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CHANNING TATUM (John Tyree), with his growing list of films, has captured the attention of critics and audiences alike. He most recently starred in the summer's box office hit G.I. Joe, directed by Stephen Sommers, and also starred opposite Terrance Howard in Fighting, reteaming with his A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints director Dito Montiel. Tatum received Independent Spirit Award and Gotham Award nominations for his role in 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. Written and directed by Montiel, the film was based on Montiel's 2003 memoir of the same title.

In March 2006, Tatum starred opposite Amanda Bynes in She's the Man, directed by Andy Fickman and produced by Lauren Shuler Donner; the film was inspired by the Shakepeare play "Twelfth Night.ā€¯ Later that year, Tatum starred in the box office hit Step Up, directed by Anne Fletcher and produced by Adam Shankman. Tatum's other credits include Stop/Loss, Coach Carter, Havoc and Supercross.

Tatum was born in Alabama and grew up in Florida. He began modeling at age 21, and at age 23 he starred in an international Pepsi commercial for director Tarsem and two popular national Mountain Dew commercials directed by Kinka Usher. His natural charisma and athleticism in these commercials brought him to the attention of both extreme sports fans and Hollywood industry executives. He was then signed by a talent agency and started taking acting classes with Harold Guskin and at the Dena Levy Acting Studio. Tatum currently resides in Los Angeles.


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