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
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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