Richard Roundtree

Richard Roundtree

Highest Rated: 88% Shaft (1971)

Lowest Rated: 0% Theodore Rex (1995)

Birthday: Jul 9, 1942

Birthplace: Not Available

Blaxploitation superstar Richard Roundtree earned screen immortality during the 1970s as the legendary Shaft, "the black private dick that's the sex machine to all the chicks." Born July 9, 1942, in New Rochelle, NY, Roundtree attended college on a football scholarship but later gave up athletics to pursue an acting career. After touring as a model with the Ebony Fashion Fair, he joined the Negro Ensemble Company's acting workshop program in 1967. He made his film debut in 1970's What Do You Say to a Naked Lady?, but was still an unknown when filmmaker Gordon Parks Sr. cast him as Shaft. The role shot Roundtree to instant fame, launching the blaxploitation genre and proving so successful at the box office that it helped save MGM from the brink of bankruptcy. Thanks to the film's popularity -- as well as its two sequels, 1972's Shaft's Big Score! and the following year's Shaft in Africa, and even a short-lived television series -- Roundtree became an icon of '70s-era cool, and his image graced countless magazine covers. Outside of the Shaft franchise, he also appeared in films including the 1974 disaster epic Earthquake, 1975's Man Friday, and the blockbuster 1977 TV miniseries Roots. By the end of the decade, however, the blaxploitation movement was a thing of the past, and Roundtree's stardom waned; apart from the 1981 big-budget flop Inchon, he spent the 1980s appearing almost exclusively in TV roles or low-rent, direct-to-video features. Still, he continued working steadily, and in 1995 appeared in David Fincher's smash thriller Seven. The following year he co-starred in the acclaimed Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored, and also teamed with fellow blaxploitation vets Pam Grier and Fred "the Hammer" Williamson in Original Gangstas. In 1997, Roundtree returned to series television in 413 Hope St.

Highest Rated Movies



31% Shaft John Shaft, Sr. 2019
43% What Men Want Actor 2019
No Score Yet Collar Rev. Alonzo Sparks 2017
No Score Yet Charley One-Eye Actor 2013
No Score Yet The Confidant Actor 2010
No Score Yet Set Apart J.T. 2009
No Score Yet Retreat! Actor 2009
No Score Yet Whatever She Wants Actor 2009
No Score Yet Whatever She Wants Actor 2009
No Score Yet Ladies of the House Stan 2008
40% Speed Racer Ben Burns $44M 2008
No Score Yet Final Approach Gary Markash 2008
No Score Yet All the Days Before Tomorrow Actor 2007
79% Brick Assistant VP Gary Trueman $2M 2006
No Score Yet Max Havoc: Curse Of The Dragon Actor 2006
No Score Yet Men Cry in the Dark Actor 2006
No Score Yet Wild 7 Lee Marvin 2006
No Score Yet Painkiller Jane Col. Watts 2005
No Score Yet Treasures of Black Cinema Actor 2005
No Score Yet Max Havoc: Curse of the Dragon Tahsi 2004
No Score Yet Vegas Vampires Actor 2004
7% Boat Trip Felicia's Dad $8.6M 2003
No Score Yet Capone's Boys Boom Boom 2002
No Score Yet Joe and Max Jack Blackburn 2002
7% Corky Romano Howard Shuster 2001
24% Antitrust Lyle Barton $11M 2001
No Score Yet Baadasssss Cinema Actor 2001
No Score Yet Capone's Boys Actor 2001
67% Shaft Uncle John Shaft $70.4M 2000
No Score Yet Having Our Say: Delany Sisters' First 100 Years Booker T. Washington 1999
12% Steel Uncle Joe 1997
57% George of the Jungle Kwame 1997
No Score Yet Any Place but Home Gil Oberman 1997
53% Original Gangstas Slick 1996
0% Theodore Rex Commissioner Lynch 1995
71% Once upon a Time...When We Were Colored Cleve 1995
81% Seven (Se7en) Martin Talbot 1995
No Score Yet Bonanza: Under Attack Jacob 1995
No Score Yet Shadows Of Desire Dunc 1994
No Score Yet Animal Instincts 2 Actor 1994
No Score Yet Fist of Justice Actor 1994
No Score Yet Amityville: A New Generation Pauli 1993
No Score Yet Bonanza: The Return Jacob Briscoe 1993
No Score Yet Gypsy Angels Dr. Carlson 1993
No Score Yet Angel III: The Final Chapter Actor 1993
No Score Yet Mind Twister Frank Webb 1993
No Score Yet Sins of the Night Les 1993
No Score Yet Body of Influence (Indecent Advances) Harry Reams 1993
No Score Yet Getting Even Actor 1992
No Score Yet Deadly Rivals Agent Peterson 1992
No Score Yet Bloodfist III: Forced to Fight Samuel Stark 1991
No Score Yet Christmas in Connecticut Prescott 1991
No Score Yet A Time to Die Phipps 1991
No Score Yet Bad Jim July 1990
No Score Yet Crack House Lt. Johnson 1989
No Score Yet Night Visitor Capt. Crane 1989
No Score Yet The Banker Lloyd 1989
No Score Yet Miami Cops Actor 1989
46% Maniac Cop Pike 1988
No Score Yet Angel III: The Final Chapter Lt. Doniger 1988
No Score Yet Party Line Capt. Barnes 1988
No Score Yet Jocks Chip Williams 1986
No Score Yet Opposing Force Stafford 1986
19% City Heat Dehl Swift 1984
No Score Yet The Baron and the Kid Frosty 1984
No Score Yet Killpoint Agent Bill Bryant 1984
No Score Yet The Big Score Gordon 1983
No Score Yet Young Warriors (The Graduates of Malibu High) Sergeant John Austin 1983
69% Q Sgt. Powell 1982
No Score Yet One Down, Two to Go Ralph 1982
No Score Yet An Eye for an Eye Capt. Stevens 1981
0% Inchon Sgt. August Henderson 1981
No Score Yet Day of the Assassin Fessler 1981
No Score Yet A Game for Vultures Gideon Marunga 1980
No Score Yet Escape to Athena Nat Judson 1979
No Score Yet Diamonds Archie 1975
33% Man Friday Friday 1975
40% Earthquake Miles 1974
No Score Yet Charley-One-Eye The Black Man 1973
No Score Yet Firehouse Shelly Forsythe 1973
60% Shaft in Africa John Shaft 1973
58% Shaft's Big Score! John Shaft 1972
88% Shaft John Shaft 1971
No Score Yet What Do You Say to a Naked Lady? Actor 1970


67% Family Reunion
Grandpa 2020
90% Being Mary Jane
Paul Patterson 2019
89% Lethal Weapon
Don Bennett 2018
No Score Yet Star
Charles Floyd 2018
No Score Yet Chicago Fire
39% The Player
51% Private Practice
Raymond McCray 2012
No Score Yet Meet the Browns
Frank 2010
9% Knight Rider
No Score Yet Lincoln Heights
Coleman Sutton Coleman Bradshaw 2009
55% Heroes
Charles Deveaux 2007
65% Close to Home
Cyrus Carter 2006
81% Grey's Anatomy
Donald Burke 2006
84% The Closer
72% Desperate Housewives
Mr. Shaw 2005
88% Alias
Guest Thomas Brill Brill 2004
No Score Yet Resurrection Blvd.
Nate Khane 2001
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
Guest 2000
0% Rescue 77
Capt. Dufree 1999
No Score Yet Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
No Score Yet Profiler
Det. Henegar 1997
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
Murray 1997
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Dr. No 1996
No Score Yet The Wayans Bros.
No Score Yet Hangin' With Mr. Cooper
Chester 1994
No Score Yet Roc
Russell 1994
No Score Yet Beverly Hills, 90210
Robinson Ashe 1991
No Score Yet MacGyver
Hines 1990
No Score Yet A Different World
No Score Yet Beauty and the Beast
Cleon Manning 1989
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Maj. Kevin Cooper 1988
No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
Peter Jordan 1983
No Score Yet CHiPs
Sgt. Aikens 1981
88% Roots
Sam Bennett 1977
No Score Yet Shaft
Shaft John Shaft 1973
17% 413 Hope St.
Phil Thomas


Sgt. Tom Hannon says: Where the hell are you going?

Shaft says: To get laid. Where the hell are you going?

Uncle Joe says: Well dip me in shit and roll me in breadcrumbs!

John Henry Irons says: What is this? (Holding up a large sledge hammer)

John Henry Irons says: What is this? [holding up a large sledge hammer]

Susan Sparks says: A man name 'John Henry' needs to have a hammer.

Uncle Joe says: I did the metal work and I especially like the shaft.