Rob Marshall

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Rob Marshall
Marshall in April 2011
Born (1960-10-17) October 17, 1960 (age 57)
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
Residence New York City, U.S.
Alma mater Carnegie Mellon University
Occupation Film director, film producer, theater director, choreographer
Home town Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Partner(s) John DeLuca
Relatives Kathleen Marshall (sister)

Rob Marshall (born October 17, 1960) is an American film director, film producer, theater director, and choreographer. His most noted work is the 2002 Academy Award for Best Picture winner Chicago, for which he won a Directors Guild of America Award, as well as Academy Award, BAFTA, and Golden Globe nominations for Best Director. A five-time Tony Award nominee, he also won a Primetime Emmy Award for his choreography in the TV movie Annie (1999).

Early life and education[edit]

Marshall was born in Madison, Wisconsin, the son of Anne and Robert D. Marshall, a professor.[1] He was raised in Pittsburgh. His sister is the choreographer and director Kathleen Marshall.[2] He graduated from Falk Laboratory School in 1974. He graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School in 1978 and was inducted into their alumni hall of fame in 2012.[3] He attended Carnegie Mellon University and worked in the Pittsburgh theatre scene, performing with such companies as Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.[4]


Marshall went on to perform as a dancer in various Broadway shows, but suffered a herniated disc while performing in Cats and after recovering, transitioned into choreography and then directing.[5]

He debuted in the film industry with the Emmy Award-winning TV adaptation of the musical Annie by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin. After that he went on to direct the adaptation of the Kander and Ebb musical Chicago in 2002 for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director. His next feature film was the drama Memoirs of a Geisha based on the best-selling book of the same name by Arthur Golden starring Zhang Ziyi, Gong Li, Michelle Yeoh and Ken Watanabe. The film went on to win three Academy Awards and gross $162,242,962 at the worldwide box office.[6]

In 2009, Marshall directed Nine, an adaptation of the hit Broadway production with the same name starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman, Sophia Loren and Penélope Cruz, who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Marshall then went on to direct Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth chapter of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean film series starring Johnny Depp, Ian McShane, Penélope Cruz and Geoffrey Rush,[7] which opened on May 20, 2011.[8]

Marshall directed Disney's film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods (2014) and produced the film under his Lucamar Productions banner.[9][10]

On September 14, 2015, it was announced that Marshall signed on to direct the sequel to the 1964 film Mary Poppins titled: Mary Poppins Returns, reuniting two Into the Woods actresses with Emily Blunt cast to portray the titular character and Meryl Streep in a supporting role.[11] On December 6, 2017, it was reported that Marshall was being eyed as top choice by Disney to direct the live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Marshall lives in New York City with his partner John DeLuca.[13]

List of Tony nominations[edit]

Year Show Category
1993 Kiss of the Spider Woman Best Choreography
1994 Damn Yankees Best Choreography
1994 She Loves Me Best Choreography
1998 Cabaret Best Choreography
Best Direction of a Musical


Year Film Academy Award Wins Academy Award Nominations Notes
1995 Victor/Victoria - - television film, choreographer.
1996 Mrs. Santa Claus - - television film, choreographer. Nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography
1997 Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella - - television film, musical stager and choreographer. Nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography
1999 Annie - - television film, director and choreographer. Winner of Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography, nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special
2001 The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts - - television event, director. Winner of Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical/Variety
2002 Chicago 6 13 director and choreographer. Nominated for Academy Award for Best Director. Winner of Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures
2005 Memoirs of a Geisha 3 6 director. Nominated for Satellite Award for Best Director
2006 Tony Bennett: An American Classic - - television film, director/executive producer/co-choreographer. Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special, Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program and Outstanding Choreography
2009 Nine - 4 director/producer/co-choreographer. Nominated for Satellite Award for Best Director
2011 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides - - director
2014 Into the Woods - 3 director/producer/musical stager
2018 Mary Poppins Returns - - director/producer/co-story writer
TBA The Little Mermaid - - director


  1. ^ "Director Rob Marshall dove into 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides'". 
  2. ^ Rawson, Christopher (August 22, 2007). "Two Marshalls win Governor's Awards for the Arts". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  3. ^ "Allderdice to induct 6 to Alumni Hall of Fame". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. October 31, 2011. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  4. ^ Conner, Lynne (2007). Pittsburgh In Stages: Two Hundred Years of Theater. University of Pittsburgh Press. pp. 204. ISBN 978-0-8229-4330-3. Retrieved 2011-06-06
  5. ^ Feinberg, Scott (5 January 2015). "Rob Marshall on Movie Musicals and His Journey 'Into the Woods' (Q&A)". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) - Box Office Mojo". 
  7. ^ Michael Fleming (2009-08-02). "Rob Marshall circles 'Pirates'". Variety. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  8. ^ "Pirates of the Caribbean presented by Disney". Pirates of the Caribbean. 
  9. ^ "Disney Sets Rob Marshall To Direct Adaptation Of 'Into The Woods'". Deadline Hollywood. 11 January 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Rob Marshall". Variety. 
  11. ^ Snetiker, Marc (September 14, 2015). "Exclusive: Disney developing new original musical featuring Mary Poppins; Rob Marshall to direct". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 21, 2015. 
  12. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (December 6, 2017). "Rob Marshall Top Choice To Helm Disney's Live Action 'The Little Mermaid'". Retrieved December 6, 2017. 
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