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A veteran Broadway choreographer, Marshall broke into the big time when he directed the Oscar-winning film version of Chicago.

Raised in Pittsburgh by academic parents, Marshall became interested in dance as a teen and took time off from Carnegie Mellon to join the cast of A Chorus Line. In his early 20s, he danced his pants off in musicals like Zorba and The Rink, for which he served as dance captain and supervised veteran hoofers Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera. When a back injury in Cats ended his dance career at age 27, he switched to choreography, making his debut with the musical version of Kiss of the Spider Woman in 1993 and following up with successes like the 1994 revival of Damn Yankees and Cabaret. It was 2002 that saw Marshall's real breakout, though: Bringing a Broadway sensibility to the silver screen, he directed the film version of Chicago, which won Best Picture. However, his subsequent films (Memoirs of a Geisha, Nine, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) have yet to generate the same buzz. [Image via Getty]