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Birth information

1 December 1940 Peoria, Illinois, USA

Death information

10 December 2005 Encino, Los Angeles, California, USA

Given Name

Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III

Nickname

Richie
Dickie
Dick
Rich

How tall is Richard Pryor?

1.78 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Jennifer Lee Pryor
Flynn Belaine
Flynn Belaine
Jennifer Lee Pryor
Deborah McGuire
Shelley R. Bonus
Patricia Price

Life Story of 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, and Pryor's observational humor on African-American life in the USA during the 1970s was razor sharp brilliance.

He was born Richard Franklin Lennox Pryor III on December 1, 1940, in Peoria, Illinois, the son of Gertrude L. (Thomas) and LeRoy "Buck Carter" Pryor. His mother, a prostitute, abandoned him when he was ten years of age, after which he was raised in his grandmother's brothel. Unfortunately, Pryor was molested at the age of six by a teenage neighbor, and later by a neighborhood preacher. To escape this troubled life, the young Pryor was an avid movie fan and a regular visitor to local movie theaters in Peoria. After numerous jobs, including truck driver and meat packer, the young Pryor did a stint in the US Army between 1958 & 1960 in which he performed in amateur theater shows. After he left the services in 1960, Pryor started...

Significant features of Richard Pryor

Foul language that has been compared to raw sewage mixed with social insight that has been compared to Mark Twain.
Frequently worked with Gene Wilder
His distinctive heavy mustache

How much money has Richard Pryor earned?

Car Wash (1976) $25,000
Stir Crazy (1980) $1,000,000 + 10% of the gross
Superman III (1983) $4,000,000

Publications and Magazines about Richard Pryor

Richard Pryor, Todd Gold Pryor Convictions: And other Life Sentences. 1995
Rain Pryor (with 'Cathy Crimmins') Jokes My Father Never Taught Me. 2006
Richard Pryor with Todd Gold Pryor Convictions: And Other Life Sentences, 2nd Rev. Edition. 2005
John A. Williams & Dennis A. Williams If I Stop I'll Die - The Comedy and Tragedy of Richard Pryor. 1991
McCluskey, Audrey Thomas, editor Richard Pryor: The Life and Legacy of a "Crazy" Black Man. 2008
David & Joe Henry Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him. 2013

Biographical movies about Richard Pryor

E! True Hollywood Story: "Richard Pryor" Episode #7.15 2003
Pryor Offenses 2004

What movies did Richard Pryor play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Pryor Offenses (2004) , Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America (1993) , Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986) , Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip (1982) , Bustin' Loose (1981) ,
Directors Filmography
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986) , Richard Pryor... Here and Now (1983) ,
Actors Filmography
Norm (1999) Mr. Johnson, Lost Highway (1997) Arnie, Malcolm & Eddie (1996) Uncle Buck, Mad Dog Time (1996) Jimmy the Grave Digger, Chicago Hope (1995) Joe Springer, Martin (1993) Richard Pryor,...

Birth information

1 December 1940 Peoria, Illinois, USA

Death information

10 December 2005 Encino, Los Angeles, California, USA

Given Name

Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III

Nickname

Richie
Dickie
Dick
Rich

How tall is Richard Pryor?

1.78 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Jennifer Lee Pryor
Flynn Belaine
Flynn Belaine
Jennifer Lee Pryor
Deborah McGuire
Shelley R. Bonus
Patricia Price

Life Story of 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, and Pryor's observational humor on African-American life in the USA during the 1970s was razor sharp brilliance.

He was born Richard Franklin Lennox Pryor III on December 1, 1940, in Peoria, Illinois, the son of Gertrude L. (Thomas) and LeRoy "Buck Carter" Pryor. His mother, a prostitute, abandoned him when he was ten years of age, after which he was raised in his grandmother's brothel. Unfortunately, Pryor was molested at the age of six by a teenage neighbor, and later by a neighborhood preacher. To escape this troubled life, the young Pryor was an avid movie fan and a regular visitor to local movie theaters in Peoria. After numerous jobs, including truck driver and meat packer, the young Pryor did a stint in the US Army between 1958 & 1960 in which he performed in amateur theater shows. After he left the services in 1960, Pryor started...

Significant features of Richard Pryor

Foul language that has been compared to raw sewage mixed with social insight that has been compared to Mark Twain.
Frequently worked with Gene Wilder
His distinctive heavy mustache

How much money has Richard Pryor earned?

Car Wash (1976) $25,000
Stir Crazy (1980) $1,000,000 + 10% of the gross
Superman III (1983) $4,000,000

Publications and Magazines about Richard Pryor

Richard Pryor, Todd Gold Pryor Convictions: And other Life Sentences. 1995
Rain Pryor (with 'Cathy Crimmins') Jokes My Father Never Taught Me. 2006
Richard Pryor with Todd Gold Pryor Convictions: And Other Life Sentences, 2nd Rev. Edition. 2005
John A. Williams & Dennis A. Williams If I Stop I'll Die - The Comedy and Tragedy of Richard Pryor. 1991
McCluskey, Audrey Thomas, editor Richard Pryor: The Life and Legacy of a "Crazy" Black Man. 2008
David & Joe Henry Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him. 2013

Biographical movies about Richard Pryor

E! True Hollywood Story: "Richard Pryor" Episode #7.15 2003
Pryor Offenses 2004

What movies did Richard Pryor play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Pryor Offenses (2004) , Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America (1993) , Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986) , Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip (1982) , Bustin' Loose (1981) ,
Directors Filmography
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986) , Richard Pryor... Here and Now (1983) ,
Actors Filmography
Norm (1999) Mr. Johnson, Lost Highway (1997) Arnie, Malcolm & Eddie (1996) Uncle Buck, Mad Dog Time (1996) Jimmy the Grave Digger, Chicago Hope (1995) Joe Springer, Martin (1993) Richard Pryor,...

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Richard Pryor and Christopher Reeve in Superman III - Der stählerne Blitz (1983)

Has admitted the fire that nearly killed him while free-basing cocaine in the early 1980s was in fact a suicide attempt. His management created the "accident" lie for the press in hopes of protecting him.

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Richard Pryor and Pat Starr in Superman III - Der stählerne Blitz (1983)

In 1998, he won the first Mark Twain Prize for American Humor from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

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Richard Pryor and Stefan Kalipha in Superman III - Der stählerne Blitz (1983)

He served in the United States Army from 1958 to 1960, but spent virtually the entire stint in an army prison. According to a 1999 profile about Pryor in The New Yorker, Pryor was incarcerated for an incident that occurred while he was stationed in West Germany. Angered that a white soldier was overly amused at the racially charged scenes of Imitation of Life (1959), Pryor and several other black soldiers beat and stabbed him, although not fatally.

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Richard Pryor and Nancy Roberts in Superman III - Der stählerne Blitz (1983)

Mother, Gertrude Thomas, passed away when Pryor was 27 years old.

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Richard Pryor in Pryor's Place (1984)

Children: Renee Pryor, Richard Pryor Jr., Elizabeth Pryor, Rain Pryor, Stephen Pryor, Kelsey Pryor and Franklin Pryor (Mason Pryor).

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Robin Williams and Richard Pryor in Pryor's Place (1984)

Father, Buck Pryor (aka LeRoy Carter), was a bartender, boxer and World War II veteran, who passed away when Richard was age 28.

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Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor in Zwei wahnsinnig starke Typen (1980)

Claimed to have seen the film The Man in the Glass Booth (1975) 40 times. His future wife Jennifer Lee Pryor had a role in the film.

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Richard Pryor, Franklyn Ajaye, Lauren Jones, Henry Kingi, Clarence Muse, Pepe Serna, etc.

Chosen as #1 in Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time. [April 2004]

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Richard Pryor and The Pointer Sisters in Car Wash - Der ausgeflippte Waschsalon (1976)

Suffered from multiple sclerosis from 1986 until his death in 2005.

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Richard Pryor in Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986)

Remarried two of his ex-wives: Flynn Belaine (1990) and Jennifer Lee Pryor (2001).

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Richard Pryor in Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986)

Eddie Murphy pointed to Pryor as his role model and inspiration to become a comedian himself.

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Richard Pryor and Paula Kelly in Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986)

In 1990, he suffered a massive heart attack and underwent triple bypass surgery.

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Richard Pryor, Art Evans, and Paula Kelly in Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986)

One of his limousine drivers was Freddy Soto, who later went became a stand-up comedian. He also passed away in 2005.

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Richard Pryor and Mike Genovese in Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986)

He was considered for Eddie Murphy's roles in 48 Hrs. (1982), Trading Places (1983) and Beverly Hills Cop (1984).

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Richard Pryor and Barbara Williams in Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986)

Admitted that he did Superman III (1983) and The Toy (1982) purely for the money.

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Richard Pryor and Fay Hauser in Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986)

Suffered a mild heart attack in November 1977. He passed away only nine days after his 65th birthday.

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Richard Pryor in Oh, Moses! (1980)

At age 16, he was expelled from Central High School for punching his science teacher.

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Dudley Moore and Richard Pryor in Oh, Moses! (1980)

He was expelled from a Catholic grammar school in Peoria, Illinois, when the nuns found out his grandmother owned a string of brothels.

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Richard Pryor and Diana Ross in Lady Sings the Blues (1972)

He was invited to a private screening of National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) by director John Landis, who wanted Pryor's opinion about the scene at the black roadhouse. Landis and the film's backers were concerned that it would be offensive to black audiences. Pryor laughed out loud, and told them that it should definitely be kept in the movie.

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Richard Pryor in Some Call It Loving (1973)

He is a second cousin, once removed, of rapper and actor Ludacris. Richard's maternal great-grandparents, William A. Craig and Nancy, were also Ludacris's maternal great-great-grandparents.

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Richard Pryor and Zalman King in Some Call It Loving (1973)

Had starred with Gene Wilder in four movies: Silver Streak (1976), Stir Crazy (1980), See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) and Another You (1991).

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Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6438 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on May 20, 1993.

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Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor in Trans-Amerika-Express (1976)

He was originally going to star in A Fine Mess (1986) opposite Burt Reynolds.

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Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor in Trans-Amerika-Express (1976)

He was briefly attached to star in Malcolm X (1992) during the early production stages.

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Gene Wilder, Jill Clayburgh, Patrick McGoohan, Richard Pryor, etc.

He was scheduled to appear on The Muppet Show: Chris Langham (1981) until his notorious freebasing suicide attempt made that appointment impossible. Staff writer Chris Langham had to substitute.

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Jackie Gleason and Richard Pryor in Der Spielgefährte (1982)

He was the first black person to host Saturday Night Live (1975).

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Richard Pryor and Scott Schwartz in Der Spielgefährte (1982)

He missed out on two roles that went to Gregory Hines. He was supposed to play Josephus in History of the World: Part I (1981), but had to drop out due to his freebasing accident. He offered the role of Sandman Williams in The Cotton Club (1984), but his asking price was too high.

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Richard Pryor and Scott Schwartz in Der Spielgefährte (1982)

In a 2005 British poll to find "The Comedian's Comedian", Pryor was voted the 10th-greatest comedy act ever by fellow comedians and comedy insiders.

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Richard Pryor and Scott Schwartz in Der Spielgefährte (1982)

In 2018, Quincy Jones and Jennifer Lee Pryor claimed that Pryor had a sexual relationship with Marlon Brando, and that Pryor was open about his bisexuality with his friends. Pryor's daughter Rain later disputed the claim. In his autobiography, Pryor admitted to having a two-week sexual relationship with a transvestite, which he called "two weeks of being gay".

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Ned Beatty and Richard Pryor in Der Spielgefährte (1982)

He hated Uncle Tom's Fairy Tales (1969), a short film he appeared in when he was starting his stand-up career, so much he destroyed as much as he could of the original negatives.

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Richard Pryor, Teresa Ganzel, and Scott Schwartz in Der Spielgefährte (1982)

He was due to star in The Sting II (1983) opposite Lily Tomlin, but they both dropped out.

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Richard Pryor in Der Spielgefährte (1982)

He was going to star in Bird (1988) when the project was at Paramount Pictures.

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Richard Pryor and Scott Schwartz in Der Spielgefährte (1982)

Posthumously inducted into the International Mustache Hall of Fame in the category Film & Television (2017).

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Richard Pryor and Scott Schwartz in Der Spielgefährte (1982)

Was friends with Bill Cosby and Redd Foxx.

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Richard Pryor in Der Spielgefährte (1982)

Mike Johansen's personal favorite comic.

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Richard Pryor in Der Spielgefährte (1982)

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Richard Pryor in Der Spielgefährte (1982)

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Richard Pryor in Der Spielgefährte (1982)

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Richard Pryor in Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip (1982)

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Richard Pryor in Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip (1982)

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