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Richard Roundtree

Highest Rated:   89% Shaft (1971)
Lowest Rated:   0% Inchon (1981)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
80% 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 Seven
  • 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
6% 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
68% 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
50% Original Gangstas
  • Slick
1996
No Score Yet Theodore Rex
  • Commissioner Lynch
1995
71% Once upon a Time...When We Were Colored
  • Cleve
1995
80% 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
50% 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
21% 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
65% 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
No Score Yet Man Friday
  • Friday
1975
35% Earthquake
  • Miles
1974
No Score Yet Charley-One-Eye
  • The Black Man
1973
No Score Yet Firehouse
  • Shelly Forsythe
1973
50% Shaft in Africa
  • John Shaft
1973
70% Shaft's Big Score!
  • John Shaft
1972
89% Shaft
  • John Shaft
1971
No Score Yet What Do You Say to a Naked Lady?
  • Actor
1970

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Being Mary Jane
2014
  • Paul Patterson
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Chicago Fire
2012
  • Actor
  • 2015
39% The Player
2015
  • Actor
  • 2015
No Score Yet Private Practice
2007-2013
  • Raymond McCray
  • 2012
No Score Yet Meet the Browns
2009
  • Frank
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Lincoln Heights
2007-2009
  • Coleman Sutton Coleman Bradshaw
  • 2009
  • 2007
70% Heroes
2006-2010
  • Charles Deveaux
  • 2007
  • 2006
70% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Donald Burke
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Closer
2005-2012
  • Actor
  • 2005
No Score Yet Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
  • Mr. Shaw
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Alias
2001-2006
  • Guest
  • Thomas Brill Brill
  • 2004
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2000
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990-1996
  • Dr. No
  • 1996
  • 1990
No Score Yet MacGyver
1985-1992
  • Hines
  • 1990
No Score Yet Beauty and the Beast
1987-1990
  • Cleon Manning
  • 1989
No Score Yet CHiPs
1977-1983
  • Sgt. Aikens
  • 1981

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