December 1, 1940
December 10, 2005
5 ft 10 in | 178 cm
75 kg | 165 lbs
Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor Sr. was born in Peoria, Illinois, United States, on December 1, 1940, was an American actor.
Young Richard Pryor first started performing in amateur theater shows.
He made big screen debut in comedy film The Busy Body (1967) in role as Lt. Whitaker.
He got his television debut in Western action series The Wild Wild West (1966) in episode "The Night of the Eccentrics", in role as Villar.
Richard's breakthrough performance came as Piano Man in biographical drama film Lady Sings the Blues (1972).
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He was nominated for the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Grover T. Muldoon in buddy comedy thriller film Silver Streak (1976).
Stir Crazy (1980) comedy crime opposite Gene Wilder and JoBeth Williams
Blue Collar (1978) crime drama with Harvey Keitel and Yaphet Kotto
Brewster's Millions (1985) comedy opposite Lonette McKee and John Candy
See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) comedy thriller with Gene Wilder and Kevin Spacey
Harlem Nights (1989) crime comedy drama opposite Eddie Murphy and Danny Aiello
The Toy (1982) comedy with Jackie Gleason and Ned Beatty
The Mack (1973) blaxploitation opposite Max Julien and Carol Speed
Superman III (1983) superhero with Christopher Reeve and Annette O'Toole
Bustin' Loose (1981) comedy drama opposite Cicely Tyson and Paul Mooney
Uptown Saturday Night (1974) action comedy crime with Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby
The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976) sports comedy opposite James Earl Jones and Billy Dee Williams
Moving (1988) comedy with Stacey Dash and Dana Carvey
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986) biographical comedy drama opposite Debbie Allen and Art Evans
Wild in the Streets (1968) comedy drama with Shelley Winters and Hal Holbrook
Some Kind of Hero (1982) comedy drama opposite Margot Kidder and Lynne Moody
Greased Lightning (1977) biographical drama with Beau Bridges and Pam Grier
He co-wrote Western black comedy film Blazing Saddles (1974), for which he was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay and won the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay.
He won the Grammy Awards for Best Comedy Album:
That Nigger's Crazy (1974)
...Is It Something I Said? (1975)
Bicentennial Nigger (1976)
Rev. Du Rite (1981)
Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip (1982)
He was nominated for the Grammy Awards for Best Comedy Album:
Holy Smoke (1976)
Are You Serious??? (1977)
The Wizard of Comedy (1978)
Wanted: Live in Concert (1978)
He won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special for CBS comedy variety show television special Lily (1973).
He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for television special Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever (1983).
He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Joe Springer in CBS medical drama television series Chicago Hope (1995) in episode "Stand".
He was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in Children's Programming for his role as Himself in CBS children's television series Pryor's Place (1984).
He was the first black person to host Saturday Night Live in 1975.
Attended Central High School and Catholic grammar school in Peoria, Illinois.
He served in United States Army from 1958 to 1960.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6438 Hollywood Boulevard in 1993.
He was a long time advocate against animal cruelty.
He won the Writers Guild of America Award in 1974.
He received Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.
He received Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 1998.
He had seven children with six different women: Renee Pryor, Richard Pryor Jr., Elizabeth Pryor, Rain Pryor, Stephen Pryor, Kelsey Pryor and Franklin Pryor.
Richard died on December 10, 2005, Encino, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 65.
He was married to:
Flynn Belaine (1986-1987, 1990-1991)
Jennifer Lee (1981-1982, 2001-2005)
Deborah McGuire (1977-1978)
Shelley R. Bonus (1967–1969)
Patricia Price (1960–1961)
He dated Geraldine Mason (1986-1987), Pam Grier (1976-1977), Deana Haight (1966-1967) and Maxine Silverman (1966-1968).