He started entertaining at the age of three by putting on shows for his parent’s enjoyment; whether impersonating relatives, dancing or just making people laugh everyone sensed something special about him. Lucky for him his family relocated to Los Angeles.
As a senior in high school Columbus was offered an opportunity to graduate two months early in order to see the world with the traveling production of the Broadway show Stomp! After a couple of years on the road with the famed dance troop, he parlayed his professional success into a stint as the choreographer of Britney Spears In The Zone tour. He is a very versatile Renaissance Man who is also a writer, musician and director, he came off the road to pursue his primary passion, acting.
He grew up with two brothers, John Rancipher and Chris Staples. He has two children, and recently had his first with wife Tanee McCall-Short.
Columbus was five years old when his family relocated to Los Angeles and he immediately began working in a youth theatre program. By his early teens he had landed work in such television campaigns as Mountain Dew, Denny’s Restaurant, Nike and Pizza Hut among a few.
He is known for choreographing Britney Spears’ “Onyx Hotel Tour” and has also worked with Brian Friedman of So You Think You Can Dance fame. As an actor he is best known for his roles in the films Stomp the Yard, Cadillac Records, Armored, and The Losers.
TV Recurring RolesEdit
- Darius Hawthorne on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006-2007)
TV Guest RolesEdit
- DJ Williams in Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming (2010)
- Pooch in The Losers (2010)
- Ty Hackett in Armored (2009)
- Delfy in Whiteout (2009)
- Little Walter in Cadillac Records (2008)
- Claude Whitfield in This Christmas (2007)
- DJ in Stomp the Yard (2007)
- Daryl 'Hands' Holloway in Accepted (2006)
- When not working he loves football, basketball, and snowboarding.
- He also plays the keyboard and drums.
- He was a background dancer for Brandy in 2004
- He has known actress Meagan Good since they were 10 years old and is close friends with R&B singer Ne-Yo.
Awards & NominationsEdit
- Columbus was nominated for an American Choreography Award in 2004.