Biography

Schultz was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Katherine Frances (née Leslie), a factory worker, and German American Leo Schultz, an insurance salesman.

After his undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Marquette University, he attended Princeton University, where in 1966 he directed his first play, a production of Waiting for Godot. He joined the Negro Ensemble Company in 1968, which brought him to Broadway in 1969. His breakthrough was directing Lorraine Hansberry's To Be Young, Gifted and Black, which he restaged for television in 1972.

Schultz' earliest film projects combined low comedy with profound social comment (Honeybaby, Honeybaby and Cooley High), reaching a peak with the ensemble comedy Car Wash (1976) and Which Way Is Up? (1977), starring Richard Pryor.

In 1978, Schultz took the reins of the musical Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with the largest budget ever entrusted to an African-American film director to that date. However, upon its release, the project was a commercial and critical failure. Schultz would go on to make prominent films such as Scavenger Hunt (1979), Carbon Copy (1981), and Disorderlies (1987).

More recently, Schultz has worked in television, piloting episodes of such style-conscious series as The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles and Picket Fences, as well as an abundance of made-for-TV movies.

In 1991, Schultz was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame.

Schultz was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Katherine Frances (née Leslie), a factory worker, and German American Leo Schultz, an insurance salesman.

After his undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Marquette University, he attended Princeton University, where in 1966 he directed his first play, a production of Waiting for Godot. He joined the Negro Ensemble Company in 1968, which brought him to Broadway in 1969. His breakthrough was directing Lorraine Hansberry's To Be Young, Gifted and Black, which he restaged for television in 1972.

Schultz' earliest film projects combined low comedy with profound social comment (Honeybaby, Honeybaby and Cooley High), reaching a peak with the ensemble comedy Car Wash (1976) and Which Way Is Up? (1977), starring Richard Pryor.

In 1978, Schultz took the reins of the musical Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with the largest budget ever entrusted to an African-American film director to that date. However, upon its release, the project was a commercial and critical failure. Schultz would go on to make prominent films such as Scavenger Hunt (1979), Carbon Copy (1981), and Disorderlies (1987).

More recently, Schultz has worked in television, piloting episodes of such style-conscious series as The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles and Picket Fences, as well as an abundance of made-for-TV movies.

In 1991, Schultz was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame.

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 81

Birthday 1938-11-10

Place of Birth Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

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Also Known As

  • Michael A. Schultz

Directing TV ShowsMovies

2018 Black Lightning (3 episodes)Director
2016 No Tomorrow (1 episode)Director
2016 Dead of Summer (1 episode)Director
2016 Recovery Road (1 episode)Director
2015 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (1 episode)Director
2014 black-ish (4 episodes)Director
2013 The Tomorrow People (1 episode)Director
2012 Arrow (8 episodes)Director
2011 Hart of Dixie (2 episodes)Director
2011 Switched at Birth (1 episode)Director
2009 Drop Dead Diva (2 episodes)Director
2008 Privileged (1 episode)Director
2008 In Plain Sight (1 episode)Director
2008 Eli Stone (3 episodes)Director
2007 Women's Murder Club (1 episode)Director
2007 Dirty Sexy Money (2 episodes)Director
2007 Chuck (3 episodes)Director
2007 October Road (1 episode)Director
2007 Lincoln Heights (1 episode)Director
2006 Brothers and Sisters (14 episodes)Director
2006 Pepper Dennis (1 episode)Director
2004 Woman Thou Art Loosed Director
2004 Jack & Bobby (2 episodes)Director
2003 Cold Case (1 episode)Director
2003 The O.C. (1 episode)Director
2002 Everwood (17 episodes)Director
2002 L.A. Law: The Movie Director
2001 Philly (1 episode)Director
2001 The Education of Max Bickford (1 episode)Director
2000 Boston Public (3 episodes)Director
2000 Gilmore Girls (1 episode)Director
2000 The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: My First Adventure Director
2000 City of Angels (1 episode)Director
1999 Wasteland (1 episode)Director
1999 Family Law (1 episode)Director
1999 The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Tales of Innocence Director
1999 My Last Love Director
1998 Killers in the House Director
1998 Charmed (2 episodes)Director
1998 Felicity (2 episodes)Director
1997 Ally McBeal (7 episodes)Director
1997 The Practice (8 episodes)Director
1996 Promised Land (3 episodes)Director
1996 The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Travels with Father Director
1995 JAG (3 episodes)Director
1994 The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Hollywood Follies Director
1994 Touched by an Angel (8 episodes)Director
1994 Chicago Hope (6 episodes)Director
1993 Diagnosis: Murder (1 episode)Director
1993 The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. (1 episode)Director
1992 Day-O Director
1991 Livin' Large! Director
1991 Sisters (2 episodes)Director
1990 Hammer, Slammer, & Slade Director
1990 Jury Duty: The Comedy Director
1989 Tarzan in Manhattan Director
1988 Rock 'N Roll Mum Director
1987 The Spirit Director
1987 Disorderlies Director
1987 Timestalkers Director
1986 L.A. Law (1 episode)Director
1985 Krush Groove Director
1985 The Last Dragon Director
1984 Earth, Wind & Fire in Concert Director
1984 The Jerk, Too Director
1982 For Us, the Living: The Story of Medgar Evers Director
1981 Carbon Copy Director
1979 Scavenger Hunt Director
1978 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Director
1977 Which Way Is Up? Director
1977 Greased Lightning Director
1976 Car Wash Director
1975 Starsky & Hutch (4 episodes)Director
1975 Cooley High Director
1975 Baretta (1 episode)Director
1974 Honeybaby, Honeybaby Director
1974 Movin' On (1 episode)Director
1972 Together for Days Director

Acting

2019 I Am Richard Pryor as Himself
2013 Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic as Himself

Writing

2016 No Tomorrow (1 episode)Writer

Production

1996 Phat Beach Executive Producer

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