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Also Known As: Channing Matthew Tatum Died:
Born: April 26, 1980 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Cullman, Alabama, USA Profession: actor, model, writer, producer

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After starting out as a model and music video dancer, actor Channing Tatum shot to stardom as the star of "Step Up" (2006), a classic high school romance set in the world of competitive dance that gave the unknown Tatum a chance to prove that he had more to offer. From there, Tatum enjoyed another teen success with "She's the Man" (2006), before unveiling surprising acting chops in the acclaimed coming-of-age drama, "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints" (2006). He went on to a prominent role in the war drama "Stop-Loss" (2008), and big budgeters "Public Enemies" (2009) and "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" (2009), before wooing the ladies with a romantic lead in the adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel, "Dear John" (2010). The busy actor began landing bigger and better roles, starring in the Roman-era drama "The Eagle" (2011), appearing alongside Al Pacino in "The Son of No One" (2011), and joining a top-notch cast for Steven Soderberghâ¿¿s gritty action thriller "Haywire" (2011). By the time he starred in another Sparks adaptation, "The Vow" (2012), and the highly successful action comedy "21 Jump Street" (2012), Tatum had carved out a promising career playing physical characters with a believably...

After starting out as a model and music video dancer, actor Channing Tatum shot to stardom as the star of "Step Up" (2006), a classic high school romance set in the world of competitive dance that gave the unknown Tatum a chance to prove that he had more to offer. From there, Tatum enjoyed another teen success with "She's the Man" (2006), before unveiling surprising acting chops in the acclaimed coming-of-age drama, "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints" (2006). He went on to a prominent role in the war drama "Stop-Loss" (2008), and big budgeters "Public Enemies" (2009) and "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" (2009), before wooing the ladies with a romantic lead in the adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel, "Dear John" (2010). The busy actor began landing bigger and better roles, starring in the Roman-era drama "The Eagle" (2011), appearing alongside Al Pacino in "The Son of No One" (2011), and joining a top-notch cast for Steven Soderberghâ¿¿s gritty action thriller "Haywire" (2011). By the time he starred in another Sparks adaptation, "The Vow" (2012), and the highly successful action comedy "21 Jump Street" (2012), Tatum had carved out a promising career playing physical characters with a believably sensitive bent. After Soderbergh's "Magic Mike" (2012) -- based in part on Tatum's own experiences as a male stripper -- made him an international superstar, Tatum moved easily between light comedy and action roles and more intense performances in films such as quirky character study "Foxcatcher" (2014) and Quentin Tarantino's violent western "The Hateful Eight" (2015).

Channing Tatum was born to father, Glenn, and mother, Kay, on April 26, 1980, in the small Alabama town of Cullman and spent his teenage years in Tampa, FL, where his high profile in football, baseball, track and martial arts earned him the distinction of Most Athletic at Tampa Catholic High School. But he also frequently found himself on the wrong side of that school's administration's rule and spent time working on his discipline problems. Tatum turned down a football scholarship to a West Virginia state college and was living in Miami when was approached on the street by a talent agent. At the agent's urging, Tatum began print modeling, eventually finding himself traveling the world and representing the lines of Armani and Abercrombie and Fitch. The young talent segued onto the screen in commercials for Mountain Dew and Pepsi and landed his first acting role in a 2004 episode of "CSI: Miami" (CBS, 2002- ). His whirlwind career and exposure to new horizons beyond the American South ignited a number of creative passions in Tatum including dancing, writing and acting, which he decided to pursue fulltime. His physique immediately landed him supporting roles in competitive sports films including "Coach Carter" (2005), starring Samuel L. Jackson, and the low budget "Supercross" (2005).

Following a supporting role in the upper-class-teens-emulate-inner-city-gangsters flick "Havoc" (2005), which received most of its notice for star Anne Hathaway's nude scenes, Tatum auditioned for the role of mutant hero Gambit in "X-Men: The Last Stand" (2006). The character was eventually dropped from the script, but the film's producer Lauren Shuler-Donner saw Tatum's star potential and cast him as the dim-witted romantic lead opposite Amanda Bynes in the sitcom-like "She's the Man" (2006). That hunky supporting role did not jettison Tatum to stardom, but that happened with his follow-up leading role as the streetwise hip-hop dancer partnered with a ballerina-in-training (Jenna Dewan) in "Step Up" (2006). Despite largely negative reviews, the high school-set romance was a hit with teen audiences, thanks in part to a substantial and sexy advertising campaign and the stars' guest appearance on the Fox talent contest, "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005- ). Word that the onscreen stars had become an off-screen item further fueled romantic fairy tale visions of the new pin-up king. Happily together for over three years, Tatum and Dewan would wed in Malibu on July 11, 2009.

In a surprising turn of events following his success in formulaic teen fare, Tatum gave a powerful performance as the leader of a tough group of New York teens who is beaten at home and takes his aggression to the streets in "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints" (2006). The coming-of-age drama indie based on the youth of first-time filmmaker Dito Montiel earned the Director's Prize and a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival for the entire cast, as well as an Independent Spirit Award Best Supporting Actor nomination for Tatum. He again brought a depth to an alpha male type with his role as an Iraq war veteran emotionally uprooted and trying to return to civilian life in Kimberly Peirce's affecting "Stop-Loss" (2008). However, audiences avoided the film as they had the slew of other Iraq war films released that year.

Tatum teamed up again with filmmaker Montiel in 2009's "Fighting" (2009), a fable-like tale of an Alabaman trying to get by on the streets of New York City who unwittingly ends up on the underground fighting circuit. Tatum received raves for his performance in the markedly realistic portrayal of life at the edges of society. He appeared in two more testosterone-charged films that year. The first was a supporting role alongside Johnny Depp's portrayal of famed Chicago gangster John Dillinger in "Public Enemies" (2009). His dashing and tough turn as Pretty Boy Floyd led to his leading role opposite Dennis Quaid as big screen incarnations of the classic action figures, "G.I. Joe" (2009). In 2010 Tatum returned to screens as another conflicted soldier in "Dear John," a Lasse Hallstrom-directed adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' novel exploring love after loss, and followed that with a supporting turn in the much-derided comedy "The Dilemma" (2011). Tatum had a busy year in 2011, playing a Roman soldier who embarks on a dangerous mission to recover a golden emblem in "The Eagle," and starred opposite MMA fighter Gina Carano in Steven Soderberghâ¿¿s action thriller "Haywire." After appearing opposite Al Pacino in "The Son of No One" (2011), Tatum pleased his female fans with another starring turn in a Nicholas Sparks adaptation, "The Vow" (2012). Also that year, he was a cop who returns to high school with a fellow officer (Jonah Hill) to pose as students in order to take down a drug ring in "21 Jump Street" (2012).

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Gambit (2016)
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 Hail Caesar (2016)
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 Magic Mike XXL (2015)
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 Lego Movie, The (2014)
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 Foxcatcher (2014)
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 Lego Movie, The (2014)
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 22 Jump Street (2014)
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Starred out modeling for Armani and Abercrombie & Fitch
2000:
Cast as a dancer in Ricky Martin's "She Bangs" music video
2001:
Signed with Beatrice Model agency in Milan, Italy and Ford Models in New York City
2004:
Made acting debut on an episode of "CSI: Miami" (CBS)
2005:
Played a street smart basketball player opposite Samuel L. Jackson in "Coach Carter"
2005:
Landed supporting role in "Havoc," starring Anne Hathaway and Freddy Rodriguez
2006:
Played the love interest of Amanda Bynes' character in teen comedy "She's The Man"
2006:
Played a rebellious hip-hop dancer who partners with a ballerina in "Step Up"
2006:
Cast in 1980s-set drama "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints"
2008:
Co-starred with Ryan Phillippe and Abbie Cornish in director Kimberly Peirce's "Stop-Loss"
2009:
Played ill-fated 1930s American gangster Pretty Boy Floyd in Michael Mann's crime drama "Public Enemies"
2009:
Starred as Duke, the lead soldier in live action film adaptation "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra"
2010:
Co-starred with Amanda Seyfried in feature adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' novel "Dear John"
2011:
Starred in Roman-era adventure drama "The Eagle"
2011:
Acted alongside Al Pacino and Juliette Binoche in "The Son of No One"
2012:
Co-starred in action thriller "Haywire"; first film with director Steven Soderbergh
2012:
Co-starred with Rachel McAdams in romantic drama "The Vow"
2012:
Cast opposite Jonah Hill in big screen reboot of "21 Jump Street"; also executive produced film based on 1980s Fox police drama
2012:
Starred in Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike," a film loosely based on his past experiences as a male stripper
2013:
Cast opposite Rooney Mara and Jude Law in Steven Soderbergh directed thriller "Side Effects"
2013:
Reprised Duke role in sequel "G.I. Joe: Retaliation"
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Education

Tampa Catholic High School: Tampa , Florida - 1998

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