Kenny Ortega

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Kenny Ortega was born on April 18, 1950 in Palo Alto, California, USA. He is a director and producer, known for High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008), Michael Jackson's 'This Is It': Auditions - Searching for the World's Best Dancers (2010) and Descendants 3 (2019). See full bio »

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 2020 Julie and the Phantoms (TV Series) (5 episodes)
- Stand Tall (2020) ... (directed by)
- The Other Side of Hollywood (2020) ... (directed by)
- I Got the Music (2020) ... (directed by)
- Bright (2020) ... (directed by)
- Wake Up (2020) ... (directed by)
 2019 Descendants 3 (TV Movie) (directed by)
 2019 Descendants 3: Good to Be Bad (Music Video short)
 2018 Andi Mack (TV Series) (1 episode)
 2017 Descendants 2 (TV Movie) (directed by)
 2017 Carscendants: Ways to Be Wicked (Music Video short)
 2017 Descendants 2: Ways to Be Wicked (Music Video short)
 2015 Descendants (TV Movie) (directed by)
 2015 Descendants Cast: Rotten to the Core (Music Video short)
 2014 The Making of Frozen (Short)
 2012 Bunheads (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Inherit the Wind (2012)
 2012 Gloria Estefan: Hotel Nacional (Music Video)
 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 (Music Video)
 1997 Fame L.A. (TV Series)
 1996 Second Noah (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1994 Lorrie Morgan: My Night to Howl (Music Video)
 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 (Music Video)
 1984 Billy Squier: Rock Me Tonite (Music Video)
 1984 O'Bryan: Breakin' Together (Music Video)
 1984 Red Hot Rock (Video) (segment "Breakin' Together")
 1983 The Tubes: She's a Beauty (Music Video)
 1983 Supertramp: My Kind of Lady (Music Video)
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Other Works:

Music video: Directed "She's a Beauty" by The Tubes. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

Kenneth Ortega


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Madeline Ortega | Octavio Ortega


Mark Ortega (sibling) | See more »

Did You Know?

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 »


Attended and graduated from Sequoia High School in Redwood City, California (1968). See more »

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