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Birth information

9 July 1942 New Rochelle, New York, USA

How tall is Richard Roundtree?

1.88 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Karen M. Ciernia
Mary Jane Grant

Life Story of Richard Roundtree

Richard Roundtree's iconic career began while attending Southern Illinois University where he was on a football scholarship. After being spotted Richard signed with Johnson Publications to model in their Ebony Fashion Fair, touring 79 cities in 90 days. But rather than returning to school, Roundtree headed off to his home state of New York to begin acting lessons. He soon was asked to become a member of New York's acclaimed Negro Ensemble Company. A succession of Off-Broadway roles resulted in his starring as Jack Johnson in "The Great White Hope".

Richard's life would change forever when he was cast in the role of private detective John Shaft in the legendary "Shaft" movie franchise. This film immediately thrust Richard into the international spotlight, not only making him a worldwide household name but one of Hollywood's hottest young actors.

In the over 100 film and television projects that followed Richard had the opportunity to share the screen with a list of Hollywood's most legendary actors including Clint Eastwood, Peter O'Toole, David Niven, Laurence Olivier, in addition to Samuel L. Jackson, Morgan Freeman, and Brad Pitt.

On television...

How much money has Richard Roundtree earned?

Shaft (1971) $12,500
Shaft's Big Score! (1972) $50,000
Earthquake (1974) $50,000 for 10 weeks
Inchon (1981) $200,000

What movies did Richard Roundtree play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Family Reunion (2019) Grandpa, Shaft (2019) John Shaft, Sr., Being Mary Jane (2019) Paul Patterson, Sr., Duke (2019) J.T., What Men Want (2019) Skip Davis, Lethal Weapon (2018) Don Bennett, Star (2018) Charles Floyd, Retreat! (2016) Henshaw, Collar (2015) Reverend Alonzo Sparks, The Player (2015) Judge Samuel Letts, Chicago Fire (2015) Wallace Boden, Sr., Whatever She Wants (2014) Theodore Wolf, This Bitter Earth (2012) Grady, Private Practice (2012) Raymond McCray, The Trial of Ben Barry (2012) Ben Barry, Go Beyond the Lens (2011) Guess, Diary of a Single Mom...

Birth information

9 July 1942 New Rochelle, New York, USA

How tall is Richard Roundtree?

1.88 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Karen M. Ciernia
Mary Jane Grant

Life Story of Richard Roundtree

Richard Roundtree's iconic career began while attending Southern Illinois University where he was on a football scholarship. After being spotted Richard signed with Johnson Publications to model in their Ebony Fashion Fair, touring 79 cities in 90 days. But rather than returning to school, Roundtree headed off to his home state of New York to begin acting lessons. He soon was asked to become a member of New York's acclaimed Negro Ensemble Company. A succession of Off-Broadway roles resulted in his starring as Jack Johnson in "The Great White Hope".

Richard's life would change forever when he was cast in the role of private detective John Shaft in the legendary "Shaft" movie franchise. This film immediately thrust Richard into the international spotlight, not only making him a worldwide household name but one of Hollywood's hottest young actors.

In the over 100 film and television projects that followed Richard had the opportunity to share the screen with a list of Hollywood's most legendary actors including Clint Eastwood, Peter O'Toole, David Niven, Laurence Olivier, in addition to Samuel L. Jackson, Morgan Freeman, and Brad Pitt.

On television...

How much money has Richard Roundtree earned?

Shaft (1971) $12,500
Shaft's Big Score! (1972) $50,000
Earthquake (1974) $50,000 for 10 weeks
Inchon (1981) $200,000

What movies did Richard Roundtree play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Family Reunion (2019) Grandpa, Shaft (2019) John Shaft, Sr., Being Mary Jane (2019) Paul Patterson, Sr., Duke (2019) J.T., What Men Want (2019) Skip Davis, Lethal Weapon (2018) Don Bennett, Star (2018) Charles Floyd, Retreat! (2016) Henshaw, Collar (2015) Reverend Alonzo Sparks, The Player (2015) Judge Samuel Letts, Chicago Fire (2015) Wallace Boden, Sr., Whatever She Wants (2014) Theodore Wolf, This Bitter Earth (2012) Grady, Private Practice (2012) Raymond McCray, The Trial of Ben Barry (2012) Ben Barry, Go Beyond the Lens (2011) Guess, Diary of a Single Mom...

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Richard Roundtree in Shaft (1971)

Son, John James, b. 3 November 1998.

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Taraji P. Henson and Richard Roundtree in Was Männer wollen (2019)

Has tried to disassociate himself as a "black action hero" ever since he portrayed his famed role as John Shaft in the three Shaft films, from playing Miles Quade, the motorcycle stuntman in an Evel Knievel mold in Earthquake (1974), to a senior citizen in Soul Food (2000). However, he has came to terms with the fact that he will always be known as Shaft.

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Ken Gampu and Richard Roundtree in Spiel der Geier (1979)

Former Ebony Fashion Fair model.

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Richard Roundtree in Spiel der Geier (1979)

Went to Southern Illinois University on a football scholarship.

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Joan Collins, Richard Harris, and Richard Roundtree in Spiel der Geier (1979)

A member of New York's renowned Negro Ensemble Company, one of his best early stage roles was as black heavyweight boxing champ 'Jack Johnson (VIII)_ (1878-1946) in "The Great White Hope.".

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Peter O'Toole and Richard Roundtree in Freitag und Robinson (1975)

Sidelines: Photographer and golfer.

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Peter O'Toole and Richard Roundtree in Freitag und Robinson (1975)

A member of New York's renowned Negro Ensemble Company, one of his best early stage roles was as black heavyweight boxing champ Jack Johnson (1878-1946) in "The Great White Hope.".

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Peter O'Toole and Richard Roundtree in Freitag und Robinson (1975)

Cousin of Maxine Austin.

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Peter O'Toole and Richard Roundtree in Freitag und Robinson (1975)

Father of Kelli Roundtree, and Tayler Roundtree.

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Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Roundtree, and Jessie T. Usher in Son of Shaft (2019)

He is left-handed.

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Richard Roundtree in Maniac Cop (1988)

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Richard Roundtree and William Smith in Maniac Cop (1988)

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Richard Roundtree in Der Diamanten-Clou (1975)

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Barbara Hershey, Robert Shaw, and Richard Roundtree in Der Diamanten-Clou (1975)

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Robert Shaw and Richard Roundtree in Der Diamanten-Clou (1975)

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Richard Roundtree in Der Diamanten-Clou (1975)

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