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Taylor Daniel Lautner (born February 11, 1992) is an American actor and martial artist who is perhaps best known for his 2005 family film performances in The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D with Taylor Dooley and Cheaper by the Dozen 2 with Steve Martin and Alyson Stoner. He also appeared on the UPN/CW TV series Love Inc. He will portray Jacob Black in the upcoming film Twilight.

[edit] Early life

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.

[edit] Personal life

Taylor has a younger sister named Makena. He will be a junior at Valencia High School for the 2008-09 school year. In his spare time, Taylor loves playing football and baseball, and he is a fan of the Texas Longhorns and Michigan Wolverines. He is a part of the Hart Baseball Program in the Los Angeles area, where he plays center field and second base. He also participates in the "LA Hip Kids", a hip-hop dance group, and "Hot Shots", a performing jazz dance group.


Year Title Role Notes

2001 Shadow Fury Kismet (child)

2003 The Bernie Mac Show Aaron TV

2004 My Wife and Kids Tyrone TV

Summerland boy on beach TV

2005 Cheaper by the Dozen 2 Eliot Murtaugh

Danny Phantom Youngblood TV; voice

Duck Dodgers Reggie Wasserstein TV; voice

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D Sharkboy

What's New, Scooby-Doo? Dennis/Ned TV; voice

2006 Love, Inc. Oliver TV

He's a Bully, Charlie Brown Joe Agate TV special; voice

2008 Caught Up in You by Cassi Thompson love interest music video

Twilight Jacob Black awaiting release

My Own Worst Enemy Jack Spivey

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Can't wait to see him in Twilight. Well...I can, but ya know. He's cuter than that Robert Pattinson fellow. WAAAAAYYYY cuter. In my opinion. -nods-

I tottaly agree with you Sirena! He's the cutest!

have you seen the other werewolves? they are very very cute too, specially Krys, the one who plays Embry :laugh:

they kinda look like native americans... :drool:

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