If you have watched movies such as Step Up, Magic Mike, 21 Jump Street, and The Vow, you certainly know who Channing Tatum is. But if you have not, then introductions are in order. Channing Tatum is a popular Hollywood actor. He is also a producer and has featured in a diverse genre of movies such as drama, romance, thriller, action, comedy, and what have you. Some of them are G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra, She’s The Man, White House Down, and much more.
Tatum is, however, most popular for his breakthrough role of Tyler Gage in the romance/drama/dance film, Step Up (2006). Find out more about him below…
Channing Tatum Bio (Age)
Channing Matthew Tatum was born on the 26th of April 1980 in the town of Cullman, Alabama. His mom, Kay (nee Faust) was an airline worker while his dad, Glenn, was a construction worker. The actor also has a sister named Paige. Tatum spent his formative years in Mississippi and later, Florida. He started his education at Gaither High School and completed it at Tampa Catholic School in 1988. While in school, the future Hollywood star excelled in sports such as baseball, football, soccer, and martial arts. He, however, had a hard time with academics due to Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). In spite of this, Tatum was able to land a football scholarship to Glenville State College where he briefly studied before dropping out.
On leaving school, Tatum worked various odd jobs including stripping. He worked as a male stripper at a local club known as Male Encounter in 1999. He stripped under the name Chan Crawford. It was during this time that he was spotted by a casting director who offered him the role of a dancer in a music video. He accepted and was paid $400 for the gig. From there, Tatum commenced modeling for big brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Dolce & Gabbana, Nautica, Armani, etc. He was also featured in ads for beverage giants such as Pepsi and Mountain Dew.
Channing Tatum landed his first movie role in 2005 in the movie, Coach Carter. From there, he went on to appear in movies such as She’s The Man, Havoc, and Supercross, all in 2005. Tatum caught his big break in 2006 when he landed the lead role in the 2006 dance film, Step Up. Even though the movie did not receive positive reviews from critics, it did very well at the box office and spurned four sequels. Since his breakout year of 2006, the Alabama native has solidified his status as a Hollywood star.
He has appeared in several movies and has won many awards. One of his most popular movies till date is Magic Mike (2012) and Magic Mike XXL (2015). Both movies center on male stripping and are partially based on Tatum’s real-life experience as a stripper. The movie featured stars such as Matthew McConaughey and grossed over $250 million combined at the box office.
His Net Worth
Channing Tatum has a net worth of $50 million. He made his fortune from his movies, modeling, and endorsement deals. Tatum also made a lot from the Magic Mike movies. Both movies grossed over $250 million on a budget of less than $22 million. The lion share of this amount went to Tatum and director Steven Soderbergh. A smaller amount went to Warner Bros for distributing the movie.
Channing Tatum’s Wife, Daughter, and Divorce
Channing Tatum was previously married to his Step Up co-star, Jenna Lee Dewan. They fell in love while filming the movie. The couple tied the knot in July 2009. They have a daughter named Everly who was born in May 2013. Tatum and his wife were one of the most loved couples in Hollywood. The fairy tale, however, came to an end in April 2018 when they announced their separation. They officially filed for divorce in October 2018. No reason was given for their divorce except that they naturally grew apart. Both have now found love again. Tatum is dating British singer, Jessie J. while Dewan is dating Broadway star, Steve Kazee.
Is He Gay?
Following his divorce, some people have suggested that Tatum may be gay or at least bisexual. The rumor intensified when he was spotted with the famous racing driver, Arie Luyendyk Jr. at the Honda Indy Grand Prix. Asides from racing, Luyendyk Jr is also a reality TV star and featured in The Bachelor in 2018. Despite these speculations, there is nothing to suggest that the Magic Mike star is gay. He is, however, a big supporter of gay rights.