Feb. 11th, 1992
Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
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Taylor Daniel Lautner (born February 11, 1992) is an American actor, voice actor, model, and martial artist. Lautner is best known for playing Jacob Black in The Twilight Saga film series based on the novels of the same name by 'Stephenie Meyer'.
Lautner was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Taylor has shown he was destined for a successful life from a very young age. He began studying karate at the age of six, training at Fabiano's Karate School, and by the following year, he was already winning tournaments. He was soon invited to train with seven-time world karate champion Mike Chat and, when he was eight, he was asked to represent his country in the twelve years and under division in the World Karate Association where he proved himself by becoming the Junior World Forms and Weapons champion, winning three gold medals. He continued to flourish in the martial arts circuit; in 2003, at only eleven years old, he was ranks number one in the world for NASKA's Black Belt Open Forms, Musical Weapons, Traditional Weapons and Traditional Forms and and, by the age of twelve, he had three Junior World Championships under his "black belt".
However, in addition to his love for karate, Lautner was bitten by the acting bug when he was seven years old, after his martial arts instructor persuaded him to audition for a part in a Burger King advert in Los Angeles. Although he was unsuccessful, he enjoyed the experience so much that he told his parents he wanted to pursue a career in acting. Soon, he and his family were traveling back-and-forth from their home in Michigan to California so Lautner could audition for acting roles on a regular basis. When he was ten, with the frequent traveling and air fares starting to drain them out, his family made the hard decision to relocate to Los Angeles where he would have the advantage of being able to audition on a full-time basis. Although it was a wrench to leave behind friends and family, the move gave him the added bonus of being able to compete on a more intense level in football and baseball.
Since moving to Los Angeles, Lautner has booked roles on My Wife and Kids (2001), Summerland (2004), The Bernie Mac Show (2001), and the The Nick & Jessica Variety Hour (2004). In addition to television, Taylor has been very successful in the voice over work.
Lautner has booked a recurring role as Youngblood on the cartoon Danny Phantom (2004) as well as he has recording two episodes of What's New, Scooby-Doo? (2002) and He's a Bully, Charlie Brown. Lautner has also booked a series regular of a pilot presentation called Which Way Is Up? (1977) along with the voice of Silas in an animation series entitled Silas and Brittany.
Lautner big break came in 2005 when, at the age of thirteen, he won the role of Shark Boy in the 'Robert Rodriguez' film The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D (2005). He spent three months on location in Austin, Texas filming, which he thoroughly enjoyed. Within months, he then successfully auditioned to play Eliot, the son of the Bakers' rival, in Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005).
In his spare time, Lautner loves playing football and baseball, both sports which he is very strong in. In football, he running back on offense and middle line backer on defense and, in baseball, he takes part in the Hart Baseball Program where he is positioned at center field and second base. He also participates in the LA Hip Kids, a hip-hop dance group. Lautner also enjoys making home movies with his friends, including Sharkboy and Lava Girl co-star 'Taylor Dooley', who lives near his Los Angeles home.
Although, he wants to continue acting into adulthood, he wouldn't mind becoming a film scriptwriter and director. Certainly, this is one young boy who is bound to do well in whatever he sets his mind to!
Lautner has an intricate workout plan, which was covered by Men's Health, and has a specific diet after developing his body for The Twilight Saga: New Moon. In addition, he still practices and trains in martial arts regularly. He has stated that he is drug and alcohol free.
- Plays football and baseball. He enjoys watching college football and supports the Michigan Wolverines.
- Had to start training the day after Twilight was finished for his role of Jacob Black in New Moon, whose transformation had to be drastic. He has so far gained 26 pounds and is aiming for 30, as promised to the director.
- Played football during freshman year in high school.
- He is best friends with Alyson Stoner.
- Is of French, Dutch, and German descent.
- One of People Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People 2009.
- Close friends with Kristen Stewart and Nikki Reed.
- Has become close friends with "Twilight" co-star, Edi Gathegi. He has been exercising in the gym with him since they finished filming the movie.