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Michael Schultz

Film Director / Film Producer / Theatre Director | * 11/10/1938 (81) | Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Michael Schultz (born November 10, 1938) is an American director and producer of theater, film and television. ()

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.

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Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Comedies | TV Movies

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Awards & Nominations for Michael Schultz

Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play

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Movies with Michael Schultz as Actor(2)

as himself2019 I Am Richard Pryor

Movies with Michael Schultz as Crew(32)

Directing/Director2004 Woman Thou Art Loosed
Directing/Director2002 L.A. Law: The Movie
Directing/Director1999 My Last Love
Directing/Director1998 Killers in the House
Production/Executive Producer1996 Phat Beach
Directing/Director1992 Day-O
Directing/Director1991 Livin' Large!
Directing/Director1990 Hammer, Slammer, & Slade
Directing/Director1990 Jury Duty: The Comedy
Directing/Director1989 Tarzan in Manhattan
Directing/Director1988 Rock 'N Roll Mum
Directing/Director1987 Timestalkers
Directing/Director1987 Disorderlies
Directing/Director1987 The Spirit
Directing/Director1985 Krush Groove
Directing/Director1985 The Last Dragon
Directing/Director1984 Earth, Wind & Fire in Concert
Directing/Director1984 The Jerk, Too
Directing/Director1981 Carbon Copy
Directing/Director1979 Scavenger Hunt
Directing/Director1977 Greased Lightning
Directing/Director1977 Which Way Is Up?
Directing/Director1976 Car Wash
Directing/Director1975 Cooley High
Directing/Director1974 Honeybaby, Honeybaby
Directing/Director1972 Together for Days

TV Shows/Series with Michael Schultz as Crew(48)

Directing/Director2018 Black Lightning
Directing/Director2016 Recovery Road
Directing/Director2016 Dead of Summer
Writing/Writer2016 No Tomorrow
Directing/Director2016 No Tomorrow
Directing/Director2015 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Directing/Director2014 black-ish
Directing/Director2013 The Tomorrow People
Directing/Director2012 Arrow
Directing/Director2011 Switched at Birth
Directing/Director2011 Hart of Dixie
Directing/Director2009 Drop Dead Diva
Directing/Director2008 In Plain Sight
Directing/Director2008 Eli Stone
Directing/Director2008 Privileged
Directing/Director2007 Lincoln Heights
Directing/Director2007 Women's Murder Club
Directing/Director2007 October Road
Directing/Director2007 Dirty Sexy Money
Directing/Director2007 Chuck
Directing/Director2006 Brothers and Sisters
Directing/Director2006 Pepper Dennis
Directing/Director2004 Jack & Bobby
Directing/Director2003 Cold Case
Directing/Director2003 The O.C.
Directing/Director2002 Everwood
Directing/Director2001 Philly
Directing/Director2001 The Education of Max Bickford
Directing/Director2000 Gilmore Girls
Directing/Director2000 City of Angels
Directing/Director2000 Boston Public
Directing/Director1999 Family Law
Directing/Director1999 Wasteland
Directing/Director1998 Felicity
Directing/Director1998 Charmed
Directing/Director1997 The Practice
Directing/Director1997 Ally McBeal
Directing/Director1996 Promised Land
Directing/Director1995 JAG
Directing/Director1994 Chicago Hope
Directing/Director1994 Touched by an Angel
Directing/Director1993 Diagnosis: Murder
Directing/Director1991 Sisters
Directing/Director1986 L.A. Law
Directing/Director1975 Starsky & Hutch
Directing/Director1975 Baretta
Directing/Director1974 Movin' On

Full Name: Michael Schultz
Born: Thursday, 11/10 1938 (November) in Milwaukee (current age: 81 years + 242 days)
Zodiac sign: Scorpio (Chinese zodiac sign: Tiger)
Educated at: University of Wisconsin–Madison
Spouses (current/former): Lauren Jones
Other names for Michael Schultz (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Michael A. Schultz"
Michael Schultz frequently works together with these people:
Greg Berlanti (16x, Crew)
David Paymer (15x, Actor)
Steven Culp (14x, Actor)
Bethany Rooney (14x, Crew)
Michael Lange (12x, Crew)
Clyde Kusatsu (11x, Actor)
Tom Amandes (11x, Actor)
Elodie Keene (11x, Crew)
Oz Scott (11x, Crew)
Lawrence Pressman (10x, Actor)
George Lucas (5x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:257136, Added: 08/09/2018, Last updated: 06/26/2020