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Richard Pryor

Richard Pryor
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Birth Date

December 1, 1940


December 10, 2005


United States

Sun Sign


Natural hair color


Eye color



5 ft 10 in | 178 cm


75 kg | 165 lbs

Shoe size

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Early acting career First movie Breakthrough

Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor Sr. was born in Peoria, Illinois, United States, on December 1, 1940, was an American actor.

Young Richard Pryor first started performing in amateur theater shows.

He made big screen debut in comedy film The Busy Body (1967) in role as Lt. Whitaker.

He got his television debut in Western action series The Wild Wild West (1966) in episode "The Night of the Eccentrics", in role as Villar.

Richard's breakthrough performance came as Piano Man in biographical drama film Lady Sings the Blues (1972).

Richard Pryor Height and Weight

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Best Movies

He was nominated for the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Grover T. Muldoon in buddy comedy thriller film Silver Streak (1976).

Stir Crazy (1980) comedy crime as Harold "Harry" Monroe

Blue Collar (1978) crime drama as Zeke Brown

Brewster's Millions (1985) comedy as Montgomery Brewster

See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) comedy thriller as Wallace "Wally" Karue

Harlem Nights (1989) crime comedy drama as Sugar Ray

The Toy (1982) comedy as Jack Brown

The Mack (1973) blaxploitation as Slim

Superman III (1983) superhero as August "Gus" Gorman

Bustin' Loose (1981) comedy drama as Joe Braxton

Uptown Saturday Night (1974) action comedy crime as Sharp Eye Washington

The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976) sports comedy as Charlie Snow, All-Star (RF)

Moving (1988) comedy as Arlo Pear

He directed, produced and starred as Jo Jo Dancer in biographical comedy drama Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986).

Wild in the Streets (1968) comedy drama as Stanley X

Some Kind of Hero (1982) comedy drama as Eddie Keller

Greased Lightning (1977) biographical drama as Wendell Scott

He co-wrote Western black comedy film Blazing Saddles (1974), for which was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay and won the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Best TV Shows

He won the Grammy Awards for Best Comedy Album:

That Nigger's Crazy (1974)

...Is It Something I Said? (1975)

Bicentennial Nigger (1976)

Rev. Du Rite (1981)

Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip (1982)

He was nominated for the Grammy Awards for Best Comedy Album:

Holy Smoke (1976)

Are You Serious??? (1977)

The Wizard of Comedy (1978)

Wanted: Live in Concert (1978)

He won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special for CBS comedy variety show television special Lily (1973).

He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for television special Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever (1983).

He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Joe Springer in CBS medical drama series Chicago Hope (1995) in episode "Stand".

He was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in Children's Programming for his role as Himself in CBS children's series Pryor's Place (1984).

He hosted Saturday Night Live (1975), in episode "Richard Pryor / Gil Scott-Heron".


Attended Central High School and Catholic grammar school in Peoria, Illinois.

He served in United States Army from 1958 to 1960.

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6438 Hollywood Boulevard in 1993.

He was a long time advocate against animal cruelty.

He won the Writers Guild of America Award in 1974.

He received Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.

He received Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 1998.

He had seven children with six different women: Renee Pryor, Richard Pryor Jr., Elizabeth Pryor, Rain Pryor, Stephen Pryor, Kelsey Pryor and Franklin Pryor.

Richard died on December 10, 2005, Encino, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 65.


He was married to:

Flynn Belaine (1986-1987, 1990-1991)

Jennifer Lee (1981-1982, 2001-2005)

Deborah McGuire (1977-1978)

Shelley R. Bonus (1967–1969)

Patricia Price (1960–1961)


He dated Geraldine Mason (1986-1987), Pam Grier (1976-1977), Deana Haight (1966-1967) and Maxine Silverman (1966-1968).