Apr. 26th, 1980
Cullman, Alabama, USA
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Channing Matthew Tatum (born April 26, 1980) is an American actor and film producer, best known for his roles in Step Up (2006), G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009), Dear John (2010), The Vow (2012), 21 Jump Street (2012), Magic Mike (2012), and G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013). He has also appeared in films such as Coach Carter (2005), She's the Man (2006), A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006), Fighting (2009), and The Dilemma (2010). While known for his performances in drama and action films, he has also ventured into more comedic roles. Earlier in his career he worked variously as a dancer and model.
Tatum was born and raised in Cullman, Alabama. He is the son of Kay (née Faust), an airline worker, and Glenn Tatum, who worked in construction. He has a sister named Paige. His ancestry includes English, Irish, French, German, and Native American. 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 lineage of 10th dan Grandmaster Chee Kim Thong. Tatum spent most of his teenage years in the Tampa, Florida, 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.
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. That idea led to the movie Magic Mike. He later moved to Miami, where he was discovered by a model talent scout.
In 2012, Tatum hosted Saturday Night Live 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'. 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', 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." 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.
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, Hawaii, and married on July 11, 2009 at Church Estates Vineyards in Malibu, California. They have one daughter, born in 2013 in London,
Tatum was diagnosed with ADD and "something like dyslexia".