Kenny Ortega

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Date of Birth April 18, 1950
Place of Birth Palo Alto, California
Age 70 years old
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Kenneth John Ortega is an American filmmaker, touring manager, and choreographer. He directed the films Newsies, Hocus Pocus, the High School Musical trilogy, Michael Jackson's This Is It and the Descendants trilogy. Ortega has choreographed films including St. Elmo's Fire, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Dirty Dancing. He has also directed multiple concert tours, including tours for Cher, Gloria Estefan, and Michael Jackson. In 2019, Ortega was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Born: Kenneth John Ortega, April 18, 1950, Palo Alto, California, U.S.
Occupation: Filmmaker, choreographer, touring manager
Years active: 1980–present
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About Kenny Ortega

Director of such popular films as Hocus Pocus from 1993 and the High School Musical film series.

Before Fame

He worked with Gene Kelly as a choreographer on Xanadu, which led him choreographing Dirty Dancing from 1987.


He was collaborating with Michael Jackson on his planned This Is It concert tour before the pop star's tragic death.

Family Life

He was born to Madeline, a waitress, and Octavio, a factory worker.


His hit film Hocus Pocus starred Sarah Jessica Parker, later of Sex and the City fame.

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