Channing Tatum

BATD ON May 11, 2009 AT 9:34 am

Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum was born on April 26,1980, in a small Alabama town, but grew up in Florida. He was an energetic kid, but also a troublemaker. His parents enrolled him in track, baseball, and football to keep him active. He’s always said, though, that girls were always his biggest distraction in school. (We wonder why!) Still, in ninth grade, Tatum enrolled in a military school, finally setting his goals on earning a college football scholarship. Three years later, a university scout recruited him, and this bad boy landed a full athletic college scholarship to Glenville State in West Virginia. After graduation, Tatum went back to his hometown and began work. “I did every job you can possibly imagine,” he said. After a few years of working at dirty clubs and too many late nights, Channing moved to Miami and was soon discovered by a talent scout. From then on, things took off.

He began his career at age 21 in fashion modeling for Abercrombie & Fitch, Dolce & Gabbana, and Armani, but soon moved on to television commercials and acting roles. His vivacious personality and natural athleticism shone through the advertisements, and caught the eyes of both sports fans and Hollywood bigwigs.

Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum

Tatum’s first on screen appearance came in 2004 with an episode of the television series CSI: Miami. That same year, Tatum played a motocross racer in Supercross, and was part of the cast of Havoc. He has also starred in Coach Carter (2005), Supercross, She’s the Man, and Step Up, all of which were released in 2006. Later that year, Tatum played Antonio, a street kid in Astoria, New York, in the 1980’s re-make of A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Shia LaBeouf. He received raving reviews for his performance at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, along with an Independent Spirit Award for “Best Supporting Actor”.

Tatum has recently finished filming on the Nicholas Sparks novel “Dear John”. He portrays a soldier drafted in the army who falls in love with a young woman. Tatum will also star as Duke, head of an elite military unit, in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. The celebrity studded cast also includes Sienna Miller, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dennis Quaid, and Rachel Nichols.

His latest film, Fighting, opens on Wednesday 13th of May. Sean Arthur (Tatum) plays a young man struggling to make a living on counterfeit merchandise scams in NYC. His family problems, combined with barely making enough money to live on, give him little hope. An encounter with a street fighting coach gives him new opportunities and motivation to make it in a harsh, unforgiving world.

Channing’s personality is so genuine in his films, we’re sure he’s not much different off. But seeing as his private life is completely off limits, we’ll have to keep guessing…

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