He went from a fun-loving karate kid to one of the hottest action stars in Hollywood in just a few years -- and today The Twilight Saga's Taylor Lautner celebrates his 20th birthday.
The Michigan native started his career when his martial arts teacher suggested he give acting a shot. Before long, he was starring in commercials as well as appearing alongside Jessica SImpson and Nick Lachey as a Mousketeer on The Nick & Jessica Variety Hour.
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Taylor landed his first starring movie role in The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3D as the title character Sharkboy back in 2005. That same year, he also starred alongside Hilary Duff, Tom Welling, and Alyson Stoner in Cheaper by the Dozen 2. But it was scoring the coveted part of Jacob Black in Twilight in 2008 that turned him into a household name... and the rest, as they say, is Hollywood history!
Fun Facts About Taylor Lautner:
-Taylor says his favorite movie out of The Twilight Saga is The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1. "It's by far my personal favorite," he says. "It's the best one."
- His first big purchase was a Mac Powerbook.
-Taylor and on-and-off again girlfriend Sara Hicks once created a homemade music video for OneRepublic's "Apologize" for a school project. Watch it by clicking here.
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