Rob Marshall

Robert Doyle Marshall Jr.[1] (born October 17, 1960)[2] is an American film and theater director, producer, and choreographer. His most notable work is the Academy Award-winning film Chicago (2002), for which he won the Directors Guild of America Award, in addition to receiving nominations for the Academy Award, the Golden Globe, and the BAFTA Award 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).

Rob Marshall
Marshall in April 2011
Robert Doyle Marshall Jr.

(1960-10-17) October 17, 1960
ResidenceNew York City, New York, U.S.
Sagaponack, New York, U.S.
EducationCarnegie Mellon University (BFA, 1982)
OccupationFilm director, film producer, theater director, choreographer
Home townPittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
RelativesKathleen Marshall (sister)

Early life and education

Robert Doyle Marshall Jr. was born in Madison, Wisconsin.[2] His father Robert Doyle Marshall was a Ph.D. student at the University of Wisconsin–Madison,[3][4] and his mother Anne was a teacher.[5] Like him, his younger sister Kathleen became a choreographer and director.[6]

In 1964, Robert Marshall joined the English department at the University of Pittsburgh,[7] and the Marshall family relocated to Pittsburgh.[5] Anne would later work for Pittsburgh Public Schools and the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, and Robert would become associate professor of English and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the same university.[5]

Rob Marshall graduated from the Falk School,[8] and then in 1978 from Taylor Allderdice High School, into whose alumni hall of fame he later was inducted.[9] Graduating from Carnegie Mellon University in 1982,[1][10] Marshall worked in the Pittsburgh theatre scene, performing with such companies as Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.[11]


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.[12]

He debuted in the film industry with the TV adaptation of the musical Annie by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin. He went on to direct the 2002 adaptation of the Kander and Ebb musical Chicago, 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.[13]

In 2009, Marshall directed Nine, an adaptation of the 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,[14] which opened on May 20, 2011.[15]

Marshall directed Disney's film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods (2014), and produced the film under his Lucamar Productions banner.[16][17] His next film was the sequel to the 1964 film Mary Poppins, titled Mary Poppins Returns, reuniting two Into the Woods actresses: Emily Blunt as the title character and Meryl Streep in a supporting role.[18]

By December 2017, Disney was considering Marshall to direct the live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid,[19] in which he was officially confirmed to direct on December 2018.[20][21]

Personal life

As of at least 2007, Marshall lives in New York City with his partner, producer John DeLuca.[22] In 2004, they bought a $4.2 million summer home in Sagaponack, New York, part of The Hamptons.[23]

List of Tony nominations

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 co-musical stager
2018 Mary Poppins Returns Yes Yes Story Also co-choreographer
2021 The Little Mermaid Yes Yes TBA Pre-production


Year Film Director Producer Choreographer Notes
1995 Victor/Victoria No No Yes TV movie
1996 Mrs. Santa Claus No No Yes TV movie;
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography
1997 Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella No No Yes TV movie;
Musical stager;
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography
1999 Annie Yes No Yes TV movie;
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 No TV event;
Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical/Variety
2006 Tony Bennett: An American Classic Yes executive Yes TV movie;
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

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
2018 Mary Poppins Returns 4 3 4
Total 30 9 24 5 18 4

See also


  2. "Rob Marshall Biography (1960-)". Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  3. Marshall, Robert Doyle (1965). Dogmatic formalism to practical humanism: changing attitudes towards the passion of Christ in medieval English literature (Ph.D.). University of Wisconsin–Madison.
  5. Vancheri, Barbara (May 20, 2011). "Director Rob Marshall dove into 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Archived from the original on November 8, 2014.
  6. Rawson, Christopher (August 22, 2007). "Two Marshalls win Governor's Awards for the Arts". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  8. Vancheri, Barbara (November 11, 2011). "Rob Marshall proves you can go home again". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Archived from the original on December 3, 2018. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  9. "Allderdice to induct 6 to Alumni Hall of Fame". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. October 31, 2011. Archived from the original on May 18, 2011. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. "Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) - Box Office Mojo".
  14. Michael Fleming (2009-08-02). "Rob Marshall circles 'Pirates'". Variety. Retrieved 2009-08-03.
  15. "Pirates of the Caribbean presented by Disney". Pirates of the Caribbean.
  16. "Disney Sets Rob Marshall To Direct Adaptation Of 'Into The Woods'". Deadline Hollywood. January 11, 2012. Retrieved December 14, 2013.
  17. "Rob Marshall". Variety.
  18. Snetiker, Marc (September 14, 2015). "Exclusive: Disney developing new original musical featuring Mary Poppins; Rob Marshall to direct". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 21, 2015.
  19. Fleming Jr., Mike (December 6, 2017). "Rob Marshall Top Choice To Helm Disney's Live Action 'The Little Mermaid'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  22. Urban, Robert (January 23, 2007). "Powerful Gay Men in Hollywood". p. 3. Archived from the original on May 3, 2007.
  23. David, Mark (August 4, 2015). "Rob Marshall Scoops Up Gotham Co-op". Variety. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
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