Taylor Daniel Lautner was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan to parents, Deborah, and Dan Lautner on February 11, 1992.When asked about playing Native American character Jacob Black in the 2008 film, Twilight, he revealed that he has some Native ancestry, specifically Ottawa and Potawatomi.At the young age of six, Lautner became interested and soon started studying karate, training at Fabiano's Karate School in Holland, Michigan.
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.
However, at the age of 13 he gave up martial arts to focus on his acting.
Lautner began acting in 2001, appearing in the made-for-television film Shadow Fury.
Taylor Daniel Lautner (born February 11, 1992) appears in all movies of the series as Jacob Black, the best friend of Twilight's protagonist, Bella Swan.
Jacob is a human boy who turns into a werewolf in the film New Moon, where he becomes one of the main characters of the series.
In 2005, Lautner became well-known for playing the role of "Sharkboy" in The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, as well as Elliot Murtaugh in Cheaper by the Dozen 2, the 2005 sequel to the 2003 family film, Cheaper by the Dozen.Taylor also played the role of Nathan Price in the action/suspense movie Abduction.By the time he was eight he was asked to represent the United States of America in the "twelve years and under division" in the World Karate Association, where he became the "Junior World Forms and Weapons Champion". Lautner's acting career began after his martial arts instructor persuaded him to audition for a part in a Burger King advertisement.Despite his unsuccessful attempt to make it into the commercial, he enjoyed the experience so much that decided to pursue a career in acting.Not long after that, he and his family were traveling back-and-forth from their home in Michigan to California for Lautner to 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.