Who’s the black private dick who’s a sax machine with all the chicks? Shaft! Damn right! Richard Roundtree made a name for himself as a leading man in the blaxploitation films of the 1970s, and no role of his is more famous than John Shaft – a role which he played in Shaft, Shaft’s Big Score, Shaft in Africa, and the Samuel L. Jackson remake of Shaft. Other films and television shows featuring Richard Roundtree include Roots, Q: The Winged Serpent, Maniac Cop, Night Visitor, The Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote, 21 Jump Street, MacGyver, Se7en, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Brick, Alias, and Speed Racer. But come on. We all know what Roundtree is really about. Who is the man who would risk his life for his brother man? SHAFT! He’s a bad mutha. Richard Roundtree turns 71 today.