Short in 2010
|Born||Columbus Keith Short Jr.
September 19, 1982
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
|Occupation||Actor, choreographer, singer, dancer|
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. On April 26, 2014, it was announced that Short will leave Scandal due to personal issues outside the series.
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.
Short was married to Brandi Short, but split from her in 2003. They have one son together. He was married to dancer Tanee McCall in 2005. In September 2013, she filed for divorce. They have one daughter, Ayala, together.
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 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, with Jeffrey Wright, Beyoncé Knowles, and Oscar-winner Adrien Brody. In 2010, he 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 his first villanous role.
|2005||ER||Loose||TV series; episode: "Skin"|
|Judging Amy||Thomas McNab||TV series; episode: "The Paper War"|
|2005–2006||That's So Raven||Trey||TV series; 2 episodes|
|2006–2007||Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip||Darius Hawthorne||TV series; 10 episodes|
|2012–2014||Scandal||Harrison Wright||TV series; 46 episodes|
|2004||You Got Served||Dancer|
|2005||War of the Worlds||Soldier|
|2006||Accepted||Hands Holloway||Supporting Role|
|Save the Last Dance 2||Miles Sultana||Direct-to-video|
|2007||Stomp the Yard||DJ Williams||First Major Role|
|This Christmas||Claude Whitfield|
|2008||Quarantine||Officer Danny Wilensky|
|Cadillac Records||Little Walter|
|2010||Death at a Funeral||Jeff Barnes|
|Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming||DJ Williams||Direct-to-video|
|2011||The Girl Is in Trouble||August|
Awards and nominations
- Black Reel Awards
- Image Awards
- MTV Movie Awards
- Grant, Kimberly (2009-12-04). "MOVIE REVIEW: Armored star Columbus Short talks movies". The South Florida Times. Retrieved 2009-12-04.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Columbus Short.|
- Columbus Short at the Internet Movie Database
- Stomp the Yard interview
- Cadillac Records Interview w/ Chris Brown/Rihanna mention