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Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum is a talented young actor who has established himself as a breakout star.

Tatum was recently seen starring in the Paramount Pictures drama Stop-Loss by critically acclaimed director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry) and producer Scott Rudin. Earlier this year he starred opposite Terrence Howard in the film Fighting directed by Dito Montiel, and with Johnny Depp and Christian Bale in Michael Mann's Public Enemies.

In 2006, Tatum received an Independent Spirit nomination and a Gotham Award nomination for his powerful role in the independent film A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, which won the Special Jury Prize for Best Ensemble Performance, as well as the dramatic directing award for Dito Montiel at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. The film was written and directed by Montiel and was based on Montiel's 2003 memoir of the same title. This powerful coming-of-age drama takes place in 1980s Astoria and follows Montiel's impoverished and violent life from his youth (portrayed by Shia LaBeouf) to adulthood (portrayed by Robert Downey Jr.). His father is portrayed by Chazz Palminteri, and Tatum plays the role of Antonio, Montiel's best friend.

In 2006, Tatum starred opposite Amanda Bynes in the DreamWorks film She's the Man, which was directed by Andy Fickman and produced by Lauren Shuler Donner. Later that year, he starred in the box office hit Step Up, directed by Anne Fletcher and produced by Adam Shankman. The film centers around Tyler Gage (Tatum), a street-smart juvenile delinquent who gets sentenced to community service at a high school for the performing arts.

Tatum was born in Alabama and grew up in Florida. At age 23, he starred in an international Pepsi commercial for director Tarsem Singh and two highly popular national Mountain Dew commercials directed by Kinka Usher. His natural charisma and athleticism brought him to the attention of both extreme sports fans and Hollywood executives. He was signed by a talent agency and started taking acting classes with Harold Guskin and at the Dena Levy Acting Studio.

In 2004, he made his first guest appearance in an episode of CSI: Miami. In 2005, he appeared in Havoc opposite Anne Hathaway and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Coach Carter with Samuel L. Jackson, and starred as a motocross superstar in the Fox film Supercross.

Tatum recently wrapped production on the adaptation of the Nicolas Sparks (The Notebook) bestseller Dear John opposite Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia!). He will play a soldier on leave from the army who meets and falls in love with a young woman (Seyfried). Lasse Hallstrom (The Cider House Rules, Chocolat) directed the adapted script by Jamie Linden. The film will be released in February 2010.

Tatum currently resides in Los Angeles.

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Channing Tatum Facts

BirthdayApril 26, 1980 (42)
BirthplaceCullman, Alabama, USA
Height6' 1" (1m85)  How tall is Channing Tatum compared to you?

Selected Filmography

The Hateful Eight
Magic Mike XXL
Book of Life
Jupiter Ascending
22 Jump Street
She's The Man
Dear John
The Vow
21 Jump Street
The Son of No One
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