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COLUMBUS SHORT (Pooch) previously collaborated with director Sylvain White as the star of the 2007 hit "Stomp the Yard,” which topped the box office in its first two weeks in release and brought Short an NAACP Image Award nomination for Best Actor. He more recently won an Image Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the true-life drama "Cadillac Records,” about the birth of rock n' roll in Chicago, in which Short starred with Beyoncé Knowles, Jeffrey Wright and Adrien Brody. He next stars in the ensemble comedy "Death at a Funeral,” alongside Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan, Martin Lawrence, James Marsden, Luke Wilson and Zoë Saldana.

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Short relocated with his family to Los Angeles at a young age and, by his early teens, had landed work in television commercials. He was a senior at Orange County School of the Arts when he was offered a part in Broadway‘s hit show "STOMP!” He went on to choreograph Britney Spears' "In the Zone” tour.

Short began his film acting career in 2006 with starring roles in "Save the Last Dance: 2” and the comedy "Accepted,” with Jonah Hill and Justin Long. His subsequent film credits include "This Christmas,” opposite Idris Elba, Regina King and Chris Brown; the horror remake "Quarantine”; the thriller "Whiteout,” with Kate Beckinsale; and "Armored,” with Matt Dillon and Laurence Fishburne. On television, he played the young writer Darius on Aaron Sorkin's acclaimed drama series "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.”

Short is also working behind the camera through his production company, Great Picture Show Productions. He most recently executive produced "Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming.”


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