Richard Roundtree portrayed the iconic hero John Shaft in three feature films and seven TV movies from 1971 to 1974:
- Shaft (MGM, USA: 25 June 1971)
- Shaft’s Big Score! (MGM, USA: 8 June 1972)
- Shaft in Africa (MGM, USA: 14 June 1973)
- Shaft (TV Series) (MGM, USA: 9 October 1973- 19 February 1974)
John Singleton revived the series for a new film in 2000 with Roundtree returning in a reduced role and attention falling on his nephew, also named John Shaft, played by Samuel L. Jackson. Then in 2015 New Line announced they would be making another sequel, this time featuring a third John Shaft (Jessie T Usher), son of Samuel L Jackson’s character. Both Jackson and Roundtree will also appear. This latest film was released in June 2019.