Pryor worked the nightclub circuit in the early 1960s and by '63 was laying 'em in the aisles in New York City with scathing but insightful routines lampooning everything from racism to the drug culture. Gigs on TV-variety programs garnered him nationwide exposure and in time led to film parts and starring roles in two television series.
Pryor's noteworthy movies include Lady Sings the Blues (1972), The Wiz (1978), The Toy (1982) and memorable pairings with Gene Wilder in Silver Streak (1976) and Stir Crazy (1980). Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1986, Pryor retired from performing in the 1990s. He died Dec. 10, 2005.
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- Silver Streak
- See No Evil, Hear No Evil
- Harlem Nights
- Lost Highway
- Stir Crazy
- The Wiz
- Superman III
- California Suite
- Lady Sings the Blues
- Which Way Is Up?
- The Toy
- Brewster's Millions
- Wholly Moses
- The Mack
- Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars
- The Richard Pryor Show
- Richard Pryor: Here and Now
- Sam Kinison: Why Did We Laugh?
- Merv Griffin: 40 Interesting People
- Black Brigade
- Car Wash
- Richard Pryor: Live in Concert
- Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip
- Richard Pryor: Live & Smokin'
- Critical Condition
- Malcolm & Eddie: Season 1
- Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet #*%$#@!!
- Make 'Em Laugh
- Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic