Kenny Ortega Overview

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Born: April 18, 1950

Kenny Ortega credits teen movie legend John Hughes with giving him his first big break—choreographing and working as second unit director in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986). As a choreographer, he's worked on many hit movies, including Pretty in Pink (1986) and Dirty Dancing (1987). Moving into the director's chair while continuing to choreograph, Ortega worked with a very young Christian Bale in Newsies (1992). So when Disney was looking for a director/choreographer for their new TV... See All


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