Tuesday, April 23, 2024

RIP Richard Roundtree, 81, The One and Only John “Shaft” (Shut your mouth), Recently Co-Starred with Jane Fonda


I’m sorry to report that Richard Roundtree has died. The beloved actor was 81 years old.

Richard was most famous for playing John Shaft, the tough detective, in the 1971 hit “Shaft.” (Music by Isaac Hayes.) Over the years he appeared in several sequels, most recently the 2019 edition.

Just last year, Roundtree co-starred with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in “Moving On.” He was also famous for appearing in the original, classic miniseries, “Roots.” He was also a regular on the BET series, “Being Mary Jane.”

The word is he died of pancreatic cancer. Twenty years ago, Roundtree was diagnosed with men’s breast cancer and was very pro-active talking about it.

Richard Roundtree was a real soft spoken, gracious gentleman. Back in the summer of 2008 we spent a couple of days together at Isaac Hayes’s weird Scientology funeral in Memphis. That’s when I learned what a good sense of humor he had.

Condolences to his family, friends, and fans.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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