It is fitting with Ebony's list of the 25 coolest brothers, that one of the 25 is celebrating his birthday today. I'm talking about Richard Roundtree. The tall, handsome brotha that made me even as a little girl ooh and ahh all over the place. I still love him even now. We all know about him starring as Shaft. One of the few African American films of the 70's that actually was directed by an African American director, Gordon Parks.
After finishing the Shaft Trilogy, Richard has distinguished himself in various roles over the years. He has appeared in numerous movies and television shows including Roots. In the past three years, I have seen him all over in the place in Desperate Housewives, Heroes and most recently, Speed Racer.
Richard not only being a good actor, he is a courageous man. He was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993 but successfully beat the disease. Richard has made it his mission to educate men of the dangers of breast cancer.
Richard Roundtree belongs to that exclusive class of African American actors who showed Hollywood that a brotha can be a successful, bankable leading man. I send love and kisses to you Richard. Happy Birthday and many more to come!