HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO HONOR KENNY ORTEGA
WITH STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME
WHO: Honoree: Kenny Ortega
Emcee: Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO Rana Ghadban
Guest Speakers: Actresses Jennifer Grey, Kathy Najimy and Gary Marsh, President and Chief Creative Officer Disney Channels Worldwide
WHAT: Dedication of the 2,667th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
in the Category of Motion Pictures
WHERE: 6243 Hollywood Boulevard next to the Pantages Theatre
WHEN: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 11:30 A.M. PST
The event was live-streamed exclusively on www.walkoffame.com
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce proudly honored director, choreographer, and producer Kenny Ortega with the 2,667th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today, July 24, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. PDT. The star was dedicated in the category of Motion Pictures at 6243 Hollywood Boulevard next to the historic Pantages Theatre.
“Kenny Ortega has been part of the history of films and television that many fans have grown up with and those same fans have children that continue to enjoy his work and will continue to pass on the love of his films for generations to come!” said Ana Martinez, Producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Helping Emcee Rana Ghadban, President & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to unveil the star were actors Kathy Najimy, Jennifer Grey, and Gary Marsh, President and Chief Creative Officer Disney Channels Worldwide.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which administers the popular star ceremonies encourages people who are unable to attend and fans around the world to watch the event exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.
Kenny Ortega is a multi-award-winning director, choreographer, and producer. He was born in Palo Alto, California, the son of Madeline, a waitress, and Octavio "Tibby" Ortega, a factory worker.
Initially, Ortega came out of the San Francisco Arts scene, working with the Tubes. In 1979, Ortega was contracted to work with KISS on their Dynasty Tour. He became more recognized after working with dancer and choreographer Gene Kellyon the film Xanaduand he went on to choreograph the dance for the Menudovideo "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 continued to work with The Tubeson their stage shows and directed the video for "She's a Beauty", as well as the choreography for Styx's "Mr. Roboto" video.
In 2002, Ortega was honored with Directing and Choreography Emmy Award for his work as supervising chorographer and co-artistic director of the Salt Lake Olympic Ceremonies and in 1996, he earned an Emmy and American Choreography Award for the Atlanta Olympic Ceremonies.
One of the top creatives in television and film today, Ortega is known for the “High School Musical” franchise, which earned him an Emmy Award and Directors Guild of America Award. He is also the executive producer for the movie’s multi-platinum soundtracks. In 2008, Ortega directed and executive produced “High School Musical 3: Senior Year” (HSM 3) for Walt Disney Studios, which at the time of its premiere, was the biggest theatrical box office opening for a musical in history.
Widely acclaimed for his genre-bending work in musicals, drama, comedy, and kids and family programs, Ortega has directed and/or choreographed global hits including the “Descendants” trilogy, “Newsies,” “Hocus Pocus,” “Dirty Dancing,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Pretty in Pink,” and the Michael Jackson “This Is It” documentary, among others.
He is executive producer, director and choreographer of “Descendants 3,” of the hugely successful Disney Channel Original Movie franchise, which will premiere Friday, August 2nd. His other recent work include “A Change of Heart” (winner of the OUTshine Film Festival Audience Award for Best Feature), “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again” for FOX, and The Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Special for Freeform. He also directed and co-choreographed the Award-Winning Australian Arena Tour of the Boy from Oz starring Hugh Jackman and concert tours for artists including Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Cher, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, Olivia Newton John, Gloria Estefan, The Pointer Sisters, Kiss, The Tubes, and Chaka Kahn.
Ortega has also received The Fred & Adele Astaire Lifetime Achievement Award, The Bob Fosse Award, an American Choreography Lifetime Achievement Award, an MTV Video Music Award, an American Music Award, Billboard Award, and an NAACP Image Award, among others.
Ortega is involved with the Make-a-Wish Foundation.