Richard Pryor

Born in December 1st, 1940

From Peoria, Illinois, USA

Richard Pryor Biography

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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Richard Pryor Filmography

I Am Richard Pryor Poster
March 12, 2019
And the Oscar Goes To... Poster
February 1, 2014
Lost Highway Poster
January 24, 1997
Mad Dog Time Poster
November 8, 1996
Another You Poster
July 26, 1991
Harlem Nights Poster
November 17, 1989