Who was Richard Roundtree? Age, Wiki, Bio, Family, Career, Net Worth & More

Richard Roundtree was an American actor and singer who became the first black action hero for his role as John Shaft in the Shaft film series. He also starred in many other movies and TV shows, such as Seven, Speed Racer, Roots, and Being Mary Jane. He died on October 24, 2023, at the age of 81 from pancreatic cancer. In this post, we will explore his age, wiki, bio, family, career, net worth, and more.

Richard Roundtree, Suave Star of ‘Shaft,’ Biography Profile:

NameRichard Roundtree
Nick NameShaft
Date of BirthJuly 9, 1942
Birth PlaceNew Rochelle, New York, U.S.
Age (as of 2023)81 (deceased)
Zodiac signCancer
ProfessionActor and singer
Home Town/StateNew Rochelle, New York
SchoolNew Rochelle High School
CollegeSouthern Illinois University
Educational QualificationDropped out of college
Marital StatusDivorced
Net Worth$2 million (estimated)

Early Life and Education

  • Richard Roundtree was born on July 9, 1942, in New Rochelle, New York, to John Roundtree and Kathryn Watkins.
  • He attended New Rochelle High School, where he played for the school’s undefeated and nationally ranked football team.
  • He received a football scholarship to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, but dropped out of college in 1963 to pursue a modeling career.

Family Details

Father NameJohn Roundtree
Mother NameKathryn Watkins
WifeMary Jane Grant (m. 1963; div. 1973)
Karen M. Ciernia (m. 1980; div. 1998)

Career Highlight:

  • Richard Roundtree began his professional career as a model for the Ebony Fashion Fair and other products such as Duke hair grease and Salem cigarettes.
  • He joined the Negro Ensemble Company in 1967 and made his stage debut as Jack Johnson in The Great White Hope.
  • He rose to fame as the first black action hero for his portrayal of private detective John Shaft in the 1971 film Shaft and its four sequels, released between 1972 and 2019. He was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor in 1972 for his performance in the original film.
  • He also appeared in other films such as Inchon (1981), Seven (1995), and Speed Racer (2008), as well as television shows such as Roots (1977), Generations (1989-1991), Beverly Hills, 90210 (1991), Being Mary Jane (2013-2019), and Family Reunion (2019).
  • He died on October 24, 2023, in Los Angeles from pancreatic cancer.

Physical Stats and More:

Height (Aprox.)in centimeters – 185 cm
Weight (Aprox.)in Kilograms – 80 kg
Body TypeAthletic
Figure SizeUnknown
Eye ColorBrown
Hair ColorBlack
Hair LengthShort
Shoe SizeUnknown

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