Fast Facts

  • Didn't take up dancing until he was 18 years old.
  • One of the first music videos he choreographed was Whitney Houston's "I'm Your Baby Tonight."
  • Danced in music videos for Paula Abdul and Janet Jackson.
  • Was a featured dancer during the 1989 Academy Awards ceremony.
  • After being ordained over the Internet, he officiated the 2002 nuptials of Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. in Mexico.
  • Made feature-film directorial debut with 2001's The Wedding Planner.


  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Special Class Program: Nominee
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Choreography: Nominee


  • Attended The Juilliard School, New York, New York, United States

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  • Birth Name: Adam Michael Shankman
  • Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Profession: Director, Choreographer, Producer, Actor

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