Notable for his television and film directing work, he helmed episodes of The Rockford Files, Chicago Hope, and Everwood, and directed films such as Car Wash (1976) and Cooley High (1975).
After studying at Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he continued his education at Princeton University and went on to become a member of New York's Negro Ensemble Company.
Also a stage director, he worked on the original Broadway production of To Be Young, Gifted and Black, and received an Obie Award for directing the off-Broadway staging of Song of the Lusitanian Bogey.
The son of Leo and Katherine Schultz, he grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His marriage to Lauren Jones began in 1965 and produced two children.
He directed Richard Pryor in the 1977 film Which Way Is Up?