Samuel L. Jackson, Gabrielle Union and Taraji P. Henson are amongst Hollywood notables remembering Richard Roundtree, who died Tuesday on the age of 81.
His supervisor, Patrick McMinn, instructed The Hollywood Reporter that the Shaft star died at his Los Angeles dwelling of pancreatic most cancers. Roundtree had different memorable roles in Roots, As soon as Upon a Time … When We Had been Coloured and Man Friday.
Jackson, who took over the Shaft movie franchise from Roundtree in 2000, additionally starred as John Shaft’s (Roundtree) nephew within the sequel to the 1971 film. Other than showing collectively within the 2000 film, Roundtree and Jackson additionally teamed up once more for the 2019 Shaft sequel.
In a touching tribute on Instagram, Jackson wrote, “Richard Roundtree, The Prototype, The Greatest To Ever Do It!! SHAFT, as we all know it’s & will all the time be His Creation!!”
He continued, “His passing leaves a deep gap not solely in my coronary heart, however I’m certain a lotta y’all’s, too Love you Brother, I see you strolling down the Center of Major Road in Heaven & Issac’s Conducting your music coat blowin’ in wind!! Angels whispering, “That Cat SHAFT Is A Unhealthy Mutha, Shutcho Mouth!! However I’m Talkin’ Bout SHAFT!! THEN WE CAN DIGIT.”
Union, who starred alongside Roundtree within the collection Being Mary Jane, remembered the veteran actor on social media, writing, “Working with Richard Roundtree was a dream. Getting to hold with him & our Being Mary Jane household was all the time a great ass time with the most effective tales & laughs. He was ALWAYS the good man within the room with the BEST vibes & ppl would actually run over to return see him. He was merely the most effective & all of us liked him.”
Henson shared a photograph on Instagram of her and Roundtree collectively within the 2019 film What Males Need. She wrote within the caption, “Relaxation in paradise #RichardRoundtree the unique #Shaft.”
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