Fast Facts

  • An only child.
  • Father was a coal-miner in Western Pennsylvania; the family eventually moved to Ohio when Columbus was 3.
  • Started his career as a screenwriter at Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment after Spielberg bought his script for Gremlins (1984).
  • Made his directorial debut with Adventures in Babysitting (1987).
  • Often features his family in cameo roles in his movies.
  • His production company, 1492 Pictures, is a nod to his famous namesake.
  • Has an award named for him at his alma mater, New York University, that gives money to alumni directing their first work.

Awards

  • 2016, Independent Spirit Awards — Best First Feature: Nominee
  • 2002, BAFTA Film Awards — The Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year: Nominee
  • 2012, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
  • 2011, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 2005, BAFTA Film Awards — The Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year: Nominee
  • 2012, Producers Guild Awards — Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: Nominee

Relationships

  • Alex Columbus — Father
  • Eleanor Columbus — Daughter
  • Brendan Columbus — Son
  • Irene Columbus — Mother
  • Violet Columbus — Daughter
  • Monica Devereux — Wife
  • Isabella Columbus — Daughter

College

  • New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, New York, NY (BFA in Film & Television, 1980)

Details

  • Birth Name: Chris Joseph Columbus
  • Birth Place: Sprangler, PA
  • Birthday: September 10, 1958, Virgo
  • Profession: Director, Writer, Producer

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