Rob Marshall

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Rob Marshall
Marshall in April 2011
Born (1960-10-17) October 17, 1960 (age 58)
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
ResidenceNew York City, U.S.
Alma materCarnegie Mellon University
OccupationFilm director, film producer, theater director, choreographer
Home townPittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Partner(s)John DeLuca
RelativesKathleen 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 television film 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 Director Producer Writer Notes
2002 Chicago Yes No No Also choreographer;
Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing
Nominated- Academy Award for Best Director
2005 Memoirs of a Geisha Yes No No Nominated- Satellite Award for Best Director
2009 Nine Yes Yes No Also co-choreographer;
Nominated- Satellite Award for Best Director
2011 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Yes No No
2014 Into the Woods Yes Yes No Also musical stager
2018 Mary Poppins Returns Yes Yes Story Post-production
TBA The Little Mermaid Yes TBA TBA Announced


Year Film Director Producer Notes
1995 Victor/Victoria No No TV movie;
1996 Mrs. Santa Claus No No TV movie;
Nominated- Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography
1997 Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella No No TV movie;
Musical stager and choreographer;
Nominated- Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography
1999 Annie Yes No TV movie;
Also choreographer;
Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography
Nominated- Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special
2001 The Kennedy Center Honors:
A Celebration of the Performing Arts
Yes No TV event;
Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical/Variety
2006 Tony Bennett: An American Classic Yes executive TV movie;
Also co-choreographer;
Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special,
Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program
Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography

Awards received by Marshall movies[edit]

Year Film Academy Awards BAFTA Awards Golden Globe Awards
Nominations Wins Nominations Wins Nominations Wins
2002 Chicago 13 6 12 2 8 3
2005 Memoirs of a Geisha 6 3 6 3 2 1
2009 Nine 4 1 5
2014 Into the Woods 3 2 3
Total 26 9 21 5 18 4


  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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