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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...

Year Movie Role
2005 Coach Carter Jason Lyle
2005 Havoc Nick
2005 Supercross Rowdy Sparks
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 The Trap Greg
2007 Battle in Seattle Johnson
2008 Step Up 2: The Streets Tyler Gage
2008 Stop-Loss Steve Shriver
2009 Fighting Shawn MacArthur
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 Dilemma Zip
2011 The Son of No One Jonathan "Milk" White
2011 The Eagle Marcus Flavius Aquila
2011 10 Years Jake Bills
2012 Haywire Aaron
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 Foxcatcher Mark Schultz
2014 22 Jump Street Greg Jenko
2014 The Book of Life Joaquin
2015 Jupiter Ascending Caine
2015 Magic Mike XXL Mike
2015 The Hateful Eight Jody
2016 Hail, Caesar! Burt Gurney

Channing Tatum's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
2004 CSI: Miami Bob Davenport
2012 Saturday Night Live Host
2014 The Simpsons Himself

Memorable Quotes

[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).