Richard Roundtree

Actor, Janitor, Salesman
This handsome black lead made his name as the smooth title character in the classic action film "Shaft" (1971), which while not exactly a blaxploitation movie itself, spawned a generation of them. Richard Roundtree ... Read more »
Born: 07/08/1942 in New Rochelle, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (120)

Being Mary Jane 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chicago Fire 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wild Seven 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Private Practice 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Mentalist 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Knight Rider 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lincoln Heights 2007, 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Final Approach 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Panic Button 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Speed Racer 2008 (Movie)

Ben Burns (Actor)

Heroes 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Blade: The Series 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Brick 2006 (Movie)

Assistant V.P. Trueman (Actor)

Close to Home 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grey's Anatomy 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Painkiller Jane 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

All the Days Before Tomorrow 2005 (Movie)

El Doctor (Actor)

Desperate Housewives 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Alias 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boat Trip 2003 (Movie)

Felicia's Dad (Actor)

Missing 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

10th Annual Trumpet Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

R&B 40: A Soul Spectacular 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Al's Lads 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Antitrust 2001 (Movie)

Lyle Barton (Actor)

Corky Romano 2001 (Movie)

Howard Shuster (Actor)

Soul Food 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Ninth Annual Trumpet Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Hawaiian Gardens 2000 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Pam Grier 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Shaft 2000 (Movie)

Uncle John Shaft (Actor)

The 2000 Trumpet Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Hollywood 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Rescue 77 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

413 Hope Street 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

A Different World 1989 - 1995, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman 1990 - 1995, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1988 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1988 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Profiler 1989 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 29th NAACP Image Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1989 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1989 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

George of the Jungle 1997 (Movie)

Kwame (Actor)

Steel 1997 (Movie)

Uncle Joe (Actor)

Buddies 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Cop Files 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Cop Files 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Once Upon a Time... When We Were Colored 1996 (Movie)

Cleve (Actor)

Original Gangstas 1996 (Movie)

Slick (Actor)

The World's Funniest Hypnotist 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Theodore Rex 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cop Files 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Seven 1995 (Movie)

Talbot (Actor)

The Wayans Bros. 1990 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ballistic 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bonanza: The Return 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Gypsy Angels 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hangin' With Mr. Cooper 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Roc 1990 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Amityville: A New Generation 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bloodfist III: Forced to Fight 1992 (Movie)

Samuel Stark (Actor)

Body of Influence 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

Christmas in Connecticut 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Deadly Rivals 1992 (Movie)

Agent Peterson (Actor)

Getting Even 1992 (Movie)

Dundee (Actor)

Mind Twister 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sins of the Night 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Time to Die 1991 (Movie)

Captain Ralph Phipps (Actor)

Beverly Hills 90210 1991 (Tv Show)

Actor

Generations 1988 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

16th Annual Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Bad Jim 1989 (Movie)

July (Actor)

Cadets 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Crack House 1989 (Movie)

Lieutenant Johnson (Actor)

Night Visitor 1989 (Movie)

Captain Craine (Actor)

Daddy Can't Read 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Maniac Cop 1988 (Movie)

Police Commissioner Pike (Actor)

Party Line 1988 (Movie)

Captain Barnes (Actor)

The Banker 1988 (Movie)

Lieutenant Lloyd Hughes (Actor)

Angel III: The Final Chapter 1987 (Movie)

Lieutenant Doniger (Actor)

Jocks 1986 (Movie)

Chip Williams (Actor)

Opposing Force 1986 (Movie)

Sergeant Stafford (Actor)

A.D. 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

City Heat 1984 (Movie)

Dehl Swift (Actor)

Killpoint 1984 (Movie)

Agent Bill Bryant (Actor)

Young Warriors 1983 (Movie)

Sergeant John Austin (Actor)

Q 1982 (Movie)

Sergeant Powell (Actor)

The Big Score 1982 (Movie)

Gordon (Actor)

Inchon 1981 (Movie)

Sergeant August Henderson (Actor)

One Down Two to Go 1981 (Movie)

Ralph (Actor)

An Eye For an Eye 1980 (Movie)

Captain Stevens (Actor)

Escape to Athena 1979 (Movie)

Nat (Actor)

Circus of the Stars 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Game For Vultures 1978 (Movie)

Gideon Marunga (Actor)

Diamonds 1975 (Movie)

Archie (Actor)

Man Friday 1975 (Movie)

Friday (Actor)

Earthquake 1974 (Movie)

Miles (Actor)

Shaft 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Embassy 1973 (Movie)

Shannon (Actor)

Firehouse 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Shaft in Africa 1973 (Movie)

Shaft (Actor)

Charley-One-Eye 1971 (Movie)

Black Man (Actor)

Shaft 1971 (Movie)

Shaft (Actor)

Shaft's Big Score 1971 (Movie)

John Shaft (Actor)

What Do You Say to a Naked Lady? 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

Any Place But Home (TV Show)

Actor

Bonanza: Under Attack (TV Show)

Actor

Dream On (TV Show)

Actor

Joe and Max (TV Show)

Actor

Ladies of the House (TV Show)

Actor

Outlaws (TV Show)

Actor

Roots (TV Show)

Actor

Set Apart (Movie)

J.T. (Actor)

Shadows of Desire (TV Show)

Actor

The Baron and the Kid (TV Show)

Actor

The Fifth Missile (TV Show)

Actor
Physical Effects (1)

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story 2004 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Biography

This handsome black lead made his name as the smooth title character in the classic action film "Shaft" (1971), which while not exactly a blaxploitation movie itself, spawned a generation of them. Richard Roundtree subsequently starred in two sequels--"Shaft's Big Score" (1972) and "Shaft in Africa" (1973)--as well as a CBS TV series, "Shaft" (1973-1974) before settling in as a second lead and occasional star of various projects. There were years during the 1980s when the "Shaft" stigma seemed to put an early end to Roundtree's career, but he bounced back in the 90s with numerous films and TV shows. He was tapped to lead an ensemble cast, playing the head of a center for troubled teens in the Fox drama series "413 Hope Street" (1997).

Relationships

John Roundtree

Father

Karen Roundtree

Wife
second wife born c. 1958

Kathryn Roundtree

Mother

Morgan Roundtree

Daughter
born c. 1990 mother, Karen Roundtree

Tayler-Marie Roundtree

Daughter
born c. 1988 mother, Karen Roundtree

John Roundtree

Son
born on November 3, 1998 mother, Karen Roundtree

EDUCATION

Southern Illinois University

Carbondale , Illinois
attended on football scholarship; left after second year

Milestones

2006

Co-starred in the teenage film noir "Brick," opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt

2001

Toured with the play "Men Cry In The Dark"

2001

Cast in the feature film "Corky Romano"

2000

Cast as Hardy Lester in "SoulFood"

1997

Cast in the lead in the Fox drama "413 Hope Street"

1997

Co-starred in "George of the Jungle"

1996

Played father to Dave Chappelle on the ABC sitcom "Buddies"

1996

Joined other 1970s blaxploitation stars in "Original Gangstas"

1993

Appeared in first of several "Bonanza" TV-movies (NBC)

1990

Joined cast of the NBC daytime drama "Generations"

1977

Had featured role in the ABC miniseries "Roots"

1973

TV-movie debut in "Firehouse" (ABC)

1973

Starred in CBS TV series based on "Shaft"

1970

Starred in the title role as "Shaft"

1969

Film debut, "What Do You Say to a Naked Lady?"

1967

Joined Negro Ensemble Company

Hosted several "Cop Files" specials (UPN)

Will appear this year in the recurring role of Burke's father on "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC)

Was regular on "Outlaws" (CBS)

Bonus Trivia

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In the April 24, 2000 issue of People, Roundtree disclosed he had been diagnosed with breast cancer and had undergone a modified radical mastectomy in the fall of 1993.

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"I don't know anything about black exploitation, especially in the context of 'Shaft'. I leave that subject alone. I'm proud to have done that film with a class act like Gordon Parks. You can't say his name and blaxploitation in the same sentence". --Richard Roundtree in Los Angeles Times, March 12, 1996

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Roundtree on "Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored": "When I was growing up my dad always had a room that he rented out, and a man named Mr. Warren used to live there. He was a construction worker. And on the weekend he would sit on the porch and smoke a cigar and tell us how the world worked. I've drawn on the Mr. Warrens in my life, and my dad, too. They all came back to me while I was making the film" --quoted in Daily News, January 21, 1996

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"I was diagnosed with breast cancer in '93. Now I talk to men's groups about early detection, because men tend to ignore things that are going wrong with them. I tell them, 'If I did that, I wouldn't be here today.'"--Richard Roundtree in Biography Magazine 2002

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