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About Channing Tatum (1980 – )
Channing Tatum was born on April 26, 1980, in Cullman, Alabama, the son of an airline worker, Kay (née Faust), and Glenn Tatum, who worked in construction. His birth name is Channing Matthew Tatum. His nickname is Chan and he has a sister, Paige. The Tatum family moved to Mississippi when he was six and he grew up in the bayous near the Mississippi River.
As a child Tatum was athletic, playing football, soccer, track, baseball, and performing in the martial arts, particularly wuzuquan kung fu, which he practiced under the guidance of 10th dan Grandmaster Chee Kim Thong.
Tatum spent most of his teenage years in and around Tampa, initially attending Gaither High School. His parents wanted him to be more challenged academically and steered him into a choice between private high schools or military schools. He chose Tampa Catholic High School, from which he graduated in 1998; he was voted most athletic by his fellow students.
He went on to Glenville State College in Glenville, West Virginia, on a football scholarship, but dropped out, returning home afterwards and working odd jobs. Around this time Tatum left his job as a roofer and started working as a stripper at a local nightclub, under the name "Chan Crawford." In 2010, he told an Australian newspaper that he wanted to make a movie about his experiences as a stripper. This idea led to the movie Magic Mike. Tatum moved to Miami and was discovered by a model talent scout.
His big break came when he was cast in a Ricky Martin music video, "She Bangs”. He was paid $400 for a week-long shoot.
In 2008, he co-starred in the Kimberly Peirce film Stop-Loss, about soldiers returning home from the Iraq War. Later that year came another co-starring role in director Stuart Townsend's film Battle in Seattle, about the 1999 protest of the World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle. Tatum also played in the short film The Trap, directed by Rita Wilson. Tatum and Dito Montiel, who worked together in 2006 on A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, teamed up again for the action drama Fighting (2009). In it, Tatum starred as Sean McArthur, a young man who ekes out a living in New York City scalping tickets. Tatum next appeared in Michael Mann's 2009 crime drama Public Enemies, playing infamous 1930s American gangster Pretty Boy Floyd. The same year, Tatum starred as Duke in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Paramount’s live-action film based on the popular Hasbro action figures. He played a soldier again the following year in Dear John, a Screen Gems film based on a Nicholas Sparks bestseller. He said he took the role to learn from director Lasse Hallström because he’d never had formal training as an actor.
Tatum says he wants to produce all the films he stars in: "I really don't want to be in any more movies that I don't produce. Unless it's with one of the ten directors that I really want to work with, I don't have any interest in not being on the ground floor of creating it."
In 2012, Tatum hosted Saturday Night Live and appeared in four films. He co-starred in Steven Soderbergh's action-thriller Haywire, The Vow with Rachel McAdams, and 21 Jump Street with Jonah Hill.
He has also starred in Magic Mike, a film about his eight-month experience as a male stripper in Florida. The film was directed by Steven Soderbergh, was co-produced by Tatum and Soderbergh, and starred Tatum as Mike, a featured performer at a Tampa, Florida, male strip club who takes a younger dancer (Alex Pettyfer) under his wing to show him how to hustle "on and off stage." The film's cast also included Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, and Matthew McConaughey.
In 2006, Tatum met actress Jenna Dewan on the set of the movie Step Up and began dating shortly after filming wrapped. They were engaged in September 2008 in Maui, and married in July of 2009. They have one child, a daughter, who was born in London in 2013.
Channing Tatum's movie credits include...
|2005||Coach Carter||Jason Lyle|
|2005||War of the Worlds||Boy in church|
|2006||She's the Man||Duke Orsino|
|2006||Step Up||Tyler Gage|
|2006||A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints||Young Antonio|
|2007||Battle in Seattle||Johnson|
|2008||Step Up 2: The Streets||Tyler Gage|
|2009||Public Enemies||Pretty Boy Floyd|
|2009||G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra||Duke / Conrad Hauser|
|2010||Dear John||John Tyree|
|2010||Earth Made of Glass||Executive producer|
|2011||The Son of No One||Jonathan "Milk" White|
|2011||The Eagle||Marcus Flavius Aquila|
|2011||10 Years||Jake Bills|
|2012||The Vow||Leo Collins|
|2012||21 Jump Street||Greg Jenko / Brad McQuaid • Producer|
|2012||Magic Mike||Michael "Magic Mike" Lane|
|2013||Side Effects||Martin Taylor|
|2013||G.I. Joe: Retaliation||Duke / Conrad Hauser|
|2013||This Is the End||Himself|
|2013||White House Down||John Cale|
|2013||Don Jon||Connor Verreaux|
|2014||The Lego Movie||Superman|
|2014||22 Jump Street||Greg Jenko|
|2014||The Book of Life||Joaquin|
Channing Tatum's television credits include...
|2004||CSI: Miami||Bob Davenport|
|2012||Saturday Night Live||Host|
[On his modeling career.] “It's made my life, and my family's life, a lot easier, because I never knew what I wanted to do and now they don't really have to worry about me anymore. I've been able to explore life, and through exploring it I've found that I love art, I love writing, I love acting, I love all the things that make sense to me. And I've been given the chance to go out and see the world, and to see all the things out there. Not everyone gets that chance.”
Did You Know
Channing Tatum has worked as a construction worker, a mortgage broker, a salesman at the cologne counter of Dillard's, and a worker in a puppy/kitty nursery before started a modeling career.
Tatum has played two characters named "Duke": She's the Man (2006) and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) and the sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013).
Channing Tatum in Jupiter Ascending (2015).
Tatum (with Steve Carell) in Foxcatcher (2014).