Roundtree began joining drama clubs at a very early age. While in high school, he won numerous awards both nationally and statewide for public speaking, and as recently as 1999, while still a student, he won first and third place honors in the National Association of Speech and Dramatic Arts competition held in Los Angeles.
In Georgia, Roundtree began his formal training as an actor at the Augusta Mini Theatre under the direction of Tyrone Butler and Judith Simon-Butler. After graduating high school in 1996, he furthered his dramatic studies at Clark Atlanta University where he worked closely with three professors, Carol Mitchell-Leon, Joan J.W. Lewis and Whitman Mayo, best known as Grady from the hit show Sanford and Son.
While still attending college, Roundtree made his screen debut in the recently released feature Drumline, starring with Orlando Jones and Zoe Saldana. That role, along with a television commercial appearance, ensured his standing as a professional actor by qualifying him to join the Screen Actors Guild.
After three years at Clark Atlanta University, Roundtree decided to pursue his actin g career full time. Last summer, he got into his 1987 Nissan Maxima (with 258,000 miles on it) and drove himself to Los Angeles to follow his dream. Just three months later, after quickly catching the attention of an agent, he auditioned and won the role of Junie Gatling on NBC's Kingpin.
Roundtree currently resides in Los Angeles. His birthday is November 23.
Shay Roundtree Facts
|Birth Name||Shay Rountree|
|Birthday||November 23, 1977 (43)|
|Birthplace||Augusta, Georgia, USA|
|Drumline & Big Momma's House|
|Bend It Like Beckham / Drumline|