Taylor Lautner Biography


  • Taylor Lautner was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on February 11, 1992
  • Full name is Taylor Daniel Lautner
  • 5' 10½" tall (1.79 m)
  • Is of French, Dutch, German and Native American descent
  • Has a younger sister named Makena
  • Owns a Maltese named Roxy
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Taylor has won multiple world karate championship titles

Surprisingly, his early childhood success did not involve acting, but winning multiple world champion karate titles. At six years old, Taylor began studying karate at Fabiano's Karate School and started winning tournaments one year later. His ambition and talent eventually led him to train with Mike Chat, a seven time world karate champion. When Taylor was eight years old, he won three gold medals for the United States at the World Karate Association and became the Junior World Forms and Weapons champion in the twelve and under division. He continued to win more championships that include a number one world rank in NASKA's Black Belt Open Forms, Musical Weapons, Traditional Weapons and Traditional Forms and three Junior World Championships by the age of twelve.

Taylor’s first acting audition was for Burger King

Taylor was introduced into the world of acting at seven years old, when his martial arts instructor coaxed him into auditioning for a Burger King ad in Los Angeles. Although he didn’t get the part, it left him with a strong desire to pursue a career in acting. With his family’s support, Taylor began traveling between Michigan and Los Angeles to audition for roles regularly. His family eventually decided to move to Los Angeles permanently when Taylor was ten.

Taylor has done movies, TV and voice over work

Since then, Taylor has been cast in multiple TV shows and worked on voice over projects. His first big movie role came in 2005, when he was cast as the lead in "The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lava Girl 3-D" followed by "Cheaper by the Dozen 2" shortly after.

Taylor is most recognized for his role as Jacob Black in Twilight

His most successful project to date is his role as Jacob Black in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga movie series. Taylor’s role in "Twilight" has launched him into the spotlight, making him popular with a growing number of female fans. Twihards everywhere are waiting in anticipation to see his hunky, muscular physique in the "Twilight" sequel "New Moon," hitting theaters on November 20, 2009.