Kenny Ortega


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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 Hull High (1990), XIX Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony (2002) and High School Musical 3 (2008). See full bio »

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Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 11 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Hull High Director
(1990)
(2008)
This Is It Director
(2009)

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 2021 Your Family or Mine? (TV Series) (4 episodes) (announced)
- Painting (2021)
- Uncle Stanley (2021)
- Anniversary (2021)
 2020 Julie and the Phantoms (TV Series) (5 episodes) (post-production)
- Stand Tall (2020)
- I Got the Music (2020)
- Bright (2020)
- Wake Up (2020)
 2019 Descendants 3 (TV Movie)
 2018 Andi Mack (TV Series) (1 episode)
 2017 Descendants 2 (TV Movie)
 2017 Descendants 2: Ways to Be Wicked (Video short)
 2015 Descendants (TV Movie)
 2014 The Making of Frozen (Short)
 2012 Bunheads (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Inherit the Wind (2012)
 2012 Gloria Estefan: Hotel Nacional (Video short)
 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 Special) (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)
 1999 Wasteland (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1998-1999 Chicago Hope (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Playing Through (1999)
 1997 Selena: A Boy Like That (Video short)
 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 #1.5 (1990)
- Episode #1.2 (1990)
- Episode #1.1 (1990)
 1988 Dirty Dancing (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Book of Love (1988)
- Walk Like a Man (1988)
 1986 The Pointer Sisters: Twist My Arm (Video short)
 1984 Billy Squier: Rock Me Tonite (Video short)
 1984 O'Bryan: Breakin' Together (Video short)
 1984 Red Hot Rock (Video) (segment "Breakin' Together")
 1983 The Tubes: She's a Beauty (Video short)
 1983 Supertramp: My Kind of Lady (Video short)
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Other Works:

Music video: Choreographed for Olivia Newton-John's video "Physical". See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

Kenneth Ortega

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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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 »

Trivia:

Parents are Octavio "Tibby" and Madeline Ortega. See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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