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Channing Tatum

Channing Matthew Tatum (born April 26, 1980) 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, both films 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.

Tatum was born in Cullman, Alabama, the son of Kay (née Faust), an airline worker, and Glenn Tatum, who worked in construction. He has a sister named Paige. He is mostly of English ancestry, with small amounts from elsewhere in Europe. 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.

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." As a child, he practiced wuzuquan kung fu under the tutelage of 10th dan Grandmaster Chee Kim Thong. 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. Afterward, Tatum attended Glenville State College in Glenville, West Virginia, on a football scholarship, but dropped out. He returned home and started working odd jobs.

USweekly  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. That idea led to the movie Magic Mike. He later moved to Miami, where he was discovered by a model talent scout.


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

Channing Tatum is an American actor, film producer, dancer, and model

Channing Tatum is an American actor, film producer, dancer, and model

Channing Tatum is an American actor, film producer, dancer, and model

Channing Tatum is an American actor, film producer, dancer, and model

Channing Tatum is an American actor, film producer, dancer, and model

Channing Tatum is an American actor, film producer, dancer, and model

Channing Tatum is an American actor, film producer, dancer, and model

Channing Tatum Golden Globe Awards 2014

Channing Tatum with wife Jenna Dewan Tatum

Channing Tatum & wife Jenna Dewan Tatum

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