1. Channing Matthew Tatum is an American actor, film producer, dancer, and model.
2. Tatum made his film debut in the drama film Coach Carter .
3. His breakthrough role was in the 2006 dance film Step Up, which introduced him to a wider audience.
4. He is known for his portrayal of the character Duke in the 2009 action film G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and its 2013 sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
5. Although both G.I. Joe films received negative reviews from critics, they were commercially successful, grossing more than $300 million at the box office.
6. Tatum is also known for his portrayal as Magic Mike in the 2012 comedy film Magic Mike, and its 2015 sequel Magic Mike XXL, which he produced and was inspired by his early life, and Greg Jenko in the action-comedy film 21 Jump Street and its 2014 sequel, 22 Jump Street, based on the 1987 television series of the same name.
7. Tatum was born in Cullman, Alabama, the son of Kay , an airline worker, and Glenn Tatum, who worked in construction. He has a sister named Paige.
8. He grew up in the bayous near the Mississippi River, where he lived in a rural setting.
9. Tatum was athletic while growing up, playing football, soccer, track, baseball, and performing martial arts; he has said that “girls were always biggest distraction in school.”
10. As a child, he practiced wuzuquan kung fu Tatum spent most of his teenage years in the Tampa area, and initially attended Gaither High School.
11. His parents wanted more effort and gave him the option of selecting a private high school or attending a military school; he chose Tampa Catholic High School, where he graduated in 1998 and was voted most athletic. He returned home and started working odd jobs.
12. US Weekly reported that around this time Tatum left his job as a roofer and began working as a stripper at a local nightclub, under the name “Chan Crawford.”
13. He soon moved into television commercials, landing national spots for Mountain Dew and Pepsi in 2002. He subsequently signed with a modeling agency in Miami, Page 305 .
14. He was cast by Al David for Vogue magazine and soon after appeared in campaigns for Abercrombie & Fitch, Nautica, Dolce & Gabbana, American Eagle Outfitters, and Emporio Armani.