Kenny Ortega est un Acteur, Réalisateur, Associate Producer, Second Unit Director, Directeur du son et Chorégraphe Américain né le 18 avril 1950 à Palo Alto (Etats-Unis)
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Nom de naissance Kenneth John OrtegaNationalité Etats-UnisNaissance 18 avril 1950
(72 ans) à Palo Alto (Etats-Unis
Primetime Emmy Award
Kenneth John Ortega dit Kenny Ortega, né le 18 avril 1950 à Palo Alto en Californie, est un réalisateur, chorégraphe et producteur américain. Il travaille notamment en télévision et pour le cinéma mais est également connu pour des clips vidéos et pour avoir mis en scène plusieurs tournées d'artistes célèbres.
Il a beaucoup travaillé pour les studios Disney pour qui il a réalisé les films Newsies et Hocus Pocus, les trilogies High School Musical et Descendants, le téléfilm Les Cheetah Girls 2 ainsi que la mise en scène des tournées High School Musical: The Concert et Best of Both Worlds Tour de Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus.
Il était l'un des principaux collaborateurs de Michael Jackson et Gloria Estefan pour leurs tournées. Il a également collaboré avec Cher mais aussi avec Madonna ou encore Elton John pour les chorégraphies de certains clips.
Ortega was born in Palo Alto, California. He attended Sequoia High School (Redwood City, California). Ortega is the son of Madeline, a waitress, and Octavio "Tibby" Ortega, a factory worker from Redwood City. His grandparents were from Spain. Initially known for working with dancer and choreographer Gene Kelly on the film Xanadu, Ortega went on to choreographing the dance for the Menudo video "Hold Me", as well as the 1987 film Dirty Dancing, and has won awards for choreography in music videos, such as Madonna's "Material Girl". He also worked with The Tubes on their stage shows and directed the video for She's a Beauty.
Ortega directed Billy Squier's "Rock Me Tonite" video, which is often cited as the worst music promo clip ever made and has been blamed by Squier for killing his career. Together with Michael Jackson, he created and designed the Dangerous World Tour 1992-1993 and the HIStory World Tour 1996-1997. He has also choreographed events ranging from Super Bowl XXX, the 72nd Academy Awards, the 1996 Summer Olympics (Atlanta) and the 2002 Winter Olympics (Salt Lake City).
In addition, Ortega has directed and choreographed High School Musical, High School Musical 2, High School Musical 3: Senior Year, and was choreographer of The Cheetah Girls 2.
On January 30, 2008, Ortega presented director-choreographer Adam Shankman with a Lifetime Achievement Award at The Carnival: Choreographer's Ball 9th anniversary show.
In May 2009, Ortega began work on the scheduled Michael Jackson 50-date This Is It concerts, which was cancelled subsequent to Jackson's sudden death. He directed the concert film Michael Jackson's This Is It which was put together from rehearsal footage recorded at the Los Angeles Forum and the Staples Center. The film was released on October 28.
Ortega directed the Michael Jackson Public Memorial at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, which was broadcast live on several networks on July 7, 2009. It reached a television audience of 31 million in America, and more than 1 billion worldwide and via the internet. At the end of the service, he introduced a rendition of Jackson's 1985 charity single "We Are the World" created for the This Is It concerts, featuring Jackson's backing singers on lead vocals with his dancers performing around them.
He was set to direct the 2011 Footloose remake, but dropped out in October 2009. Ortega is now set to direct the upcoming movie adaptation of the Broadway musical In the Heights.
On August 9, 2011, it was announced that Ortega will direct a remake of Dirty Dancing, which he choreographed in 1987. Lionsgate Films has yet to announce the release date.
On May 12, 2014, Ortega guest-judged on the 18th season of Dancing with the Stars during the semifinals.
In 2014, Ortega signed with Disney to direct Descendants, a new Disney Channel Original Movie. It was released July 31, 2015.
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