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Birth Name: Richard Roundtree
Born: 07/09/1942
Birth Place: New Rochelle, New York, USA

Roundtree was a virtual unknown, having appeared only in "What Do You Say to a Naked Lady?" (1970), when he was chosen by Gordon Parks to play "Shaft". Based on his success, he landed a variety of roles that included the manager of a daredevil motorcycle rider in "Earthquake" (1974). In 1975, he co-starred with Peter O'Toole in the title role of "Man Friday", a retelling of the "Robinson Crusoe" story in which Friday is not "civilized," and Crusoe commits suicide. After appearing in the disastrous "Inchon" (1982), film roles in the 80s became sporadic and Roundtree found himself generally playing law enforcement types, like the police commissioner in "Maniac Cop" (1988) and the police captai... Continue Bio >>

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