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Michael Schultz (born 10 November 1938) is an American director and film producer.



Schultz was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 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. While he suffered huge criticism for the musical misfire Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978), it should be noted that at the time, it was the highest-budgeted film ever entrusted to a black director, a commendable milestone. Schultz would continue to churn out profitable efforts like Scavenger Hunt (1979) and Disorderlies (1987).

As of late, Michael 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.




  • Eli Stone (2007) TV Series
  • Dirty Sexy Money (2007) TV Series
  • Brothers and sisters TV Serie
  • Cold Case (2006) TV Series
  • Everwood (TV Series)
  • L.A. Law: The Movie (2002)
  • Philly (2001) TV Series
  • Ally (1999) TV Series
  • The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Tales of Innocence (1999)
  • Killers in the House (1998)
  • Ally McBeal (1997) TV Series
  • The Practice (1997) TV Series
  • Young Indiana Jones: Travels with Father (1996)
  • Shock Treatment (1995)
  • Young Indiana Jones and the Hollywood Follies (1994)
  • Chicago Hope (1994) TV Series
  • Diagnosis: Murder (1993) TV Series
  • Day-O (1992)
  • Hammer, Slammer, & Slade (1990)
  • Jury Duty: The Comedy (1990)
  • Tarzan in Manhattan (1989)
  • Rock 'n' Roll Mom (1988)
  • The Spirit (1987)
  • Timestalkers (1987)
  • The Jerk, Too (1984)
  • For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story (1983)
  • Benny's Place (1982)
  • Starsky and Hutch (1975) TV Series
  • Baretta (1975) TV Series
  • The Rockford Files (1974) TV Series
  • To Be Young, Gifted, and Black (1972)



  • Mule Bone (1991)
  • What the Wine-Sellers Buy (1974)
  • Thoughts (1973)
  • The Cherry Orchard (1972)
  • The Dream on Monkey Mountain (1971)
  • Operation Sidewinder (1970)
  • The Reckoning (1969)
  • Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? (1969)
  • God is a (Guess What?) (1968)
  • Kongi's Harvest (1968)
  • Song of the Lusitanian Bogey (1968) Obie Award, Best Director


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