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Kenny Ortega was born on April 18, 1950 in Palo Alto, California, USA as Kenneth John Ortega. He is known for his work on This Is It (2009), High School Musical (2006) and Hocus Pocus (1993). See full bio »

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Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 9 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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 2017 Descendants 2 (TV Movie) (announced)
 2015 Descendants (TV Movie)
 2014 Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home (TV Movie)
 2012 Bunheads (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Inherit the Wind (2012)
 2011 The Playboy Club (TV Series) (1 episode)
 2010 Legally Mad (TV Movie)
 2010 Dome Project (Video short)
 2009 This Is It (Documentary)
 2009 Michael Jackson Memorial (TV Movie documentary) (creative director)
 2007 High School Musical 2 (TV Movie)
 2002-2006 Gilmore Girls (TV Series) (12 episodes)
- Friday Night's Alright for Fighting (2006) ... (as Kenneth Ortega)
- He's Slippin' 'Em Bread... Dig? (2005) ... (as Kenneth Ortega)
- Let Me Hear Your Balalaikas Ringing Out (2005) ... (as Kenneth Ortega)
- Come Home (2005)
 2006 The Cheetah Girls 2 (TV Movie)
 2006 High School Musical (TV Movie)
 2005 Billy Squier: Video Hits (Video short) (segment "Rock Me Tonight")
 2001-2002 Ally McBeal (TV Series) (3 episodes)
 2001 Grounded for Life (TV Series) (1 episode)
 2000 Resurrection Blvd. (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Mascaras (2000)
 1998-1999 Chicago Hope (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Playing Through (1999)
 1999 Wasteland (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1997 Fame L.A. (TV Series)
 1996 Second Noah (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1994 Hocus Pocus: Begin the Magic (TV Movie documentary)
 1993 Hocus Pocus
 1992 Newsies
 1990 Hull High (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- Episode #1.4 (1990)
- Episode #1.1 (1990)
- Pilot (1990)
 1988 Dirty Dancing (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Book of Love (1988)
- Walk Like a Man (1988)
 1984 Red Hot Rock (Video) (segment "Breakin' Together")
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Music video: Directed Deniece Williams' video "Let's Hear It for the Boy" See more »

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Alternate Names:

Kenneth Ortega

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Personal Quote:

[on what he learned from his mentor, Gene Kelly] If you didn't understand how to design your choreography for the camera, then you were shortchanging yourself and would never come to fully realize your worth. It would have meant very little if I hadn't come to understand technically how to put the work up. See more »


As of 2007, he has directed three out of the four successful Disney Channel Original Movies with High School Musical (2006), The Cheetah Girls 2 (2006) and High School Musical 2 (2007). See more »

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