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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 ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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George of the Jungle


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 2019 Shaft (post-production)
John Shaft I
 2013-2018 Being Mary Jane (TV Series)
Paul Patterson, Sr.
 2018/III Duke
 2017-2018 Star (TV Series)
Charles Floyd
 2016 Retreat!
 2015 Collar
Reverend Alonzo Sparks
 2015 The Player (TV Series)
Judge Samuel Letts
 2015 Chicago Fire (TV Series)
Wallace Boden, Sr.
 2014 Whatever She Wants (Video)
Theodore Wolf
 2012 This Bitter Earth
 2012 Private Practice (TV Series)
Raymond McCray
 2012 The Trial of Ben Barry (Short)
Ben Barry
 2011 Go Beyond the Lens (Short)
 2009-2011 Diary of a Single Mom (TV Series)
Lou Bailey / Mr. Bailey
 2011 The Mentalist (TV Series)
Floyd Benton
 2010 Veil (Short)
Michael Draden
 2010 The Confidant
 2010 Meet the Browns (TV Series)
 2009 Set Apart
 2007-2009 Lincoln Heights (TV Series)
Coleman Bradshaw
 2009 Knight Rider (TV Series)
Lawrence Rivai
 2008 Ladies of the House (TV Movie)
 2008 Speed Racer
Ben Burns
 2006-2007 Heroes (TV Series)
Charles Deveaux
 2007 Point of Entry (TV Movie)
Det. Miles Porter
 2007 Final Approach (TV Movie)
Gary Markash
 2007 Vegas Vampires
Rick Apping
 2007 All the Days Before Tomorrow
El Doctor
 2006 Close to Home (TV Series)
Cyrus Carter
 2006 Scarface: The World Is Yours (Video Game)
Burt Campana - Oakley Drive-In Owner (voice)
 2006 Grey's Anatomy (TV Series)
Donald Burke
 2006 Blade: The Series (TV Series)
Robert Brooks
 2006 Wild Seven
Lee Marvin - Cleetus Woods
 2005 Painkiller Jane (TV Movie)
Colonel Watts
 2005 The Closer (TV Series)
Col. D.B. Walter
 2004-2005 Desperate Housewives (TV Series)
Mr. Shaw
 2005 Brick
Assistant V.P. Trueman
 2004 Short Fuse: A Collection of Explosive Shorts (Video short) (Shoot!)
 2003-2004 Alias (TV Series)
 2003 1-800-Missing (TV Series)
Sam Haslett
 2003 Men Cry in the Dark (Video)
 2002 Boat Trip
Felicia's Dad
 2002 Capone's Boys
 2002 Joe and Max (TV Movie)
Jack Blackburn
 2001 Resurrection Blvd. (TV Series)
Nate Khane
 2001 Corky Romano
Howard Shuster
 2001 Hawaiian Gardens
 2000-2001 Soul Food (TV Series)
Hardy Lester
 2001 Shoot! (Short)
 2001 Antitrust
Lyle Barton
 2000 Shaft
Uncle John Shaft
 1999 Linc's (TV Series)
 1999 Rescue 77 (TV Series)
Captain Durfee
 1999 Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years (TV Movie)
Booker T. Washington
 1998 Akuji the Heartless (Video Game)
Akuji (voice)
 1998 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (TV Series)
'Barracuda' Jim Barnes
 1997-1998 413 Hope St. (TV Series)
Phil Thomas
 1997 Profiler (TV Series)
Det. James Henegar
 1997 Steel
Uncle Joe
 1997 George of the Jungle
 1997 Any Place But Home (TV Movie)
Gil Oberman
 1996 Original Gangstas
 1990-1996 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (TV Series)
Rev. Gordon Sims / Dr. Mumford
 1996 Buddies (TV Series)
Henry Carlisle
 1996 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
 1995 Theodore Rex
Commissioner Lynch
 1995 Dream On (TV Series)
Dr. Charles
 1995 Se7en
 1995 The Wayans Bros. (TV Series)
Dr. Saunders
 1995 Ballistic
 1995 Bonanza: Under Attack (TV Movie)
 1994 Renegade (TV Series)
Gene Collins
 1994 Shadows of Desire (TV Movie)
 1994 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper (TV Series)
Chester Cooper
 1991-1994 Roc (TV Series)
Russell Emerson
 1994 Nero come il cuore (TV Movie)
 1993 Mind Twister
Frank Webb
 1993 Moscacieca (TV Movie)
 1993 Bonanza: The Return (TV Movie)
Jacob Briscoe
 1993 Amityville: A New Generation (Video)
 1993 Deadly Rivals
Agent Peterson
 1993 Sins of the Night
 1993 Body of Influence (Video)
Harry Reams
 1992 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Judge Ira Menday
 1992 Christmas in Connecticut (TV Movie)
 1992 Hearts Are Wild (TV Series)
Xavier Burns
 1992 Bloodfist III: Forced to Fight
Samuel Stark
 1991 A Time to Die
Captain Ralph Phipps
 1991 Beverly Hills, 90210 (TV Series)
Robinson Ashe Jr.
 1991 The Young Riders (TV Series)
 1990 Masquerade (TV Movie)
 1990 MacGyver (TV Series)
R.T. Hines
 1990 Bad Jim
 1990 21 Jump Street (TV Series)
Ben Halley
 1989 Beauty and the Beast (TV Series)
Cleon Manning
 1989 The Banker
 1989 Amen (TV Series)
Sgt. Burke
 1989 A Different World (TV Series)
Clinton Reese
 1989 Crack House
Lt. Johnson
 1989 Night Visitor
Captain Crane
 1989 Generations (TV Series)
Dr. Daniel Reubens (1989-1991)
 1989 La vendetta
 1989 Miami Cops
 1988 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Maj. Kevin Cooper
 1988 Angel III: The Final Chapter
Lt. Doniger
 1988 Party Line
Captain Barnes
 1988 Cadets (TV Movie)
Sergeant Matt Gideon
 1988 Maniac Cop
Commissioner Pike
 1988 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Jason Ruigh
 1986-1987 Outlaws (TV Series)
Isaiah 'Ice' McAdams
 1986 Jocks
Chip Williams
 1986 Opposing Force
 1986 The Fifth Missile (TV Movie)
Cmdr. Frederick Bryce
 1985 Hollywood Beat (TV Series)
Don Julian
 1985 A.D. (TV Mini-Series)
 1984 City Heat
Dehl Swift
 1984 The Baron and the Kid (TV Movie)
 1984 Killpoint
Agent Bill Bryant
 1983 Just an Overnight Guest (TV Short)
 1983 Masquerade (TV Series)
Mean Willy Walters
 1983 The Big Score
 1983 Young Warriors
Sergeant John Austin
 1983 Magnum, P.I. (TV Series)
Peter Jordan
 1982 One Down, Two to go
 1982 Q
 1981 An Eye for an Eye
Capt. Stevens
 1981 Inchon
Sgt. Augustus Henderson
 1981 CHiPs (TV Series)
Sgt. Aikens
 1980 Gypsy Angels
Dr. Carlson
 1980 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Dave Wilbur
 1979 Day of the Assassin
 1979 Game for Vultures
Gideon Marunga
 1979 Portrait of a Hitman
Coco Morrell
 1979 Escape to Athena
Nat Judson
 1977 Roots (TV Mini-Series)
Sam Bennett
 1976 Freedom Is (TV Movie) (voice)
 1975 Diamonds
 1975 Man Friday
 1974 Earthquake
 1973-1974 Shaft (TV Series)
John Shaft
 1973 Shaft in Africa
John Shaft
 1973 Charley-One-Eye
The Black Man
 1973 Firehouse (TV Movie)
Shelly Forsythe
 1972 Parachute to Paradise (TV Movie)
 1972 Shaft's Big Score!
John Shaft
 1972 Embassy
Richard 'Dick' Shannon
 1971 Shaft
John Shaft
 1956 As the World Turns (TV Series)
Oliver Travers (2002-2003)
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[referring to Shaft (1971)] "Number one, it put me on the map . . . To this day that film still works . . . I was blessed."


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