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Overview (3)

Born in Palo Alto, California, USA
Birth NameKenneth John Ortega
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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: Senior Year (2008).

Family (2)

Parents Ortega, Madeline
Ortega, Octavio
Relatives Ortega, Mark (sibling)
Ortega, Debra Lee (sibling)

Trivia (8)

Has worked with Madonna, Cher, Gloria Estefan and Elton John.
As of 2007, he has directed three out of the four successful Disney Channel Original Movies with High School Musical (2006), The Cheetah Girls 2 (2006) and High School Musical 2 (2007).
On set, if he catches an actor or actress yawning, he forces them to pay him a dollar. After production, he donates all the proceeds to "The Make a Wish Foundation".
Longtime personal friend and choreographer to Michael Jackson.
Longtime friend of Josh Carmichael.
Parents are Octavio "Tibby" and Madeline Ortega.
Attended and graduated from Sequoia High School in Redwood City, California (1968).
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6243 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on July 24, 2019.

Personal Quotes (2)

[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.
There's an old Fred Astaire movie where the stage becomes bigger and deeper and more complex. Moments like that really did impact on me and influence me. I want to bring a little of that to High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)--that the whole world is a stage.

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