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Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum
Tatum at the 2012 WonderCon convention
Born Channing Matthew Tatum
(1980-04-26) April 26, 1980
Cullman, Alabama, United States
Occupation Actor, film producer, dancer, model
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Jenna Dewan-Tatum (m. 2009)
Children 1

Channing Matthew Tatum (born April 26, 1980)[1][2] is an American actor, film producer, dancer, and model.

Tatum was cast in minor roles in films including Coach Carter (2005) and War of the Worlds (2005). His breakthrough role was in the 2006 dance film Step Up which introduced him to a wider audience. He is known for his portrayal of the character Duke in the 2009 action film G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and its 2013 sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation; though both G.I. Joe films received negative reviews from critics, they were commercially successful, grossing more than $300 million at the box office. He is also known for his portrayal as Magic Mike in the 2012 comedy film Magic Mike, which he produced and was inspired by his early life, and Greg Jenko in the action comedy film 21 Jump Street and its 2014 sequel, 22 Jump Street, based on the 1987 television series of the same name. All three films were critically and commercially successful.

Tatum has also appeared in two commercially successful romantic films Dear John (2010) and The Vow (2012). His other films include She's the Man (2006), The Dilemma (2011), White House Down (2013) and as the voice of Superman in the 2014 animated film The Lego Movie.

Early life

Tatum was born in Cullman, Alabama, the son of Kay (née Faust), an airline worker, and Glenn Tatum, who worked in construction.[2][3][4] He has a sister named Paige. He is mostly of English ancestry, with small amounts from elsewhere in Europe.[5][6][7][8] Tatum's family moved to Mississippi when he was six, and he grew up in the bayous near the Mississippi River, where he lived in a rural setting.[6][9]

Tatum was athletic while growing up, playing football, soccer, track, baseball, and performing martial arts; he has said that "girls were always [his] biggest distraction in school."[6] As a child, he practiced wuzuquan kung fu[10] under the tutelage of 10th dan Grandmaster Chee Kim Thong.[11] Tatum spent most of his teenage years in the Tampa area, and initially attended Gaither High School, before he was given the option by his parents of either selecting a private high school or attending a military school; he chose Tampa Catholic High School, where he graduated in 1998 and was voted most athletic.[12] Afterward, Tatum attended Glenville State College in Glenville, West Virginia, on a football scholarship, but dropped out.[13] He returned home and started working odd jobs.

US Weekly reported that around this time Tatum left his job as a roofer and began working as a stripper at a local nightclub, under the name "Chan Crawford."[14][15] In 2010, he told an Australian newspaper that he wanted to make a movie about his experiences as a stripper.[16] That idea led to the movie Magic Mike.[15] He later moved to Miami, where he was discovered by a model talent scout.[17]


Early work

In 2000, Tatum was first cast as a dancer in Ricky Martin's "She Bangs" music video,[2] after an audition in Orlando, Florida; he was paid $400 for the job. His experience in the fashion industry began as a model working for such noted clients such as Armani and Abercrombie & Fitch. He soon moved into television commercials, landing national spots for Mountain Dew and Pepsi in 2002.[17] He subsequently signed with a modelling agency in Miami, Page 305 (Page Parkes Modeling Agency), but later found success after being cast by Al David for Vogue magazine and soon after appeared in campaigns for Abercrombie & Fitch, Nautica, Dolce & Gabbana, American Eagle Outfitters, and Emporio Armani. He was picked as one of Tear Sheet magazine's "50 Most Beautiful Faces" of October 2001.[6] Tatum also signed with Beatrice Model agency in Milan, Italy and Ford Models in New York City.

Tatum has said that his modeling career has helped him with his life, specifying,

"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."[6]


In 2008, Tatum co-starred in director Seattle. Tatum played in the short film The Trap, directed by Rita Wilson.[18]

Tatum and Dito Montiel, who worked together on A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, reteamed on the action drama Fighting for Rogue Pictures. Tatum starred as Sean McArthur, a young man who scrapes up a living scalping tickets in New York City. Tatum next appeared in writer/director/producer Michael Mann's 2009 crime drama Public Enemies, playing the 1930s American gangster Pretty Boy Floyd. The same year, Tatum starred as Duke in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Paramount Pictures' live-action film based on the popular Hasbro action figures. He was initially reluctant to take the role as he feared the movie would glorify war; however, he overcame his reluctance after reading the script.[19] He played a soldier in Dear John, a Screen Gems film based on a popular Nicholas Sparks bestseller. He later stated that he had accepted the role to learn from Lasse Hallström because he had never studied at an acting school.[20]

Tatum and his wife Jenna Dewan at the 71st Annual Peabody Awards Luncheon 2012

In an interview with Details magazine, published in early 2012, Tatum said 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 10 directors that I really want to work with, I don't have any interest in not being on the ground floor of creating it."[21] He, his wife Jenna Dewan, and their production partner Reid Carolin signed a two-year production deal in 2010 with Relativity Media for any movies they may develop during that time.[22]

In 2012, Tatum hosted Saturday Night Live[23] and appeared in four films. He co-starred in Steven Soderbergh's Haywire, The Vow with Rachel McAdams, and 21 Jump Street (the film adaptation of TV series of the same name) with Jonah Hill.[24] He 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,[25] was co-produced by Tatum and Soderbergh, and starred Tatum as Mike – one of the central performers at a Tampa, Florida, male strip club who takes a younger dancer (Alex Pettyfer) under his wing in hopes of showing him how to hustle "on and off stage."[25] The film's cast also included Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, and Matthew McConaughey.[25] In November 2012 Tatum was named People magazine's annual Sexiest Man Alive.[26]


Tatum appeared in Steven Soderbergh's Side Effects, with Rooney Mara and Jude Law.[27] He reprised his role as Duke in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the sequel to 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, in an ensemble cast that included Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis. Originally scheduled for release on June 29, 2012, the film was pushed back to March 2013, in order to convert it to 3D and to add more scenes for his character, who was killed at the beginning of the movie.[28] Tatum later said he did not want to appear in the sequel, and was happy his character was killed off.[29] Also in 2013, he appeared in another action movie, White House Down.[30]

He will co-star with Steve Carell in Foxcatcher, about the story of John du Pont, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and killed Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz.[31] Tatum is attached to the movie Peter Pan Begin.[32] Tatum also reprised his role from 21 Jump Street in its sequel, 22 Jump Street, which was released on June 13, 2014.[33] Tatum will be portraying the role of Gambit in X-Men: Apocalypse and a standalone solo film which he will be producing.[34][35]

33andOut Productions

Along with several friends, including Brett Rodriguez,[36] and his own wife Jenna Dewan, Tatum started two production companies, 33andOut Productions[37] and Iron Horse Entertainment.[38] Their first production was the documentary, Earth Made of Glass, which follows the Rwandan President Paul Kagame and genocide survivor Jean-Pierre Sagahutu. The film was selected to premiere at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.

Personal life

In 2006, Tatum met actress Jenna Dewan on the set of their movie Step Up. They began dating shortly after filming had finished.[39] The couple became engaged in September 2008 in Maui,[3] and married on July 11, 2009 at Church Estates Vineyards in Malibu, California.[40] They have a daughter who was born in London in 2013.[41][42] Tatum has discussed his dealings with attention deficit disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia.[43] In May 2014, Tatum admitted that he drinks too much and that he is a high-functioning alcoholic in an interview with GQ magazine.[44]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Coach Carter Jason Lyle
2005 Havoc Nick
2005 Supercross Rowdy Sparks
2005 War of the Worlds Boy in church Uncredited
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 Short film
2007 Battle in Seattle Johnson
2008 Step Up 2: The Streets Tyler Gage Cameo
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 Producer
2013 Side Effects Martin Taylor
2013 G.I. Joe: Retaliation Duke / Conrad Hauser
2013 This Is the End Himself Cameo
2013 White House Down John Cale
2013 Don Jon Connor Verreaux Cameo
2014 The Lego Movie Superman Voice
2014 Foxcatcher Mark Schultz
2014 22 Jump Street Greg Jenko
2014 The Book of Life Joaquin Voice
2015 Jupiter Ascending Caine Post-production
2015 Magic Mike XXL Magic Mike Filming, also writer and producer
2016 Hail, Caesar! Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2004 CSI: Miami Bob Davenport Episode: "Pro Per"
2012 Saturday Night Live Host Episode: "Channing Tatum/Bon Iver"
2014 The Simpsons Himself Voice
Episode: "Steal This Episode"

Awards and nominations

Year Category Award Film Result
2006 Independent Spirit Award Best Supporting Actor A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints Nominated
Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize, Shared with A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints cast Won
2008 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actor: Drama Stop-Loss Won[45]
Choice Movie: Drama, Shared with Step Up 2: The Streets cast Step Up 2: The Streets Won[45]
Choice MySpacer Nominated
2009 Choice Movie Actor: Drama Fighting Nominated
2010 MTV Movie Award Best Male Performance Dear John Nominated[46]
Best Ass Kicking Star G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Nominated[46]
Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actor: Action Adventure Won[47]
Choice Movie Actor: Drama Dear John Nominated
Choice Movie: Chemistry with Amanda Seyfried Nominated
2012 MTV Movie Awards[48] Best Male Performance The Vow Nominated
Best Kiss with Rachel McAdams Nominated
Best Fight with Jonah Hill 21 Jump Street Nominated
Best Cast, Shared with 21 Jump Street cast Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Drama The Vow Nominated[49]
Choice Movie Actor: Comedy 21 Jump Street Won[49]
Choice Movie Chemistry with Jonah Hill 21 Jump Street Nominated[50]
Choice Movie Liplock with Rachel McAdams The Vow Nominated[49]
Choice Movie Hissy Fit with Jonah Hill 21 Jump Street Nominated[49]
Choice Movie Actor: Romance The Vow Nominated[49]
People's Choice Awards[51] Favorite Movie Actor Magic Mike, 21 Jump Street and The Vow Nominated
Favorite Comedic Movie Actor 21 Jump Street Nominated
Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor The Vow and Magic Mike Nominated
2013 MTV Movie Awards Best Musical Moment Magic Mike Nominated[52]
2014 MTV Movie Awards Best Hero White House Down Nominated


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