Taylor Lautner Career Milestones
With natural talent and roles in a range of feature films, Taylor Lautner is quickly establishing himself as both a sought-after and powerful leading man. Later this year, Lautner will reprise his role of ‘Jacob Black’ opposite Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1” which will be released by Summit Entertainment on November 18th. Directed by Bill Condon, the film is the first of two-parts that form the fourth and final installment of the popular “The Twilight Saga” series. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2” is scheduled for release on November 16, 2012.
In 2010, Lautner starred in Warner Bros’ “Valentine’s Day.” In the film, directed by Garry Marshall, Lautner stars in an ensemble cast including Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Patrick Dempsey, Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway, Ashton Kutcher and Julia Roberts. Lautner got his big break in 2005 when, at the age of 13, he won the role of ‘Shark Boy’ in Robert Rodriguez’s “The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D.” Within months, he had successfully auditioned to play ‘Eliot,’ the son of Steve Martin’s rival ‘Jimmy Murtaugh,’ in the family hit “Cheaper by the Dozen 2.”
Lautner’s television credits include “My Wife and Kids,” “Summerland,” “The Bernie Mac Show” and “The Nick and Jessica Variety Hour.”
At the age of six, Lautner began studying karate and was winning tournaments by age seven. He was soon invited to train with seven-time world karate champion Mike Chat and by age eight, Lautner was asked to represent his country at the World Karate Association championships. He proved himself by becoming the Junior World Forms and Weapons Champion, winning three gold medals. He continued to flourish on the martial arts circuit. In 2003, at age 11, Lautner was ranked number one in the world in several categories and over the next year tucked three Junior World Championships under his black belt.