Is Richard Roundtree Married? Know Everything About The Shaft Star’s Wives And Children

Is Richard Roundtree Married? Know Everything About The Shaft Star’s Wives And Children

Is Richard Roundtree Married? Know Everything About The Shaft Star’s Wives And Children – Richard Roundtree was an American actor and singer, was born on July 13, 1942, and passed away on October 24, 2023, marking a significant career journey that began in 1963. He was best known for his role in the Shaft, a four sequel movie released from 1972 to 2019.

Summary of Richard Roundtree Wife



Real Name

Richard Roundtree


81 Years

Date of Birth

19th July 1942

Birth Place

New Rochelle, New York, USA

Death Cause

Pancreatic Cancer

Date of Death

24th October 2023


Actor / Singer

Education / Alma Mater

New Rochelle High School, Southern Illinois University (dropout)





Spouse/ Wife




Mother Name

Kathryn Watkins

Father Name

John Roundtree

Brothers Name

Jackson, Jesse Usher

Richard Roundtree Movies

Shaft, Roots,  Seven, Having Our Say, etc

Richard Roundtree Biography

He gained fame for his iconic portrayal of private detective John Shaft in the celebrated film “Shaft.” This classic film had four sequels released between 1972 and 2019, solidifying Roundtree’s status in the world of cinema.

Roundtree’s career was a tapestry of both large and small screens. In the 1981 film “Inchon,” he shared the screen with Laurence Olivier and Ben Gazzara. On television, he left a lasting mark with his role as Sam Bennett in the groundbreaking series “Roots” in 1977, and later as Dr. Daniel Reubens in “Generations” from 1989 to 1991.

In 1984, Roundtree took on the role of a private detective in “City Heat,” alongside the legendary Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds. Although some of his films in the 1990s didn’t receive critical acclaim, he found success in stage plays during this period.

The early 1990s saw Roundtree becoming a cultural icon with appearances in popular shows like “Beverly Hills, 90210,” where he portrayed Robinson Ashe Jr. He also made a significant impact in David Fincher’s highly regarded 1995 film “Seven.” Roundtree’s return as John Shaft in the 2000 film alongside Samuel L. Jackson reinforced his status as an enduring figure in cinema. He also made guest appearances in several episodes of the first season of “Desperate Housewives” as a morally complex private detective.

His versatility extended to voice acting, where he provided the voice for the title character in the PlayStation game “Akuji the Heartless.”

On television, Roundtree had a leading role as Phil Thomas in the short-lived ensemble drama “413 Hope St” from 1997 to 1998. He also portrayed Booker T. Washington in the 1999 television movie “Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years.”

Starting in 2005, Richard Roundtree had notable roles in television series such as “The Closer,” where he played Colonel D. B. Walter, U.S.M.C. (retired), and “Heroes,” where he portrayed Simone’s terminally ill father, Charles Deveaux. His acting talents were further showcased in his role as Eddie’s father-in-law in episodes of “Lincoln Heights.”

In 2019, Roundtree returned to the big screen in the comedy “What Men Want” and reprised his iconic role as John Shaft in “Shaft.” In this film, he played the father of Samuel L. Jackson’s character, acknowledging the connection to the 2000 film where he portrayed Jackson’s Shaft’s uncle. Roundtree also starred in the movie “Family Reunion” in the same year, underscoring his enduring talent and the lasting impact he had on the entertainment industry.

He died on October 24, 2023, at the age of 81, at his Los Angeles residence, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. Richard Roundtree had a similar ailment for many years when being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993.

In announcing his death, Richard Roundtree’s manager, Patrick McMinn said; Roundtree was surrounded by his family in his Los Angeles home on Tuesday afternoon when he died.

“Richard’s work and career served as a turning point for African American leading men in film,” Mr McMinn was quoted as saying by the Hollywood Reporter.

“The impact he had on the industry cannot be overstated,” he added.

He later said: “Breast cancer is not gender specific. And men have this cavalier attitude about health issues. I got such positive feedback because I spoke out about it, and it’s been quite a number of years now. I’m a survivor.”

As fans and loved ones mourn the passing of the Shaft movie star, Roundtree family is yet to reveal the funeral arrangements, including the burial, memorial service, date and cemetery location

Is Richard Roundtree Married?

No. he was not married at the time of his death. Throughout his life and career, Richard Roundtree had on-again, off-again relationships with his two ex-wives and other partners.

Richard Roundtree First Wife

He was first married to Mary Jane Grant in 1963 and had two children, John James and Kelli, in 1963 and 1973, respectively, but the couple’s relationship ended in 1973.

Richard Roundtree second wife

Karen Ciernia was Richard Roundtree’s second wife. The couple married in 1980 and divorced in 1998. They had three children together prior to their divorce. He also dated actress and TV personality Cathy Lee Crosby, but their relationship ended in divorce.

Richard Roundtree Children: How Many Children Did He Had?

He had five children namely; John James (son), Kelli Roundtree (daughter), Morgan Roundtree (son), Tayler Roundtree (daughter).

Despite having five children with multiple women, Richard Roundtree was a lovely, caring and supportive father to all of his kids and baby mamas.


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