Richard Roundtree Has Passed Away @victoriasaidit October 24, 2023 at 10:26 pm in WHUR Tweet Actor Richard Roundtree has died after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Known for his role in the film Shaft, the New Rochelle, NY native would be known as the first Black action hero. Richard appeared in countless other films like Moving On, George of the Jungle, Se7en, Amityville: A New Generation, and What Women Want. On-screen daughter, Taraji P. Henson posted, “Rest in paradise #RichardRoundtree the original Shaft“. His television career was just as decorated with roles in Roots, Generations, Desperate Housewives, and most recently, Ava DuVernay’s OWN series, Cherish the Day. News of his passing was released by his agency and his longtime manager, Patrick McMinn. Richard Roundtree was 81.