Channing Tatum was born April 26, 1980, in Alabama.
When he was six his family moved to Mississippi and he grew up on the bayou before moving to Florida.
As a teenager, Tatum was very athletic, participating in football, soccer, track, baseball and martial arts.
He was offered a football scholarship to Glenville State College in Glenville, West Va., but he turned it down.
Instead, Tatum worked odd jobs. During this time he also worked as a stripper, which was his inspiration for the movie “Magic Mike.”
Eventually, Tatum was discovered by a model talent scout and he began modeling and appearing in commercials.
In 2004, Tatum landed a spot in an episode of “CSI: Miami.” This was his first real acting role.
His first feature film was “Coach Carter” in 2005, in which he played a high school basketball player. Later that year he also played a motocross racer in “Supercross.”
In 2006, he played alongside Amanda Bynes in “She’s the Man.”
In 2006 he also starred in “Step Up.” Tatum co-starred with Jenna Dewan, whom he eventually married.
In “Fighting,” Tatum portrays a man who makes a living scalping tickets in New York who is introduced to street fighting.
Tatum played Duke in the blockbuster “G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra.”
Tatum co-starred with Amanda Seyfried in the romance “Dear John.”
In 2011 Tatum played in “The Eagle” where he plays a Roman soldier.
In 2012, Tatum played alongside Rachel McAdams in “The Vow.”
He co-starred with Jonah Hill in the comedy “21 Jump Street.”
Tatum then played a stripper in “Magic Mike,” a film that was based on his stint as an exotic dancer.
Tatum was named People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive in 2012
He and his wife, Jenna Dewan, were married in 2009.
The couple had their first child, daughter Everly, on May 31, 2013, in London, England.
Between a newborn daughter and three movies, 2013 has proven to be busy year for Tatum, first starring in the Steven Soderbergh-directed psychological thriller "Side Effects" alongside Rooney Mara.
Tatum followed up "Side Effects" by returning to the role of Duke in the March 2013 blockbuster sequel "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," starring alongside Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
In 2013 he starred in the action film "White House Down," in which he plays a U.S. Capitol police officer who must rescue the president, played by Jamie Foxx, after a paramilitary group takes over the White House.
Tatum joined Jonah Hill in the sequel "22 Jump Street" in 2014.