:47 am

I’ve got a somewhat similar ancestry with Welsh, Belgian (Flemish), German, English, Swiss-German, Norwegian, distant French(not confirmed) and distant Dutch. I’ve got brown hair and green eyes, and very pale skin.

WTF August 13, 2014 at 4:55 pm

he looks kind of like jared leto. they could be brothers.

ashash October 13, 2014 at 10:17 am
WTF December 5, 2014 at 5:16 pm

LMFAO funny how you disagree with me, but yet millions of others agree with me. Just google “Zac Efron looks like Jared Leto”.

me August 10, 2014 at 11:09 pm

he has a hot body,but his face is so gay

Fatmonkey August 13, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Apparently he never succeeded in overgrowing his ‘Disneyesque prettyface’ phase. I always thought the ‘buff-muscled, womanizing butch’ facade he currently portrays is his manner of trying (pretty much in vain, I guess) to make audience forget his beginner days when he looked like the exact opposite of what he is now.

theropod March 31, 2015 at 11:59 pm

You’re stupid and homophobic.

Most gay guys have his body. And many gay guys look more masculine than him, facially.

Shawn January 13, 2014 at 1:11 am

He’s a very handsome man.

Chris K December 29, 2013 at 3:20 am
AnonymousPerson December 21, 2013 at 4:51 pm

He’s prettier than most females.

indo December 19, 2013 at 6:00 pm

he looks femiene in that picture.

The Beautiful Ones December 17, 2013 at 12:22 pm

so cute

JasonBaker December 1, 2013 at 2:05 pm

I love his eyes… Btw, what a great mix he has!

fuzzybear44 November 4, 2013 at 5:35 am

seems usual for an Jewish person to be an agnostic,at least in my opinion.Also you’re not a Jew unless your mother is a Jew?Just asking a question,no one get upset(now or two years from now)

andrew November 4, 2013 at 5:42 am

wiki quote on Dustin Hoffmann: “His upbringing was neither religious nor observant.”

follers November 4, 2013 at 5:49 am

Many Jews are agnostic, but are still practicing Jews with a strong Jewish identity.

Dustin Hoffman has a stronger Jewish identity now than when he was young, I believe. I think he said he didn’t know he was Jewish until his very early teens.

ShawntheGod November 2, 2013 at 10:07 pm
Fatmonkey September 4, 2013 at 4:10 am

Unless the several genealogical sites I examined and checked are wrong, Zac is a descendant of Edward III, King of England. Here is the exact lineage I noted down and saved (from Zac’s ancestress, Margaret Bean, who was the wife of Jonathan Glidden, to Edward III):

Margaret Bean was the daughter of Jeremiah Bean who was the son of John Macbayne who was the son of Donald Macbayne who was the son of Isobel Baille who was the daughter of William Baille who was the son of Elizabeth Stewart who was the daughter of John Stewart who was the son of John Stewart who was the son of John Stewart who was the son of Joan Beaufort who was the daughter of John Beaufort who was the son of John of Gaunt who was the son of Edward III, King of England.

follers September 4, 2013 at 11:45 am

Is there anyone who has English ancestry who isn’t descended from Edward III? He lived in the 1300s.

Fatmonkey June 26, 2013 at 7:44 am

One of his maternal ancestors (in the genealogy tree for Elmer Joy Glidden, I think) is named ‘Phillippe du Trieux’ – typical French name and surname. I think it’s correct to say Zac’s part French, too.

follers June 26, 2013 at 12:01 pm

It’s a tough one. Phillippe du Trieux was the son of another Phillippe du Trieux, and of Susanna Von Noorstrandt, who were both born in the Netherlands (in the 1500s).

It does sound French, but is there any other tree that races the ancestry further? Back to France?

follers June 26, 2013 at 12:29 pm

It seems based on other things that he was for sure of French heritage. Okay, as remote as it is, I submitted a corr ection.

Fatmonkey June 26, 2013 at 1:13 pm

To think of it on a closer note, though, I’d say it’s better not to add the French heritage, its status being not totally clear (yet). On the sites delineating the history of the ‘Du Trieux’ family, the ancestry is only acknowledges as “the Netherland-born Walloons”. I know Walloons are the French-speaking population living in Netherlands and Belgium, however I don’t think their surnames guarantee the French ethnicity/origin, i.e. they might have been the Dutch, or even German people who underwent the assimilation into the French.

Hope Moretti September 25, 2012 at 1:05 am

i dunno but after i saw wax in his ears. ewww i don’t think he’s hot anymore

levangelista36 July 27, 2012 at 6:35 pm

He’s Jewish.

No surprise here. :D

levangelista36 July 27, 2012 at 7:36 pm

I thought he was half . . .

levangelista36 July 27, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Well, if it makes you feel any better, John Mayer is Jewish.

levangelista36 July 27, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Well, there’s also David Beckham, who is of part Jewish descent. Logan Lerman and Paul Rudd have two Jewish parents. So there ya go. :]

levangelista36 July 27, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Oh, and Ben Foster and his brother are also Jewish.

levangelista36 July 27, 2012 at 10:45 pm

De Niro as well.

He’s only a quarter Italian but has the name.

Blonde Frizzles May 16, 2012 at 3:30 pm

HES A CUTIE! and his eyes! UGH!

Zendaya J. February 18, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Zak Efron is the best of all actors in HSM movie, even with Vanessa, he is a greman, i didn’t know that! he is pretty cool and vanessa is soooo lucky!!! GO ZAK AND VANESSA! :D

Blonde Frizzles May 16, 2012 at 3:32 pm

I AGREE! besides the part when u said zack and vanessa are good together. She’s my competition! lol i cant let her win! jk

Lovely February 5, 2012 at 12:48 pm

His eyes :-O !! So sex and hot Zac lol
Very talented actor ;)

Amanda December 31, 2011 at 5:18 pm

He has gotten hotter of the years…

Amanda December 31, 2011 at 5:18 pm

I mean over not of…

ooo February 27, 2012 at 12:36 am


LEE October 5, 2011 at 1:12 pm

His ancestry is very interesting. Especially the mix of German and European Jewish.

mestiza. August 21, 2011 at 8:17 am

i saw him on the list of dutch americans(or famous dutch americans)

Cali Addison August 6, 2011 at 4:48 am

you know his eyes aren’t naturally blue, he’s worn blue contacts ever since hsm2. if you wtch the film carefully, you’ll notice his eyes change from brown to blue a lot
also what is ashkenazic jewish?

Kayla August 21, 2011 at 9:06 am

Ashkenazic Jewish is European Jewish.

Shirali December 15, 2011 at 2:16 am

He has blue eyes when he was a kid, also on his school pictures, they look naturally blue, not contacts, I’m pretty sure schools wouldn’t bother to edit their student’s eye color.
also, sometimes people’s eye changes according to environment.
I don’t know why people always spread out words about celebrities not having light eyes, like people say megan fox, aishwarya rai actually has brown eyes. have you seen them in real life to actually be so sure that they wear contacts?

Sharona July 3, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Wikipedia > List of dutch americans.
Zac efron is also of dutch descent.

Nicole June 29, 2011 at 6:25 pm

He has such a good looking face and eyes…
He does look German and Polish.

dee July 3, 2011 at 6:45 pm
Me! March 22, 2011 at 12:48 pm

ethnic can you give me the links of sources please where you find that Zac is: English, German, Scottish, Polish and Russian.? I cannot open the links under Sources:.. in advance thanks :) It’s not about him.. you told us he is nglish, German, Scottish, Polish and Russian.. but I need it for something else.! thanks :)

Me! March 22, 2011 at 12:49 pm

English** xD sorry

ethnic June 3, 2011 at 6:47 pm
shenicce taylor March 20, 2011 at 4:30 pm


Dave February 23, 2011 at 10:05 pm

His paternal grandfather is Jewish.

lael wedlund February 2, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Zac efron is all those.

Me! November 11, 2010 at 1:41 pm

he is not gay he is not ugly he is so hot and beautiful. Gerard Butler is for me the most Beautiful, Hot, Sexy and Pretty guy in the Universe.

Melanie Lombardi December 8, 2010 at 12:14 pm

Gerard is ugly. We all have our on tastes & opinions, don’t tell somone they aren’t if that’s not what their feelings are towards that person.

Anonymous May 12, 2010 at 12:40 pm

wow hes jewish!!

Anonymous April 10, 2010 at 6:42 pm

No wonder.

Nathan Teasdale Mottram February 19, 2010 at 11:23 am

ashley tisdale*

Nathan Teasdale Mottram February 19, 2010 at 11:23 am

so him ashley have two the same as she is english-jewish

Me! March 22, 2011 at 12:50 pm

he is Russian Jewish..:) or German Jewish.. how ever..! :)

ethnic February 18, 2010 at 11:22 pm

They do have interesting backgrounds too.

BlackMON February 18, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Why are these full blooded white people on Ethnic celebs ,

Me! November 11, 2010 at 1:42 pm
Sven February 6, 2010 at 8:38 am

It doesn’t surprise me that he is Polish (and Jewish) as he does look a lot like a young Roman Polanski, but taller.

zuzanna June 2, 2010 at 11:59 am

i am Polish and i can’t see anything Polish in him….really ;p

Dave February 1, 2010 at 5:31 pm

I don’t know how reliable that “” site is.

ethnic January 24, 2010 at 9:53 pm

I think you are right with the Polish and German.

Anonymous January 21, 2010 at 5:58 am

love love love love love zac

i think he might also be from slavic ancestry like polish, belarussian or russian. maybe even german.

sam October 9, 2009 at 2:57 am

zac efron is awesome.

ethnic October 9, 2009 at 2:22 pm

Thats possible. He is not religiously Jewish even though his name Efron is of Jewish origin. But most article say that he is agnostic.


Me! May 15, 2011 at 6:34 am

I believe he’s Christian as he celebrates Christmas he said that in a interview..

bet May 12, 2009 at 3:41 pm

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