Richard Pryor (1940–2005)


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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 14 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Known For

Superman III Gus Gorman
(1983)
Silver Streak Grover
(1976)
Bustin' Loose Joe Braxton
(1981)

Filmography

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 1999 Norm (TV Series)
Mr. Johnson
- Norm vs. the Boxer (1999) ... Mr. Johnson
 1997 Lost Highway
Arnie
 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
- The Break Up: Part 1 (1993) ... Richard Pryor
 1991 The Three Muscatels
Narrator / Wino / Bartender
 1991 Another You
Eddie Dash
 1989 Harlem Nights
Sugar Ray
 1988 Moving
Arlo Pear
 1987 Critical Condition
Eddie / Kevin
 1986 Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling
Jo Jo Dancer / Alter Ego
 1985 Brewster's Millions
Montgomery Brewster
 1984 Billy Joel: Keeping the Faith (Video short)
Man Reading Newspaper
 1983 Superman III
Gus Gorman
 1982 The Toy
Jack Brown
 1982 Some Kind of Hero
Eddie Keller
 1981 Bustin' Loose
Joe Braxton
 1980 Stir Crazy
Harry Monroe
 1980 Wholly Moses!
Pharaoh
 1979 The Muppet Movie
Balloon Vendor
 1978 California Suite
Dr. Chauncey Gump
 1978 The Wiz
The Wiz (Herman Smith)
 1978 Blue Collar
Zeke
 1977 Which Way Is Up?
Leroy Jones / Rufus Jones / Reverend Lenox Thomas
 1977 Greased Lightning
Wendell Scott
 1976 Silver Streak
Grover
 1976 Car Wash
Daddy Rich
 1976 The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings
Charlie Snow, All-Star (RF)
 1975 Adiós Amigo
Sam Spade
 1974 Uptown Saturday Night
Sharp Eye Washington
 1973 Hit!
Mike Willmer
 1973 Some Call It Loving
Jeff
 1973 The Mack
Slim
 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 The Phynx
Richard Pryor
 1970 Carter's Army (TV Movie)
Pvt. Jonathan Crunk
 1969 Uncle Tom's Fairy Tales (Short)
 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
Whittaker
 1966 The Wild Wild West (TV Series)
Villar
- The Night of the Eccentrics (1966) ... Villar
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Album: ". . . And It's Deep, Too! The Complete Warner Bros. Recordings, 1968-1982". See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 6 Print Biographies | 3 Portrayals | 1 Interview | 13 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Official Sites:

Facebook | Last.fm | See more »

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)

Spouse:

Jennifer Lee Pryor  (his death) | See more »

Parents:

Thomas, Gertrude | Pryor, LeRoy
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on experiencing racism] I was just on the Today (1952) show and they were telling me how wonderful I was and I walk out into the reality of America and I can't get a cab. See more »

Trivia:

He has appeared in two films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: Wattstax (1973) and The Muppet Movie (1979). He has also written one film that is in the registry: Blazing Saddles (1974). See more »

Trademark:

His distinctive heavy mustache See more »

Nickname:

Richie See more »

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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