Channing Tatum
Channing Tatum speaking at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con International in San Diego, California.
Tatum in 2017
Channing Matthew Tatum

(1980-04-26) April 26, 1980 (age 44)
  • Actor
  • producer
Years active2000–present
(m. 2009; div. 2019)
AwardsFull list

Channing Matthew Tatum (born April 26, 1980)[1][2] 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 sports comedy She's the Man (2006), the comedy-drama Magic Mike (2012) and its sequels Magic Mike XXL (2015) and Magic Mike's Last Dance (2023), the latter two 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 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 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). In 2012, he was named the "Sexiest Man Alive" by People magazine,[3] and Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2022.[4]

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.[2][5][6] He has a sister named Paige. He is of Irish, French, and German ancestry.[7]

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.[8]

Tatum has discussed having dealt with attention deficit disorder (ADD) and dyslexia while growing up, which affected his ability to do well in school.[9] Growing up, Tatum played football, soccer, track, and baseball; he has said that "girls were always [his] biggest distraction in school." As a child, he practiced wuzuquan kung fu.[10]

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.[11] He later attended Glenville State College in Glenville, West Virginia on a football scholarship, but dropped out.[12] 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".[13][14] In 2010, he told an Australian newspaper that he wanted to make a film about his experiences as a stripper.[15] That idea led to the film Magic Mike.[14] 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 & 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.[16]


Tatum in 2009

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.[17] Later that year, Tatum starred opposite his future wife Jenna Dewan in Step Up, which was his breakout role. Although it was widely panned, it has earned $115 million worldwide.[18]

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.[19]

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. He next appeared in writer/director/producer Michael Mann's 2009 crime drama Public Enemies, playing the 1930s American gangster Pretty Boy Floyd.[20] 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 film would glorify war, but overcame his reluctance after reading the script.[21] He played a soldier in Dear John, a film based on the popular Nicholas Sparks bestseller.[22] He later stated that he accepted the role to learn from director Lasse Hallström because he never studied at an acting school.[23]

In 2012, Tatum hosted Saturday Night Live[24] 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.[25]

Tatum also starred in Magic Mike, a film based on his eight-month experience as a 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 Bomer, Joe Manganiello, and Matthew McConaughey.[26]


Tatum at the 2015 Warner Bros. & Hoyts red carpet Arena Premiere of Magic Mike XXL

Tatum appeared in Steven Soderbergh's Side Effects, with Rooney Mara and Jude Law.[27]

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 to convert it to 3D and to add more scenes for his character, who was killed at the beginning of the film.[28] Tatum later said he had not wanted to appear in the sequel and was happy his character had been killed off.[29] Also in 2013, he appeared in another action film, White House Down.[30]

Tatum reprised his role from 21 Jump Street in its sequel, 22 Jump Street, which was released on June 13, 2014.[31]

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.[32] 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,[33][34][35] but the film was cancelled in May 2019 after languishing in development hell since 2014.[36] In 2022, 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.[37] The same year, he starred opposite Sandra Bullock in the Paramount Pictures romantic action adventure film The Lost City.[38]

In 2023, Tatum returned 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,[39] but was released in theaters on February 10, 2023.[40]

Upcoming films

The 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 Christopher Miller.[41]

In June 2021, Tatum was set to star in the thriller film Blink Twice, marking the directorial debut of Zoë Kravitz.[42] In November 2021, he was cast in an untitled true story drama film with Tom Hardy, directed by George Nolfi.[43] He will star in the remake of German film System Crasher, which was released in 2019.[44]

Other ventures

Production companies

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."[45] He, his then-wife Jenna Dewan, and their production partner Reid Carolin signed a two-year production deal in 2010 with Relativity Media for any films they may develop during that time.[46]

Tatum started two production companies, 33andOut Productions[47] and Iron Horse Entertainment.[48] Their first production was the 2010 documentary Earth Made of Glass. In 2021, another one of his production companies, Free Association, signed a first look deal with MGM.[49]


Tatum has written two picture books inspired by his daughter.[50] The first, The One and Only Sparkella (2021), was a #1 New York Times bestseller for children's picture books the week it published.[51] The One and Only Sparkella Makes a Plan will publish in 2022.[52]

Personal life

Tatum and Jenna Dewan at the Peabody Awards 2012

In 2006, Tatum met actress Jenna Dewan on the set of their film Step Up, and they married on July 11, 2009, in Malibu, California.[53] They have one daughter, born in 2013.[54] On April 2, 2018, the couple announced they were separating.[55] Six months later, Dewan filed for divorce from Tatum.[56] The divorce was finalized in November 2019.[57] In a 2023 interview with Vanity Fair, Tatum questioned whether he would ever remarry, though said his divorce prompted self-improvement, including a strong relationship with his daughter.[50]

Tatum dated English singer Jessie J from 2018 to 2020.[58][59][60] In 2021, Tatum started dating Zoë Kravitz and, by 2023, the couple were engaged.[61][62]

In October 2012, Tatum and a friend opened the Saints and Sinners burlesque-themed restaurant and bar in New Orleans, which remained in business ten years later.[63]

In October 2023, Tatum signed the Artists4Ceasefire open letter to President Joe Biden calling for a ceasefire during the Israeli bombardment of Gaza.[64]


Denotes works that have not yet been released


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Coach Carter Jason Lyle
Havoc Nick
Supercross Rowdy Sparks
War of the Worlds Boy in church Uncredited
2006 She's the Man Duke Orsino
Step Up Tyler Gage
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints Young Antonio
2007 The Trap Greg Short film
Battle in Seattle Johnson
2008 Step Up 2: The Streets Tyler Gage Cameo appearance
Stop-Loss Steve Shriver
2009 Fighting Shawn MacArthur
Public Enemies Pretty Boy Floyd
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Conrad S. Hauser / Duke
2010 Dear John John Tyree
2011 The Dilemma Zip
The Son of No One Jonathan "Milk" White
The Eagle Marcus Flavius Aquila
10 Years Jake Bills Also producer
Haywire Aaron
2012 The Vow Leo Collins
21 Jump Street Greg Jenko Also executive producer
Magic Mike Michael "Magic Mike" Lane Also producer
2013 Side Effects Martin Taylor
G.I. Joe: Retaliation Conrad S. Hauser / Duke
This Is the End Himself Cameo appearance
White House Down John Cale Also executive producer
Don Jon Connor Verreaux Cameo appearance
2014 The Lego Movie Superman Voice[65]
Foxcatcher Mark Schultz
22 Jump Street Greg Jenko Also producer
The Book of Life Joaquin Mondragon Jr. Voice[65]
2015 Jupiter Ascending Caine Wise
Magic Mike XXL Michael "Magic Mike" Lane Also producer
The Hateful Eight Jody Domergue
2016 Hail, Caesar! Burt Gurney
2017 The Lego Batman Movie Superman Voice[65]
Dark Hoser Voice role, short film
Logan Lucky Jimmy Logan Also producer
Kingsman: The Golden Circle Tequila [66]
2018 Smallfoot Migo Voice[65]
2019 The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part Superman
2021 America: The Motion Picture George Washington Voice; also producer[65]
Free Guy Revenjamin Buttons Cameo
2022 Dog Army Ranger Jackson Briggs Also director and producer
The Lost City Alan Caprison / Dash McMahon
Bullet Train Train Passenger Uncredited cameo
2023 Magic Mike's Last Dance Michael "Magic Mike" Lane
2024 Fly Me to the Moon Cole Davis Completed
Blink Twice Slater King Completed


Year Title Role Notes
2004 CSI: Miami Bob Davenport Episode: "Pro Per"
2012 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: "Channing Tatum/Bon Iver"
2014 The Simpsons Movie Homer Simpson Voice, episode: "Steal This Episode"
2016 Lip Sync Battle Himself Episode: "Channing Tatum vs. Jenna Dewan-Tatum"
2017 Comrade Detective Gregor Anghel Voice, 6 episodes; also executive producer
2022 The Afterparty Himself / "Young John Oates" 2 episodes
TBA Statesman Agent Tequila Main cast


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Earth Made of Glass Executive producer Documentary
2018–2022 Step Up Executive producer Television series
2018 6 Balloons Producer Feature film
2021–2022 Finding Magic Mike Executive producer Television series
2024 Spaceman Producer Feature film
Untitled Space X/HBO Project Executive producer Limited series[67]

Music videos

Year Title Artist Notes
2000 "She Bangs" Ricky Martin
2006 "(When You Gonna) Give It Up to Me" Sean Paul featuring Keyshia Cole
"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

See also: List of awards and nominations received by Channing Tatum


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