Top 12 Richard Roundtree Quotes of 2020

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“When I did ‘Shaft’, I was so happy to be working and to have been a star of a major motion picture, I had no idea or concept of where it was going to go, and it turned out to be this huge film. That was the icing on the cake.”

― Richard Roundtree

“Although it happens more rarely in men, breast cancer is not gender-specific. I was in Costa Rica, and in the shower I felt this lump under my left nipple. It was very small, mind you, but enough to make me call my doctor.”

― Richard Roundtree

“The doctor told me, ‘You have breast cancer.’ I heard the cancer part first – it was only later that I heard the breast part. I couldn’t believe it.”

― Richard Roundtree

“As much as possible, I’d like every role to be totally different from the one before.”

― Richard Roundtree

“If you do the same thing too often, it gets to be the only thing you can do.”

― Richard Roundtree

“There’s nobody more opposite from John Shaft than a kid who worships a banana as his god.”

― Richard Roundtree

“Simply put, we have to take charge and take responsibility and support what’s in the marketplace. Because, quiet as it’s kept, the powers that be are cognizant of what our spending dollar means. And it is kept a little quiet, and we have to become aware of what we mean in the marketplace and take advantage of it.”

― Richard Roundtree

“I don’t know if it’s a racial thing or not, but it’s hard for the Roundtrees to talk about health issues. People have to get over all that stuff.”

― Richard Roundtree

“I was in the closet, so to speak, until after the fifth year when I was cancer-free.”

― Richard Roundtree

“I’m not really much of a video game player; my son would be the expert in that department. The only game I would really play is golf, the Tiger Woods video game.”

― Richard Roundtree

“When you go into a film, you read it, and something clicks for you, and you like it, and you sign on for it; you go for it. You know that this is going to be a good film, and that is your best hope. Past that, it’s a crap shoot – you roll the dice.”

― Richard Roundtree

“I constantly deal with being called Shaft, and I vacillate back and forth with people coming up to me about it. But it never ceases to blow me away with the impact that character had on my life and my fans’ lives.”

― Richard Roundtree
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