November 10, 1938
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Partner(s) Lauren Jones (1965–present; 2 children)
Michael Schultz (born November 10, 1938) is an American director and producer of film and television.
Life and career [ edit ]
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 [1 ] University of Wisconsin–Madison and Marquette University, he attended Princeton University, where in 1966 he directed his first play, a production of . He joined the Waiting for Godot Negro Ensemble Company in 1968, which brought him to Broadway in 1969. His breakthrough was directing Lorraine Hansberry's , which he restaged for television in 1972. To Be Young, Gifted and Black
Schultz' earliest film projects combined
low comedy with profound social comment ( and Honeybaby, Honeybaby ), reaching a peak with the ensemble comedy Cooley High (1976) and Car Wash (1977), starring Which Way is Up? Richard Pryor.
In 1978, Schultz took the reins of the musical
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 churn out profitable efforts such as Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1979) and Scavenger Hunt Disorderlies (1987).
More recently, Schultz has worked in television, piloting episodes of such style-conscious series as
and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles , as well as an abundance of made-for-TV movies. Picket Fences
In 1991, Schultz was inducted into the
Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame. [2 ]
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