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Shaft Star Richard Roundtree Dead at 81

Richard Roundtree, who played the iconic lead character in the 1971 movie Shaft and its sequels, has died at the age of 81. The actor passed away on Tuesday "after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer with his family at his bedside," per our sister site Deadline.

"Artists & Representatives Agency mourns the loss of our friend and client Richard Roundtree," the actor's agency said in a statement. "His trailblazing career changed the face of entertainment around the globe and his enduring legacy will be felt for generations to come. Our hearts are with his family and loved ones during this diff...

 

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