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Kenny Ortega

Film Director / Actor / Screenwriter / Film Producer | * 04/18/1950 (70) | Palo Alto, California, USA
Kenneth John Ortega (born April 18, 1950) is an American filmmaker, touring manager, and choreographer. He directed the films Newsies (1992), Hocus Pocus (1993), the High School Musical trilogy (2006–2008), Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009) and the Descendants trilogy (2015–2019). Ortega has choreographed films including St. Elmo's Fire (1985), Pretty in Pink (1986), Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) and Dirty Dancing (1987). He has also directed multiple concert tours, including tours for Cher, Gloria Estefan, Hannah Montana, and Michael Jackson. In 2019, Ortega was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ()
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Most frequent genres for this person: Music | Drama | Comedies

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Primetime Emmy Award Directors Guild of America Award

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Movies with Kenny Ortega as Actor(7)

TV Shows/Series with Kenny Ortega as Actor(1)

Movies with Kenny Ortega as Crew(30)

Directing/Director2019 Descendants 3
Production/Executive Producer2019 Descendants 3
Directing/Director2017 A Change of Heart
Directing/Director2017 Descendants 2
Directing/Director2015 Descendants
Production/Executive Producer2015 Descendants
Directing/Director2014 The Making of Frozen
Directing/Director2013 Dirty Dancing
Directing/Director2009 This Is It
Production/Producer2009 This Is It
Directing/Director2009 Michael Jackson Memorial
Directing/Director2008 High School Musical 3: Senior Year
Production/Executive Producer2008 High School Musical 3: Senior Year
Directing/Director2007 High School Musical 2
Production/Producer2007 High School Musical 2
Production/Producer2007 High School Musical: The Concert
Directing/Director2006 High School Musical
Directing/Director2006 The Cheetah Girls 2
Directing/Director1993 Hocus Pocus
Directing/Director1992 Newsies
Crew/Choreographer1989 Shag
Production/Associate Producer1988 Salsa
Crew/Choreographer1987 Dirty Dancing
Crew/Choreographer1986 Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Directing/Second Unit Director1986 Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Directing/Director1984 Red Hot Rock

TV Shows/Series with Kenny Ortega as Crew(11)

Directing/Director2015 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Directing/Director2012 Bunheads
Directing/Director2001 Grounded for Life
Directing/Director2000 Gilmore Girls
Directing/Director1997 Fame L.A.
Directing/Director1997 Ally McBeal
Directing/Director1996 Second Noah
Directing/Director1994 Chicago Hope
Directing/Director1990 Hull High
Production/Producer1990 Hull High
Directing/Director1988 Dirty Dancing

Full Name: Kenny Ortega
Born: Tuesday, 04/18 1950 (April) in Palo Alto (current age: 70 years + 116 days)
Zodiac sign: Aries (Chinese zodiac sign: Tiger)
Other names for Kenny Ortega (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Kenneth Ortega"
Kenny Ortega frequently works together with these people:
Mark Hofeling (6x, Crew)
David Lawrence (6x, Crew)
Don Schain (6x, Crew)
Daniel Palladino (6x, Crew)
Don Brochu (6x, Crew)
Vanessa Hudgens (5x, Actress)
Natalie Hart (5x, Crew)
Jason La Padura (5x, Crew)
Josann McGibbon (5x, Crew)
Charles Klapow (5x, Actor)
Sara Parriott (5x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:10062, Added: 05/06/2018, Last updated: 07/26/2020