Published on March 15, 2011 by Christian
Taylor Daniel Lautner (pronounced /ˈlaʊtnər/; 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.
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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.
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.
He stated in an MTV interview that he is of French, Dutch, German, and Native American Ottawa and Potawatomi descent.
Lautner is a black belt in Karate and has studied the martial art since he was six years old.
Birth Name: Taylor Daniel Lautner
Date of Birth: February 11, 1992
Birth Place: Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
Ethnicity: French, Dutch, German, Ottawa, Potawatomi