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Richard Pryor (1940–2005)

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 ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 7 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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 1999 Norm (TV Series)
Mr. Johnson
- Norm vs. the Boxer (1999) ... Mr. Johnson
 1996 Malcolm & Eddie (TV Series)
Uncle Buck
- Do the K.C. Hustle (1996) ... Uncle Buck
 1996 Mad Dog Time
Jimmy the Grave Digger
 1995 Chicago Hope (TV Series)
Joe Springer
- Stand (1995) ... Joe Springer
 1993 Martin (TV Series)
Richard Pryor
 1991 The Three Muscatels
Narrator / Wino / Bartender
 1991 Another You
Eddie Dash
 1988 Moving
Arlo Pear
 1986 Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling
Jo Jo Dancer / Alter Ego
 1982 Some Kind of Hero
Eddie Keller
 1980 In God We Tru$t
 1978 Sesame Street (TV Series)
- Episode #10.16 (1978)
 1978 Blue Collar
 1976 The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings
Charlie Snow, All-Star (RF)
 1976 Adiós Amigo
Sam Spade
 1974 Uptown Saturday Night
Sharp Eye Washington
 1973 Hit!
Mike Willmer
 1973 Some Call It Loving
 1973 The Mack
 1972 Lady Sings the Blues
Piano Man
 1972 Mod Squad (TV Series)
Cat Griffin
- The Connection (1972) ... Cat Griffin
 1971 The Partridge Family (TV Series)
A.E. Simon
- Soul Club (1971) ... A.E. Simon
 1970 Carter's Army (TV Movie)
Pvt. Jonathan Crunk
 1969 The Young Lawyers (TV Series)
Otis Tucker
- The Young Lawyers (1969) ... Otis Tucker
 1968 Wild in the Streets
Stanley X
 1967 The Busy Body
 1966 The Wild Wild West (TV Series)
- The Night of the Eccentrics (1966) ... Villar
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Show Show Producer (6 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (4 credits)
Show Show Director (2 credits)
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Other Works:

Album: "That Nigger's Crazy" (won Grammy for Best Comedy Recording) See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 6 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 1 Interview | 12 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


5' 10" (1.78 m)

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Personal Quote:

[observation, 1967] I never thought about not making it. But the 'it' had nothing to do with show business. The 'it' I'm trying to make is me. See more »


Was originally considered for the role of Billy Ray Valentine on Trading Places (1983), before Eddie Murphy ultimately won the part. See more »


Frequently worked with Gene Wilder See more »


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