Richard Roundtree

LOS ANGELES - APR 27:  Richard Roundtree arriving at the TCM Cla

Roundtree in 2011, photo by kathclick/

Place of Birth: New Rochelle, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 9, 1942

Ethnicity: African-American

Richard Roundtree is an American actor and model. He is known for starring as John Shaft in all five films in the franchise.

Richard is the son of Kathryn and John Roundtree. He has two children with his former wife, Mary Jane Grant, and three children with his former wife, Karen Ciernia.

Richard’s paternal grandfather was Richard Fred Roundtree (the son of Fred G. Roundtree and Janie/Janey Slater/Rear). Richard’s grandfather Fred was born in Georgia.

Richard’s paternal grandmother was named Mamie McQueen. Mamie was born in Georgia.

Source: Richard’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

3 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    he has noticeable European facial features

  2. Fuzzybear says:

    Yes the original shaft,although I did like Samuel L in the part

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