Channing Tatum has come a long way since breakdancing his way onto the big screen in 2006 as the leading man in Step Up. Since then, he’s banked big box-office bucks and become part of Hollywood’s A-list with movies like G.I. Joe, The Vow and of course, Magic Mike.
This dancing heartthrob has won many hearts and has also established himself as an actor. So, on his birthday, here are 8 best of Channing Tatum’s performances for you all!
1. Tyler- Step Up: Tatum’s breakout role was this 2006 dance-romance drama, in which he put his dance skills on display. Although the sleeper-hit was widely panned, it eventually earned $115 million worldwide, giving Tatum a high-profile launch pad.
2. Mike- Magic Mike franchise: Tatum’s career shot straight into the sky with the Steven Soderbergh-directed dance-drama, Magic Mike, which caused a pop-culture ruckus with its male stripper-centric storyline. Loosely based on the actor’s own life prior to finding fame, the 2012 hit played up Tatum’s ripped abs and exotic dance skills.
3. Duke- G. I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra: G.I. Joe was Tatum’s first bona fide box-office smash as a leading man. The action flick, based on the G.I. Joe toy franchise, made more than $300 million worldwide, despite receiving harsh reviews from critics. Still, the film stands as the moment when things really started to take off for Tatum.
4. John- Dear John: In 2010, Tatum tapped back into his romantic side with Dear John, an adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name about a young couple who exchange love letters after the title character, John, is sent off to war.
5. Antonio- A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints: The first role in which Tatum really showed his acting skills was this 2006 film, which also stars Robert Downey Jr. and Shia LaBeouf. Based on a 2001 memoir by Dito Montiel, Saints largely revolves around Montiel’s youth in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, New York, during the 1980s. Tatum plays a younger version of Eric Roberts’ volatile character Antonio, whose abusive past eventually leads him to murder.
6. Martin Taylor- Side Effects: Once again pairing up with Magic Mike director Steven Soderbergh, Tatum took on another serious role in the 2013 psychological thriller Side Effects, which chronicles a woman’s (Rooney Mara) tailspin into depression and prescribed antidepressants.
7. Leo- The Vow: Tatum once again flexed his box-office muscle as a romantic leading man with this 2012 tear-jerker based on a real-life couple. Rachel McAdams co-stars as Tatum’s amnesia-stricken wife who must be reminded why they fell in love.
8. Mark- Foxcatcher: He received some of the best reviews of his career (and came close to an Oscar nomination) for playing ill-fated real life wrestler Mark Schultz in Bennett Miller’s haunting 2015 drama Foxcatcher, which earned five Academy Award nods after launching in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.
Which one’s your favorite?