Russ Columbo

Singer + Violinist + Actor

Ruggiero Eugenio di Rodolpho Colombo, known as Russ Columbo, was an American singer, violinist and actor, most famous for his signature tune "You Call It Madness, But I Call It Love", his compositions "Prisoner of Love" and "Too Beautiful For Words", and the legend surrounding his early death.… Read More

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1908 Birth Born on January 14, 1908.


1928 20 Years Old By 1928, at the age of 20, Columbo began to participate in motion pictures, including a Vitaphone short in which Columbo appeared as a member of Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra. … Read More
1931 23 Years Old Columbo ran a nightclub for a while, The Club Pyramid, but gave it up when his manager told him he had star potential. In 1931, he traveled to New York City with his manager, songwriter Con Conrad. … Read More
1932 24 Years Old Columbo is one of the three famous crooners named in the 1932 Looney Tunes cartoon, Crosby, Columbo, and Vallee.
1934 26 Years Old 1 More Event
On Sunday, September 2, 1934, Columbo was shot under peculiar circumstances by his longtime friend, photographer Lansing Brown, while Columbo was visiting him at home. … Read More
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