On April 26, 1980, in the town of Cullman, Alabama (about 50 miles north of Birmingham), the future actor Channing Tatum was born. His parents, Kay (Faust), who worked for an airline, and Glenn Matthew Tatum, who built houses saw the need to harness his unbounded energy and keep him out of mischief, so they enrolled him in a wide range of activities, including track and field, baseball, soccer, and football. He transferred to a Catholic high school during his ninth-grade year. He fell in love with the sport and set his sights on getting a full ride to college on the strength of his physical abilities after attending this camp. In his final year of high school, Channing was able to achieve his dream of receiving a full athletic scholarship to a university in West Virginia.
Tatum has achieved belts in both traditional Kung Fu and the more modern variant Gor-Chor Kung Fu, demonstrating his proficiency in both styles. As time went on, Channing stopped attending school and instead worked as a mortgage broker, salesman, and construction worker.
Tatum first appeared on screen in the drama "Coach Carter" (2005), and then he became a household name thanks to his appearance in the dance film "Step Up" (2006), a classic high school romance set in the world of competitive dance. Later, in 2006's "She's the Man," Tatum scored another adolescent hit, and in 2008's "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints," he surprised critics with his acting talents (2006). For example, he had major roles in the 2008 war drama "Stop-Loss," the 2009 action films "Public Enemies" and "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," and the 2010 Nicholas Sparks adaptation "Dear John," in which he played the love lead (2010). The busy actor started landing more and more high-profile roles, like the lead in "The Eagle," a Roman-era drama (2011), "The Son of No One," in which he starred alongside Al Pacino (2011), and "Haywire," a gritty action thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh, in which he starred alongside a stellar cast (2012). Tatum established himself as a talented young actor by playing robust characters with believable sensitivity in "21 Jump Street" (2012) and "The Vow," another Sparks adaptation. After "Magic Mike" (2012), filmed by Soderbergh Tatum's easy movement between humorous and action parts, as well as more serious roles in films like "Foxcatcher," and based in part on Tatum's own experiences as a male dancer, made him a global phenomenon (2014), a quirky character study, and "The Hateful Eight," a violent western directed by Quentin Tarantino (2015). On the other hand, his lighter roles in "Hail Caesar!" (2016), a satire of Hollywood directed by the Coen brothers, "Logan Lucky" (2017), a caper comedy directed by Soderbergh, and the unavoidable "Magic Mike XXL" (2015), all served to remind viewers of his comedic appeal. Tatum starred in, produced, and co-directed the road movie "Dog" (2022). Time magazine named him one of the world's 100 most important persons in 2022.