A screen performer from his early twenties, Columbus Short began his career as a movie actor with somewhat conventional roles in youth-oriented films, such as the 2006 releases Save the Last Dance 2 and Accepted. He worked his way into more serious and substantial material in the years to follow, however -- beginning with the role of Darius on Aaron Sorkin's critically praised but short-lived showbiz drama Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006-2007). Short received critical kudos and added attention for his contribution to the family-oriented ensemble comedy This Christmas, playing an African-American man who arrives at his family's home to celebrate the Yuletide holiday -- without telling them that he has married a Caucasian woman. Additional assignments included the lead role in Quarantine (2008), directors John E. Dowdle and Drew Dowdle's remake of the Spanish horror film [REC]; and -- on a nostalgic note -- an evocation of blues maestro "Little Walter" Jacobs in director Darnell Martin's ambitious homage to the blues in 1950s Chicago, Cadillac Records (2008). His career continued with Armored, the remake of Death at a Funeral, The Losers and The Girl Is In Trouble. In 2012 he was cast in the TV series Scandal.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- A drummer since the age of 3, he took a break from high school at 17 to join the acclaimed percussion company Stomp.
- Before breaking into acting, worked as a choreographer and creative tour director for pop stars Britney Spears and Brandy.
- Made his big-screen debut as a dancer in the 2004 surprise hit You Got Served; subsequently appeared in dance-themed movies Save the Last Dance 2 (2006) and Stomp the Yard (2007).
- Followed up his TV debut in a 2005 episode of long-running drama ER with roles on Disney sitcom That's So Raven and NBC's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.