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Adam Shankman Biography

Birth Name:
Adam Michael Shankman
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, United States
Director, choreographer, producer, actor

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


  • 2010Emmy-Outstanding Choreography: nominated
  • 2010Emmy-Outstanding Special Class Program: nominated


  • Ned Shankman -- Father
  • Phyllis Perper -- Mother