(July 9, 1942- )
Best know for his role as John Shaft in the movies 'Shaft (1971),' 'Shaft's Big Score! (1972)' and 'Shaft In Africa (1973)' as well as Uncle Shaft in the Samuel L. Jackson remake of 'Shaft (2000)'
Also acted in 'Embassy (1972),' 'Earthquake (1974),' 'Man Friday (1976),' 'Escape to Athena (1979),' 'An Eye for an Eye (1981),' 'Q (1982),' 'Killpoint (1984),' 'City Heat (1984),' 'Party Line (1988),' 'The Banker (1989),' 'Crack House (1989),' 'A Time to Die (1991),' 'Se7en (1995),' 'Once Upon a Time... When We Were Colored (1995),' 'Steel (1997),' 'George of the Jungle (1997),' 'Corky Romano (2001)' 'Vegas Vamps (2003),' 'Max Havoc: Curse of the Dragon (2004)' and 'Brick (2005)'
Why he might be annoying
He went to Southern Illinois University on a football scholarship, but dropped out to pursue modeling and acting.
He is considered to be the first blaxploitation icon and has acted in many '70s blaxploitation films.
He dipped into the well for the short-lived 'Shaft' TV series (1973-74).
He's played so many cops in movies he should have his own precinct.
Why he might not be annoying
He was a member of New York's famed Negro Ensemble Company, and portrayed heavyweight boxing champ Jack Johnson in the stage rendition of 'The Great White Hope.'
He said of his role as John Shaft: 'Number one, it put me on the map. To this day that film still works. I was blessed.'
Isaac Hayes singing about him as 'the black private dick who's a sex machine with all the chicks' won an Oscar for his composition 'Theme from Shaft' (1972).
He was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993, and talks to men's groups about early detection.
He has been steadily employed in films, appearing in at least one movie every year since 1979.
He won an MTV lifetime achievement award for his John Shaft role (1994).
He and fellow blaxploitation stars Fred Williamson, Jim Brown and Pam Grier all parodied themselves in the 1996 film 'Original Gangstas.'
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Year In Review:
For 2017, as of last week, Out of 5 Votes: 60.0% Annoying
In 2016, Out of 3 Votes: 33.33% Annoying
In 2015, Out of 8 Votes: 25.00% Annoying
In 2014, Out of 72 Votes: 58.33% Annoying
In 2013, Out of 29 Votes: 62.07% Annoying
In 2012, Out of 22 Votes: 54.55% Annoying
In 2011, Out of 161 Votes: 49.69% Annoying
In 2010, Out of 32 Votes: 46.88% Annoying
In 2009, Out of 54 Votes: 38.89% Annoying
In 2008, Out of 162 Votes: 32.10% Annoying
In 2007, Out of 206 Votes: 44.66% Annoying
In 2006, Out of 187 Votes: 43.85% Annoying
In 2005, Out of 419 Votes: 46.78% Annoying
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