Channing Tatum

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Channing Matthew Tatum (born April 26, 1980) is an American actor. Tatum made his film debut in the drama Coach Carter (2005), and had his breakthrough role in the 2006 dance film Step Up. He gained wider attention for his leading roles in the comedy-drama Magic Mike (2012) and its sequel Magic Mike XXL (2015), the latter of which he also produced, and in the action-comedy 21 Jump Street (2012) and its sequel 22 Jump Street (2014).

Tatum has also appeared as +more_Joe)'>Duke in the action film G. I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) and its sequel G. I. Joe: Retaliation (2013). His other films include She's the Man (2006), White House Down (2013), Foxcatcher (2014), The Hateful Eight (2015), Hail, Caesar! (2016), Logan Lucky (2017), and The Lost City (2022). Tatum has also starred in, produced and co-directed the road film Dog (2022). Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2022.

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Early life

Tatum was born on April 26, 1980, in Cullman, Alabama, to Kay Tatum (née Faust), an airline worker, and Glenn Tatum, a construction worker. He has a sister named Paige. +more He is of mostly English ancestry.

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.

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

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. +more He later attended Glenville State College in Glenville, West Virginia on a football scholarship, but dropped out. 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". In 2010, he told an Australian newspaper that he wanted to make a movie about his experiences as a stripper. +more That idea led to the movie Magic Mike. Tatum moved to Miami, where he was discovered by a model talent scout.

Career

Early work

In 2000, Tatum was first cast as a dancer in Ricky Martin's "She Bangs" music video, 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. +more 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 & 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. Tatum signed with Ford Models in New York City.

2006-2012

In 2006, Tatum starred in She's The Man opposite Amanda Bynes, which was named "the greatest Shakespeare adaptation since '10 Things I Hate About You'" by Business Insider. Later that year, Tatum starred opposite his former wife Jenna Dewan in Step Up, which was his breakout role. +more Although it was widely panned, it has earned $115 million worldwide.

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.

Tatum and Dito Montiel, who worked together on A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, reteamed on the action drama Fighting for Rogue Pictures. He starred as Sean McArthur, a young man who scrapes up a living scalping tickets in New York City. +more He 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, but overcame his reluctance after reading the script. He played a soldier in Dear John, a film based on the popular Nicholas Sparks bestseller. He later stated that he accepted the role to learn from director Lasse Hallström because he never studied at an acting school.

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. +more" 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. 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 (film adaptation of TV series of the same name) with Jonah Hill.

Tatum also starred in Magic Mike, a film based on his eight-month experience as a male stripper in Florida. The film was directed by Soderbergh, was co-produced by Tatum and Soderbergh, and starred Tatum as Mike. +more 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". The film's cast also included Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, and Matthew McConaughey.

In November 2012, Tatum was named People magazine's annual Sexiest Man Alive.

2013-present

Tatum appeared in Steven Soderbergh's Side Effects, with Rooney Mara and Jude Law.

He reprised his role as +more_Joe)'>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. Tatum later said he had not wanted to appear in the sequel and was happy his character had been killed off. Also in 2013, he appeared in another action movie, White House Down.

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

Also in 2014, he co-starred with Steve Carell in Foxcatcher, the story of John du Pont, who had schizophrenia and killed Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz, the brother of the character played by Tatum, who also had won Olympic gold. 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, but the film was cancelled in May 2019 after languishing in development hell since 2014. +more Tatum made his directing debut on Dog, a road-trip comedy tracking a former Army Ranger and his dog that he starred in and co-helmed with regular collaborator Reid Carolin.

Upcoming films

Hollywood Reporter reported in November 2020 that Tatum is set to star in an untitled feature that is described as "a modern day, tongue in cheek thriller" that is inspired by Universal's classic monster features, which will be produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. In December 2020, Variety confirmed that Tatum is going to star opposite Sandra Bullock in the Paramount Pictures romantic action adventure film The Lost City. +more More recently, his production company Free Association signed a first look deal with MGM.

In June 2021, Tatum was set to star in the thriller film Pussy Island marking the directorial debut of Zoë Kravitz. In November 2021, he was cast in an untitled true story drama film with Tom Hardy, directed by George Nolfi. +more Tatum will return as Mike Lane in Magic Mike's Last Dance with Steven Soderbergh as director. The film was set for an exclusive premiere on HBO Max, but will now be released in theaters on February 10, 2023. He will star in the remake of German film System Crasher which released in 2019.

33andOut Productions

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

Books

Tatum has written two picture books. The first, The One and Only Sparkella (2021), was a #1 New York Times bestseller for children's picture books the week it published. +more The One and Only Sparkella Makes a Plan will publish in 2022.

Personal life

In 2006, Tatum met actress Jenna Dewan on the set of their movie Step Up, and they married on July 11, 2009, in Malibu, California. They have one daughter, born in 2013. +more On April 2, 2018, the couple announced they were separating. Six months later, Dewan filed for divorce from Tatum. The divorce was finalized in November 2019.

Tatum dated English singer Jessie J from 20182020. In 2021, Tatum started dating Zoe Kravitz.

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
2005Coach CarterJason Lyle
2005HavocNick
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
2009+more_Joe:_The_Rise_of_Cobra'>G. 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 BillsAlso producer
2011HaywireAaron
2012The VowLeo Collins
201221 Jump StreetGreg JenkoAlso executive producer
2012Magic MikeMichael "Magic Mike" LaneAlso producer
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 JenkoAlso producer
2014The Book of LifeJoaquin Mondragon Jr. Voice role
2015Jupiter AscendingCaine Wise
2015Magic Mike XXLMichael "Magic Mike" LaneAlso producer
2015The Hateful EightJody Domergue
2016Hail, Caesar!Burt Gurney
2017The Lego Batman MovieSupermanVoice role
2017Dark HoserSupermanVoice role, short film
2017Logan LuckyJimmy LoganAlso producer
2017Kingsman: The Golden CircleTequila
2018SmallfootMigoVoice role
2019The Lego Movie 2: The Second PartSupermanVoice role
2021America: The Motion PictureGeorge WashingtonVoice role, also producer
2021Free GuyRevenjamin ButtonsCameo appearance
2022DogArmy Ranger Jackson BriggsAlso director and producer
2022The Lost CityAlan Caprison / Dash McMahon
2022Bullet TrainTrain PassengerUncredited
2023Magic Mike's Last DanceMichael "Magic Mike" LanePost-production
TBAPussy IslandSlater KingFilming
TBAProject ArtemisFilming
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Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2004CSI: MiamiBob DavenportEpisode: "Pro Per"
2012Saturday Night LiveHimself (host)Episode: "Channing Tatum/Bon Iver"
2014The SimpsonsHimself (voice)Episode: "Steal This Episode"
2016Lip Sync BattleHimselfEpisode: "Channing Tatum vs. Jenna Dewan-Tatum"
2017Comrade DetectiveGregor Anghel (voice)6 episodes; also executive producer

Producer

YearTitleRoleNotes
2010Earth Made of GlassExecutive producerDocumentary
2018-presentStep UpExecutive producerTelevision series
20186 BalloonsProducerFeature film
2021-2022Finding Magic MikeExecutive producerTelevision series
TBASpacemanProducerPost-production, feature film
TBAUntitled Space X/HBO ProjectExecutive producerLimited Series

Music videos

YearTitleArtistNotes
2000"She Bangs"Ricky Martin
2006"(When You Gonna) Give It Up to Me"Sean Paul featuring Keyshia Cole
2006"Get Up"Ciara featuring Chamillionaire
2013"(I Wanna) Channing All Over Your Tatum"Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum featuring Jimmy Kimmel
2017"Beautiful Trauma"Pink

Awards and nominations

Living people

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