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    Happy 20th Birthday, Taylor Lautner!

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    At the ripe old age of 20, Taylor Lautner has become quite the movie star.

    The Twilight hottie who began the franchise as a relatively unknown actor (formerly known as Sharkboy), catapulted to stardom as Robert Pattinson's nemesis, werewolf Jacob.

    And that was just the beginning.

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    Although it seemed that we would have to wait to see the chiseled thesp step out of his Twilight shadow (he turned down roles like Max Steel due to scheduling conflicts), we saw Lautner come into his own as an action star in his first major post-Twilight role in Abduction in 2011.

    And while he dealt with the occasional tabloid fodder (along with a faux "Out & Proud" mag cover) and a bit of heartbreak via his breakup with Abduction costar Lily Collins, 19 was an overall good year for Lautner.

    As the Twilight franchise comes to an end this year, we expect nothing but good things to come as Lautner makes the transition out of his teenage heartthrob years.

    Happy birthday, Taylor!

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