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Richard Pryor

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.

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Dec 1, 1940 In Peoria, Illinois, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Busy Body 1967-03-12
Latest Project:
Movie Richard Pryor: Icon 2014-11-23
Known For
Poster of Afro Promo
Poster of Stir Crazy
Poster of Adiós Amigo
Poster of The Phynx
Movie And the Oscar Goes To... 2014-02-01
Movie Richard Pryor: Icon Himself (Stock Footage) 2014-11-23
Movie Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic Himself (archive footage) 2013-04-23
Movie Black and White Trypps Number Four 2008-06-20
Movie Cutting Edge Comedians of the '60s & '70s 2007-04-10
Movie Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!! Himself (archive footage) 2003-01-01
Movie Sam Kinison: Why Did We Laugh? Himself 1998-01-01
Movie Lost Highway Arnie 1997-01-15
Movie Afro Promo Himself (archive footage) 1997-01-31
Movie Mad Dog Time Jimmy the Gravedigger 1996-11-08
Series Chicago Hope Unknown 1994-09-18
Movie But... Seriously Himself (archive footage) 1994-03-25
Movie Another You Eddie Dash 1991-07-26
Movie Sammy Davis, Jr. 60th Anniversary Celebration Himself 1990-02-04
Movie Harlem Nights Sugar Ray 1989-11-17
Movie See No Evil, Hear No Evil Wallace 'Wally' Karue 1989-05-12
Movie Moving Arlo Pear 1988-03-04
Movie Critical Condition Eddie Lenahan/Dr. Kevin Slattery 1987-01-16
Movie Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling Jo Jo Dancer / Alter Ego 1986-05-02
Movie Brewster's Millions Montgomery Brewster 1985-05-22
Movie Superman III Gus Gorman 1983-06-17
Movie Richard Pryor: Here and Now Himself 1983-10-28
Movie The Toy Jack Brown 1982-12-10
Movie Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip Himself 1982-03-12
Movie Some Kind of Hero Cpl. Eddie Keller / Ted Segal 1982-04-02
Movie Bustin' Loose Joe Braxton 1981-05-22
Movie In God We Tru$t G.O.D. 1980-09-26
Movie Wholly Moses Pharaoh 1980-06-13
Movie Stir Crazy Harry Monroe 1980-12-12
Movie Richard Pryor: Live in Concert Himself 1979-01-26
Movie The Muppet Movie Balloon Vendor 1979-05-31
Movie Blue Collar Zeke Brown 1978-02-10
Movie California Suite Dr. Chauncey Gump 1978-12-15
Movie The Wiz The Wiz 1978-10-24
Movie The Richard Pryor Special? 1977-05-05
Movie Greased Lightning Wendell Scott 1977-07-01
Movie Which Way Is Up? Leroy Jones/Rufus Jones/Rev. Lenox Thoma 1977-11-04
Series The Richard Pryor Show Host 1977-09-13
Movie The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings Charlie Snow 1976-07-16
Movie Silver Streak Grover Muldoon 1976-12-03
Movie Car Wash Daddy Rich 1976-10-22
Series Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
Movie Adiós Amigo Sam Spade 1975-12-25
Movie Uptown Saturday Night Sharp Eye Washington 1974-07-26
Movie The Mack Slim 1973-04-04
Movie Hit! Mike Willmer 1973-09-18
Movie Some Call It Loving Jeff 1973-11-16
Movie Lady Sings the Blues Piano Man 1972-10-12
Movie Dynamite Chicken 1971-01-20
Movie Richard Pryor: Live and Smokin' Himself 1971-04-29
Movie You've Got To Walk It Like You Talk It or You'll Lose That Beat Wino 1971-09-19
Movie The Phynx Richard Pryor 1970-03-06
Movie Carter's Army Pvt.Jonathan Crunk 1970-01-27
Series The Young Lawyers 1970-09-21
Movie Uncle Tom's Fairy Tales 1969-01-01
Movie The Young Lawyers Otis Tucker 1969-10-28
Movie Wild in the Streets Stanley X 1968-05-29
Movie The Busy Body Whittaker 1967-03-12
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