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Michael A. Schultz

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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Film Director

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Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
All Food
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
11/10/1938
Birth Location:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Film Director

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
All Food
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
11/10/1938
Birth Location:
Milwaukee
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Biography

Film director Michael Schultz was born on November 10, 1938, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After graduating from high school in 1957, Schultz attended the University of Wisconsin, where he spent a great deal of time watching foreign films. After dropping out of school, Schultz returned to Milwaukee where he worked in a steel mill from 1960 to 1961, eventually returning to school, studying at Marquette, and graduating in 1964.

After graduation, Schultz attended Princeton University, where he was given the opportunity to direct his first play, Waiting for Godot, in 1966. Schultz's work brought him to the attention of the Negro Ensemble Company; he joined the group in 1968. The following year, Schultz staged a production of To Be Young, Gifted and Black, which launched his success; he re-staged the play for television two years later. In the early 1970s, Schultz directed a number of television programs, including Baretta and Starsky and Hutch, and then began to focus his time on films. In 1975, Schultz directed Cooley High, and the following year, Car Wash; his success continued, directing more than a dozen movies for the television and the big screen throughout the 70s and 80s, including Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hears Club Band, Krush Groove, about the rise of hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, and the comedy Disorderlies.

Schultz continued to direct throughout the 1990s, directing a number of popular television shows, including Chicago Hope, JAG, Ally McBeal, and Charmed, as well as several more made for television movies. After 2000, Schultz directed several other television shows, and in 2004, he directed Woman Thou Art Loosed. Schultz has also been involved in film and television production, having served as producer of the popular television show Everwood, as well as having produced some of his earlier film work.

In addition to his work on the big and small screen, Schultz also found time to direct theater; notably his Broadway production of Mule Bone, written by Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, staged in 1991.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Michael A. Schultz talks about his mother's side of the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Michael A. Schultz describes his mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Michael A. Schultz talks about his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Michael A. Schultz describes the origin of the Schultz family name
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Michael A. Schultz describes his father's childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Michael A. Schultz lists the members of his childhood household
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Michael A. Schultz describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Michael A. Schultz remembers growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Michael A. Schultz details his early activities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Michael A. Schultz recalls converting to Catholicism
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Michael A. Schultz describes radio and television programming from his childhood, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Michael A. Schultz describes radio and television programming from his childhood, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Michael A. Schultz reflects upon his early ambitions
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Michael A. Schultz remembers activities he participated in and movies he saw during high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Michael A. Schultz recalls his career goals before entering college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Michael A. Schultz describes his time at University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Michael A. Schultz describes Riverside High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Michael A. Schultz describes his interest in film at University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Michael A. Schultz describes his favorite films and directors
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Michael A. Schultz explains his decision to leave University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Michael A. Schultz remembers entering the theater program at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Michael A. Schultz remembers Reverend John J. Walsh's approach to theatrical directing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Michael A. Schultz describes his theater experience at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Michael A. Schultz describes his theatrical training at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Michael A. Schultz recalls moving to New York City in 1964
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Michael A. Schultz recalls working for Wynn Handman at New York's American Place Theatre
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Michael A. Schultz recalls acting in 'Benito Cereno' at New York's American Place Theatre
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Michael A. Schultz describes how he met his wife, Gloria Schultz (Lauren Jones)
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Michael A. Schultz remembers directing 'Waiting for Godot' and 'The Emperor Jones' at Princeton's McCarter Theatre
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Michael A. Schultz remembers the Negro Ensemble Company's inaugural season
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Michael A. Schultz describes directing 'Song of the Lusitanian Bogey' for New York's Negro Ensemble Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Michael A. Schultz remembers the success of 'Song of the Lusitanian Bogey' at New York's Negro Ensemble Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Michael A. Schultz recalls the success of the play 'Kongi's Harvest'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Michael A. Schultz recalls directing his first film, 'To Be Young, Gifted and Black'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Michael A. Schultz considers his transition from theater to film
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Michael A. Schultz remembers directing the play 'Dream on Monkey Mountain'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Michael A. Schultz describes his transition to Hollywood in the early 1970s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Michael A. Schultz describes his failure to produce the film 'Death at an Early Age'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Michael A. Schultz remembers his first Hollywood experience directing an episode of 'Roll Out,' pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Michael A. Schultz remembers his first Hollywood experience directing an episode of 'Roll Out,' pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Michael A. Schultz details the creation of the film 'Cooley High'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Michael A. Schultz describes the cast members from the film 'Cooley High'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Michael A. Schultz reflects upon the audience response to the film 'Cooley High'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Michael A. Schultz describes the dialogue and music in 'Cooley High'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Michael A. Schultz recalls challenges he faced in the white movie industry while directing 'Cooley High'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Michael A. Schultz considers Hollywood opportunities for women and minorities
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Michael A. Schultz reflects upon the success of the independent film 'Woman Thou Art Loosed'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Michael A. Schultz remembers the offer from Universal Studios to direct 'Car Wash'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Michael A. Schultz describes his experience directing 'Car Wash'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Michael A. Schultz remembers directing Richard Pryor in the film 'Which Way Is Up?'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Michael A. Schultz describes Richard Pryor's descent into drug addiction
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Michael A. Schultz remembers being recruited to direct the film 'Bustin' Loose' after Richard Pryor's accident
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Michael A. Schultz describes the success of 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Michael A. Schultz describes directing the cult classic 'The Last Dragon'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Michael A. Schultz describes the achievements of the film 'Krush Groove'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Michael A. Schultz describes the exclusion of black films from movie theaters
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Michael A. Schultz describes the film 'Woman Thou Art Loosed'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Michael A. Schultz shares his philosophy of filmmaking
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Michael A. Schultz reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Michael A. Schultz shares his perspective on young black filmmakers
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Michael A. Schultz describes the work of Robert Townsend, Bill Duke and the Wayans brothers
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Michael A. Schultz reflects upon the persistence of African American stereotypes in Hollywood films
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Michael A. Schultz reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Michael A. Schultz describes his mother's pride in his success
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Michael A. Schultz describes his children's successful careers
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Michael A. Schultz describes his current film projects and his definition of a black movie
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Michael A. Schultz describes his marriage to Gloria Schultz (Lauren Jones)
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Michael A. Schultz describes how he would like to be remembered