Actor Richard Roundtree, who became famous for playing the title role in the 1971 movie Shaft, was born on this day in 1942, and as far as I can tell he’s still alive and working. He played John Shaft in two more films, Shaft’s Big Score! (1972) and Shaft In Africa (1973) as well as the 1973-74 TV series. He’s been busy ever since. I always wanted to see him on Murder, She Wrote, just to hear Angela Lansbury say "aren’t you that Black private dick who’s sex machine to all the chicks? I hear you’re a bad mother!" Both lines come (more or less) from the "Theme From Shaft," which was written by Isaac Hayes. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song (the first time a Black person was so honored for a non-acting role) and reached #1 on the Hot 100, #2 on the R&B chart (behind Marvin Gaye’s "Inner City Blues") and #6 on the Easy Listening chart. It’s also #38 on the American Film Institute’s *100 Films…100 Songs" list.