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Rob Marshall Biography

Birth Place:
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Choreographer, director, producer

Fast Facts

  • Made home movies with his sister as a child
  • As a kid, would sneak into theater dance rehearsals and observe
  • Joined a local musical-theater company at age 12
  • Took time off from college to join a touring company of A Chorus Line
  • In the early '80s, moved to New York City, where he performed in Broadway shows and worked behind the scenes as a dance captain and assistant choreographer
  • Suffered an injury while performing in Cats, so he decided to stop performing and focus on choreography before eventually moving into directing theatrical productions
  • First Broadway credit as a choreographer was 1993's Kiss of a Spider Woman
  • Was given the job of directing the 2002 big-budget film Chicago, even though the 1999 TV adaptation of Annie was his only Hollywood directing credit at the time


  • 2007Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: winner
  • 2007Emmy-Outstanding Choreography: winner
  • 2007Emmy-Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: winner
  • 2003BAFTA Film Awards-The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction: nominated
  • 2003Golden Globe-Best Director - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2002Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: nominated
  • 2002National Board of Review-Best Directorial Debut: winner
  • 2002Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: winner
  • 2000Emmy-Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special: nominated
  • 2000Emmy-Outstanding Choreography: winner
  • 1998Emmy-Outstanding Choreography: nominated
  • 1997Emmy-Outstanding Choreography: nominated