Joshua T. Bassett (born December 22, 2000) is an American actor and singer. He is known for starring as Ricky Bowen in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. Bassett was born and raised in Oceanside, California to parents Taylor and Laura, and he has five sisters. He was home-schooled. His first introduction to musical theater was at age 8, over a decade before he starred as Ricky in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, when he was in a community theater production of High School Musical as J.