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Richard Roundtree


Richard Roundtree was a leading man in many "blaxploitation" movies in the 1970s. He is best known for his role as John Shaft in Shaft (1971), and starred in its two sequels as well. As the 1970s and 1980s progressed he starred more in low-budget movies. He was in a few occasional high-profile, if a tad offbeat, films. Among his more notable work ... See full bio »
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 2012 Private Practice (TV Series)
Raymond
- The Next Episode (2012) ... Raymond
 2009-2011 Diary of a Single Mom (TV Series)
Lou Bailey / Mr. Bailey
- Friday (2011) ... Lou Bailey
- Dream Cart (2011) ... Lou Bailey
- In the Meantime (2011) ... Mr. Bailey
- Aplomb (2010) ... Mr. Bailey
 2011 The Mentalist (TV Series)
Floyd Benton
- Bloodsport (2011) ... Floyd Benton
 2010 Meet the Browns (TV Series)
Frank
- Meet the Anniversary (2010) ... Frank
 2007-2009 Lincoln Heights (TV Series)
Coleman Bradshaw
- Home Again (2009) ... Coleman Bradshaw
- The Old Man and the G (2007) ... Coleman Bradshaw
- House Arrest (2007) ... Coleman Bradshaw
 2009 Knight Rider (TV Series)
Lawrence Rivai
- Day Turns Into Knight (2009) ... Lawrence Rivai
 2008 Ladies of the House (TV Movie)
Stan
 2007 Point of Entry (TV Movie)
Det. Miles Porter
 2007 Final Approach (TV Movie)
Gary Markash
 2006 Close to Home (TV Series)
Cyrus Carter
- Prodigal Son (2006) ... Cyrus Carter
 2006 Grey's Anatomy (TV Series)
Donald Burke
- I Am a Tree (2006) ... Donald Burke
 2006 Blade: The Series (TV Series)
Robert Brooks
- Sacrifice (2006) ... Robert Brooks
 2005 Painkiller Jane (TV Movie)
Colonel Watts
 2005 The Closer (TV Series)
Col. D.B. Walter
- Show Yourself (2005) ... Col. D.B. Walter
 2004-2005 Desperate Housewives (TV Series)
Mr. Shaw
- Fear No More (2005) ... Mr. Shaw
- Guilty (2004) ... Mr. Shaw
 2003-2004 Alias (TV Series)
Brill
- Blood Ties (2004) ... Brill
- Breaking Point (2003) ... Brill
 2003 1-800-Missing (TV Series)
Sam Haslett
- Father Figure (2003) ... Sam Haslett
 2002 Joe and Max (TV Movie)
Jack Blackburn
 2001 Resurrection Blvd. (TV Series)
Nate Khane
- La Gran Pelea (2001) ... Nate Khane
- Ansiedad (2001) ... Nate Khane
 2000-2001 Soul Food (TV Series)
Hardy Lester
- Never Can Say Goodbye (2001) ... Hardy Lester
- Nice Work If You Can Get It (2001) ... Hardy Lester
- Truth Be Told (2000) ... Hardy Lester
- What Women Want (2000) ... Hardy Lester
- Heart of the Matter (2000) ... Hardy Lester
 1999 Linc's (TV Series)
Jake
- Real Time (1999) ... Jake
 1999 Rescue 77 (TV Series)
Captain Durfee
- Mustard Gas, Hold the Mayo (1999) ... Captain Durfee
- Tunnel Vision (1999) ... Captain Durfee
- Remember Me: Part 2 (1999) ... Captain Durfee
- Remember Me: Part 1 (1999) ... Captain Durfee
- The Wedding (1999) ... Captain Durfee
 1998 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (TV Series)
'Barracuda' Jim Barnes
- The Fight (1998) ... 'Barracuda' Jim Barnes
 1997-1998 413 Hope St. (TV Series)
Phil Thomas
- Falling (1998) ... Phil Thomas
- Thanksgiving (1997) ... Phil Thomas
- Lost Boys and Gothic Girls (1997) ... Phil Thomas
- Quentin Goes Home (1997) ... Phil Thomas
- Hate Crimes (1997) ... Phil Thomas
 1997 Profiler (TV Series)
Det. James Henegar
- Power Corrupts (1997) ... Det. James Henegar
 1997 Any Place But Home (TV Movie)
Gil Oberman
 1990-1996 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (TV Series)
Rev. Gordon Sims / Dr. Mumford
- Hare Today... (1996) ... Rev. Gordon Sims
- Clubba Hubba (1990) ... Dr. Mumford
 1996 Buddies (TV Series)
Henry Carlisle
- Marry Me... Sort Of (1996) ... Henry Carlisle
- Famous Last Words (1996) ... Henry Carlisle
- Regarding Henry (1996) ... Henry Carlisle
- A Room with a Pyew (1996) ... Henry Carlisle
- Lights, Camera, Yuck! (1996) ... Henry Carlisle
 1996 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Murray
- Rock 'N' Roll Dad (1996) ... Murray
 1995 Dream On (TV Series)
Dr. Charles
 1995 The Wayans Bros. (TV Series)
Dr. Saunders
- ER (1995) ... Dr. Saunders
 1995 Bonanza: Under Attack (TV Movie)
Jacob
 1994 Renegade (TV Series)
Gene Collins
- Thrill Kill (1994) ... Gene Collins
 1994 Shadows of Desire (TV Movie)
Dunc
 1994 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper (TV Series)
Chester Cooper
- Hangin with Mrs. Cooper (1994) ... Chester Cooper
 1991-1994 Roc (TV Series)
Russell Emerson / Russell
- Brothers (1994) ... Russell Emerson
- God Bless the Child (1993) ... Russell
- Second Time Around (1993) ... Russell
- Can't Help Loving That Man (1991) ... Russell Emerson
 1993 Moscacieca (TV Movie)
Gray
 1992 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Judge Ira Menday
- Love on the Rox (1992) ... Judge Ira Menday
 1992 Christmas in Connecticut (TV Movie)
Prescott
 1992 Hearts Are Wild (TV Series)
Xavier Burns
- Episode #1.8 (1992) ... Xavier Burns
 1991 Black as the Heart (TV Movie)
Rod
 1991 Beverly Hills, 90210 (TV Series)
Robinson Ashe Jr.
- Ashes to Ashes (1991) ... Robinson Ashe Jr.
 1991 The Young Riders (TV Series)
- Kansas (1991)
 1990 Masquerade (TV Movie)
 1990 MacGyver (TV Series)
R.T. Hines
- Tough Boys (1990) ... R.T. Hines
 1990 21 Jump Street (TV Series)
Ben Halley
- La Bizca (1990) ... Ben Halley
 1989 Amen (TV Series)
Sgt. Burke
- Sergeant in Arms (1989) ... Sgt. Burke
- She's in the Army Now: Part 2 (1989) ... Sgt. Burke
 1989 A Different World (TV Series)
Clinton Reese
- Answered Prayers (1989) ... Clinton Reese
- Great Expectations (1989) ... Clinton Reese
 1989 Generations (TV Series)
Dr. Daniel Reubens (1989-1991)
 1988 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Maj. Kevin Cooper
- The Last Flight of the Dixie Damsel (1988) ... Maj. Kevin Cooper
 1988 Cadets (TV Movie)
Sergeant Matt Gideon
 1988 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Jason Ruigh
- Daddy Can't Read (1988) ... Jason Ruigh
 1986 The Fifth Missile (TV Movie)
Cmdr. Frederick Bryce
 1985 Hollywood Beat (TV Series)
Don Julian
- Double Exposure (1985) ... Don Julian
 1985 A.D. (TV Mini-Series)
Serpenius
- Part 5 (1985) ... Serpenius
- Part 4 (1985) ... Serpenius
- Part 3 (1985) ... Serpenius
- Part 2 (1985) ... Serpenius
- Part 1 (1985) ... Serpenius
 1984 The Baron and the Kid (TV Movie)
Frosty
 1983 Just an Overnight Guest (TV Short)
Matt
 1983 Masquerade (TV Series)
Mean Willy
- Pilot (1983) ... Mean Willy
 1981 CHiPs (TV Series)
Sgt. Aikens
- Sharks (1981) ... Sgt. Aikens
 1977 Roots (TV Mini-Series)
Sam Bennett
- Part IX (1977) ... Sam Bennett
- Part IV (1977) ... Sam Bennett
- Part VIII (1977) ... Sam Bennett
 1976 Freedom Is (TV Movie) (voice)
 1973-1974 Shaft (TV Series)
John Shaft
- Cop Killer (1974) ... John Shaft
- The Kidnapping (1973) ... John Shaft
- Hit-Run (1973) ... John Shaft
 1973 Firehouse (TV Movie)
Shelly Forsythe
 1956 As the World Turns (TV Series)
Oliver Travers (2002-2003)
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Other Works:

TV commercial for Reebok (1996)

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Height:

6' 2" (1.88 m)
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Personal Quote:

[referring to Shaft (1971)] "Number one, it put me on the map . . . To this day that film still works . . . I was blessed."

Trivia:

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 Miles Quade (the African-American motorcycle stuntman in an Evel Knievel mold in Earthquake (1974) to an elderly senior citizen in Soul Food (2000), he has came to terms with the fact that he will always be known as Shaft. See more »

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