Richard Roundtree

Richard Roundtree's role as John Shaft was the beginning of a worldwide journey of recognition; however, he would spend much of his career trying to escape being typecast as the iconic detective. He fought hard to prove he was more than a one-trick phenom with critically acclaimed performances on the big and small screen alike. Roundtree also experienced personal struggles including a devastating divorce and a battle with breast cancer. Ultimately, Roundtree's legacy and influence grew and continue to be celebrated.

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