Richard Roundtree, Shaft Star, Useless At 81

Esteemed actor Richard Roundtree, a trailblazer within the Blaxploitation movie style and greatest recognized for his efficiency within the “Shaft” franchise, has died. He was 81 years previous.

His longtime supervisor, Patrick McMinn, confirmed to Selection that he died following a battle with pancreatic most cancers. He died in his house in Los Angeles, surrounded by his household. “Richard’s work and profession served as a turning level for African American main males in movie,” McMinn wrote in a press release. “The affect he had on the trade can’t be overstated.” Roundtree’s company, Artists & Representatives, additionally issued their very own assertion: “Artists & Representatives Company mourns the lack of our buddy and shopper Richard Roundtree,” they famous. “His trailblazing profession modified the face of leisure across the globe and his enduring legacy will probably be felt for generations to return. Our hearts are along with his household and family members throughout this tough time.”

Roundtree’s affect within the movie trade is immeasurable, having been touted as the primary Black motion hero for his position because the personal detective John Shaft. He is additionally solid a various profession over time, with notable roles in “Earthquake,” “Roots,” and “Generations.” Followers and fellow actors are devastated by the lack of a star, with many taking to social media to share their respective tributes.

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