Robert Doyle Marshall Jr.
October 17, 1960
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Education||Carnegie Mellon University (BFA)|
|Occupation||Film director, film producer, theater director, choreographer|
|Partner(s)||John DeLuca (c. 1983–present)|
|Relatives||Kathleen Marshall (sister)|
|Awards||Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film|
Robert Doyle Marshall Jr. (born October 17, 1960) is an American film and theater director, producer, and choreographer. He is best known for directing the film version of the Broadway musical Chicago. His work on Chicago earned him the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film, as well as nominations for the Academy Award for Best Director, the Golden Globe Award for Best Director, and the BAFTA Award for Best Direction.
Robert Doyle Marshall Jr. was born in Madison, Wisconsin. His father and namesake, Robert Doyle Marshall Sr., was a Ph.D. student at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and his mother Anne was a teacher. Like him, his younger sister Kathleen became a choreographer and director.
In 1964, Robert Marshall joined the English department at the University of Pittsburgh, and the Marshall family relocated to Pittsburgh. 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.
Rob Marshall graduated from the Falk School, and then in 1978 from Taylor Allderdice High School, into whose alumni hall of fame he later was inducted. Graduating from Carnegie Mellon University in 1982, Marshall worked in the Pittsburgh theatre scene, performing with such companies as Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.
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.
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 $162.2 million at the worldwide box office.
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, which opened on May 20, 2011.
Marshall directed Disney's film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods (2014), and produced the film under his Lucamar Productions banner. 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.
By December 2017, Disney was considering Marshall to direct the live-action/CGI adaptation of The Little Mermaid, in which he was officially confirmed to direct in December 2018.
As of at least 2007, Marshall lives in New York City with his partner, producer John DeLuca. In 2004, they bought a $4.2 million summer home in Sagaponack, New York, part of The Hamptons.
|1993||Kiss of the Spider Woman||Best Choreography|
|1994||Damn Yankees||Best Choreography|
|1994||She Loves Me||Best Choreography|
|Best Direction of a Musical|
|1||2002||Chicago||Miramax||Yes||Yes||No||No||Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing|
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Director
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Director
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Direction
Nominated — David di Donatello for Best Foreign Film
Nominated — Online Film Critics Award for Best Breakthrough
|2||2005||Memoirs of a Geisha||Columbia Pictures||No||Yes||No||No||Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Director|
|3||2009||Nine||The Weinstein Company||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Director|
|4||2011||Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides||Walt Disney Pictures||No||Yes||No||No|
|5||2014||Into the Woods||No||Yes||Yes||No||Also musical stager|
|6||2014||Chicago in the Spotlight:
A Retrospective with the Cast and Crew
|The Weinstein Company, Miramax||No||Yes||No||No||Making-of documentary|
|7||2018||Mary Poppins Returns||Walt Disney Pictures||Yes||Yes||Yes||Story|
|8||2023||The Little Mermaid||No||Yes||Yes||No||Post-production|
|2001||The Kennedy Center Honors:
A Celebration of the Performing Arts
Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical/Variety
|2013||85th Academy Awards||Yes||No||TV special;|
Segment "All that Jazz" from Chicago
|1996||Mrs. Santa Claus||Yes||No||No||Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography|
|1997||Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella||Yes||No||No||Musical stager;|
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography
|1999||Annie||Yes||Yes||No||Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography|
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a TV Movie
|2006||Tony Bennett: An American Classic||Yes||Yes||Yes||Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special,|
Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program
Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography
|Year||Film||Academy Awards||BAFTA Awards||Golden Globe Awards|
|2005||Memoirs of a Geisha||6||3||6||3||2||1|
|2014||Into the Woods||3||2||3|
|2018||Mary Poppins Returns||4||3||4|