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