Columbus Keith Short, Jr. (born September 19, 1982) is an American choreographer, actor, and singer. He choreographed Britney Spears's Onyx Hotel Tour and worked with Brian Friedman (of So You Think You Can Dance fame). He is best known for his roles in the films Stomp the Yard, Cadillac Records, Armored, and The Losers. He stars as a series regular in the ABC drama Scandal, as Harrison Wright.
Short was born in Kansas City, Missouri to a family he has described as "musical". He has two brothers, John Rancipher and Chris Staples. Short relocated to Los Angeles when he was five years old and immediately began working in a youth theater. He attended Marcos De Niza High School in Tempe, Arizona, as well as El Segundo High School and the Orange County High School of the Arts, before leaving to join the Broadway tour of Stomp. He has two children, with wife Tanee McCall-Short.
Short's acting debut came as a dancer in You Got Served and he later appeared in Accepted, starring Justin Long. He then took lead roles in the direct-to-DVD movie Save the Last Dance 2 alongside Izabella Miko and Stomp the Yard. He has also appeared twice in the Disney Channel Original Series That's So Raven as Trey, a member of the fictional Boy band "Boyz n' Motion". Other TV appearances include ER and Judging Amy.
In 2006, he appeared in NBC's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip as novice show writer Darius Hawthorne. He was among the presenters at the 2007 NAACP Image Awards.
In 2007, Columbus appeared in the movie This Christmas also starring Chris Brown and Lauren London.
In 2008, Short appeared in the movie Quarantine, co-starring Jay Hernandez and Jennifer Carpenter, and played the part of musician Little Walter in Cadillac Records, alongside Jeffrey Wright, Beyoncé Knowles, and Oscar-winner Adrien Brody. In 2010, Short played "Pooch" in the film The Losers, based on the graphic novel, co-starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Evans, and Zoe Saldana, and directed by Sylvain White (Stomp The Yard). His next appearance will be in the action comedy, The Wannabes, where he will play in his first villanous role.
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