Richard Roundtree - biography

Actor from United States of America

Richard Roundtree Richard Roundtree (born July 9, 1942) is an American actor and former fashion model. He is best known for his portrayal of private detective John Shaft in the 1971 film Shaft and in its two sequels, Shaft's Big Score (1972) and Shaft in Africa (1973). Born in New Rochelle, New York, Richard Roundtree graduated from New Rochelle High School in 1961 and starred on New Rochelle High's undefeated and nationally ranked football team in 1960. He attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Roundtree was diagnosed with the rare form of male breast cancer in 1993 and underwent a double mastectomy and chemotherapy. Roundtree was a leading man in early 1970s blaxploitation films, his best-known role being Detective John Shaft in the hugely popular action movie Shaft. Roundtree also appeared opposite Laurence Olivier and Ben Gazzara in Inchon (1981). On television he played the slave Sam Bennett in the 1977 television series Roots and Dr. Daniel Reubens on Generations from 1989-1991. Prior to becoming an actor, he was a football player and a model. Although Roundtree worked through the 1990s, many of his more recent films were not well-received, but he was able to find success in stage  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Date of birth
Place of birth
New Rochelle
United States of America
Karen Roundtree
Actor, Model


Institution From To
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
New Rochelle High School

Athlete facts

American football


Year Performance Character
2010 The Confidant
2009 Set Apart
2007 All the Days Before Tomorrow
2004 Max Havoc: Curse of the Dragon
2001 Al's Lads
2001 Antitrust Lyle Barton
1999 Y2K – World in Crisis
1997 George of the Jungle Kwame
1995 Theodore Rex
1992 Bloodfist III: Forced to Fight
1988 Getting Even
1988 Angel III: The Final Chapter
1983 The Big Score
1979 Escape to Athena
1973 Shaft in Africa

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