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Best known for his profanity-spiked stand-up comedy, Richard Pryor was born into poverty Dec. 1, 1940, in Peoria, Ill. At 14, he quit high school and later signed up for a two-year hitch in the Army, where he began honing his innate comic talent in amateur shows.

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.

Richard Pryor in The Muppet Movie

The Muppet Movie

1979 G

After deciding to pursue a career in acting, Kermit the Frog goes on a cross-country trek to find fame in Hollywood. Along the way, he meets Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and the rest of the Muppets cast, and voilĂ , the Muppets are born.

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  • Richard Pryor in Lost Highway Lost Highway
  • Richard Pryor in See No Evil, Hear No Evil See No Evil, Hear No Evil
  • Richard Pryor in The Toy The Toy
  • Richard Pryor in Silver Streak Silver Streak
  • Richard Pryor in California Suite California Suite
  • Richard Pryor in Lady Sings the Blues Lady Sings the Blues
  • Richard Pryor in The Mack The Mack
  • Richard Pryor in The Wiz The Wiz
  • Richard Pryor in Stir Crazy Stir Crazy
  • Richard Pryor in Harlem Nights Harlem Nights
  • Richard Pryor in Which Way Is Up? Which Way Is Up?
  • Richard Pryor in Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip
  • Richard Pryor in Richard Pryor: Here and Now Richard Pryor: Here and Now
  • Richard Pryor in Richard Pryor: Live in Concert Richard Pryor: Live in Concert
  • Richard Pryor in Wholly Moses Wholly Moses
  • Richard Pryor in Superman III Superman III
  • Richard Pryor in Critical Condition Critical Condition
  • Richard Pryor in Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic
  • Richard Pryor in Wattstax Wattstax
  • Richard Pryor in Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars
  • Richard Pryor in Car Wash Car Wash
  • Richard Pryor in Richard Pryor: Live & Smokin' Richard Pryor: Live & Smokin'
  • Richard Pryor in Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet #*%$#@!! Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet #*%$#@!!
  • Richard Pryor in Merv Griffin: 40 Interesting People Merv Griffin: 40 Interesting People
  • Richard Pryor in Black Brigade Black Brigade
  • Richard Pryor in The Richard Pryor Show The Richard Pryor Show
  • Richard Pryor in Malcolm & Eddie: Season 1 Malcolm & Eddie: Season 1
  • Richard Pryor in Sam Kinison: Why Did We Laugh? Sam Kinison: Why Did We Laugh?
  • Richard Pryor in Make 'Em Laugh Make 'Em Laugh