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.
Wally Karew is blind, and Dave Lyons is deaf. But when a man is murdered right outside the newsstand where they work, the police collar the unlikely duo and tag them as the primary suspects.
- Stir Crazy
- Lost Highway
- The Muppet Movie
- Brewster's Millions
- Lady Sings the Blues
- The Wiz
- Critical Condition
- Superman III
- Car Wash
- Richard Pryor: Live in Concert
- Wholly Moses
- The Toy
- Harlem Nights
- Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet #*%$#@!!
- The Mack
- Which Way Is Up?
- California Suite
- Richard Pryor: Live & Smokin'
- Silver Streak
- Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars
- Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip
- Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic
- Merv Griffin: 40 Interesting People
- Black Brigade
- The Richard Pryor Show
- Richard Pryor: Here and Now
- Malcolm & Eddie: Season 1
- Sam Kinison: Why Did We Laugh?
- Make 'Em Laugh