RICHARD ROUNDTREE (John Shaft Sr.) had his life and career
forever changed when, in
1971, director Gordon Parks chose him to play the title role of iconic private
detective John Shaft
in the first "Shaft" movie, which initiated the enduring franchise. The film
five-decades-long career with a part that, to this day, is recognized as being a
turning point for
African-American leading men in film. He earned an Image Award nomination for
Actor in a Motion Picture for his performance and also received a Golden Globe
Most Promising Newcomer. In 1994, a new generation honored him with a Lifetime
Award, from the MTV Movie & TV Awards, for his work in the "Shaft" films.
With the success of "Shaft," Roundtree's name and face instantly became
moviegoers around the world. Although, in the early 1970s, quality roles for
actors were scarce, Roundtree was able to amass an impressive body of work,
while continuing to
make films that challenged the stereotypes of the time. He starred in such films
as "Man Friday"
and "Charley-One-Eye" on the big screen, as well as in the television projects
However, making social statements on racial equality wasn't the only new
ground to which
Roundtree's characters aspired. In the early 90s, he recurred on the FOX sitcom
"Roc" as a gay
man who was getting married to his longtime partner. This was a first for
In his more than 100 film and television projects over the course of his career,
has shared the screen with some of Hollywood's most legendary actors, including
Peter O'Toole, David Niven, Laurence Olivier, Samuel L. Jackson, Morgan Freeman
and Brad Pitt.
Earlier in 2019, Roundtree co-starred with Taraji P. Henson and Tracy Morgan in
Shankman's comedy "What Men Want," playing Henson's character's father. He is
appearing in the new Netflix series "Family Reunion."
On television, Roundtree has been a series regular on several hit shows,
earning an Image
Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for "413 Hope
Street." He was
also nominated for an Indie Series Award, for Best Performance by a Supporting
Actor, for his role
in "Diary of a Single Mom." In addition, he narrated the PBS docuseries "The
Rise and Fall of Jim
Crow," which won a Peabody Award. Roundtree recently wrapped his fourth season
"Being Mary Jane."
An advocate in the fight against breast cancer and a 25-year male breast
himself, Roundtree has taken a stand by participating in events that help raise
funds towards finding a cure.
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