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.
In this original teaming of Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor, George Caldwell (Wilder) witnesses a murder aboard a train, but no one believes him. When a detective finally agrees to look into the case, he's bumped off as well. Although George appears to be next on the hit list, he manages to escape -- only to be hauled off to jail by a local cop. With the help of small-time criminal Grover Muldoon (Pryor), will George manage to break free?
- Stir Crazy
- See No Evil, Hear No Evil
- Brewster's Millions
- The Muppet Movie
- Superman III
- Lost Highway
- Black Brigade
- The Wiz
- Harlem Nights
- Lady Sings the Blues
- Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars
- The Richard Pryor Show
- Which Way Is Up?
- Richard Pryor: Live in Concert
- Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip
- The Toy
- Richard Pryor: Here and Now
- Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet #*%$#@!!
- Make 'Em Laugh
- Merv Griffin: 40 Interesting People
- The Mack
- Car Wash
- California Suite
- Wholly Moses
- Richard Pryor: Live & Smokin'
- Critical Condition
- Malcolm & Eddie: Season 1
- Sam Kinison: Why Did We Laugh?
- Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic