*Famous Faces on "The Richard Pryor Show & Special (1977)!

After climbing to superstar status with hit films, Richard Pryor made this hilarious TV Special. A critical and ratings smash, this special persuaded NBC executives to give the controversial comedian his own TV series, "The Richard Pryor Show" which featured the outrageous comedian at his peak.

Airing in 1977, this cutting-edge sketch comedy program dared to challenge censors' restrictions like no other TV series before it. Completing just four shows, Pryor personally cancelled the series after feuds with the censors. His determination to remain true to his vision resulted in a high-quality program that was far ahead of its time. A rare TV gem that was (and still is) one of the funniest TV programs ever.
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1.
Richard Pryor
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...
“ The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 1
Episode #1.1 (13 Sep. 1977)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 2
Episode #1.2 (20 Sep. 1977)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 3
Episode #1.3 (27 Sep. 1977)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 4
Episode #1.4 (20 Oct. 1977)

The Richard Pryor Special? (1977)
Himself / The Reverend James L. White / Idi Amin Dada / Shoeshine Man / Willie ” - gattonero975
 
2.
“ The Richard Pryor Special? (1977)
Willie the Wino's Wife ” - gattonero975
 
3.
John Belushi
John Belushi was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on January 24, 1949, to Agnes Demetri (Samaras) and Adam Anastos Belushi, a restaurant owner. His father was an Albanian immigrant, from Qytezë, and his mother was also of Albanian descent. He grew up in Wheaton, where the family moved when he was six...
“ The Richard Pryor Special? (1977)
Slave Driver / Bartender ” - gattonero975
 
4.
Sandra Bernhard
Love her or hate her, this comic diva is a one-of-a-kind, in-your-face, take-no-prisoners artiste. Racy, confrontational, offensive, cynical, off-putting and angst-ridden to a T, this flinty stand-up from Flint, Michigan was born on June 6, 1955, the daughter of Jerome Bernhard, a proctologist, and his wife Jeanette...
“ The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 1
Episode #1.1 (13 Sep. 1977)
Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 2
Episode #1.2 (20 Sep. 1977)
Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 3
Episode #1.3 (27 Sep. 1977)
Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 4
Episode #1.4 (20 Oct. 1977)
Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Special? (1977)
Woman Writer ” - gattonero975
 
5.
Joey Camen
With his offbeat sense of humor, Joey started his career as a stand-up comedian at the world famous Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood at the age of seventeen. A year later, he was mentored by the late legendary voice-over actor Daws Butler - better known as the voices of Yogi Bear and Huckleberry Hound. Mr. Butler helped Joey develop his remarkable talent for characterizations...
“ The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 1
Episode #1.1 (13 Sep. 1977)
Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 2
Episode #1.2 (20 Sep. 1977)
Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 3
Episode #1.3 (27 Sep. 1977)
White Guy Who Wants to Be Black ” - gattonero975
 
6.
Jeff Corey
Jeff Corey was a film and television character actor, as well as one of the top acting teachers in America. Corey was born Arthur Zwerling on August 10, 1914 in New York City, New York, to Mary (Peskin), a Russian Jewish immigrant, and Nathan Zwerling, an Austrian Jewish immigrant. He was an indifferent student...
“ The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 1
Episode #1.1 (13 Sep. 1977)
"Gunslinger"

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 2
Episode #1.2 (20 Sep. 1977)
Judge

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 3
Episode #1.3 (27 Sep. 1977)
Leader of the Dalton Gang ” - gattonero975
 
7.
“ The Richard Pryor Special? (1977)
Drunken Bar Patron ” - gattonero975
 
8.
Mike Evans
Writer, Good Times
Clean cut and smoothly handsome as a youth, Mike Evans got on board the Norman Lear TV train in the early 1970s and took a straight ride to sitcom stardom in both a landmark comedy series and its black-oriented spin-off. Born Michael Jonas Evans in Salisbury, North Carolina, on November 3, 1949...
“ The Richard Pryor Special? (1977)
Writer ” - gattonero975
 
9.
“ The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 2
Episode #1.2 (20 Sep. 1977)
Pet Head ” - gattonero975
 
10.
“ The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 2
Episode #1.2 (20 Sep. 1977)
Member of the Colored Section in Courthouse (uncredited) ” - gattonero975
 
11.
Kristoff St. John
Kristoff made his television debut at age 8 in the sit-com series "That's My Mama". Now, 39 years later, he is one of the stars on CBS-TV's "The Young and The Restless", the number one rated drama for the past 25 years on daytime television, playing the popular character of Neil Winters. Is it just a coincidence that Kristoff has been starring on Y and R for 23 plus years...
“ The Richard Pryor Special? (1977)
Kid (as Christoff St. John ” - gattonero975
 
12.
“ The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 1
Episode #1.1 (13 Sep. 1977)
"Betty 'Satin Doll' ” - gattonero975
 
13.
Edie McClurg
Actress, Frozen
Edie McClurg began her performing career at age five with the oxymoronic Kansas City Rhythm Kids. She retired when the dance teacher was arrested on a morals charge for "dating" the tall and lissome, yet underage, star dancer in the troupe. That girl's big number culminated with a back-bend where Edie drank a soda upside down (of course)...
“ The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 1
Episode #1.1 (13 Sep. 1977)
Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 2
Episode #1.2 (20 Sep. 1977)
Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 3
Episode #1.3 (27 Sep. 1977)
Award Winner

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 4
Episode #1.4 (20 Oct. 1977)
Various (uncredited) ” - gattonero975
 
14.
“ The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 1
Episode #1.1 (13 Sep. 1977)
Floyd (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 3
Episode #1.3 (27 Sep. 1977)
Himself / Man with Broken-Down Car (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 4
Episode #1.4 (20 Oct. 1977)
Various (uncredited) ” - gattonero975
 
15.
Juanita Moore
African American actress Juanita Moore entered films in the early 1950s, a time in which few black people were given an opportunity to act in major studio films. Fortunately Moore's roles began improving as Hollywood developed a social consciousness toward the end of the decade. In 1959 she received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in Imitation of Life...
“ The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 2
Episode #1.2 (20 Sep. 1977)
Mama Edie ” - gattonero975
 
16.
LaWanda Page
Best known for her role as Aunt Esther Anderson on "Sanford And Son", she appeared in many films including "Don't Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood" (1996), "Friday" (1995), "The Legend of Dolemite" (1994), "West From North Goes South" (1993), "The Meteor Man" (1993)...
“ The Richard Pryor Special? (1977)
Sister Mabel Williams ” - gattonero975
 
17.
“ The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 1
Episode #1.1 (13 Sep. 1977)
Richard's Friend ” - gattonero975
 
18.
Tim Reid
Tim Reid was born December 19, 1944 in Norfolk, Virginia and came from a troubled, impoverished childhood. He straightened out his life enough to attend Norfolk State College (now University) and graduate with a business administration degree. He worked for Du Pont in Chicago for a period of time in the late 60s and married his first wife Rita...
“ The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 1
Episode #1.1 (13 Sep. 1977)
Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 3
Episode #1.3 (27 Sep. 1977)
various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 4
Episode #1.4 (20 Oct. 1977)
Various (uncredited) ” - gattonero975
 
19.
“ The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 2
Episode #1.2 (20 Sep. 1977)
Audience Member in Courthouse (uncredited) ” - gattonero975
 
20.
Glynn Turman
Actor, Super 8
New York City-born African-American actor Glynn Turman enjoyed his first real taste of acting success at the age of 13 originating the role of Travis Younger on Broadway in Lorraine Hansberry's landmark play "A Raisin in the Sun" in 1959 opposite Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Claudia McNeil and Diana Sands as his various family members...
“ The Richard Pryor Special? (1977)
Booster Johnson ” - gattonero975
 
21.
“ The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 1
Episode #1.1 (13 Sep. 1977)
Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 2
Episode #1.2 (20 Sep. 1977)
Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 3
Episode #1.3 (27 Sep. 1977)
Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 4
Episode #1.4 (20 Oct. 1977)
Various (uncredited) ” - gattonero975
 
22.
Robin Williams
Robin McLaurin Williams was born on Saturday, July 21st, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, a great-great-grandson of Mississippi Governor and Senator, Anselm J. McLaurin. His mother, Laurie McLaurin (née Janin), was a former model from Mississippi, and his father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams, was a Ford Motor Company executive from Indiana...
“ The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 1
Episode #1.1 (13 Sep. 1977)
Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 2
Episode #1.2 (20 Sep. 1977)
Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 3
Episode #1.3 (27 Sep. 1977)
Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 4
Episode #1.4 (20 Oct. 1977)
Various (uncredited) ” - gattonero975
 
23.
“ The Richard Pryor Special? (1977)
Writer (as Dick Williams) ” - gattonero975
 
24.
“ The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 1
Episode #1.1 (13 Sep. 1977)
Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 2
Episode #1.2 (20 Sep. 1977)
Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 3
Episode #1.3 (27 Sep. 1977)
Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 4
Episode #1.4 (20 Oct. 1977)
Various (uncredited) ” - gattonero975
 
25.
Marlene Clark
Lovely, sultry and charismatic Marlene Clark was born December 19, 1949, in Los Angeles, California. Her father was a bus driver and her mother worked in a factory. Marlene grew up in New York City's Harlem area, and went to junior college in Tennessee. She was a speech major at the City College of New York...
“ The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 3
Episode #1.3 (27 Sep. 1977)
Herself - Audience Member (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 4
Episode #1.4 (20 Oct. 1977)
Various (uncredited) ” - gattonero975
 
26.
“ The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 1
Episode #1.1 (13 Sep. 1977)
Autograph Seeking Fan of Satin Doll / Various (uncredited) ” - gattonero975
 
27.
“ The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 2
Episode #1.2 (20 Sep. 1977)
Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Special? (1977)
Old Man at Bar ” - gattonero975
 
28.
“ The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 2
Episode #1.2 (20 Sep. 1977)
Young Eddie ” - gattonero975
 
29.
“ The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 1
Episode #1.1 (13 Sep. 1977)
Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 2
Episode #1.2 (20 Sep. 1977)
Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 3
Episode #1.3 (27 Sep. 1977)
Man Ordering Fast-Food ” - gattonero975
 
30.
“ The Richard Pryor Special? (1977)
Bar Patron ” - gattonero975
 
31.
“ The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 1
Episode #1.1 (13 Sep. 1977)
Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 2
Episode #1.2 (20 Sep. 1977)
Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 4
Episode #1.4 (20 Oct. 1977)
Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Special? (1977)
Writer (as Ludie Washington) ” - gattonero975
 
32.
“ The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 1
Episode #1.1 (13 Sep. 1977)
Reporter from Honolulu News / Various (uncredited) ” - gattonero975