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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).
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Acted in the Off-Broadway play "The Old Glory"; also served as stage manager
Directed a production of "Waiting for Godot" at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ
Became a member of the Negro Ensemble Company
Broadway directing debut, "Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?"
Feature directorial debut with "Together for Days"
TV directing debut with the PBS production "To BE Young Gifted and Black"
Staged "What the Winesellers Buy" first in L.A. and later on Broadway
Directed "Cooley High"
First of three screen collaborations with Richard Pryor, "Car Wash"
Directed Pryor in "Greased Lightning"
Helmed the misfire, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
Third teaming with Pryor, "Bustin' Loose"
Producing debut (also directed) "Krush Groove"
Returned to stage directing with "Mulebone", produced at Lincoln Center
Directed episodes of "Picket Fences" (CBS)
Helmed The Family Channel TV-movie "Young Indiana Jones and The Hollywood Follies"
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