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Adam Shankman



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.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
43% Step Up: All In
  • Producer
2014
42% Step Up Revolution
  • Producer
2012
41% Rock of Ages
  • Executive Producer
2012
No Score Yet Hairspray 2
  • Director
2012
53% Going the Distance
  • Producer
2010
46% Step Up 3
  • Producer
2010
20% The Last Song
  • Producer
2010
55% 17 Again
  • Producer
2009
No Score Yet Zac Efron: The Ultimate Idol
  • Actor
2009
25% Bedtime Stories
  • Actor
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
2008
27% Step Up 2 the Streets
  • Producer
2008
91% Hairspray
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
2007
8% Premonition
  • Producer
2007
19% Step Up
  • Producer
  • Nightclub Dancer
2006
6% Cheaper by the Dozen 2
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
  • Clam Bake Chef
2005
20% The Pacifier
  • Executive Producer
2005
61% Stuck on You
  • Choreographer/Waiter
2003
34% Bringing Down the House
  • Director
2003
27% A Walk to Remember
  • Director
2002
16% The Wedding Planner
  • Director
2001
81% Scream 2
  • Ghost Dancer
1997
No Score Yet Frankenstein Sings
  • Wolfman
1995
No Score Yet Frankenstein Sings...The Movie
  • Actor
1995
14% The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag
  • Timid Man
1992
No Score Yet Rockula
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Midnight Cabaret
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Le Temps D'un Automne
  • Director
No Score Yet 8th Voyage of Sinbad
  • Director

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet So You Think You Can Dance
2005
  • Judge
  • Appearing
  • Judge
Monk
2002-2009
  • Director
70% Glee
2009-2015
  • Director
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
85% Modern Family
2009
  • Director

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