Kenny Ortega

Birthday: Apr 18, 1950
Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, USA
California-born dancer and choreographer Kenny Ortega had stage and television experience before working on his first feature film, The Rose (1979) and the Olivia Newton-John/Gene Kelly disco-era musical Xanadu (1980). During the '80s, he was associated with some of the biggest hits of the decade, especially among "youth" movies of the period -- One from the Heart (1982), St. Elmo's Fire (1985), Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off (both 1986), and the monster hit Dirty Dancing (1987). After co-producing Salsa (1988), he turned to directing with Newsies, the Disney organization's ill-fated 1992 attempt to revive the movie-musical genre, and Hocus Pocus (1993). Though Ortega would continue to serve as a choreographer in film and television thought the 1990s (including To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar), his career was geared increasingly towards directing for television during the millennial turnover, with frequent work in such popular series' as Chicago Hope, Grounded for Life, Ally McBeal, and The Gilmore Girls comprising the majority of his credits. After scoring a direct hit in 1996 as both choreographer and director of High School Musical (the higest rated movie in Disney Channel history at the time), Ortega would step back behind the camera to tell the tale of a group of young female singers determined to make the big-time in the musical comedy Disney Channel sequel The Cheetah Girls 2.

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MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Descendants 3 Executive Producer Director 2019
No Score Yet Descendants 2 Director 2017
No Score Yet Descendentes 2: O Bicho Vai Pegar Director 2017
28% The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again Executive Producer 2016
No Score Yet Descendants Director 2015
No Score Yet Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home Director 2014
81% Michael Jackson's This Is It Director $71.9M 2009
64% High School Musical 3: Senior Year Director $90.6M 2008
72% Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour Actor Producer $65.2M 2008
57% High School Musical 2 Producer Director 2007
56% High School Musical Director 2006
No Score Yet The Cheetah Girls 2 Director 2006
28% Hocus Pocus Director Screenwriter 1993
39% Newsies Director 1992
No Score Yet Blood Drips Heavily on Newsies Square Actor 1991
No Score Yet Salsa Himself 1988
38% And God Created Woman Mike 1988

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2017
98% Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
2015
Producer Director
  • 2016
No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars
2005
Judge
  • 2014
No Score Yet So You Think You Can Dance
2005
Judge
  • 2013
81% Gilmore Girls
2000-2016
Director
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
Director
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet Grounded for Life
2001-2005
Director
  • 2001
No Score Yet Chicago Hope
1994-2000
Director
  • 1999
  • 1998

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