Birth Place: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Taylor Lautner is an American actor, voice actor, model, and martial artist that was born on February 11, 1992 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.A. He is 5' 8½" (1.74 m), and his birth name is Taylor Daniel Lautner. His mother Deborah Lautner works for a software company and his father, Daniel Lautner is a pilot for Midwest Airlines. His family is Roman Catholic and raised Taylor and his younger sister Makena Lautner in that religion as well-mannered kids. Taylor is from Austrian, English, German, Swiss-German, French, Irish and Dutch ancestry. His patrilineal ancestry is traced back to his great-great-great-grandfather, Edward M. Lautner, who was born in c. 1848 in Austria. Edward M. Lautner's parents were Wenzel Lautner and Helen Quiezer. Taylor learned that his ancestry was also of the Ottawa and Potawatomi tribes during the filming of the Twilight films. His Native American ancestry is from his mother's side
Taylor started taking martial arts at the age of six at Fabiano's Karate School. Taylor excelled in martial arts and was invited by Michael Chaturantabut (Mike Chat) who is a seven-time world karate champion to train with him. He was asked to compete and represent his country in the twelve years and under division in the World Karate Association when he was eight years old. He accepted and won three gold medals and became the Junior World Forms and Weapons champion. He ranked number one in the world for NASKA's Black Belt Open Forms, Musical Weapons, Traditional Weapons and Traditional Forms in 2003. He became the three-time Junior World Champion when he was twelve years old.
Taylor has acted in over 24 movies/TV series so far. Taylor began gaining a love for acting after his martial arts teacher persuaded him to audition for a Burger King commercial when he was seven years old. He did not get the gig but enjoyed auditioning so much that he told his parents he wanted to be an actor. His family agreed and began traveling numerous times from Michigan to California for auditions. It became overwhelming with all the travel that his family had to do, so they moved to Los Angeles when Taylor was ten/eleven years old so that it will be easier for him to audition for commercials, TV shows and films. The move to Los Angeles worked out for him because he began receiving a lot of small acting roles. Taylor said that when he was younger, he was bullied at school for being an actor. He stated, "I just had to tell myself I can't let this get to me. This is what I love to do. And I'm going to continue doing it." Some of his occurring roles in TV shows are My Wife and Kids (2001), The Bernie Mac Show (2001) and Summerland (2004). He played Sharkboy in The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D (2005) and Eliot Murtaugh in Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005).
Taylor's major break came in 2008 when he auditioned to be werewolf Jacob Black in Twilight (2008). With the sudden and unexpected success of the film, Taylor's life changed drastically after the movie became a phenomenal/success worldwide. He is known as one of the most famous, successful and talented young actors. He played Jacob Black in The Twilight Saga. He gained many movie roles after Twilight (2008) including roles in Valentine's Day (2010) and Abduction (2011). Taylor began training for The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) the day after he finished filming Twilight (2008). Taylor promised the director that he would gain an extra 30 pounds for his werewolf role, and he did.
Taylor’s favorite sport is football, and he likes the University of Texas Longhorns and the University of Michigan Wolverines. He is a fan of Brett Favre, Jerry Rice and Tom Brady, who are all professional NFL athletes. Taylor played football during his freshman and sophomore year of high school.
His Maltese (dog) name is Roxy. Some of his favorite actors are Denzel Washington, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise. A few of his favorite movies are Braveheart (1995), Gladiator (2000) and The Dark Knight (2008). One of his favorite bands is Kings of Leon. Taylor created and also sponsored a handmade messenger bag named "New Moon Team Jacob" for the sole purpose for The Children's Place and Books for Kids Foundation. All the money made from the messenger bag will be going to build libraries, donate books and literacy programs. He now resides in Valencia, California, USA with his parents and younger sister. He has stated "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."
2006-2013 - Dated Sara Hicks on and off
2008 - Got his driver license
2008 - He was ranked #1 in Access Hollywood's "Top Five Hollywood Abs"
2009 - He dated Selena Gomez
July 2009 - December 2009 - dated Taylor Swift
December 12, 2009 - He hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time and is known as one of the youngest celebrity hosts.
2009 - He was named one of People Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People of 2009.
2009 - 2,000 girls rushed/riot into the hotel lobby in Brazil that Taylor and co-star, Kristen Stewart were staying at while doing an interview for The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009). Taylor and Kristen were then forced to stay in their room.
2010 - He was named Hollywood's highest paid teen actor.
2010 - Took part in 2010 Celebrity Beach Bowl.
2010 - He ranked #3 on Men's Health Magazine's Top 10 Best Summer Bodies.
2010 - He ranked #2 on E!'s Hottest Men of 2010.
2010 - He ranked #4 on People Magazine's 50 Most Amazing Bodies.
2010 - He ranked #2 on Glamour Magazine's 50 Sexiest Men of 2010.
2011 - He dated Lily Collins
2011 - He was named one of People Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People of 2011
November 3, 2011 - Taylor and co-stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart put their handprints and footprints in the cement in front of the Graumann's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, California.
2013 - Start dating Marie Avgeropoulos