He next auditioned for Thornton Wilder's Our Town and was cast as George Gibbs. He caught the attention of an acting agent in a production of Tess of the d'Urbervilles and began looking for professional roles.Pattinson had supporting roles in the German made-for-television film Ring of the Nibelungs in 2004 and in director Mira Nair's costume drama Vanity Fair, although his scenes in the latter were deleted and only appear on the DVD version.
This short film later re-released as a part of an anthology film titled Love & Distrust, comprising five short films following eight individuals from diverse backgrounds on their quest for true contentment.
He reprised his role as Edward Cullen in the Twilight sequel The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which was released on 20 November 2009.
The film earned a record-breaking 2,839,137 opening weekend and an overall run of 9,827,462 worldwide.
Robert James Hoffman III was born in Gainesville, Florida, the son of Charlotte and Robert Hoffman II, and moved with his family to Madison, Alabama when he was seven.
He has one younger brother, Chris, and two younger sisters, Ashley and Lauren. He discovered his passion for dancing after seeing Michael Jackson's Thriller.
He briefly attended the Alabama School of Fine Arts.
He later got the leading role of vampire Edward Cullen in the film adaptations of the Twilight novels by Stephenie Meyer, which consisted of five films between 20 that combined grossed over .3 billion in worldwide receipts.
Twilight brought Pattinson worldwide fame, In 2010, Pattinson was named one of TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People in The World, and also in the same year Forbes ranked him as one of the most powerful celebrities in the world in the Forbes Celebrity 100. He sang in the Twilight film series and How to Be, a 2008 independent comedy-drama film.
He is a supporter of ECPAT (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes), and the GO Campaign, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness and funds to help orphans and vulnerable children throughout the world, of the latter he became ambassador in 2015 to help raise international awareness of the non-profit organization.
He became involved in amateur theatre at the Barnes Theatre Company.
He auditioned and was cast in a small role in Guys and Dolls.