- 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.
- 2012, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
- 2005, BAFTA Film Awards — The Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year: Nominee
- 2002, 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
- 2016, Independent Spirit Awards — Best First Feature: Nominee
- 2011, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
- Alex Columbus — Father
- Eleanor Columbus — Daughter
- Brendan Columbus — Son
- Isabella Columbus — Daughter
- Violet Columbus — Daughter
- Monica Devereux — Wife
- Irene Columbus — Mother
- New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, New York, New York, United States (BFA in Film & Television, 1980)
- Birth Name: Chris Joseph Columbus
- Birth Place: Sprangler, Pennsylvania, United States
- Profession: Director, Writer, Producer
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