Adam Shankman

Adam Shankman

Highest Rated: 91% Hairspray (2007)

Lowest Rated: 6% Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005)

Birthday: Not Available

Birthplace: Not Available

An inventive dance and physical comedy choreographer who turned his knack for planning out a scene into a successful directorial career, filmmaker Adam Shankman rose through the ranks as one of the best music video dance choreographers in the business before stepping behind the camera to helm such high-profile mainstream comedies as The Wedding Planner, Bringing Down the House, and The Pacifier.A true fan of all things theater from his childhood years, Los Angeles native Shankman moved to the East Coast to enroll in Juilliard dance program after graduating high school, and spent the next five years as a dancer and actor in and around New York. After returning to sunny entertainment capitol Los Angeles, Shankman performed frequently in music videos for such artists as Janet Jackson and Paula Abdul, with his impressive moves eventually culminating in a role as a featured dancer at the 1989 Academy Awards ceremony. Subsequently establishing a partnership with music video director Julian Temple, the then-24-year-old Shankman entered into a tirelessly productive period which found him choreographing music videos for a variety of popular artists including Whitney Houston, the B-52's, and Stevie Wonder. Film work was quick to follow, and Shankman racked up choreography credits on such popular features as Addams Family Values, Don Juan DeMarco, Boogie Nights, and Scream 2. In 1998, it was time to venture into the realm of directing with the acclaimed short film Cosmo's Tale.As adept behind the camera as he was in front of the lens, Shankman quickly made the leap to features with the 2001 Jennifer Lopez comedy The Wedding Planner. Though he would still serve as choreographer on occasion, it seemed as if Shankman had finally found his calling as a director with such features as the teen romance A Walk to Remember, Bringing Down the House, and Cheaper by the Dozen 2, the latter two of which found him forming a successful working relationship with longtime comic Steve Martin. In 2005, Shankman expanded his credits to include the role of executive producer for the suburban comedy The Pacifier, a role that he continued to develop with producer credits on such features as Cheaper by the Dozen 2 and the 2006 dance drama Step Up. After turning toward television to helm the pilot episode of Worst Week of My Life, Shankman next began preparations to bring the hit Broadway musical Hairspray back to the big screen. Through it all, Shankman never shied away from his performance-based past, with occasional acting roles in both his own films as well as Rockula, Scream 2, and Stuck on You allowing the lifelong dancer the occasional pleasure of simply cutting loose in front of the camera. He directed the 2008 Adam Sandler film Bedtime Stories, and brought the hair-metal jukebox musical Rock of Ages to the big screen in 2012.


Highest Rated Movies



17% After Executive Producer 2019
43% What Men Want Executive Producer Director 2019
No Score Yet Enchanted 2 Director 2017
42% Step Up: All In Producer $13.7M 2014
42% Step Up Revolution Producer $35.1M 2012
42% Rock of Ages Director Executive Producer $38.6M 2012
No Score Yet Hairspray 2 Director 2012
54% Going the Distance Producer $17.8M 2010
47% Step Up 3 Producer $42.4M 2010
21% The Last Song Producer $42.5M 2010
56% 17 Again Producer $64.1M 2009
No Score Yet Zac Efron: The Ultimate Idol Actor 2009
26% Bedtime Stories Actor Executive Producer Director $110M 2008
27% Step Up 2 the Streets Producer $58.1M 2008
91% Hairspray Screenwriter Executive Producer Director $118.9M 2007
8% Premonition Producer $47.9M 2007
20% Step Up Producer Nightclub Dancer $65.3M 2006
26% The Shaggy Dog Director $61.1M 2006
6% Cheaper by the Dozen 2 Director $82.5M 2005
21% The Pacifier Executive Producer Director $113.1M 2005
61% Stuck on You Choreographer/Waiter $33.9M 2003
34% Bringing Down the House Director Screenwriter 2003
27% A Walk to Remember Director $41.1M 2002
16% The Wedding Planner Director $60M 2001
82% Scream 2 Ghost Dancer 1997
No Score Yet Frankenstein Sings Wolfman 1995
14% The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag Timid Man 1992
No Score Yet Midnight Cabaret Actor 1990
No Score Yet Rockula Actor 1990
No Score Yet Le Temps D'un Automne Director


No Score Yet Step Up: High Water
Executive Producer 2019
No Score Yet So You Think You Can Dance
Appearing Judge Judge 2014
71% Glee
Director 2012
86% Modern Family
Director 2011
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
Guest 2010
90% Monk
Director 2002


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