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Taylor Lautner is an American actor who portrayed Jacob Black in the Twilight movie series, based on the books by Stephenie Meyer.
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In 2008, Lautner landed the role of Jacob Black, a Native-American character in the teen hit Twilight, based on the best-selling novel by Stephenie Meyer. Also in 2008, Taylor played the son of Christian Slater's character in the short-lived television series My Own Worst Enemy. The show was canceled after only nine episodes.
After the success of 2008's Twilight, Lautner enjoyed near instant celebrity status along with his co-stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. Stewart plays Bella in the films who finds herself in a love triangle with Jacob Black (Lautner), a werewolf, and Edward Cullen (Pattinson), a vampire. Many fans lobbied their support behind Lautner's character, calling themselves "Team Jacob." Other fans formed "Team Edward."
This epic story of love and conflict between humans, vampires and werewolves spanned five hugely successful films. In total, the Twilight movies made more than $3 billion worldwide, according to the Box Office Mojo website. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 was released in 2012, marking the end of this popular series.
During his Twilight years, Lautner tried to branch out into other roles. He appeared in the 2010 ensemble comedy Valentine's Day, which stars Jamie Foxx, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Gardner. The following year, Lautner starred in the action drama Abduction. Unfortunately, this film didn't make much of an impression on critics or movie-goers.
More recently, Lautner began working on the 2013 Adam Sandler comedy Grown Ups 2.
Lautner has been romantically linked to such other celebrities as Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift. In his free time, he has been known to make home movies with his friend and Shark Boy co-star, Taylor Dooley. Lautner was voted one of People magazine's "100 Most Beautiful People" in 2009.
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