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 Russ Columbo

Russ Columbo

Birth
Camden County, New Jersey, USA
Death 2 Sep 1934 (aged 26)
Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Great Mausoleum, Memorial Terrace, Sanctuary of the Vespers, Mausoleum Crypt 5088; room 1, to the left of the Last Supper Window
Memorial ID 219 · View Source
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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.

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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 219
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Russ Columbo (14 Jan 1908–2 Sep 1934), Find A Grave Memorial no. 219, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .