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Columbus Short

Columbus Short
Short at WonderCon in 2010
Born Columbus Keith Short Jr.
(1982-09-19) September 19, 1982
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Other names C-Short
Occupation Actor, choreographer, singer, dancer
Years active 2004-present
Spouse(s) Brandi Short (m. ?-2003) Tanee McCall (m. 2005-2013)
Children 2

Columbus Keith Short, Jr. (born September 19, 1982)[1] 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 previously starred as a series regular in the ABC drama Scandal, as Harrison Wright.[2] On April 26, 2014, it was announced that Short would leave Scandal following claims he had attacked his wife.[3]


  • Personal life 1
  • Career 2
  • Filmography 3
    • Television 3.1
    • Film 3.2
  • Awards and nominations 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Personal life

Short was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to a family he has described as "musical". His mother, Janette, has a talent management company.[4] He has two brothers, John Rancipher and Chris Staples.[5] 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.[6][7]

Short was married to Brandi Short, but split from her in 2003. They have one son together.[8] He was married to dancer Tanee McCall in 2005. In September 2013, she filed for divorce.[9] They have one daughter, Ayala, together.

Short has had several brushes with the law being arrested and in court for assault(s), failing to appear, etc.


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 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 villainous role.



Year Title Role Notes
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[10] Harrison Wright TV series; 46 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
2004 You Got Served Dancer
2005 War of the Worlds Soldier uncredited
2006 Accepted Hands Holloway
Save the Last Dance 2 Miles Sultana
2007 Stomp the Yard DJ Williams
This Christmas Claude Whitfield
2008 Quarantine Officer Danny Wilensky
Cadillac Records Little Walter
2009 Whiteout Deify
Armored Ty Hackett
2010 Death at a Funeral Jeff Barnes
The Losers Pooch
Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming DJ Williams
2015 The Girl Is in Trouble August
2015 Mr. Right Michael
2016 True to the Game Filming

Awards and nominations


  1. ^ "Sept. 19, birthdays for Jimmy Fallon, Trisha Yearwood, Columbus Short".  
  2. ^ "ABC picks up 'Charlie's Angels,' 'Good Christian Belles' and ten more". Zap2It. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Columbus Short confirms 'Scandal' exit after spousal abuse claims". ABC7 Los Angeles. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Short's Circuit". latimes. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Idris Elba and Columbus Short Interview, This Christmas". Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  6. ^ Grant, Kimberly (2009-12-04). "MOVIE REVIEW: Armored star Columbus Short talks movies". The South Florida Times. Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  7. ^ Sarie. "COLUMBUS SHORT, KEVIN FRAZIER AND KIDS AT THE PRE-GOLDEN GLOBE LOUNGE". Black Celebrity Kids. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Columbus Short splits from second wife Tanee McCall-Short". Mail Online. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Scandal". TrailerLounge. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 

External links

  • Columbus Short at the Internet Movie Database
  • Stomp the Yard interview
  • Cadillac Records Interview w/ Chris Brown/Rihanna mention
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