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Taylor Lautner, born as "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.
As a child, Lautner took up martial arts in Holland, Michigan and was ranked number one in his category by the American Sports Karate Association. Lautner later began his acting career, appearing in bit roles in comedy series such as The Bernie Mac Show (2003) and My Wife and Kids (2004), before having voice roles in television series like What's New, Scooby-Doo? (2005) and Danny Phantom (2005). In 2005, he appeared in the film Cheaper by the Dozen 2 and starred in The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D. He also starred in the 2011 action film Abduction.Read Full Bio >>
The late 2000s saw Lautner become a teen idol and sex symbol, after extensively changing his physique to keep the role of Jacob Black in further Twilight installments, and generating media attention for his looks. In 2010, he was ranked second on Glamour's "The 50 Sexiest Men of 2010" list, and fourth on People's "Most Amazing Bodies" list. Also in the same year, Lautner was named the highest-paid teenage actor in Hollywood.
Taylor was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan to mom, Deborah, and dad, Dan. He is of French, Dutch, and German descent. When asked about playing Native American character Jacob Black in the 2008 film, "Twilight", he revealed that he has some Native American ancestry, Ottawa and Potawatomi to be exact.
Lautner began studying karate at the age of six, training at (Fabiano's Karate School) in Holland, Michigan. By the following year, he began 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.
Lautner began his acting career after his martial arts instructor persuaded him to audition for a part in a Burger King advertisement in Los Angeles. Although he was unsuccessful, he enjoyed the experience so much that decided to pursue a career in acting. Soon, he and his family were traveling back-and-forth from their home in Michigan to California so that Taylor could audition for acting roles on a regular basis. When Lautner was ten, his family relocated to Los Angeles to allow him to pursue acting full-time.
He continued to flourish in the martial arts circuit; in 2003, at only eleven years old, he was ranked number one in the world for NASKA's Black Belt Open Forms, Musical Weapons, Traditional Weapons and Traditional Forms and, by the age of twelve, he won Junior World Championships.
Lautner began acting in 2001, appearing in the made-for-television film "Shadow Fury". He subsequently had roles on the series "Summerland", "The Bernie Mac Show", and "My Wife and Kids". He has also had a recurring role on "Danny Phantom" as YoungBlood. He is perhaps most famous for his starring role as Sharkboy in "The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D", a film that showcased his martial arts skills. Lautner has stated that while he has been trying to succeed in his acting career, he also wants to finish high school.
He has had small roles in a number of other television shows and movies, including "The Nick & Jessica Variety Hour". In addition to television, Taylor has been very successful in voice-over work. Taylor has booked a recurring role as Youngblood on the cartoon "Danny Phantom", and has recorded episodes of "What's New, Scooby-Doo?" and "He's a Bully, Charlie Brown". Taylor has also been as booked a series regular of a pilot presentation called "Which Way Is Up?", in addition to voicing the character of Silas in the animated series "Silas and Brittany".
His big break came in 2005 when, at the age of thirteen, Taylor won the role of Shark Boy in the Robert Rodriguez film "The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D". He spent three months on location in Austin, Texas filming. Within months, he successfully auditioned to play Eliot, the son of the Bakers' rivals, in "Cheaper by the Dozen 2".
Lautner has been cast as Jacob Black in the upcoming movie adaptation of the book "Twilight" by Stephenie Meyer.
At a recent appearance at a "Breaking Dawn" midnight release party at a Barnes & Noble in his hometown in Michigan, Lautner revealed that he has a new show that will debut on Oct. 13 and that Christian Slater is one of his co-stars. The show, called "My Own Worst Enemy", is described by Taylor as a mix between "Alias" and "24". Taylor says that he is excited about the show, because it will give him a chance to showcase his martial arts skills.
Lautner returned for the third Twilight film, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, in 2010. Receiving mixed reviews from critics, the film surpassed its predecessor to become the highest-grossing film of the franchise and the highest-grossing romantic fantasy, werewolf and vampire movie of all time at the American and Canadian box office. It ranks as the 36th highest grossing film of all-time in the U.S. and Canada. The popularity of Lautner and his cast members continued to summit, especially via the "Team Edward vs. Team Jacob" campaign that promoted the film. Lautner's fanbase also began to expand to older audiences. Lautner won "Best Fantasy Actor" at the 2010 Scream Awards, and he is nominated for "Favorite Movie Actor" for his role in Eclipse at the 37th People's Choice Awards. On November 2010 The Hollywood Reporter named Lautner as one of the young male actors who are “pushing – or being pushed” into taking over Hollywood as the new “A-List”.
Lautner was initially supposed to be in two films, Northern Lights and a movie based on Max Steel, but pulled out of both films due to scheduling conflicts and better offers. Other planned projects were the lead in a movie about Stretch Armstrong and a hostage thriller, Cancun. Lautner filmed a Bourne Identity-esque spy film with Lily Collins, entitled Abduction. It was released in September 2011 to universally negative critical reviews and Lautner's performance was heavily criticised. He appeared in the remaining parts of the Twilight series, the The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn films, which were released over a two-year period from 2011–2012.
As of 2010, Lautner was considered to be the highest-paid teen actor in Hollywood.
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.
Lautner resides with his parents and younger sister in Valencia, California, which he says he prefers due to the dearth of paparazzi. Lautner has said that he has never thought of moving out on his own, stating, "The thing I love is that my home life hasn't changed. I still help out with the garbage. I still help out with the lawn." He owns a BMW 5 series, with dark-tinted windows intended to provide anonymity.
The boost given to his career by the success of the Twilight films made him too busy to attend school, so he took the California High School Proficiency Exam to graduate from high school in 2008. He has stated on Late Show with David Letterman that if he does not have work, he would like to go back to school. He now takes online classes at his local community college.
In 2009, Lautner was linked romantically to American country pop singer Taylor Swift and American actress and pop singer Selena Gomez.
Before the actor turned 18, his sexualized image was often critiqued, and subject to controversy. In December 2009, Lautner appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone in a wet t-shirt. Jennifer Cady of E! Online said to wait a few months when Lautner would "be of age, which will make this whole operation you got going on completely legal." In his interview with the magazine, after declining to talk about whether he was dating Taylor Swift, the magazine pressed Lautner on rumors of him being homosexual, which he brushed off. Brent Hartinger, a columnist for AfterElton, blasted the magazine, calling the questioning "unimaginably irresponsible," commenting that Lautner was just "a 17-year old kid" and that while the rumors were baseless and speculation from certain blogs and fans, it was disappointing that a "legitimate media outlet" would print gossip. Hartinger said the magazine reached a "new low" and did not have common decency, noting that there was not a line between "child and adult" although Lautner was in adult-like roles.<< Less Bio
|2013||Razzie Awards||Worst Screen Couple||The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2012).||Won|
|2013||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Male Hottie||Nominated|
|2013||MTV Movie Awards||Best Shirtless Performance||The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2012).||Won|
|2012||Razzie Awards||Worst Actor||Abduction (2011/I) and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011).||Nominated|
|2012||People's Choice Awards, USA||Favorite Action Movie Star||Nominated|
|2012||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actor: Action||Abduction (2011/I).||Won|
|2012||Kids' Choice Awards, USA||Favorite Butt Kicker||The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011).||Won|
|2011||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy||The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010).||Won|
|2011||MTV Movie Awards||Best Kiss||The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010).||Nominated|
|2011||People's Choice Awards, USA||Favorite On-Screen Team||The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010).||Won|
|2011||Razzie Awards||Worst Actor||The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) and Valentine's Day (2010/I).||Nominated|
|2010||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Celebrity Smile||Won|
|2010||Razzie Awards||Worst Screen Couple||The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009).||Nominated|
|2010||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor||The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009).||Nominated|
|2010||Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA||Best Performance by a Younger Actor||The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009).||Nominated|
|2010||People's Choice Awards, USA||Favorite Breakout Movie Actor||Won|
|2010||MTV Movie Awards||Best Kiss||Valentine's Day (2010/I).||Nominated|
|2010||Kids' Choice Awards, USA||Cute Couple||The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009).||Won|
|2010||Kids' Choice Awards, Australia||Favorite Kiss||The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010).||Nominated|
|2009||MTV Movie Awards||Breakthrough Performance Male||Twilight (2008/I).||Nominated|
|2009||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Fresh Face Male||Twilight (2008/I).||Won|
|2006||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor||The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D (2005).||Nominated|
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