|Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming||2014||Actor||D.J. Williams||20147|
|The Girl Is In Trouble||2011||Actor||August||20117|
|Stomp the Yard||2007||Actor||DJ Williams||20077|
|Scandal||2014 2011 - 2014||Actor||Harrison Wright||20147|
|Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip||2007 2006 - 2007||Actor||Darius||20077|
|Jimmy Kimmel Live||2013 2013||Actor||Guest||20137|
|Cadillac Records||2008||Actor||Little Walter||20087|
|Judging Amy||2005 2005||Actor||n/a||20057|
|That's So Raven||2005 2005||Actor||Trey||20057|
|The 38th Annual NAACP Image Awards||2007 2006 - 2007||Actor||Presenter||20077|
|Death at a Funeral||2010||Actor||Jeff||20107|
|This Christmas||2007||Actor||Claude Whitfield||20077|
|War of the Worlds||2005||Actor||War of the Worlds Soldier||20057|
|Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming||Co-Producer||n/a||1|
|Britney Spears: In The Zone||Music||Additional Music||1|
|Britney Spears: In The Zone||Choreographer||Additional Choreography||1|
|You Got Served||2004||Choreographer||Dancer||1|
|Choreographed Britney Spears' Onyx Hotel Tour|
|Dramatic leading role in heist film "Armored"|
|First leading film role in "Stomp the Yard"|
|Joined cast of "Stomp" Broadway tour|
|Joined ABC drama "Scandal"|
|Began recurring TV role in NBC's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip"|
Born into a musical family on Sept. 19, 1982 in Kansas City, MO, Columbus Short began dancing and singing as fast as he could learn to walk. He constantly performed impressions for his parents and two younger brothers as a toddler, practically guaranteeing him a life in the spotlight. After the family uprooted to California, Short acted in many youth theater productions and attended the Orange County High School of the Arts. Eager for the entertainment world to know his name, he landed several commercial acting jobs throughout high school, snagging his biggest taste of fame in a Mountain Dew commercial opposite Busta Rhymes. Such a high-profile gig earned him the opportunity to bask in the excessive life of a celebrity, buying flashy cars and living large. "When I was 13, 14, 15, I just wanted things," Short said about this naïve period in his life. But this narrow mindset faded over time: "Money drove me early, and artistic quality drives me now." (Chicago Maroon, Dec. 2009).
The theater world took notice of Short's talent, and in 1999, he finished his senior year early to travel the world as a cast member of the percussive extravaganza "Stomp" (1991- ) during the show's Broadway tour. Next, he joined the ranks of background dancers for Britney Spears' Onyx Hotel Tour in 2004, only to be promoted to choreographer and creative director after a mere two weeks spent dancing with the megastar. A reported romance between Short and Spears (denied by Short, who blamed the rumors for ending his first marriage) led to a falling out with the singer, but the gig led directly into Short's Hollywood career; the following year saw him featured as a street dancer in "You Got Served" (2004) and as a soldier in Steven Spielberg's "War of the Worlds" (2005).
Quick appearances on the TV dramas "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009) and "Judging Amy" (CBS, 1999-2005) preceded Short's stretch as Darius Hawthorne, assistant writer to Matt Albie (Matthew Perry) on the comedy-drama "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (NBC, 2006-07). But he finally reached leading-man status in 2007, playing central character DJ Williams in the smash hit collegiate dance film "Stomp the Yard" (2007) alongside Chris Brown and Ne-Yo. Always looking to keep his career varied and colorful -- "You want to graduate with each film you do." (Chicago Maroon, Dec. 2009) -- Short's cinematic career skyrocketed in the following years, with the actor appearing opposite Hollywood heavyweights including Adrien Brody in the period biopic "Cadillac Records" (2008), Laurence Fishburne in the heist thriller "Armored" (2009) and Chris Evans in the comic book actioner "The Losers" (2010). Short returned to primetime on the Washington, D.C.-set drama "Scandal" (ABC, 2012- ) as Harrison Wright, an honest lawyer who works with White House Aide Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington).
|Britney Spears||Companion||Rumored to be the cause of her 2002 split from Justin Timberlake|
|Orange County High School of the Arts|
|"I just can't relax. That's my problem. Everybody who knows me is like, "Dude, you've got to chill out." I can't not work, given where I want to be." -- from Denver Urban Spectrum, October, 2007|
|Columbus' leading role of Ty Hackett in the heist film "Armored" was intended for a white actor (Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire and Channing Tatum received offers), but he landed the part after convincing Sony Pictures that his close relationship with his young son made him perfect for the role.|
|Began dancing, singing and acting at the age of 3.|
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