Channing Tatum is an American actor, dancer, and model. He began his Hollywood career in 2004 starring in an episode of CSI: Miami. Channing gained his big break a year later with the movie Step Up and solidified his movie star status with the G.I. Joe action film series, Magic Mike, 21 Jump Street and their individual sequels.
Channing Tatum is estimated to be worth $80 million. Read on for a detailed description of Channing’s life; including the claims of him being gay, his family, kids and wife.
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Channing Matthew Tatum was born on April 26, 1980, in Cullman, Alabama. He spent the most of his childhood growing up in a rural community in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Tatum attended high school in Tampa, Florida where he was an active athlete, playing soccer, football and running the tracks. He was voted the most athletic in 1998, the year he graduated.
Tatum gained football scholarship to attend Glenville State College in West Virginia. However, he dropped out and started working as a roofer. Subsequently, he worked as a stripper and in 2000, appeared in Ricky Martin’s music video for his song – She Bangs; a gig for which he was paid $400. Channing would later decide to try modelling. This got him a spot in the industry with Page Parkes Modeling Agency in Florida.
In no time, Tatum was representing big brands like Armani, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Nautica. He later signed with Ford Models, an Agency in New York in 2001 and represented more big brands like Emporio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana and American Eagle Outfitters.
Channing Tatum Gay, Wife, Kids, Family
Back in 2015, a fake news site came out claiming that Tatum has announced that he is sexually attracted to his gender. Irrespective of the fact that many believed the story and circulated it, it was nothing more than the fake news that it was. Tatum, to the best of our knowledge, is neither gay nor bisexual. He is straight.
The actor has actually been married for some time now. He got married to actress and dancer, Jenna Dewan. The two became life partners in 2009 after meeting on set while filming Step Up. Their first child, a daughter, was born on May 20, 2013, in London. For now, the family is still very small as Channing and Jenna are yet to have more kids.
Acting And Hollywood Breakthrough
Tatum’s first acting gig was a small role in the crime series CSI: Miami. In 2005, he made his feature film debut in Coach Carter opposite Samuel L. Jackson. That same year, he had roles in Havoc, Supercross, and as well, in Steven Spielberg‘s War of the Warlords.
The year 2006 proved to be a successful one for Tatum as he landed his big break. It came in the dance drama Step Up where he starred opposite Jenna Dewan to whom he is now married. The movie was a box office hit, grossing $114.2 million from a $12 million budget. More to that, it spawned a sequel that was even more successful – Step Up 2: The Streets.
2009 was another significant year in Tatum’s career. He appeared in two high budget movies – Public Enemies and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra; both of the movies were huge box office hits. Meanwhile, Tatum has proved his versatility, taking up action, comedy and romantic roles respectively on Haywire, 21 Jump Street, Dilemma and Dear John, The Vow.
His Ultimate Success with Magic Mike
Tatum’s most lucrative period yet came between 2012 and 2013. As the actor has established himself to be a box-office darling, he was landing huge roles at an impressive pace. However, his biggest moneymaker would be in a self-produced and self-financed movie. Tatum came up with the idea of doing a movie about his experience as a stripper. But, instead of attempting to convince studios to finance the movie, he decided to take on the role, joining forces with movie director Steven Soderbergh.
They spent $7 million to finance the movie titled Magic Mike and fortunately it was a box office blast! Against that small budget, the movie grossed a whopping $167 million at the worldwide box office. With only Warner Bros to pay for her part in distribution, Tatum and Soderberg split most of the profit among themselves. It was a huge payday for them.
Within this same period, Tatum struck the jackpot with movies like 21 Jump Street, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and White House Down. These gigs combined to give him a paycheck of $60 million which saw him make his debut on Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list at 23rd place.
While Tatum continued to soar, his decision to star in Jupiter Ascending which as speculated, became a flop, saw him rank third among the world’s overpaid actors with $1 received on every $6 earned at the box office. Between 2014 and 2015, Tatum, made $29 million per Forbes’ calculations, making him the 14th highest paid actor in the world in 2015.
Channing made a huge success with the sequel of Magic Mike, Magic Mike XXL (2015). It grossed $122 million from $14.8 million. The actor has also successfully taken the movie to Broadway. He voiced Superman in the animation hit The Lego Movie and its sequel.
Channing Tatum owns the production company 33&Out. The company’s first production was 2010 documentary film drama Earth Made of Glass. Outside the show business, Channing Tatum owns a line of vodka called Born and Bred in collaboration with Idaho-based Grand Teton Distillery.
His awards include; 4 Teen Choice Awards, 1 People’s Choice Awards, and 1 MTV Movie Awards.