Channing Matthew Tatum is an American actor and film producer. He began his career as a fashion model before turning to film roles, having starred in 'She's the Man' (2006), 'Step Up' (2006), 'Fighting' (2009), 'Public Enemies' (2009), 'G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra' (2009), and 'Dear John' (2010). In 2004, Tatum started his acting career, appearing in an episode of the television series 'CSI: Miami'. His first feature film role was in 2005's high school drama, 'Coach Carter', playing Jason Lyle, a basketball player opposite Samuel L. Jackson. In 2006, Tatum starred in 'Step Up', a dance-themed romance, playing a rebellious hip-hop dancer. Later that year, Tatum played in the 1980s-set drama 'A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints' starring Robert Downey Jr. and Shia LaBeouf, in which he plays Antonio, a street youth in Astoria, Queens who uses his fists to solve problems. His performance received positive notices at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, where the film premiered. The acclaim continued when he received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for "Best Supporting Actor".
Tatum and Dito Montiel, who worked together on 'A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints', reteamed on the action drama 'Fighting' for Rogue Pictures. Tatum next appeared in Michael Mann's 2009 crime drama 'Public Enemies', playing the 1930s American gangster Pretty Boy Floyd. The same year, Tatum starred as Duke in 'G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra', Paramount Pictures' live-action film based on the popular Hasbro action figures. He also played a soldier in 'Dear John', a Screen Gems film based on a popular Nicholas Sparks bestseller.
Tatum and Dito Montiel starred together also in 2010's action thriller 'The Brotherhood of the Rose'. Tatum suffered a burn injury from an accident while filming 'The Eagle of the Ninth' in Scotland.
Along with friends Reid Carolin, Adam Martingano, Brett Rodriguez, and wife Jenna Dewan, Tatum has started a production company called 33andOut Productions. Their first production is a documentary called 'Earth Made of Glass' that follows the Rwandan President Paul Kagame and genocide survivor Jean-Pierre Sagahutu. The film was selected to premiere at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival. Tatum is currently in negotiations to star alongside Jonah Hill in the film adaptation of '21 Jump Street'.