Celebs Photo Biography
Channing Matthew Tatum was born on April 26, 1980, in Cullman, Alabama and raised in Tampa Florida by his mother Kay, an airline worker, and his father Glenn Tatum, a construction worker. He initially attended Gaither High School before transferring to Tampa Catholic High School. Ensuing his graduation in 1998, Tatum was offered a substantial football scholarship to Glenville State College in Glenville, West Virginia, but declined to pursue a different life path.
His new path guided him to his first financially sound job at the local nightclub as an exotic dancer, entertaining the guests under the name "Chan Crawford." Despite being noticed every night at the nightclub, Tatum's face wasn't publically recognized until he was discovered by a modeling agency whole strolling down the streets of Miami. As soon as he signed a contract, Tatum's face and body began to pop up in various ads, including Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle Outfitters and Nautica. He later made his debut on-camera appearance as a backup dancer in Ricky Martin's "She Bangs" music video, followed by a few stints in Pepsi and Mountain Dew commercials.
In 2004, Tatum officially started his career in acting with a featured role on CSI: Miami, which persuaded him to focus solely on acting. He made another big step in his career when he starred in the drama Coach Carter with Samuel L. Jackson, followed by roles in Havoc (2005), Supercross (2005) and Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds (2005).
Tatum continued making big strides in Hollywood during 2006, with lead roles in the dance/romance Step Up, the romantic comedy She's the Man and the drama A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints in which he earned a Gotham Award nomination and an Independent Spirit Award nomination. His grew even stronger when he landed big-screen roles in the action film G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2007) and the biopic Public Enemy (2008) with Johnny Depp, ensued by a new venture into the world of romantic dramas with a leading role in Dear John (2009) opposite Amanda Seyfried.