Richard Roundtree - A true survivor

Richard Roundtree - A true survivor

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 08:14
0 comments
First Published: September 1999
Richard Roundtree | Working Actor

Richard Roundtree | Working Actor

Richard Roundtree | "Shaft" (1971)
Richard Roundtree | "Shaft" (1971)
Richard Roundtree w/Charles Cioffi | "Shaft" (1971)
Richard Roundtree | "Shaft in Africa" (1973)
Richard Roundtree | "Charley-One-Eye" (1973)
Richard Roundtree w/Barbara Hershey | "Diamonds" (1975)
Richard Roundtree, Robert Shaw, Barbara Hershey | "Diamonds" (1975)
Richard Roundtree | "Diamonds" (1975)
Richard Roundtree | "Man Friday" (1975)
Richard Roundtree, David Niven, Roger Moore, Sonny Bono | "Escape to Athena" (1979)
Richard Roundtree w/Ben Gazzara | "Inchon" (1981)
Richard Roundtree w/Laurence Olivier | "Inchon" (1981)
Richard Roundtree | "City Heat" (1984)
Richard Roundtree | "AD" (1985)
Richard Roundtree | "Maniac Cop" (1988)
Richard Roundtree | "McGyver" (1990)
Richard Roundtree w/Richard Dean Anderson | "McGyver" (1990)
Richard Roundtree, Will Smith, Alfonso Ribeiro | "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (1990)**
Richard Roundtree  | "Se7en" (1995)
Richard Roundtree | "Being Mary Jane" (2013)*

Although with consistency being the benchmark for stardom in Hollywood, Richard Roundtree has proven to be a star in every sense of the word. As a leading actor over the last twenty five years, he has established himself as a constant force with his stellar work in both feature films and television. And yet this "Working Actor" still fits the bill as his roles have varied and his appetite for continued acting assignments has never waivered!

Discovering that he enjoyed the spotlight while on a football scholarship at Southern Illinois University, Richard signed with Johnson Publications to model in their annual Ebony Fashion Fair, touring 79 cities in 90 days- Roundtree then returned to New York his home state, began acting lessons and later became a member of New York's acclaimed Negro Ensemble Company. A succession of Off Broadway roles culminated in his starring role as Jack Johnson in "The Great White Hope".

Richard initially received international. fame starring as John Shaft: private detective and supercop hero in a trio of movies: “Shaft”, “Shaft in Africa”, and "Shaft's Big Score". He also starred in the 90 minute television series, "Shaft".

But Roundtree was just beginning to stretch his talents. He quickly moved on. to star in a number of films with some of Hollywood's most legendary actors. "City Heat” with Clint Eastwood, "Diamonds", with Robert Shaw, "Man Friday" with Peter O'Toole, "Game for Vultures" with Richard Harris, and "Inchon" with Laurence Olivier, naming just a few.

Richard's recent work has been just as impressive, having added the smash hit thriller "Seven" with Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt, and the critically acclaimed "Once Upon A Time...When We Were Colored" . Other recent features include “Steel” with basketball superstar Shaquile O’Neal and the highly successful "George of the Jungle" for Disney Pictures.

He was recently given an honor by being nominated by the NAACP for an IMAGE AWARD as Best Actor in a Drama Series for his work as Mr. Thomas on the highly acclaimed FOX series, 413 Hope Street.

Richard was seen earlier this year on CBS portraying Booker T. Washington in the top rated movie for television, "Having Our Say". Other television highlights have been the movies for television, "Christmas in Connecticut", directed by Arnold Schwarzenegger, the recent "Bonanza" MOW's for NBC, and playing Charles Dutton's gay Uncle on several episodes of "Roc". He has also starred as a regular on the series, "Outlaws" for CBS, "Buddies" for ABC, and "Rescue 77" for the WB network.

Richard devotes his time to projects concerning children and is an excellent photographer and an avid golfer. A recent grandfather, Richard makes his home in Agoura Hills, California, with his wife Karen, daughters Tayler-Marie, Morgan and his new son John James.

Richard Roundtree's advice to the aspiring actor:

Acting is a circle and you get what you put out. It requires a high degree of professionalism to keep the circle going. Being late; being unprepared; or not knowing your lines, breaks the circle.

The stage prepares you for that degree of professionalism. People who have had a background in the theater automatically develop a work ethic that gives them that level of professionalism".

Lesson learned:
Richard shared this anicdote which were added to our list of "Famous Quotes".
While working in Lebanon on "Embassy" with Chuck Conners, Max von Sydow, and Broderick Crawford. Richard recalls being frustrated with the antics of an unprepared young actor. Seeing his frustration, Crawford took Roundtree aside and interjected,:

Whatever you do in this business; It's much easier than lifting heavy things!"

Representation

Agent

Stone Manners Salners Agency
http://www.smsagency.com
+1 323 655 1313 phone
+1 323 389 1577 fax
info@smsagency.com

Management

Contact: Patrick McMinn 805-379-8955

McMinn Management 310-235-1464 / 805-379-8955

Richard Roundtree's Credits
Star (TV Series)
Charles Floyd
- Climax (2017) ... Charles Floyd
- Faking It (2017) ... Charles Floyd
- May the Best Manager Win (2017) ... Charles Floyd
Being Mary Jane (TV Series) | 2013-2017
Paul Patterson, Sr.
- Feeling Tested (2017) ... Paul Patterson, Sr.
- Feeling Seen (2017) ... Paul Patterson, Sr.
- Feeling Destined (2017) ... Paul Patterson, Sr.
- Feeling Lost (2017) ... Paul Patterson, Sr.
- Feeling Ambushed (2017) ... Paul Patterson, Sr.
Collar | 2017/II
Reverend Alonzo Sparks
Retreat! | 2016
Henshaw
The Player (TV Series) | 2105
Judge Samuel Letts
- A House Is Not a Home (2015) ... Judge Samuel Letts
- The Norseman (2015) ... Judge Samuel Letts
Chicago Fire (TV Series) | 2015
Wallace Boden, Sr.
- Call It Paradise (2015) ... Wallace Boden, Sr.
- Three Bells (2015) ... Wallace Boden, Sr.
- Ambush Predator (2015) ... Wallace Boden, Sr.
- Let Him Die (2015) ... Wallace Boden, Sr.
Whatever She Wants (Video) | 2014
Theodore Wolf
Duke | 2013
J.T.
This Bitter Earth | 2012
Grady
Private Practice (TV Series) | 2012
Raymond McCray
- The Next Episode (2012) ... Raymond McCray
The Trial of Ben Barry (Short) | 2012
Ben Barry
Go Beyond the Lens (Short) | 2011
Guess
Diary of a Single Mom (TV Series) | 2009-2011
Lou Bailey / Mr. Bailey
- Friday (2011) ... Lou Bailey
- Dream Cart (2011) ... Lou Bailey
- In the Meantime (2011) ... Mr. Bailey
- Aplomb (2010) ... Mr. Bailey
- The Gift of Rosary (2010) ... Lou Bailey
The Mentalist (TV Series) | 2011
Floyd Benton
- Bloodsport (2011) ... Floyd Benton
Veil (Short) | 2010
Michael Draden
The Confidant | 2010
Claude
Meet the Browns (TV Series) | 2010
Frank
- Meet the Anniversary (2010) ... Frank
Lincoln Heights (TV Series) | 2007-2009
Coleman Bradshaw
- Home Again (2009) ... Coleman Bradshaw
- The Old Man and the G (2007) ... Coleman Bradshaw
- House Arrest (2007) ... Coleman Bradshaw
Knight Rider (TV Series) | 2009
Lawrence Rivai
- Day Turns Into Knight (2009) ... Lawrence Rivai
Set Apart | 2009
J.T.
Ladies of the House (TV Movie) | 2008
Stan
Speed Racer | 2008
Ben Burns
Heroes (TV Series) | 2006-2007
Charles Deveaux
- Chapter Nine: Cautionary Tales (2007) ... Charles Deveaux (uncredited)
- Chapter Twenty-Two 'Landslide' (2007) ... Charles Deveaux
- Chapter Seven 'Nothing to Hide' (2006) ... Charles Deveaux
- Chapter One 'Genesis' (2006) ... Charles Deveaux
Point of Entry (TV Movie) | 2007
Det. Miles Porter
Final Approach (TV Movie) | 2007
Gary Markash
Vegas Vampires | 2007
Rick Apping
Close to Home (TV Series) | 2006
Cyrus Carter
- Prodigal Son (2006) ... Cyrus Carter
Scarface: The World Is Yours (Video Game) | 2006
Burt Campana - Oakley Drive-In Owner (voice)
Grey's Anatomy (TV Series) | 2006
Donald Burke
- I Am a Tree (2006) ... Donald Burke
Blade: The Series (TV Series) | 2006
Robert Brooks
- Sacrifice (2006) ... Robert Brooks
Wild Seven | 2006
Lee Marvin - Cleetus Woods
Painkiller Jane (TV Movie) | 2005
Colonel Watts
The Closer (TV Series) | 2005
Col. D.B. Walter
- Show Yourself (2005) ... Col. D.B. Walter
Desperate Housewives (TV Series) | 2004-2005
Mr. Shaw
- Sunday in the Park with George (2005) ... Mr. Shaw
- Fear No More (2005) ... Mr. Shaw
- Guilty (2004) ... Mr. Shaw
- Anything You Can Do (2004) ... Mr. Shaw
- Who's That Woman? (2004) ... Mr. Shaw
Brick | 2005
Assistant V.P. Trueman
Short Fuse: A Collection of Explosive Shorts (Video short) (Shoot!) | 2004
Alias (TV Series) | 2003-2004
Brill
- Blood Ties (2004) ... Brill
- Breaking Point (2003) ... Brill
1-800-Missing (TV Series) | 2003
Sam Haslett
- Father Figure (2003) ... Sam Haslett
Men Cry in the Dark (Video) | 2003
Boat Trip | 2002
Felicia's Dad
Capone's Boys | 2002
Boom-Boom
Joe and Max (TV Movie) | 2002
Jack Blackburn
Resurrection Blvd. (TV Series) | 2001
Nate Khane
- La Gran Pelea (2001) ... Nate Khane
- Ansiedad (2001) ... Nate Khane
Corky Romano | 2001
Howard Shuster
Hawaiian Gardens | 2001
M.O.
Soul Food (TV Series) | 2000-2001
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
Shoot! (Short) | 2001
Antitrust | 2001
Lyle Barton
Shaft | 2000
Uncle John Shaft
Linc's (TV Series) | 1999
Jake
- Real Time (1999) ... Jake
Rescue 77 (TV Series) | 1999
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
Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years (TV Movie) | 1999
Booker T. Washington
Akuji the Heartless (Video Game) | 1998
Akuji (voice)
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (TV Series) | 1998
'Barracuda' Jim Barnes
- The Fight (1998) ... 'Barracuda' Jim Barnes
413 Hope St. (TV Series) | 1997-1998
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
Profiler (TV Series) | 1997
Det. James Henegar
- Power Corrupts (1997) ... Det. James Henegar
Steel | 1997
Uncle Joe
Any Place But Home (TV Movie) | 1997
Gil Oberman
Original Gangstas | 1996
Slick
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (TV Series) | 1990-1996
Rev. Gordon Sims / Dr. Mumford
- Hare Today... (1996) ... Rev. Gordon Sims
- Clubba Hubba (1990) ... Dr. Mumford
Buddies (TV Series) | 1996
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
Touched by an Angel (TV Series) | 1996
Murray
- Rock 'N' Roll Dad (1996) ... Murray
Theodore Rex | 1995
Commissioner Lynch
Dream On (TV Series) | 1995
Dr. Charles
- Little Orphan Eddie (1995) ... Dr. Charles
Se7en | 1995
Talbot
The Wayans Bros. (TV Series) | 1995
Dr. Saunders
- ER (1995) ... Dr. Saunders
Ballistic | 1995
Harold
Bonanza: Under Attack (TV Movie) | 1995
Jacob
Renegade (TV Series) | 1994
Gene Collins
- Thrill Kill (1994) ... Gene Collins
Shadows of Desire (TV Movie) | 1994
Dunc
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper (TV Series) | 1994
Chester Cooper
- Hangin with Mrs. Cooper (1994) ... Chester Cooper
Roc (TV Series) | 1991-1994
Russell Emerson
- Brothers (1994) ... Russell Emerson
- God Bless the Child (1993) ... Russell Emerson
- Second Time Around (1993) ... Russell Emerson
- Can't Help Loving That Man (1991) ... Russell Emerson
Black as the Heart (TV Movie) | 1994
Rod
Mind Twister | 1993
Frank Webb
Moscacieca (TV Movie) | 1993
Gray
Bonanza: The Return (TV Movie) | 1993
Jacob Briscoe
Amityville: A New Generation (Video) | 1993
Pauli
Deadly Rivals | 1993
Agent Peterson
Body of Influence (Video) | 1993
Harry Reams
L.A. Law (TV Series) | 1992
Judge Ira Menday
- Love on the Rox (1992) ... Judge Ira Menday
Christmas in Connecticut (TV Movie) | 1992
Prescott
Hearts Are Wild (TV Series) | 1992
Xavier Burns
- Episode #1.8 (1992) ... Xavier Burns
Bloodfist III: Forced to Fight | 1992
Samuel Stark
A Time to Die | 1991
Captain Ralph Phipps
Beverly Hills, 90210 (TV Series) | 1991
Robinson Ashe Jr.
- Ashes to Ashes (1991) ... Robinson Ashe Jr.
The Young Riders (TV Series) | 1991
Calvin
- Kansas (1991) ... Calvin
Masquerade (TV Movie) | 1990
MacGyver (TV Series) | 1990
R.T. Hines
- Tough Boys (1990) ... R.T. Hines
Bad Jim | 1990
July
21 Jump Street (TV Series) | 1990
Ben Halley
- La Bizca (1990) ... Ben Halley
Beauty and the Beast (TV Series) | 1989
Cleon Manning
- Nevermore (1989) ... Cleon Manning
- Though Lovers Be Lost... (1989) ... Cleon Manning
- Ceremony of Innocence (1989) ... Cleon Manning
The Banker | 1989
Lloyd
Amen (TV Series) | 1989
Sgt. Burke
- Sergeant in Arms (1989) ... Sgt. Burke
- She's in the Army Now: Part 2 (1989) ... Sgt. Burke
A Different World (TV Series) | 1989
Clinton Reese
- Answered Prayers (1989) ... Clinton Reese
- Great Expectations (1989) ... Clinton Reese
Crack House | 1989
Lt. Johnson
Night Visitor | 1989
Captain Crane
Generations (TV Series) | 1989
Dr. Daniel Reubens (1989-1991)
Getting Even | 1989
Dundee
Miami Cops | 1989
Gamble
Murder, She Wrote (TV Series) | 1988
Maj. Kevin Cooper
- The Last Flight of the Dixie Damsel (1988) ... Maj. Kevin Cooper
Angel III: The Final Chapter | 1988
Lt. Doniger
Party Line | 1988
Captain Barnes
Cadets (TV Movie) | 1988
Sergeant Matt Gideon
ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series) | 1988
Jason Ruigh
- Daddy Can't Read (1988) ... Jason Ruigh
Maniac Cop | 1988
Commissioner Pike
Outlaws (TV Series) | 1986-1987
Isaiah 'Ice' McAdams
- Birthday (1987) ... Isaiah 'Ice' McAdams
- Jackpot (1987) ... Isaiah 'Ice' McAdams
- Hardcase (1987) ... Isaiah 'Ice' McAdams
- Independents (1987) ... Isaiah 'Ice' McAdams
- Pursued (1987) ... Isaiah 'Ice' McAdams
Jocks | 1986
Chip Williams
Opposing Force | 1986
Stafford
The Fifth Missile (TV Movie) | 1986
Cmdr. Frederick Bryce
Hollywood Beat (TV Series) | 1985
Don Julian
- Double Exposure (1985) ... Don Julian
A.D. (TV Mini-Series) | 1985
Serpenius
- Part 5 (1985) ... Serpenius
- Part 4 (1985) ... Serpenius
- Part 3 (1985) ... Serpenius
- Part 2 (1985) ... Serpenius
- Part 1 (1985) ... Serpenius
City Heat | 1984
Dehl Swift
The Baron and the Kid (TV Movie) | 1984
Frosty
Killpoint | 1984
Agent Bill Bryant
Just an Overnight Guest (TV Short) | 1983
Matt
Masquerade (TV Series) | 1983
Mean Willy
- Pilot (1983) ... Mean Willy
The Big Score | 1983
Gordon
Young Warriors | 1983
Sergeant John Austin
Magnum, P.I. (TV Series) | 1983
Peter Jordan
- Two Birds of a Feather (1983) ... Peter Jordan
One Down, Two to go | 1982
Ralph
Q | 1982
Powell
An Eye for an Eye | 1981
Capt. Stevens
Inchon | 1981
Sgt. Augustus Henderson
CHiPs (TV Series) | 1981
Sgt. Aikens
- Sharks (1981) ... Sgt. Aikens
Gypsy Angels | 1980
Dr. Carlson
Day of the Assassin | 1979
Fessler
Game for Vultures | 1979
Gideon Marunga
Portrait of a Hitman | 1979
Coco Morrell
Escape to Athena | 1979
Nat Judson
Roots (TV Mini-Series) | 1977
Sam Bennett
- Part VIII (1977) ... Sam Bennett
- Part IV (1977) ... Sam Bennett
Freedom Is (TV Movie) (voice) | 1976
Diamonds | 1975
Archie
Man Friday | 1975
Friday
Earthquake | 1974
Miles
Shaft (TV Series) | 1973-1974
John Shaft
- The Murder Machine (1974) ... John Shaft
- The Capricorn Murders (1974) ... John Shaft
- Cop Killer (1974) ... John Shaft
- The Kidnapping (1973) ... John Shaft
- Hit-Run (1973) ... John Shaft
Shaft in Africa | 1973
John Shaft
Charley-One-Eye | 1973
The Black Man
Firehouse (TV Movie) | 1973
Shelly Forsythe
Shaft's Big Score! | 1972
John Shaft
Embassy | 1972
Richard 'Dick' Shannon
Parachute to Paradise (TV Movie) | 1972
Shaft | 1971
John Shaft
As the World Turns (TV Series) | 1956
Oliver Travers (2002-2003)

 Photo camera Credit 
* Quantrel_D. Colbert
** NBC Universal
*** © 2012 Todd Williamson

Want More?
IMDb
Richard Roundtree at IMDb

Richard Roundtree films, books, & soundtracks
caret-left There are ( 3 ) Videos for you to enjoy caret-right