Richard Pryor

Richard Pryor

  • Born on
    • December 1st, 1940
  • Died on
    • December 10th, 2005
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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Acting (33 Credits)

2014And the Oscar Goes to...
1997Lost Highway as Arnie
1996Mad Dog Time as Jimmy the Gravedigger
1991Another You as Eddie Dash
1989See No Evil, Hear No Evil as Wallace 'Wally' Karue
1989Harlem Nights as Sugar Ray
1988Moving as Arlo Pear
1987Critical Condition as Eddie Lenahan/Dr. Kevin Slattery
1986Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling as Jo Jo Dancer / Alter Ego
1985Brewster's Millions as Montgomery Brewster
1983Superman III as Gus Gorman
1982Some Kind of Hero as Cpl. Eddie Keller / Ted Segal
1982The Toy as Jack Brown
1981Bustin' Loose as Joe Braxton
1980Stir Crazy as Harry Monroe
1980In God We Trust (or Gimme That Prime Time Religion) as G.O.D.
1980Wholly Moses! as Pharaoh
1979The Muppet Movie as Balloon Vendor
1978Blue Collar as Zeke Brown
1978The Wiz as The Wiz
1978California Suite as Dr. Chauncey Gump
1977Which Way Is Up? as Leroy Jones/Rufus Jones/Rev. Lenox Thoma
1977Greased Lightning as Wendell Scott
1976The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings as Charlie Snow
1976Silver Streak as Grover Muldoon
1976Car Wash as Daddy Rich
1975Adios Amigo as Sam Spade
1974Uptown Saturday Night as Sharp Eye Washington
1973Hit! as Mike Willmer
1973The Mack as Slim
1972Lady Sings the Blues as Piano Man
1970Carter's Army as Pvt. Jonathan Crunk
1968Wild in the Streets as Stanley X

Himself (7 Credits)

2020The Comedy Store as Himself (archive footage)
2013Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic as Self (archive footage)
1983Richard Pryor... Here and Now as Himself
1982Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip as Himself
1979Richard Pryor: Live in Concert as Himself
1973Wattstax as Himself
1971Richard Pryor: Live and Smokin' as Himself


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