Back in 2006 he wowed us with his street dance moves in 'Step Up.' It didn't take long before audiences and Hollywood became enamored, too. To celebrate his birthday this month, we look back at the many reasons we fell for Mr. Tatum.
Delivers the Funny - 22 Jump Street
He's proven he can actuallyact, and in '21 Jump Street,' he let the world know he could be genuinely funny, too. This June 13 sequel, costarring Jonah Hill as two bumbling cops who go undercover at college, will no doubt be more of the same.
Good genetics - Jupiter Ascending
Considered genetically defective (what tosh!), Tatum's Cain is an ex-military whistleblower sent to Earth to kill the next leader of the Universe (Mila Kunis) in the Wachowski siblings' July 18 sci-fi fantasy adventure. Instead, they fall in love.
Patriotic Hero - White House Down
When the White House comes under attack, it's up to our one-and-only Channing to save the President of the United States (Jamie Foxx) from the freedom-hating hands of terrorists.
Male Stripper - Magic Mike
Honestly, do we really have to say much more than male stripper? When he's not twerkin' on stage, Mike is magically building abstract furniture with random junk that washes up on the Floridian beaches... so he's handy as well! Ladies, get in line.
Hopeless Romantic - The Vow
After a tragic car accident erases Paige’s (Rachel McAdams) memory, Leo (Tatum) tries everything in his power to win his wife’s love all over again.
Dancing King - Step Up
In the movie that put him on the map, Tatum busted all the right moves as a lost teen from a rough Baltimore neighborhood. While doing community service at the Maryland School of the Arts, he meets Nora, an aspiring ballerina, and together they learn some life lessons.
Tatum made his costar, Jenna Dewan, his leading lady in real life in 2009. They had a daughter, Everly, last year.
Abs of Steel – She’s the Man
Tatum switches gears in the teen rom-com 'She’s the Man,' costarring Amanda Bynes, as a hunky college soccer player who ends up becoming Bynes’s college roommate when she assumes her brother’s identity to join the men's soccer team. As if the plot couldn’t get more twisted, Bynes falls for Tatum, but how couldn’t she? He spends most of the movie without his shirt on.
Boy in blue- The Son of No One
Here he plays a cop of a more serious kind, assigned to protect the working class neighborhood where he grew up. Little does he know a secret from the past threatens to destroy his life.
Underground Street Fighter – Fighting
Struggling to survive in the Big Apple, Shawn MacArthur (Tatum) makes a name for himself in the street-fighting scene. While a couple of the hard-hitting punches can be even harder to watch, Tatum holds his own.
Elite Soldier - G.I. Joe
You can’t get any tougher or stronger than a Joe, and in 'The Rise of Cobra,' Tatum stars as one of the elite with Dennis Quaid, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marlon Wayans and Sienna Miller. Blink and you'd miss him in the sequel, 'Retaliation' (pictured) --sadly, his character doesn't get much screen time.
Roman-tic - The Eagle
We may not get a shot of his real abs as Roman soldier Marcus Flavius Aquila, but his breastplate armor is pretty accurate anyway.
Everything - Dear John
We have more than a few reasons why 'Dear John' makes us swoon for Tatum, playing a soft-spoken Special Forces soldier who falls head over heels for Savannah (Amanda Seyfried) before he’s deployed.
Reason 1: He plays nice with kids.
Reason 2: He loves his sick father unconditionally.
Reason 3: He’s willing to commit to a long distance relationship.