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Russ Columbo
Birth: Jan. 14, 1908
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Sep. 2, 1934
Hollywood
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Singer and Actor. He was born, Ruggiero Eugenio di Rodolpho Colombo, in Camden, New Jersey the twelfth child of Italian immigrants. A child prodigy known for his violin playing, the family moved to California so he could continue his studies under his music instructor. At the age of seventeen, he left high school to travel with orchestras and play “atmospheric” music for silent films. In 1928 he became a member of the Coconut Grove Orchestra and became known as an excellent singer when he was chosen to replace Bing Crosby, the groups lead vocalist, who left that year to further his career in New York. This break led to him being chosen to sing and act in several movies including, "Dynamite,” “The Texan” and “Wonder of Women.” In 1931 he was persuaded to move to New York in order to make his mark on radio. He was hired by NBC and the young singing sensation became known as “The Romeo of Song” and "The Singing Valentino" because of his smooth crooning style. In 1933 he left New York and after a brief tour with his own orchestra, retuned to Hollywood where he signed a contract with Universal Pictures. He was chosen to receive his first starring role in the film “Wake up and Dream.” Tragically, however, his life was taken before the filming started, when at the age of twenty-six, he died from what was ruled an accidental shooting. (bio by: Bigwoo) 
 
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 Parents:
  Nicholas Colombo (1860 - 1942)
  Julia Colombo (1866 - 1944)
 
 Siblings:
  Anthony Colombo (1887 - 1957)*
  Alphonso Colombo (1888 - 1890)*
  Filomena Columbo LoDuca (1890 - 1918)*
  Albert Peter Colombo (1893 - 1946)*
  Lucia Colombo (1895 - 1896)*
  Fiorvante Colombo (1897 - 1967)*
  Anna Colombo Debenbditti (1899 - 1940)*
  Carmela Lucia Colombo Tempest (1901 - 1986)*
  Fiore Colombo (1903 - 1929)*
  Russ Columbo (1908 - 1934)
 
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Accidental shooting
 
Burial:
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)
Glendale
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Great Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Vespers, room 1, to the left of the Last Supper Window
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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- Barbara in California
 Added: Nov. 11, 2014
Remembering Ruggiero 80 years after his tragic passing. Senore, you seemed to have it all going on, musical talent, great singing voice, and magnetism with the ladies, topped off by Italian good looks. You were a great son, and deserved a better fate.....(Read more)
- Procopio della Rosalva
 Added: Sep. 2, 2014

- bob tarte
 Added: Sep. 2, 2014
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