It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Richard Roundtree, the renowned American actor, producer, and humanitarian. He is best known for his remarkable performance in the Shaft film franchise that captivated audiences worldwide. At the age of 81, Roundtree left this world surrounded by his beloved family on Tuesday afternoon at his home in Los Angeles. His manager, Patrick McMinn, stated that Roundtree had been battling pancreatic cancer, and despite his strength and resilience, he passed away after a brief struggle.
Richard Roundtree’s legacy in the entertainment industry is one that eclipses generations, inspiring African-American actors to the forefront of this dominant industry. His work did not go unnoticed as he paved the way for countless individuals seeking representation and success in film and television. We cannot thank Richard enough for his unwavering dedication to his craft, which will forever be remembered and celebrated. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and loved ones.