A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame will be unveiled Wednesday honoring Kenny Ortega, best known for directing and choreographing the three “High School Musical” movies.
Jennifer Grey, Kathy Najimy and Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer of Disney Channels Worldwide, will join Ortega in speaking in the late-morning ceremony next to the Pantages Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.
Ortega choreographed “Dirty Dancing,” which co-starred Grey. Najimy appeared in two films Ortega directed, “Hocus Pocus” and “A Change of Heart,” and the first “Descendants” made-for-television movie.
The ceremony is being held nine days before the premiere of “Descendants 3,” which Ortega directed and choreographed, on Disney Channel.
Ortega received outstanding choreography Emmys for the 2002 Winter Olympics opening ceremony and “High School Musical” and for outstanding directing for a variety, music or comedy program for the 2002 Winter Olympics opening ceremony.
Ortega won a Directors Guild of America Award for outstanding directing of children’s programming for “High School Musical.”
Ortega began his career in the mid-1970s by choreographing stage shows for the San Francisco-based rock band The Tubes. The first movie he choreographed was the 1980 musical “Xanadu.”
Ortega also choreographed such films as “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “St. Elmo’s Fire” and “Pretty in Pink.”
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