Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor (December 1, 1940 – December 10, 2005) was an American stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. He reached a broad audience with his trenchant observations and storytelling style, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential stand-up comedians of all time.
- Richard Pryor Show - Stand Up Comedy 1977youtube.com
- Richard Pryor's 1979 Joke About Police Still Applies | Netflix Is A Jokeyoutube.com
- Richard Pryor | Classic Stand Up Comedy Show on NBC 1977youtube.com
- Richard Pryor On People Trying To Sound 'Black' | The Dick Cavett Showyoutube.com
Highly influential, and always controversial, African-American actor/comedian who was equally well known for his colorful language during his live comedy shows, as for his fast paced life, multiple marriages and battles with drug addiction. He has been acknowledged by many modern comic artist's as a key influence on their careers, and Pryor's...
Estate of Richard Pryor official information and memorabilia. This site is the only lawful place for Richard Pryor t-shirts, memorabilia, art, and more. Unless linked through this website, all other sites, including social media sites, are unlawful, unauthorized and/or counterfeit. Name, likeness and image of Mr. Pryor are all trademark protected.
Fourteen members attended the fourteenth virtual meeting of the Club’s 2020-2021 year. President Mary Croxton introduced Mrs. Nicki Schoenl, presenting her paper on Richard Pryor. Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential standup comedians of the 20th century.
2 weeks ago
- MJF’s Unpredictable Character Compared To Richard Pryor’s ComedyRingside News1 week ago
- John Witherspoon on Richard Pryor, Johnny Carson, Redd Foxx Coke Use (Flashback)24hourhiphop.com2 weeks ago
- How Charlie Hill Became the First Native Stand-Up Comedy StarEsquire2 weeks ago
- Try Not To Laugh Along With the 41 Best Black Comedy Movies of All TimeParade2 weeks ago
- Early years
- Early career
- Acting career
- Later career
- Personal life
He was born Richard Franklin Lennox Pryor III on December 1, 1940, in Peoria, Illinois, the son of Gertrude L. (Thomas) and LeRoy \\"Buck Carter\\" Pryor. His mother, a prostitute, abandoned him when he was ten years of age, after which he was raised in his grandmother's brothel. Unfortunately, Pryor was molested at the age of six by a teenage neighbor, and later by a neighborhood preacher. To escape this troubled life, the young Pryor was an avid movie fan and a regular visitor to local movie theaters in Peoria. After numerous jobs, including truck driver and meat packer, the young Pryor did a stint in the US Army between 1958 & 1960 in which he performed in amateur theater shows. After he left the services in 1960, Pryor started singing in small clubs, but inadvertently found that humor was his real forte.
Pryor spent time in both New York & Las Vegas, honing his comic craft. However, his unconventional approach to humor sometimes made bookings difficult to come by and this eventually saw Pryor heading to Los Angeles. He first broke into films with minor roles in The Busy Body (1967) and Wild in the Streets (1968). However, his performance as a drug addicted piano player in Lady Sings the Blues (1972), really got the attention of fans and film critics alike.
He made his first appearance with Gene Wilder in the very popular action/comedy Silver Streak (1976), played three different characters in Which Way Is Up? (1977) and portrayed real-life stock-car driver \\"Wendell Scott\\" in Greased Lightning (1977). Proving he was more than just a comedian, Pryor wowed audiences as a disenchanted auto worker who is seduced into betraying his friends and easy money in the Paul Schrader working class drama Blue Collar (1978), also starring Yaphet Kotto and Harvey Keitel. Always a strong advocate of African-American talent, Pryor next took a key role in The Wiz (1978), starring an all African-American cast, including Diana Ross and Michael Jackson, retelling the story of The Wizard of Oz (1939). His next four screen roles were primarily cameos in California Suite (1978); The Muppet Movie (1979); Wholly Moses! (1980) and In God We Trust (or Gimme That Prime Time Religion) (1980). However, Pryor teamed up with Gene Wilder once more for the prison comedy Stir Crazy (1980), which did strong box office business.
His next few films were a mixed bag of material, often inhibiting Pryor's talent, with equally mixed returns at the box office. Pryor then scored second billing to Christopher Reeve in the big budget Superman III (1983), and starred alongside fellow funny man John Candy in Brewster's Millions (1985) before revealing his inner self in the autobiographical Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986). Again, Pryor was somewhat hampered by poor material in his following film ventures. However, he did turn up again in See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) with Gene Wilder, but the final product was not as sharp as their previous pairings. Pryor then partnered on-screen with two other very popular African-American comic's. The legendary Redd Foxx and 1980s comic newcomer Eddie Murphy starred with Pryor in the gangster film Harlem Nights (1989) which was also directed by Eddie Murphy. Having contracted multiple sclerosis in 1986, Pryor's remaining film appearances were primarily cameos apart from his fourth and final outing with Gene Wilder in the lukewarm Another You (1991), and his final appearance in a film production was a small role in the David Lynch road flick Lost Highway (1997).
Unknown to many, Pryor was a long time advocate against animal cruelty, and he campaigned against fast food chains and circus shows to address issues of animal welfare. He was married a total of seven times, and fathered eight children.
A class clown in school and a community theater actor in his teens, Richard Pryor became a successful stand-up comedian, television writer and movie actor, starring in films like Stir Crazy and...
- 1 min
- He Died of a Heart Attack. Pryor passed away on Saturday, December 10, 2005, shortly before 8 a.m. He was taken to Encino Hospital from his home in the San Fernando Valley.
- Pryor Was Previously Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis is a disease that attacks the central nervous system. Pryor was diagnosed with the disease in 1986 when he was still only experiencing slight symptoms.
- Other Comedians Recalled His Influence. After Pryor passed away, many comedians spoke out about how influential he was in their lives and careers. Director Spike Lee called Pryor an innovator and trailblazer, saying that the loss of Pryor was a great loss.
- He Struggled With Addiction. Pryor struggled with drug and alcohol abuse throughout his life. His widow Jennifer, told ABC News that he had a hard time living a life that wasn’t a party every day, and he was facing an increasingly dangerous battle with drug abuse.
Comedian Richard Pryor is in critical condition tonight and given less than a 50/50 chance of surviving after suffering third-degree burns over half of his body. Police said Pryor was burned ...
- 8 min
Richard Pryor began his comedic career as a staple in the New York City comedy club scene in the early 1960s. He began to reach national acclaim by appearing on a string of television shows including The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson, The Merv Griffin Show, and The Ed Sullivan Show.
Feel-Good results for richard pryor
- related to: richard pryor