Michael Schultz


Director
Michael Schultz

About

Also Known As
Michael A Schultz, Mike Schultz
Birth Place
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Born
November 10, 1938

Biography

This stage director began his professional career with the Negro Ensemble Company in the mid-1960s and graduated to Broadway in 1969 with the play "Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?," starring Al Pacino, Hal Holbrook and Lauren Jones (whom Schultz later married). After receiving attention for the 1972 PBS special, "To Be Young, Gifted and Black," Schultz entered features with "Together for a ...

Family & Companions

Gloria Schultz
Wife
Actor. Met when Schultz directed her in "Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?".

Biography

This stage director began his professional career with the Negro Ensemble Company in the mid-1960s and graduated to Broadway in 1969 with the play "Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?," starring Al Pacino, Hal Holbrook and Lauren Jones (whom Schultz later married). After receiving attention for the 1972 PBS special, "To Be Young, Gifted and Black," Schultz entered features with "Together for a Day" (1972) and split his time between TV and features. On the big screen, he helmed the spirited look at black inner-city youth, "Cooley High" (1975) and went on to engineer a number of up-beat entertainments, notably "Car Wash" (1976), the Richard Pryor vehicles "Greased Lightning" (1977) and "Bustin' Loose" (1983), the rap musical "Krush Groove" (1985) and the farcical "Livin' Large" (1991). More recently, Schultz has concentrated on helming TV episodics like "Picket Fences," "Chicago Hope" and "The Practice," all produced by David E Kelley, and "Touched By an Angel" and its spin-off "Promised Land." He also oversaw two entries in The Family Channel young Indiana Jones TV-movies, the charming "The Young Indiana Jones and the Hollywood Follies" (1994) and "The Young Indiana Jones and Travels with Father" (1996).

Life Events

1964

Acted in the Off-Broadway play "The Old Glory"; also served as stage manager

1966

Directed a production of "Waiting for Godot" at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ

1968

Became a member of the Negro Ensemble Company

1969

Broadway directing debut, "Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?"

1972

Feature directorial debut with "Together for Days"

1972

TV directing debut with the PBS production "To BE Young Gifted and Black"

1974

Staged "What the Winesellers Buy" first in L.A. and later on Broadway

1975

Directed "Cooley High"

1976

First of three screen collaborations with Richard Pryor, "Car Wash"

1977

Directed Pryor in "Greased Lightning"

1978

Helmed the misfire, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"

1983

Third teaming with Pryor, "Bustin' Loose"

1985

Producing debut (also directed) "Krush Groove"

1991

Returned to stage directing with "Mulebone", produced at Lincoln Center

1992

Directed episodes of "Picket Fences" (CBS)

1994

Helmed The Family Channel TV-movie "Young Indiana Jones and The Hollywood Follies"

2004

Directed "Woman Thou Art Loosed," an adaptation of Bishop T.D. Jakes' self-help novel, chronciling a woman's struggle to come to terms with her legacy of abuse, addiction and poverty

Videos

Movie Clip

Last Dragon, The (1985) - The Shogun Of Harlem During a raucous Harlem screening of Bruce Lee’s Enter The Dragon, the suitably outrageous entrance of Julius Carry as “Sho ’Nuff,” with his crew, intimidating all except mild-mannered martial arts master “Bruce-Leeroy” Green (Taimak), in the Berry Gordy-Motown box office hit The Last Dragon, 1985.
Last Dragon, The (1985) - How Did You Know? After a martial-arts silhouette-with-music credit sequence, leading man Taimak (as Leroy Green) executes some muscular tricks and is surprised when his master (Thomas Ikeda) tells him they’re done, in Motown mogul Berry Gordy’s The Last Dragon, 1985.
Last Dragon, The (1985) - 7th Heaven We’ve learned that Laura Charles (Vanity) rules over the music video scene in New York and JJ (William H. Macy, age 35), a promoter or something, needs her to push a song, but she’s too busy with her own performance, a song she co-wrote with Bill Wolfer, in the Berry Gordy-produced The Last Dragon, 1985.
Greased Lightning (1977) - I Don't See Any Bullet Holes After a childhood bicycle racing episode in prologue, director Michael Schultz's opening, introducing Richard Pryor as will-be moonshine runner and race driver Wendell Scott, returning to Virginia from WWII, Minnie Gentry his mom, friends including Civil Rights leader Julian Bond as "Charlie," Pam Grier and Cleavon Little, in Greased Lightning, 1977.
Greased Lightning (1977) - Bootleggers Are A Disgrace Post WWII rural Virginia, vet Wendell Scott (Richard Pryor) is not doing well with his taxi business, commiserating with his wife (Pam Grier) then picking up a fare (Clebert Ford) which will lead to his introduction to running moonshine, in the bio-pic Greased Lightning, 1977.
Greased Lightning (1977) - Is That A Picture Of You? Based on an event that happened around 1952, near Danville, Va, Wendell Scott (Richard Pryor) becomes the first black driver in a “Dixie Circuit” race, Beau Bridges a rival who’ll become a pal, Noble Willingham a promoter with instructions, in the comic bio-pic Greased Lightning, 1977.
Cooley High (1975) - Y'all Need To Go To Church After school Preach (Glynn Turman) in a dice game with Stone and Robert (recruited Chicago gang members Rick Stone and Norman Gibson, in their first scene), joined by Cochise (Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs), the bothered Brenda (Cynthia Davis) and proprietor Martha (Juanita McConnell), Michael Schultz directing from Eric Monte's original screenplay, in Cooley High, 1975.
Cooley High (1975) - Open, Rise And Shine Not accidentally idyllic, though the Chicago scenes and other elements confirm that the credit sequence was shot after 1964, when the story begins, with The Supremes’ recording of the Holland-Dozier-Holland song, and director Michael Schultz just introducing leads Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs and Glynn Turman, opening Cooley High, 1975.
Cooley High (1975) - You Eat The Hot Dog Arguably the most satisfying cutting-class sequence ever made, Preach (Glynn Turman) guides Pooter (Corin Rogers) through the nosebleed routine, Cochise (Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs) out the back, Willie (Maurice Leon Havis) joining outside, Michael Schultz directing with the Steve Wonder recording of the song by Clarence Paul and Henry Cosby, on location in Chicago, early in Cooley High, 1975.
Cooley High (1975) - I Guess R Means Reverse Interrupting a ragged, intoxicated doo-wop attempt, Stone (Rick Stone) at the window and Robert (Norman Gibson) at the wheel persuade Cochise (Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs) and Preach (Glynn Turman) to join them in their liberated Cadillac, headed for the Gold Coast of 1964 Chicago, in Cooley High, 1975.

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Family

Leo Schultz
Father
Katherine Frances Schultz
Mother

Companions

Gloria Schultz
Wife
Actor. Met when Schultz directed her in "Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?".

Bibliography