Currently alive, at 39 years of age.
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1980 – Channing Tatum was born on April 26th, 1980 in Cullman, Alabama. HIs father, Glenn, was a construction worker while his mother Kay was an employee of an airline. He has one sibling–a sister named Paige. When he was only six years old, Tatum’s family moved to a rural area Mississippi.
Tatum was a very athletic child. He was part of various sports teams, including baseball, soccer, football and track. Tatum also enjoyed martial arts, and was taught wuzuquan kung fu by Chee Kim Thong. In high school, Tatum attended Tampa Catholic High School, where he continued to play on athletic teams. He earned a football scholarship to Glenville State College, but dropped out and began working odd jobs. According to Tatum, he ended up working as a nightclub stripper; he was eventually discovered by a talent scout.
Tatum’s first role as an ensemble dancer in the music video for Ricky Martin’s "She Bangs." After his work in the music video, he began booking various modeling jobs; Tatum quickly began booking jobs for famous clients, including Armani and Abercrombie and Fitch. He also began to be cast in television commercials, including a famous national advertising campaign for Pepsi and Mountain Dew. After he signed on with Page Parkes Modeling Agency, he was cast as a model for Vogue Magazine.
His popularity led to even more modeling gigs, including campaigns for Dolce & Gabbanna, American Eagle Outfitters, and Armani. Tatum has also appeared in film and television. His first film role was in Kimberly Perice’s Stop-Loss, a drama about soldiers who return to the United States after fighting in Iraq.
Other notable early film roles include a role in Michael Mann’s Public Enemies, and the role of Duke in the film adaptation of G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra.
2012 – Tatum appeared in multiple films, including Haywire, The Vow, and 21 Jump Street. His most notable role in 2012 was a role in Magic Mike, which was based on his own personal experiences as a male stripper while he lived in Floridian. The film included Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, and Matt Bomer; the film was also a box office success.
2013 – 2014 – Tatum made several film appearances. His more recent film roles include a reprisal of his role as Duke in the sequel film, G.I. Joe: Retaliation; the film was not critically successful and Tatum reported that he didn’t really enjoy working on the film and was “happy that his character was killed off.” He also had notable roles in White House Down and 22 Jump Street, a sequel to the critically successful 21 Jump Street. Like its predecessor, 22 Jump Street was well received and is considered one of Tatum’s best roles.
He also appeared in the drama Foxcatcher, about John du Pont and the Schultz wrestling brothers. It was recently announced that Tatum was cast as Gambit in x-Men: Apocalypse as well as a solo ‘Gambit’ film that will be released at a later date.