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Adam Shankman

Highest Rated:   91% Hairspray (2007)
Lowest Rated:   6% Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005)
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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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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
43% Step Up: All In
  • Producer
$13.7M 2014
42% Step Up Revolution
  • Producer
$35.1M 2012
41% Rock of Ages
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
$38.6M 2012
No Score Yet Hairspray 2
  • Director
2012
53% Going the Distance
  • Producer
$17.8M 2010
46% Step Up 3
  • Producer
$42.4M 2010
20% The Last Song
  • Producer
$42.5M 2010
55% 17 Again
  • Producer
$64.1M 2009
No Score Yet Zac Efron: The Ultimate Idol
  • Actor
2009
25% Bedtime Stories
  • Actor
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
$110M 2008
27% Step Up 2 the Streets
  • Producer
$58.1M 2008
91% Hairspray
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
$118.9M 2007
8% Premonition
  • Producer
$47.9M 2007
19% Step Up
  • Producer
  • Nightclub Dancer
$65.3M 2006
6% Cheaper by the Dozen 2
  • Director
$82.5M 2005
20% The Pacifier
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
$113.1M 2005
61% Stuck on You
  • Choreographer/Waiter
$33.9M 2003
34% Bringing Down the House
  • Director
2003
27% A Walk to Remember
  • Director
$41.1M 2002
16% The Wedding Planner
  • Director
$60M 2001
81% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet So You Think You Can Dance
2005
  • Appearing
  • Judge
  • Judge
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2007
70% Glee
2009-2015
  • Director
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
86% Modern Family
2009
  • Director
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet Monk
2002-2009
  • Director
  • 2002

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