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Columbus Keith Short, Jr. was born in Kansas City, Missouri. At the age of three he began entertaining by putting on shows for his family. In his early teens he appeared in various television commercials, and when he was a senior at Orange County School of the Arts he was offered a part in Broadway’s famed “STOMP!” Short would go on to choreograph Britney Spears’ “In the Zone” tour, thereby launching his entertainment career.
Short started his acting career in the 2006 releases “Save the Last Dance: 2” and “Accepted,” opposite Jonah Hill and Justin Long. In 2007 he had an arc on Aaron Sorkin’s critically praised showbiz drama, “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” and later that year landed the lead role as DJ in Screen Gems’ “Stomp the Yard.” He also starred in “This Christmas,” alongside Idris Elba, Regina King and Chris Brown.
In 2008 Short starred in Darnell Martin’s “Cadillac Records,” opposite Beyoncé Knowles, Jeffrey Wright and Adrien Brody, as the young and talented harp player and singer Little Walter. He received the NAACP Image Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for this role, legitimizing his abilities both as an actor and a musician, and has gone on to work with Grammy Award-winning producers the Avila Brothers on his much anticipated album, “Act One: Dimes and Dolls.” In addition to his vocal skills, Short plays the bass, piano and drums.
Feature film credits include the action flick “Armored,” opposite Matt Dillon and Laurence Fishburne, and he starred alongside Kate Beckinsale in Dark Castle’s adaption of the comic book “Whiteout,” released in 2009. Additional film credits include “The Losers,” “Death at a Funeral,” and “Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming.”
Short also has a passion for writing and producing television and film, having executive-produced “Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming” and “Strange Fruit” through his production company, Great Picture Show Productions.
He currently resides in Los Angeles.
HOMETOWN Kansas City, MO
BIRTHDATE September 19