Well-known “Shaft” actor, Richard Roundtree, died Monday on the age of 81 after a brief battle with pancreatic most cancers.
His supervisor Patrick McMinn confirmed he died in his residence in Los Angeles, and mentioned his household was by his aspect when he handed away, in response to TMZ.
The passing of Richard Roundtree is an actual blow. Liked being round him, studying, working, laughing & feeling Blessed to have an idol dwell as much as who I anticipated him to be!! Thanks for making us really feel REAL GOOD about ourselves!
Relaxation In Energy‼️‼️‼️👊🏾👊🏾👊🏾🤎🤎 pic.twitter.com/yQq6SXyn9K
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) October 25, 2023
Roundtree was a well-respected actor whose abilities shone on the massive display. He was most famously recognized for enjoying the function of detective John Shaft within the authentic “Shaft” film franchise. He acted within the very first “Shaft” movie in 1971, and went on to reprise his function once more in 1972, for the sequel, “Shaft’s Huge Rating!”
The proficient star rejoined the crew as soon as extra in 1973 to movie the trilogy, “Shaft In Africa,” in response to TMZ.
He totally embodied his function, and returned to star within the 1973 “Shaft” tv collection, leaving his mark on the small display in an enormous manner.
Many regarded Roundtree as the primary Black motion hero to be acknowledged in Hollywood. His many accolades embrace a nomination for the New Star of the 12 months on the Golden Globe Awards.
Richard Roundtree, who broke floor along with his signature function within the Shaft film franchise, handed away this afternoon, Oct. 24, after a short battle with pancreatic most cancers along with his household at his bedside. He was 81 https://t.co/NZADCAUGmF pic.twitter.com/u5AhWcdi0M
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) October 25, 2023
When it got here time to movie the “Shaft” remake in 2000, Roundtree joined forces with Samuel L. Jackson and once more shone in his function. It got here as no shock to followers that he additionally starred within the 2019 model of the film, in response to TMZ.
The actor additionally performed the function of Sam Bennett within the “Roots” miniseries. (RELATED: ‘Harry Potter’ Movie Editor Useless At 68)
His most up-to-date work included taking part in the daddy of Gabrielle Union within the drama collection “Being Mary Jane.”
Samuel L. Jackson shared a message on-line, honoring his pal and colleague.
“The passing of Richard Roundtree is an actual blow. Liked being round him, studying, working, laughing & feeling Blessed to have an idol dwell as much as who I anticipated him to be!!” he mentioned.
“Thanks for making us really feel REAL GOOD about ourselves! Relaxation In Energy‼️‼️‼️👊🏾👊🏾👊🏾🤎🤎”
Followers, household and mates are persevering with to pay tribute to Roundtree on social media, because the world remembers a really proficient star with a decades-long profession within the leisure trade.