Biography

Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor was an American stand-up comedian, actor, film director, social critic, satirist, writer, and MC. Pryor was known for uncompromising examinations of racism and topical contemporary issues, which employed colorful vulgarities, and profanity, as well as racial epithets. He reached a broad audience with his trenchant observations and storytelling style. He is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential stand-up comedians of all time: receiving praise from notable comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld, Bob Newhart, and Bill Cosby. His body of work includes the concert movies and recordings starting in the 70s and spanning three decades. He also starred in numerous films as an actor, in both comedic and dramatic roles. He collaborated on many projects with actor Gene Wilder and actor/comedian/writer Paul Mooney. Pryor won an Emmy Award (1973), and five Grammy Awards (1974, 1975, 1976, 1981, and 1982). In 1974, he also won two American Academy of Humor awards and the Writers Guild of America Award. The first ever Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor was presented to him in 1998. Pryor is listed at Number 1 on Comedy Central's list of all-time greatest stand-up comedians.

Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor was an American stand-up comedian, actor, film director, social critic, satirist, writer, and MC. Pryor was known for uncompromising examinations of racism and topical contemporary issues, which employed colorful vulgarities, and profanity, as well as racial epithets. He reached a broad audience with his trenchant observations and storytelling style. He is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential stand-up comedians of all time: receiving praise from notable comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld, Bob Newhart, and Bill Cosby. His body of work includes the concert movies and recordings starting in the 70s and spanning three decades. He also starred in numerous films as an actor, in both comedic and dramatic roles. He collaborated on many projects with actor Gene Wilder and actor/comedian/writer Paul Mooney. Pryor won an Emmy Award (1973), and five Grammy Awards (1974, 1975, 1976, 1981, and 1982). In 1974, he also won two American Academy of Humor awards and the Writers Guild of America Award. The first ever Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor was presented to him in 1998. Pryor is listed at Number 1 on Comedy Central's list of all-time greatest stand-up comedians.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 63

Birthday 1940-12-01

Day of Death 2005-12-10

Place of Birth Peoria, Illinois, USA

Official Site http://www.richardpryor.com/

Also Known As

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

Hollywood Outlaw
The Richard Pryor Show Volume I
2014 Richard Pryor: Icon as Himself (Stock Footage)
2013 Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic as Himself (archive footage)
2008 Black and White Trypps Number Four
2007 Cutting Edge Comedians of the '60s & '70s
2003 Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!! as Himself (archive footage)
1998 Sam Kinison: Why Did We Laugh? as Himself
1997 Afro Promo as Himself (archive footage)
1997 Lost Highway as Arnie
1994 Chicago Hope(1 episode)
1994 But... Seriously
1992 Martin(1 episode)
1991 Another You as Eddie Dash
1990 Sammy Davis, Jr. 60th Anniversary Celebration as Himself
1989 Harlem Nights as Sugar Ray
1989 See No Evil, Hear No Evil as Wallace 'Wally' Karue
1988 Moving as Arlo Pear
1987 Critical Condition as Eddie Lenahan/Dr. Kevin Slattery
1986 Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling as Jo Jo Dancer / Alter Ego
1985 Brewster's Millions as Montgomery Brewster
1984 Pryor's Place(13 episodes)
1983 Richard Pryor: Here and Now as Himself
1983 Superman III as Gus Gorman
1983 Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever
1982 The Toy as Jack Brown
1982 Some Kind of Hero as Cpl. Eddie Keller / Ted Segal
1982 Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip as Himself
1981 Bustin' Loose as Joe Braxton
1980 Stir Crazy as Harry Monroe
1980 In God We Tru$t as G.O.D.
1980 Wholly Moses as Pharaoh
1979 The Muppet Movie as Balloon Vendor
1979 Richard Pryor: Live in Concert as Himself
1978 California Suite as Dr. Chauncey Gump
1978 The Wiz as The Wiz
1978 Blue Collar as Zeke Brown
1977 The Richard Pryor Show(9 episodes) as Host
1977 Greased Lightning as Wendell Scott
1977 The Richard Pryor Special?
1977 Which Way Is Up? as Leroy Jones/Rufus Jones/Rev. Lenox Thoma
1976 Silver Streak as Grover Muldoon
1976 Car Wash as Preacher Daddy Rich
1976 The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings as Charlie Snow
1976 AdiĆ³s Amigo as Sam Spade
1975 Saturday Night Live(1 episode)
1974 Uptown Saturday Night as Sharp Eye Washington
1973 Some Call It Loving as Jeff
1973 Hit! as Mike Willmer
1973 The Mack as Slim
1973 Wattstax as Himself
1972 Lady Sings the Blues as Piano Man
1971 You've Got To Walk It Like You Talk It or You'll Lose That Beat as Wino
1971 Richard Pryor: Live and Smokin' as Himself
1971 Dynamite Chicken
1970 The Young Lawyers(24 episodes)
1970 The Phynx as Richard Pryor
1970 Carter's Army as Pvt.Jonathan Crunk
1969 The Young Lawyers as Otis Tucker
1969 Uncle Tom's Fairy Tales
1968 Wild in the Streets as Stanley X
1967 The Busy Body as Whittaker

Writing

1986 Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is CallingScreenplay
1983 Richard Pryor: Here and NowWriter
1982 Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset StripWriter
1981 Bustin' LooseStory
1979 Richard Pryor: Live in ConcertWriter
1974 Blazing SaddlesScreenplay
1971 Richard Pryor: Live and Smokin'Writer
1969 Uncle Tom's Fairy TalesWriter

Creator

1984 Pryor's PlaceCreator
1977 The Richard Pryor ShowCreator

Directing

1986 Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is CallingDirector
1983 Richard Pryor: Here and NowDirector

Production

1986 Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is CallingProducer
1982 Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset StripProducer

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