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.
- Lost Highway
- The Muppet Movie
- Stir Crazy
- Superman III
- Brewster's Millions
- Silver Streak
- The Wiz
- Lady Sings the Blues
- Richard Pryor: Live in Concert
- The Toy
- California Suite
- Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip
- Critical Condition
- Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic
- Car Wash
- Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars
- Richard Pryor: Here and Now
- Harlem Nights
- Sam Kinison: Why Did We Laugh?
- Merv Griffin: 40 Interesting People
- Black Brigade
- The Mack
- Which Way Is Up?
- The Richard Pryor Show
- Wholly Moses
- Richard Pryor: Live & Smokin'
- Malcolm & Eddie: Season 1
- Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet #*%$#@!!
- Make 'Em Laugh