Taylor Daniel Lautner was born on February 11, 1992. åÊYes, 1992. åÊThat means a 22 year old (2014) is worth 40 million dollars. åÊMany seasoned actors aren’t worth that much after a long prestigious career. åÊBorn in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Lautner grew up in a supportive traditional home. åÊHis father was an airplane pilot and mother worked for a software development company.
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Lautner began studying martial arts at age six and was actually somewhat of a prodigy. åÊHe quickly got invited to train with seven-time world karate champion Michael Chaturantabut (aka Mike Chat). åÊAt eight years only – only 2 years after he started practicing karate – Lautner was selected to represent the USA in the 12 and under division of the World Karate Association. åÊAt the competition he won Junior World Forms and Weapons – 3 gold medals in all. åÊin 2003, Lautner was ranked number 1 in the world for NASKA’s Black Belt Open Forms, Musical Weapons, Traditional Weapons, and Traditional Forms. åÊBy the time Lautner was only 12 years old he became three time Junior world Champion. åÊAll great accomplishments before even receiving his driver’s license.
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While practicing martial arts Lautner was encouraged to attend an audition for a Burger King commercial. åÊHe like it so much that soon his family moved to Los Angeles rather than commute back and forth from Michigan for Lautner’s auditions. åÊIn 2005, when Lautner was only 13 years old he landed the role in Sharkboy in The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D aåÊfamily feature length film. åÊFinally 3 years later, when Lautner was old enough to get his driver’s license he landed the role of Jacob Black on the smash worldwide sensationåÊTwilight.åÊ Lautner’s prominent role in the Twilight franchise propelled him to mega stardom. åÊHe described the experience as being strange and like living in two different worlds. åÊPart of the time he would go on press junkets and see thousands of fans and then part of the time he would return home to live with his parents in their 2,366 square foot house. åÊA year afteråÊTwilightåÊwas released Lautner hosted Saturday Night Live – one of the youngest ever to host the show. åÊFor his opening monologue he displayed karate forms in a sketch defending then girlfriend Taylor Swift from interrupter Kanye West.Lautner’s success has netted him $40 million dollars, which he likes to spend on fast cars. åÊNot selfish though, Lautner made girls worldwide swoon when he bought ex girlfriend, Taylor Swift, a $50,000 jeweled necklace – one of 13 gifts for her birthday since the singer loves the number 13. åÊCars Lautner has been spotted in include a Porsche 911 (turbo of course), a BMW Z4, a spectacular Audi R8 ($196,800), and topping it off, a 2012 Mercedes SLS AMG Gullwing worth $200,000 with 536 horsepower. åÊFor his part in the first Twilight filmåÊLautner received a cool $1 million.The actor’såÊNew MoonåÊsalary quadrupled to $4 million andåÊEclipse brought home $7.5 million plus 2.5% of profits. åÊHowever mega paydays came withåÊBreaking DawnåÊparts 1 & 2 in whichåÊLautner recieved a whopping $12.5 million each plus 7.5% of the gross. åÊIn 2010, Forbes designated Lautner Hollywood’s highest paid teen actor and he is currently #67 on the Forbes celebrity list.