Tori takes pleasure in speaking with the “original Black action hero” and a cultural iconoclast. Many see him simply as John Shaft with a brash, ‘take no prisoners’ veneer. He however says, “what you see is not the actual”. So, he is not only cool but a true gentleman, gentle soul and master thespian whose works span 5 decades including his forthcoming show with Ava DuVernay. The man also known as double R (or RR) is his father's son and a loving father with a disarming wit that will delight if not tickle you to all ends.
He began his one of a kind career as a model with the Ebony Fashion Fair, Johnson Products’, and Salem Cigarettes. After joining the Negro Ensemble Company, his first role was portraying boxing legend Jack Johnson in The Great White Hope. From there, he became a leading man whose career was launched by playing the infamous and original detective John Shaft in the 1971 film Shaft. For his performance, he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award Most Promising Newcomer Male Actor - in 1972. What followed has been a distinguished filmography including Inchon opposite Laurence Olivier, Alex Haley’s Roots, City Heat opposite Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds, and David Fincher’s Se7en.
"Here's to Life" welcomes the brilliant, soulful and beautiful spirit that is Richard Roundtree.
"What you see… what you perceive is not the actual.” - Richard Roundtree
Guest: Richard Roundtree
Host and Producer: Tori Reid
Executive Producer: Patrick A. Howell
Writer: Patrick Howell
Post Production: We Edit Podcasts
Add’l Post Production: Brian K. Jackson at Maven Soundz
Voiceover Artist: Vïntóry Blake Moore
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Ad Voiceover Artist: Ginger Levert
Logo Photography: Bobby Holland / MPTV Images
Logo Graphic Design: Henny Vallee
Photo credit for Richard Roundtree: Unknown
Intro and Outro - "Africa" by Stereo Mixtrumental
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