Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum: This Biography Documents The Life And Career Of Actor, Channing Tatum.

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Channing Tatum

BornChanning Matthew Tatum
April 26, 1980 (age 39)
Cullman, Alabama, U.S.
OccupationActor, singer
Years active2000–present
Spouse(s)Jenna Dewan
(m. 2009; div. 2018)

Channing Matthew Tatum (born April 26, 1980)[1][2] is an American actor and singer. Tatum made his film debut in the drama film Coach Carter (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. Although both G.I. Joe films received negative reviews from critics, they were commercially successful, grossing more than $300 million each at the box office.

Tatum is also known for his leading role in Magic Mike (2012), and its sequel, Magic Mike XXL (2015) which he produced; he also starred in the action-comedy film 21 Jump Street and its 2014 sequel, 22 Jump Street. He appeared in romantic films such as Dear John (2010) and The Vow (2012). His other films include She’s the Man (2006), The Dilemma (2011), White House Down (2013), the drama Foxcatcher (2014), The Hateful Eight (2015), Hail, Caesar! (2016), and Logan Lucky (2017).


Early life

Tatum was born in Cullman, Alabama, the son of Kay Tatum (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.[5]

His family moved to the Pascagoula, Mississippi area when he was six. He grew up in the bayous near the Pascagoula River, where he lived in a rural setting.[6]

Tatum has discussed having dealt with attention deficit disorder (ADD) and dyslexia while growing up, which affected his ability to do well in school.[7] Growing up, Tatum played football, soccer, track, baseball, and performing martial arts; he has said that “girls were always [his] biggest distraction in school.” As a child, he practiced wuzuquan kung fu.[8]

Tatum spent most of his teenage years in the Tampa area, and initially attended Gaither High School. His parents wanted more effort and gave him the option of 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.[9] He later attended Glenville State College in Glenville, West Virginia on a football scholarship, but dropped out.[10] 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”.[11][12] In 2010, he told an Australian newspaper that he wanted to make a movie about his experiences as a stripper.[13] That idea led to the movie Magic Mike.[12] Tatum moved to Miami, where he was discovered by a model talent scout.


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 noted clients such as Armani and Abercrombie & Fitch. He soon moved into television commercials, landing national spots for Mountain Dew and Pepsi in 2002. He subsequently signed with Page 305 (Page Parkes Modeling Agency), a modeling agency in Miami. He was cast by Al David for Vogue magazine and soon after appeared in campaigns for Abercrombie & FitchNauticaDolce & GabbanaAmerican Eagle Outfitters, and Emporio Armani. He was picked as one of Tear Sheet magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful Faces” of October 2001. Tatum signed with Ford Models in New York City.[14]


Tatum at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival

In 2006, Tatum starred in She’s The Man opposite Amanda Bynes, which was named the greatest modern Shakespearean remake by Business Insider.[15][better source needed] Later that year, Tatum starred opposite his now wife Jenna Dewan in Step Up, which was his breakout role. Although it was widely panned, it has earned $115 million worldwide.[16]

In 2008, Tatum co-starred in director Kimberly Peirce‘s film Stop-Loss, about soldiers returning home from the Iraq War, and in director Stuart Townsend‘s film Battle in Seattle, about the 1999 protest of the World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle. Tatum played in the short film The Trap, directed by Rita Wilson.[17]

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.[18] The same year, Tatum starred as Duke in G.I. Joe: The Rise of CobraParamount 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 film based on the popular Nicholas Sparks bestseller.[20] He later stated that he had accepted the role to learn from director Lasse Hallström because he had never studied at an acting school.[21]

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.”[22] He, his wife 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.[23] In 2012, Tatum hosted Saturday Night Live[24] and appeared in four films. He co-starred in Steven Soderbergh‘s action-thriller HaywireThe Vow with Rachel McAdams, and 21 Jump Street (the film adaptation of TV series of the same name) with Jonah Hill.[25]

He also starred in Magic Mike, a film about his eight-month experience as a male stripper in Florida. The film was directed by Soderbergh,[26] was co-produced by Tatum and Soderbergh, and starred Tatum as Mike. He is 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”.[26] The film’s cast also included Matt BomerJoe Manganiello, and Matthew McConaughey.[26]

In November 2012 Tatum was named People magazine’s annual Sexiest Man Alive.[27]


Tatum at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con International

Tatum appeared in Steven Soderbergh‘s Side Effects, with Rooney Mara and Jude Law.[28]

He reprised his role as Conrad S. Hauser/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.[29] Tatum later said he had not wanted to appear in the sequel and was happy his character had been killed off.[30] Also in 2013, he appeared in another action movie, White House Down.[31]

Tatum reprised his role from 21 Jump Street in its sequel, 22 Jump Street, which was released on June 13, 2014.[32]

Also in 2014, he co-starred with Steve Carell in Foxcatcher, the story of John du Pont, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and killed Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz, the brother of the character played by Tatum, who also had won Olympic gold.[33] Tatum was set to star as X-Men character Remy LeBeau / Gambit in a solo film, set within the X-Men film universe, which he would have produced,[34][35][36] but the film was cancelled in May 2019 after languishing in development hell since 2014.[37]

33andOut Productions

Tatum started two production companies, 33andOut Productions[38] and Iron Horse Entertainment.[39] Their first production was the documentary Earth Made of Glass.

Personal life

In 2006, Tatum met actress Jenna Dewan on the set of their movie Step Up; they married on July 11, 2009, at Church Estates Vineyards in Malibu, California.[40] They have a daughter who was born in May 2013 in London.[41][42][43] On April 2, 2018, after nearly nine years of marriage, the couple announced they were separating.[44] Six months later, Dewan filed for divorce from Tatum.[45]

He has been dating English singer Jessie J since October 2018.[46]



2005Coach CarterJason Lyle
2005SupercrossRowdy Sparks
2005War of the WorldsBoy in churchUncredited
2006She’s the ManDuke Orsino
2006Step UpTyler Gage
2006A Guide to Recognizing Your SaintsYoung Antonio
2007The TrapGregShort film
2007Battle in SeattleJohnson
2008Step Up 2: The StreetsTyler GageCameo appearance
2008Stop-LossSteve Shriver
2009FightingShawn MacArthur
2009Public EnemiesPretty Boy Floyd
2009G.I. Joe: The Rise of CobraConrad S. Hauser / Duke
2010Dear JohnJohn Tyree
2011The DilemmaZip
2011The Son of No OneJonathan “Milk” White
2011The EagleMarcus Flavius Aquila
201110 YearsJake Bills
2012The VowLeo Collins
201221 Jump StreetGreg JenkoAlso executive producer
2012Magic MikeMichael “Magic Mike” LaneAlso producer
2012Nitro Circus: The MovieHimselfDocumentary
2013Side EffectsMartin Taylor
2013G.I. Joe: RetaliationConrad S. Hauser / Duke
2013This Is the EndHimselfCameo appearance
2013White House DownJohn CaleAlso executive producer
2013Don JonConnor VerreauxCameo appearance
2014The Lego MovieSupermanVoice role
2014FoxcatcherMark Schultz
201422 Jump StreetGreg Jenko
2014The Book of LifeJoaquinVoice role
2015Jupiter AscendingCaine
2015Magic Mike XXLMagic MikeAlso producer
2015The Hateful EightJody
2016Hail, Caesar!Burt Gurney
2017The Lego Batman MovieSupermanVoice role
2017Dark HoserSupermanVoice role, short film
2017Logan LuckyJimmy Logan
2017Kingsman: The Golden CircleTequila[47]
2018SmallfootMigoVoice role
2019The Lego Movie 2: The Second PartSupermanVoice role


2004CSI: MiamiBob DavenportEpisode: “Pro Per”
2012Saturday Night LiveHimself (host)Episode: “Channing Tatum/Bon Iver
2014The SimpsonsHimselfVoice; Episode: “Steal This Episode
2014Running Wild with Bear GryllsHimselfSeason 1, episode 3: “Channing Tatum”
2016Lip Sync BattleHimselfEpisode: “Channing Tatum vs. Jenna Dewan-Tatum

Video games

2014Family Guy: The Quest for StuffMagic MikeVoice role; Mobile game
2014Book of Life: Sugar SmashJoaquinVoice role; Mobile game


2010Earth Made of GlassExecutive producerDocumentary
2018–2019Step Up: High WaterExecutive producerWeb television series

Music videos

2000She BangsRicky Martin
2006(When You Gonna) Give It Up to MeSean Paul featuring Keyshia Cole
2006Get UpCiara featuring Chamillionaire
2013(I Wanna) Channing All Over Your TatumJamie Foxx and Channing Tatum featuring Jimmy Kimmel
2017Beautiful TraumaPink

Awards and nominations

Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

YearNominated workCategoryResultRef.
2016The Hateful EightBest Acting EnsembleNominated

Golden Raspberry Awards

YearNominated workCategoryResultRef.
2016Jupiter AscendingWorst ActorNominated

Independent Spirit Awards

YearNominated workCategoryResultRef.
2007A Guide to Recognizing Your SaintsBest Supporting ActorNominated
2015FoxcatcherSpecial Distinction AwardWon

MTV Movie & TV Awards

YearNominated workCategoryResultRef.
2010Dear JohnBest Male PerformanceNominated[48]
G.I. Joe: The Rise of CobraBiggest Badass StarNominated
201221 Jump StreetBest Fight (with Jonah Hill)Nominated[49]
Best Cast (shared with 21 Jump Street cast)Nominated
The VowBest Male PerformanceNominated
Best Kiss (with Rachel McAdams)Nominated
2013Magic MikeBest Musical MomentNominated[50]
2014White House DownBest HeroNominated
201522 Jump StreetBest Comedic PerformanceWon
Best On-Screen Duo (with Jonah Hill)Nominated
FoxcatcherBest Male PerformanceNominated
Best Shirtless PerformanceNominated

People’s Choice Awards

YearNominated workCategoryResultRef.
201221 Jump StreetFavorite Movie ActorNominated[51]
Magic Mike
The Vow
21 Jump StreetFavorite Comedic Movie ActorNominated
Magic MikeFavorite Dramatic Movie ActorNominated
The Vow
2016Favorite Movie ActorWon[52]
Favorite Dramatic Movie ActorNominated

Sundance Film Festival

YearNominated workCategoryResultRef.
2006A Guide to Recognizing Your SaintsSpecial Jury Prize (shared with the A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints cast)Won

Teen Choice Awards

YearNominated workCategoryResultRef.
2008Stop-LossChoice Movie Actor: DramaWon[53]
Step Up 2: The StreetsChoice Movie: Drama (shared with the Step Up 2: The Streets cast)Won[53]
Choice MySpacerNominated
2009FightingChoice Movie Actor: DramaNominated
2010Dear JohnChoice Movie Actor: DramaNominated[54]
Choice Movie: Chemistry (with Amanda Seyfried)Nominated
G.I. Joe: The Rise of CobraChoice Movie Actor: ActionWon
201221 Jump StreetChoice Movie Actor: ComedyWon[55][56]
Choice Movie Chemistry (with Jonah Hill)Nominated
Choice Movie Hissy Fit (with Jonah Hill)Nominated
The VowChoice Movie Actor: DramaNominated
Choice Movie Liplock (with Rachel McAdams)Nominated
Choice Movie Actor: RomanceNominated


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