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Richard Pryor
Richard Pryor in 1986
Richard Pryor in 1986
Born December 1, 1940(1940-12-01)
Peoria, Illinois, U.S.
Died December 10, 2005 (aged 65)
Encino, California, U.S.
Medium Stand-up comedian, film, television
Nationality American
Years active 1963–1997
Genres Satire, Observational comedy, Black comedy, Improvisational comedy, Character comedy
Subject(s) racism, race relations, American politics, African-American culture, human sexuality, self-deprecation, everyday life, recreational drug use
Influences Lenny Bruce, Bill Cosby, Dick Gregory, Redd Foxx, Paul Mooney, George Carlin
Influenced George Carlin,[1] Dave Chappelle,[2] Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Hicks, Sam Kinison, Eddie Murphy, Dean Obeidallah, Patton Oswalt, Chris Rock, Robin Williams, George Lopez, Dane Cook, Lewis Black
Notable works and roles That Nigger's Crazy
Bicentennial Nigger
Himself in Richard Pryor: Live in Concert and Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip
Zeke Brown in Blue Collar
Harry Monroe in Stir Crazy
Gus Gorman in Superman III
Website RichardPryor.com
Emmy Awards
Best Writing in Variety or Music
1974 Lily
Grammy Awards
Best Comedy Album
1975 That Nigger's Crazy
1976 ...Is It Something I Said?
1977 Bicentennial Nigger
1982 Rev. Du Rite
1983 Live on the Sunset Strip
American Comedy Awards
Lifetime Achievement Award in Comedy 1993

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Pryor was a storyteller known for unflinching examinations of racism and customs in modern life, and was well-known for his frequent use of colorful language, vulgarities, and racial epithets such as "nigger", "honky," "cracker," and "motherfucker." He reached a broad audience with his trenchant observations, although public opinion of his act was often divided. He is commonly regarded as the most important stand up comedian of his time: Jerry Seinfeld called Pryor "The Picasso of our profession";[3] Whoopi Goldberg cited him as her biggest influence, stating "The major influence was Richard - I want to say those things he's saying." Bob Newhart has called Pryor "the seminal comedian of the last 50 years." [4] Manifestations Slavery Racial profiling Lynching Hate speech Hate crime Genocide (examples) Ethnocide Ethnic cleansing Pogrom Race war Religious persecution Gay bashing Blood libel Paternalism Police brutality Movements Policies Discriminatory Race / Religion / Sex segregation Apartheid Redlining Internment Anti-discriminatory Emancipation Civil rights Desegregation Integration Equal opportunity Counter-discriminatory Affirmative action Racial... The following is a list of ethnic slurs, also known as ethnophaulisms, that are, or have been, used to refer to members of a given ethnicity (or, in some cases, nationality, region, or religion) in a derogatory or pejorative manner. ... // Nigger is a racial slur used to refer to dark-skinned people, especially those of African ancestry. ... For other uses, see Honky (disambiguation). ... White cracker or more often just cracker was originally a pejorative term for a white person, mainly used in the Southern United States. ... Motherfucker (also existing in countless contracted forms e. ... Richard Pryor hits the money line A stand-up comedian or stand-up comic is someone that performs in comedy clubs, usually reciting a fast paced succession of amusing stories, short jokes and one-liners, typically called a monologue. ... This article is about the comedian. ... A young Pablo Picasso Pablo Picasso, formally Pablo Ruiz Picasso, (October 25, 1881 - April 8, 1973) was one of the recognized masters of 20th century art. ... Whoopi Goldberg (born November 13, 1955) is an American actress, comedian, radio presenter, host, and author. ... George Robert Bob Newhart (born September 5, 1929 in Oak Park, Illinois) is an American stand-up comedian and actor. ...


His body of work includes such concert movies and recordings as Richard Pryor: Live and Smokin' (1971), That Nigger's Crazy (1974), ...Is It Something I Said? (1975), Bicentennial Nigger (1976), Richard Pryor: Live in Concert (1979), Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip (1982) and Richard Pryor: Here and Now. He also starred in numerous films as an actor, usually in comedies such as Silver Streak, but occasionally in dramatic roles, such as Paul Schrader's film Blue Collar and epic roles like Gus Gorman from Superman III (1983). He also collaborated on many projects with actor Gene Wilder. He won an Emmy Award in 1973, and five Grammy Awards in 1974, 1975, 1976, 1981, and 1982. In 1974, he also won two American Academy of Humor awards and the Writers Guild of America Award. In 2004, Pryor was voted the greatest stand-up act of all time by Comedy Central. That Niggers Crazy is the third official album release by Richard Pryor. ... The Fourth official album release by Richard Pryor. ... Bicentenntial Nigger is a comedy album by the late comedian Richard Pryor. ... Silver Streak is a 1976 comedy film about murder on a Los Angeles to Chicago train trip. ... Paul Joseph Schrader (born July 22, 1946 in Grand Rapids, Michigan) is an American screenwriter and film director. ... Blue Collar is the 1978 directorial debut of screenwriter Paul Schrader. ... Superman III (originally titled Superman vs. ... // February 11 - The Rolling Stones concert film Lets Spend the Night Together opens in New York North Americas Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Tootsie Trading Places, starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy WarGames, starring Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy Superman III Flashdance Staying Alive Octopussy Mr. ... Gene Wilder (born Jerome Silberman on June 11, 1933) is an American actor who is best known for his role as Willy Wonka, his collaborations with Mel Brooks in Blazing Saddles, The Producers, and Young Frankenstein, and his four movies with Richard Pryor: Silver Streak, Stir Crazy, See No Evil... An Emmy Award. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Annual awards given out by the Writers Guild of America for outstanding achievements in film, TV, or radio writing. ... Comedy Central is an American cable television and satellite television channel in the United States. ...

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Biography

Early life and career

Born on December 1, 1940 in Peoria, Illinois, Pryor grew up in his grandmother's brothel, where his mother, Gertrude L. Thomas, practiced prostitution. His father, LeRoy "Buck" Pryor (a.k.a. Buck Carter) was a former bartender, boxer, and World War II veteran who worked as his wife's pimp. After his mother deserted him when he was 10, he was raised primarily by his grandmother, Marie Carter. As a small child, Pryor was molested by a neighbor and a priest.[5] is the 335th day of the year (336th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full 1940 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... : See how it plays in Peoria United States Illinois Peoria 46. ... A brothel, also known as a bordello or whorehouse, is an establishment specifically dedicated to prostitution, providing the prostitutes a place to meet and to have sex with the clients. ... Whore redirects here. ... For the song by Dave Matthews Band, see Bartender (song). ... For other senses of these words, see boxing (disambiguation) or boxer (disambiguation). ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Sexual abuse is physical or psychological abuse that involves crimes in most countries. ... This article is about religious workers. ...


He was expelled from school at age 14, and began working various odd jobs. His first professional performance was playing drums at a night club. From 1958 to 1960, Pryor served in the U.S. Army but spent virtually that entire stint in an army prison. According to a 1999 profile about Pryor in The New Yorker, Pryor was incarcerated for an incident that occurred while stationed in Germany. Annoyed that a white soldier was a bit too amused at the racially charged sections of Douglas Sirk's movie Imitation of Life, Pryor and some other black soldiers beat and stabbed the white soldier (not fatally).[6] The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... For other uses, see New Yorker. ... Douglas Sirk - Wikipedia /**/ @import /w/skins-1. ... Imitation of Life is a 1959 film directed by Douglas Sirk, adapted from Fannie Hursts novel Imitation of Life, produced by Universal as a vehicle for Lana Turner. ...


In 1963, Pryor moved to New York City and began performing regularly in clubs alongside performers such as Bob Dylan and Woody Allen. On one of his first nights he opened for singer and pianist Nina Simone at the Village Gate. Simone recalls Pryor's bout of performance anxiety: New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... This article is about the recording artist. ... Woody Allen (born Allen Stewart Königsberg on December 1, 1935) is a three-time Academy Award-winning American film director, writer, actor, jazz musician, comedian, and playwright. ... Eunice Kathleen Waymon, better known by her stage name Nina Simone (February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003), was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger and civil rights activist. ... The VIllage Gate Sign still adorns the corner of Thompson and Bleecker streets, January 2006 The Village Gate was a nightclub at the corner of Thompson and Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village, New York. ... A summary of Performance anxiety can be found at http://yearoftheowl. ...

He shook like he had malaria, he was so nervous. I couldn't bear to watch him shiver, so I put my arms around him there in the dark and rocked him like a baby until he calmed down. The next night was the same, and the next, and I rocked him each time.[7]

Inspired by Bill Cosby, Pryor began as a middlebrow comic far less controversial than what was to come. Soon, he began appearing regularly on television variety shows such as The Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show. His popularity led him to become a rather successful comic in Las Vegas. The first five tracks on the 2005 compilation CD Evolution/Revolution: The Early Years (1966-1974), recorded in 1966 and 1967, capture Pryor in this era. William Henry Bill Cosby, Jr. ... Highbrow is a colloquial synonym for intellectual. ... A variety show is a show with a variety of acts, often including music and comedy skits. ... The Ed Sullivan Show was an American television variety show that ran from June 20, 1948 to June 6, 1971, and was hosted by former entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan. ... The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson was the full name of NBCs The Tonight Show during the years that Johnny Carson hosted. ... GMs Aerotrain, in service as the City of Las Vegas, makes a station stop on its way to Los Angeles in 1957. ... See also: 2005 in heavy metal music 2005 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2005 Record labels established in 2005 Albums released in 2005 January 1 - In most of Europe, copyright expired on a number of classic pop and rock-and-roll songs recorded in 1954 and earlier, including...


In September 1967, Pryor had what he called in his autobiography Pryor Convictions an "epiphany" when he walked onto the stage at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas (with Dean Martin in the audience), looked at the sold-out crowd, said over the microphone "What the fuck am I doing here!?", and walked off the stage. Afterward, Pryor began working at least mild profanity into his act, including the word "nigger". His first comedy recording, the eponymous 1968 debut release on the Dove/Reprise label, captures this particular period, tracking the evolution of Pryor's routine. It was around this time that his parents died-his mother in 1967 and his father in 1968. Richard got his familiar nickname at this point of time. Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... Pryor Convictions was an autobiography by the legendary comedian Richard Pryor. ... This article is about a feeling, for other meanings see epiphany (disambiguation). ... The Aladdin is an Arabian Nights theme hotel and casino located at 3667 Las Vegas Boulevard South on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada. ... GMs Aerotrain, in service as the City of Las Vegas, makes a station stop on its way to Los Angeles in 1957. ... Dean Martin (born Dino Paul Crocetti, June 7, 1917 – December 25, 1995) was an American singer, film actor, and comedian. ... Microphones redirects here. ... Look up Profanity in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... // January 4 - Guitarist Jimi Hendrix is jailed by Stockholm police, after trashing a hotel room during a drunken fist fight with bassist Noel Redding. ... Reprise Records is an American record label, owned by Warner Music Group, operated through Warner Bros. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


What he thought was his first child was a girl named Renee. Years later however, he found out that this was not his child. In 1960, he married Patricia Price and they had one child together, Richard Jr. (his first child and first son) They divorced in 1961. In 1967, his second child and first daughter, Elizabeth Ann, was born to his girlfriend Maxine Anderson. Later that year, he married Shelly Bonus. In 1969, his third child and second daughter Rain Pryor was born. Pryor and Bonus divorced later that year. Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... Shelley R. Bonus Shelley R. Bonus, born in 1947, is an astronomical historian and lecturer, and an award winning performer, actress, writer, and photographer who has worked with both Lily Tomlin and Melvin Van Peebles. ... Also: 1969 (number) 1969 (movie) 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Rain Pryor born July 16, 1969, in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress and comedian. ...


Mainstream success

In 1969, Pryor moved to Berkeley, California, where he immersed himself in the counterculture and rubbed elbows with the likes of Huey P. Newton and Ishmael Reed. He signed with the comedy-centric independent record label Laff Records in 1970 and recorded his second album in 1971, Craps (After Hours). In 1972, the relatively unknown comedian appeared in his first film, a documentary entitled Wattstax, where he riffed on the tragic-comic absurdities of race relations in Watts and the nation. Not long afterward, Pryor sought a deal with a larger label, and after some time, signed with Stax Records. His third, breakthrough album, That Nigger's Crazy, was released in 1974 and, Laff, who claimed ownership of Pryor's recording rights, almost succeeded in getting an injunction to prevent the album from being sold. Negotiations led to Pryor's release from his Laff contract. In return for this concession, Laff was enabled to release previously unissued material, recorded between 1968 and 1973, at will. Berkeley is a city on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in Northern California, in the United States. ... In sociology, counterculture is a term used to describe the values and norms of behavior of a cultural group, or subculture, that run counter to those of the social mainstream of the day, the cultural equivalent of political opposition. ... Huey Newton Dr. Huey Percy Newton (February 17, 1942 – August 22, 1989), was co-founder and inspirational leader of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, a black internationalist/racial equality organization that began in October 1966. ... Ishmael Scott Reed (b. ... Laff Records logo Laff Records was a small independent record label specializing in comedy and party records originating on the West Coast of the United States. ... // Top grossing films The Godfather Fiddler on the Roof Diamonds Are Forever Whats Up, Doc?, starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan ONeal Dirty Harry The Last Picture Show A Clockwork Orange Cabaret, starring Liza Minnelli The Hospital Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex Academy Awards Best Picture... Wattstax DVD Cover Wattstax was a festival at the Los Angeles Coliseum on August 20, 1972 organized by Memphiss Stax Records to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the Watts riots. ... Race relations is the area of sociology that studies the social, political, and economic relations between races at all different levels of society. ... Watts is a residential district in southern Los Angeles, California. ... Stax Records is an American record label, originally based out of Memphis, Tennessee. ... That Niggers Crazy is the third official album release by Richard Pryor. ...


During the legal battle, Stax briefly closed its doors. It was at this time that Pryor returned to Reprise/Warner Bros. Records, which re-released That Nigger's Crazy immediately after ...Is It Something I Said?, his first album with his new label. With every successful album Pryor recorded for Warner Bros. (or later, his concert films and his 1980 free-basing accident), Laff would quickly publish an album of older material to capitalize on Pryor's growing fame — a practice the label would continue until 1983. Reprise Records is an American record label, owned by Warner Music Group, operated through Warner Bros. ... Warner Bros. ... That Niggers Crazy is the third official album release by Richard Pryor. ... The Fourth official album release by Richard Pryor. ... Free-basing is the method by which cocaine is converted into its base form with the intent of making cocaine a smokeable drug. ...


In the 1970s, he wrote for such television shows as Sanford and Son, The Flip Wilson Show and a Lily Tomlin special, for which he shared an Emmy Award. Pryor also made an attempt to break into mainstream television during this period. In 1974, he was arrested for income tax evasion and served 10 days in jail. He was a guest host on the first season of Saturday Night Live, and his "racist word association" skit with Chevy Chase is frequently cited by TV critics as one of the funniest and most daring skits in SNL history (this sketch was replayed on the Season 31 episode hosted by Alec Baldwin, which first aired on the day Pryor died). The Richard Pryor Show premiered on NBC in 1977 but after only four shows, the series was cancelled. Television was not ready for the show's controversial subject matter, and Pryor was not ready to alter the content of his material to meet the demands of network censors. During the short-lived series, he portrayed the first African-American President of the United States and in another skit, used costumes and visual distortion to appear nude. Sanford and Son is an American sitcom that premiered on the NBC television network on January 14, 1972 and was broadcast for six seasons. ... Flip Wilson in character as Geraldine Jones, on a recently released best of DVD set. ... Lily Tomlin (born Mary Jean Tomlin on September 1, 1939), is an Academy Award-nominated American actress and comedian. ... This article is about the American television series. ... For other uses, see Chevy Chase (disambiguation). ... Alexander Rae Alec Baldwin III (born April 3, 1958) is an Emmy- and Academy Award-nominated, and Golden Globe Award-winning, American actor. ... The Richard Pryor Show was a short-lived controversial comedy, variety series starring Richard Pryor. ... This article is about the television network. ... The year 1977 in television involved some significant events. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      For other uses, see President of the United States (disambiguation). ...


In 1977, he married actress Deborah McGuire and they divorced in 1978. He soon began dating Jennifer Lee and they married in 1981. They divorced the following year.


Very successful and towards the height of his success, Pryor visited Africa in 1979. Upon returning to the United States, Pryor swore he would never use the word "nigger" in his stand-up comedy routine again. (His favorite epithet, "motherfucker", remains a term of endearment on his official website.) Motherfucker (also existing in countless contracted forms e. ...


In 1983, Pryor signed a five-year contract with Columbia Pictures for $40,000,000.[8] Pryor appeared in several popular films, including Lady Sings the Blues; The Mack; Uptown Saturday Night; Silver Streak; Which Way Is Up?; Car Wash; Superman III (which earned Pryor $4,000,000); Brewster's Millions; Stir Crazy; Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling; Moving; and See No Evil, Hear No Evil. He also took part in The Toy, one of Jackie Gleason's last projects. Though he made four films with Gene Wilder, the two comic actors were never as close as many thought according to Wilder's autobiography. // February 11 - The Rolling Stones concert film Lets Spend the Night Together opens in New York North Americas Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Tootsie Trading Places, starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy WarGames, starring Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy Superman III Flashdance Staying Alive Octopussy Mr. ... The Columbia Pictures logo from 1993 to the present Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. ... USD redirects here. ... Lady Sings the Blues is a 1972 biographical film which tells the story of blues singer Billie Holliday. ... The Mack is a 1970s blaxploitation movie starring Max Julien and Richard Pryor. ... Uptown Saturday Night is a 1974 comedy-film written by Richard Wesley, and directed by Sidney Poitier. ... Silver Streak is a 1976 comedy film about murder on a Los Angeles to Chicago train trip. ... Which Way is Up? is a comedy film starring Richard Pryor. ... For other uses, see Car wash (disambiguation). ... Superman III (originally titled Superman vs. ... Brewsters Millions is a novel written by George Barr McCutcheon in 1902. ... DVD cover Stir Crazy is a 1980 comedy film starring Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor as two men framed for a bank robbery and each ending up with a 125 year prison sentence. ... Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling is a 1986 film starring Richard Pryor. ... Moving is the title of a comedy film produced in 1988 and starring Richard Pryor. ... See No Evil, Hear No Evil is a comedy movie from 1989 starring Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. ... The Toy is a 1982 comedy film starring Richard Pryor, Jackie Gleason, Ned Beatty and Scott Schwartz. ... Herbert John Jackie Gleason (February 26, 1916 – June 24, 1987) was an American comedian, actor, and musician. ... Gene Wilder (born Jerome Silberman on June 11, 1933) is an American actor who is best known for his role as Willy Wonka, his collaborations with Mel Brooks in Blazing Saddles, The Producers, and Young Frankenstein, and his four movies with Richard Pryor: Silver Streak, Stir Crazy, See No Evil...


Pryor also co-wrote Blazing Saddles directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder. Pryor was to play the lead role of Bart, but the film's production studio would not insure him, and Mel Brooks chose Cleavon Little instead. Before his infamous 1980 free-basing accident, Pryor was about to start filming Mel Brooks' History of the World, Part I, but was replaced at the last minute by Gregory Hines. Pryor was also originally considered for the role of Billy Ray Valentine on Trading Places (1983), before Eddie Murphy ultimately won the part. Alex Karras as Mongo in Blazing Saddles Blazing Saddles (1974) is a comedy directed by Mel Brooks and starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder, and released by Warner Brothers. ... Mel Brooks (born June 28, 1926) is an Academy Award-winning American director, writer, comedian, actor and producer best known as a creator of broad film farces and comedy parodies. ... Gene Wilder (born Jerome Silberman on June 11, 1933) is an American actor who is best known for his role as Willy Wonka, his collaborations with Mel Brooks in Blazing Saddles, The Producers, and Young Frankenstein, and his four movies with Richard Pryor: Silver Streak, Stir Crazy, See No Evil... Cleavon Little (June 1, 1939 - October 22, 1992) was an American actor, best known for his lead role in the 1974 Mel Brooks comedy Blazing Saddles and as the irreverent Dr. Jerry Noland in the early seventies series Temperatures Rising. He was born in Chickasha, Oklahoma, grew up in California... History of the World, Part I is a 1981 film written, produced and directed by Mel Brooks. ... Gregory Hines (February 14, 1946 – August 9, 2003) was a Tony Award-winning American actor, singer, dancer, and choreographer. ... This article is about the 1983 movie. ... // February 11 - The Rolling Stones concert film Lets Spend the Night Together opens in New York North Americas Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Tootsie Trading Places, starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy WarGames, starring Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy Superman III Flashdance Staying Alive Octopussy Mr. ... For other uses, see Eddie Murphy (disambiguation). ...


Despite a reputation for profanity, Pryor briefly hosted a children's show on CBS in 1984 called Pryor's Place. Like Sesame Street, Pryor's Place featured a cast of puppets, hanging out and having fun in a surprisingly friendly inner city environment along with several children and characters portrayed by Pryor himself. However, Pryor's Place frequently dealt with more sobering issues than Sesame Street. It was cancelled shortly after its debut, despite the efforts of famed puppeteers Sid and Marty Krofft and a theme song by Ray Parker Jr. of Ghostbusters fame to ensure its success. This article is about the broadcast network. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1984. ... Pryors Place was a 1984-1985 CBS television series which starred comedian Richard Pryor as the title character. ... Sesame Street is an American educational childrens television series for preschoolers and is a pioneer of the contemporary educational television standard, combining both education and entertainment. ... Sid and Marty Krofft are a sibling team of prolific television producers who were influential in childrens television and variety show programs, particularly throughout the 1970s and early 1980s. ... Ray Erskine Parker Jr. ... Ghostbusters is a song recorded by Ray Parker Jr. ...


Pryor co-hosted the Academy Awards twice, and was also nominated for an Emmy for a guest role on the television series, Chicago Hope. Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Chicago Hope was a popular CBS drama series created by David E. Kelley that ran from September 18, 1994 to May 4, 2000. ...


The freebasing incident and its aftermath

On June 9, 1980, Pryor set himself on fire while freebasing cocaine. He ran down Parthenia Street from his Northridge, California home until subdued by police, with burns over 50 percent of his body. Pryor spent six weeks in recovery at the Grossman Burn Center at Sherman Oaks Hospital. Pryor made this part of his heralded "final" stand up show Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip (1982). After joking that the incident was actually caused when he dunked a cookie into a glass containing two different types of milk, he gave a poignant yet funny account of his accident and recovery, then poked fun at people who told jokes about it by waving a lit match and saying "What's this? It's Richard Pryor running down the street." Interviewed in 2005, his (by then ex-)wife Jennifer Lee Pryor said that Pryor poured high-proof rum over his body and torched himself in a drug psychosis.[citation needed]His daughter, Rain Pryor also stated this in an interview in People Magazine.[9] In a TV interview with Barbara Walters during his recovery, Pryor said that he tried to commit suicide. He claimed that his managers and lawyers created the "accident" lie in the belief that it would be less damning than a suicide attempt[citation needed]. Regardless of the incident's origins, Pryor continued his tradition of mining comedy out of the most intensely personal events. One of his jokes about this subject was June 9 is the 160th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (161st in leap years), with 205 days remaining. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Cocaine is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. ... Sherman Oaks Hopital (SOH) is an 153 bed acute care facility in Sherman Oaks, California, USA and is home of world renowned the Grossman Burn Center. ... Alcoholic proof is a measure of how much ethanol is in an alcoholic beverage, and is approximately twice the percentage of alcohol by volume (ABV, the unit that is commonly used presently). ... This article is about the beverage. ... Rain Pryor born July 16, 1969, in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress and comedian. ... People, a weekly magazine of celebrity and popular culture news, debuted on February 27, 1974. ... Barbara Jill Walters[1] (born September 25, 1929[2]) is an American journalist, writer and media personality who has been a regular fixture on morning television shows (Today and The View), an evening news magazine (20/20), and on The ABC Evening News as the first female evening news anchor. ... For other uses, see Suicide (disambiguation). ...

When you're running down the street on fire, people get out of your way.

Fellow comedian George Carlin made reference to this incident during his Carnegie Hall performance in 1983: George Denis Patrick Carlin[15] (born May 12, 1937) is a Grammy-winning American stand-up comedian, actor, and author. ... Carnegie Hall is a concert venue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City located at 881 Seventh Avenue, occupying the east stretch of Seventh Avenue between West 56th Street and West 57th Street. ...

An update on the comedian health sweepstakes. I currently lead Richard Pryor in heart attacks 2 to 1. But Richard still leads me 1 to nothing in burning yourself up. See, it happened like this. First Richard had a heart attack. Then I had a heart attack. Then Richard burned himself up. And I said, 'Fuck that. I'm having another heart attack!'[10]

He did not stay away from stand-up comedy very long though — in 1983 he filmed and released a new concert film and accompanying album, Here And Now, which he directed himself. He then wrote and directed a fictionalized account of his life, Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling. Interestingly, Jo Jo Dancer depicted a suicide attempt by the main character in which he douses himself in rum and ignites himself. // February 11 - The Rolling Stones concert film Lets Spend the Night Together opens in New York North Americas Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Tootsie Trading Places, starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy WarGames, starring Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy Superman III Flashdance Staying Alive Octopussy Mr. ... Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling is a 1986 film starring Richard Pryor. ...


In 1984, his fourth child and second son, Steven, was born to his girlfriend Flynn Belaine. Pryor married Belaine in October 1986. They divorced in July 1987. Before their divorce was final, Belaine conceived Kelsey Pryor. Meanwhile, another of Richard's girlfriends, Geraldine Mason gave birth to Franklin Mason in April 1987 (his fifth child and third son). Six months later (October 1987), Belaine gave birth to Kelsey Pryor (Richard's sixth child and third daughter).


Fight with multiple sclerosis

In 1991, Pryor announced that he had been suffering from multiple sclerosis since 1986. In response to giving up drugs after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, he said:

God gave me this M.S. shit to save my life.

In 1992, he gave some final live performances, excerpts of which appear on the ...And It's Deep Too! box set. He continued to make occasional film appearances, pairing with Gene Wilder one last time in the unsuccessful 1991 comedy, Another You (in which his physical deterioration was noted by many critics). His final film appearance was a small role in the David Lynch film Lost Highway in 1997; by then, Pryor was wheelchair bound. The year 1991 in film involved many significant films. ... Another You was an American comedy film released in 1991. ... For other persons named David Lynch, see David Lynch (disambiguation). ... For the Bon Jovi album, see Lost Highway (album). ... The year 1997 in film involved some significant events. ...

Marriages

Richard Pryor was married seven times to five different women:

  1. Patricia Price (1961 - 1967) (divorced) 1 child Richard Pryor Jr.
  2. Shelly Bonus (1967 - 1969) (divorced) 1 child Rain Pryor
  3. Deborah McGuire (22 September 1977 - 1979) (divorced)
  4. Jennifer Lee (August 1981 - October 1982) (divorced)
  5. Flynn Belaine (October 1986 - July 1987) (divorced) 1 child
  6. Flynn Belaine (1 April 1990 - July 1991) (divorced) 1 child
  7. Jennifer Lee (June 2001 - 10 December 2005) (his death)

Each of his marriages was characterised by accusations of domestic violence and spousal abuse except for his relationship with Belaine (with whom there were no allegations of physical abuse); most of the allegations of abuse were connected to Pryor's drug use. The exception to this rule was the Patricia Price who was married to Pryor before his rise to stardom. Deborah McGuire accused him of shooting her car with a .357 Magnum[citation needed] , but later dropped the charges (even though this was mentioned during one of Pryor's standup routines, Live in Concert). Lee accused him of beating and attempting to strangle her during their first marriage[citation needed], and did not share his home after they remarried. During his relationship with actress Pam Grier, Pryor proposed to actress Deborah McGuire (1977). Shelley R. Bonus Shelley R. Bonus, born in 1947, is an astronomical historian and lecturer, and an award winning performer, actress, writer, and photographer who has worked with both Lily Tomlin and Melvin Van Peebles. ... Rain Pryor born July 16, 1969, in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress and comedian. ... is the 265th day of the year (266th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 344th day of the year (345th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Pamela Suzette Grier (born May 26, 1949) is an iconic American actress. ...


He had six children: Richard Jr, Elizabeth, Rain, Steven, Franklin and Kelsey.


Later life

In 1998, Pryor became the first performer to win the inaugural Mark Twain Prize for American Humor from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. According to Former Kennedy Center President Lawrence J. Wilker, The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor is awarded by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts annually since 1998. ... The Kennedy Center as seen from the Potomac River. ...

Richard Pryor was selected as the first recipient of the new Mark Twain Prize because as a stand-up comic, writer, and actor, he struck a chord, and a nerve, with America, forcing it to look at large social questions of race and the more tragicomic aspects of the human condition. Though uncompromising in his wit, Pryor, like Twain, projects a generosity of spirit that unites us. They were both trenchant social critics who spoke the truth, however outrageous.

In 2000, Rhino Records remastered all of Pryor's Reprise and Warner Bros. albums for inclusion in the box set ...And It's Deep Too! The Complete Warner Bros. Recordings (1968-1992). Rhino Entertainment is a specialty record label originally known for releasing retrospectives of famous comedy performers, including Stan Freberg, Tom Lehrer, and Spike Jones. ... ...And Its Deep Too! The Complete Warner Bros. ...


In 2001, he remarried Jennifer Lee, who also had become his manager.


In 2002, Pryor and his wife/manager Jennifer Lee Pryor, won the legal rights to all of the Laff material; almost 40 hours of reel-to-reel analog tape. After going through the tapes and getting Richard's blessing, Jennifer Lee Pryor gave Rhino Records access to the Laff tapes in 2004. These tapes, including the entire Craps album, form the basis of the double-CD release Evolution/Revolution: The Early Years (1966-1974).


In 2003, a television documentary, Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!!, came out. It consisted of archival footage of Pryor's performances and testimonials from fellow comedians such as Dave Chappelle, Wanda Sykes and Denis Leary of the influence Pryor had on comedy. The year 2003 in television involved some significant events. ... David Khari Webber Chappelle (born August 24, 1973) is an American stand-up comedian, satirist and actor. ... Wanda Sykes (born March 7, 1964), also known as Wanda Sykes-Hall or Adriana Bedoya, is an American stand-up comedian and actress. ... Denis Leary (born Denis Colin Leary on August 18, 1957) is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominated American actor, comedian, writer and director. ...


In 2004, Pryor was voted #1 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time. In a 2005 British poll to find The Comedian's Comedian, Pryor was voted the 10th greatest comedy act ever by fellow comedians and comedy insiders. Comedy Central is an American cable television and satellite television channel in the United States. ...


His final performance was at the Circle Star Theater in San Carlos, California. There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... Downtown San Carlos San Carlos is a city in San Mateo County, California, USA on the San Francisco Peninsula, about halfway between San Francisco and San Jose. ...


In his later years, Richard Pryor became a wheelchair user due to multiple sclerosis (M.S., which he said stood for "More Shit"). In late-2004, his sister claimed that Pryor lost his voice. However, on January 9, 2005, Pryor himself via Jennifer Lee, who placed all Pryor's quotes on his website rebutted this statement in a post on his official website,[11] citing Richard: "Sick of hearing this shit about me not talking... not true... good days, bad days... but I still am a talkin' motherfucker!" is the 9th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Pryor was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. The animal rights organization PETA gives out an award in Pryor's name to people who have done outstanding work to alleviate animal suffering. Mr. Pryor was active in animal rights and was deeply concerned about the plight of elephants in circuses and zoos. The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded by the Recording Academy to performers who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording [1]. This award is distinct from the Grammy Hall of Fame Award, which honors specific recordings rather than individuals, and...


Death

Richard Pryor's star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame covered with flowers, beer bottles, fan letters etc.
Richard Pryor's star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame covered with flowers, beer bottles, fan letters etc.

On December 10, 2005, Pryor died of cardiac arrest in Encino, California. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital at 7:58 a.m. Pacific Standard Time. He died just 9 days after his 65th birthday. He was brought to the hospital after his wife's attempts to resuscitate him failed. His wife was quoted as saying, "At the end, there was a smile on his face." Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1024x683, 441 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Richard Pryor ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1024x683, 441 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Richard Pryor ... Buskers perform on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ... is the 344th day of the year (345th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Encino is a neighborhood of the City of Los Angeles, California located in the San Fernando Valley. ... The Pacific Standard Time Zone is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting eight hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). ...


Remembrance and legacy

On December 19, 2005, BET aired a Pryor special. It included commentary from fellow comedians, as well as insight into Pryor's upbringing. A feature film about Pryor is currently in development. It was written by Pryor and his wife, but no actor as of this date has been hand-picked to portray Pryor (Mike Epps has been said to be front runner up for Pryor portrayal).[12] is the 353rd day of the year (354th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 2005 in television involved some significant events. ... Black Entertainment Television is an American cable network based in Washington, D.C. targeted toward African-American and urban audiences in the United States. ... Mike Epps (born November 18, 1970 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is an American comedian and actor. ...


An image of Pryor was shown during both the "In Memoriam" montage at the 2006 Oscars, and the same of the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. The 78th Academy Awards, honoring the best in film for 2005, were held on March 5, 2006 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California. ... The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, August 27, 2006 on NBC at 8:00pm ET (00:00 UTC) with Conan OBrien hosting the show. ...


Singer Joe Henry's album Scar features a song called "Richard Pryor Addresses A Tearful Nation", which was inspired by Pryor. Joe Henry is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and record producer. ...


The Season 31 episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by Alec Baldwin with musical guest Shakira (which aired the day Pryor died) showed a clip from a famous sketch in SNL's first season where Pryor plays a prospective employee playing a word association game with his prospective boss (played by Chevy Chase) and the two get into a verbal fight when Chase's character begins to use racial slurs. This article is about the American television series. ... Alexander Rae Alec Baldwin III (born April 3, 1958) is an Emmy- and Academy Award-nominated, and Golden Globe Award-winning, American actor. ... This article is about the musician. ... For other uses, see Chevy Chase (disambiguation). ...


On the day of his death, the movie Car Wash (in which Prior has a small, but nevertheless memorable, role) was to air on the BBC in Britain. The movie still aired and a mention of his death was made by the announcer before the movie began. For other uses, see Car wash (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ...


Discography

Richard Pryor (1968) 01 - Super Nigger 02 - Girls 03 - Farting 04 - Prison Play 05 - T.V. Panel Show 06 - Smells 07 - Army Life 08 - Frankenstein ... Reprise Records is an American record label, owned by Warner Music Group, operated through Warner Bros. ... // January 4 - Guitarist Jimi Hendrix is jailed by Stockholm police, after trashing a hotel room during a drunken fist fight with bassist Noel Redding. ... Laff Records logo Laff Records was a small independent record label specializing in comedy and party records originating on the West Coast of the United States. ... // February 8 - Bob Dylans hour-long documentary film, Eat the Document, premieres at New Yorks Academy of Music. ... See also: 1993 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1993 Record labels established in 1993 // Date Unknown- Christian Rock label Tooth and Nail Records is formed. ... Island Records is a record label that was founded by British record producers in Jamaica. ... That Niggers Crazy is the third official album release by Richard Pryor. ... Stax Records is an American record label, originally based out of Memphis, Tennessee. ... // January - The Ramones form. ... // January 2 - New York City U.S. District Court Judge Richard Owen rules that former Beatle John Lennon and his lawyers can have access to Department of Immigration files pertaining to his deportation case. ... Reprise Records is an American record label, owned by Warner Music Group, operated through Warner Bros. ... The Fourth official album release by Richard Pryor. ... Reprise Records is an American record label, owned by Warner Music Group, operated through Warner Bros. ... // January 2 - New York City U.S. District Court Judge Richard Owen rules that former Beatle John Lennon and his lawyers can have access to Department of Immigration files pertaining to his deportation case. ... See also: 1991 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1991 Record labels established in 1991 // 1991 was the year that grunge music made its popular breakthrough. ... Warner Bros. ... L.A. Jail is a 1976 album release by the late comedian Richard Pryor. ... Tiger Lily Records was a record label that was run by Roulette Records founder Morris Levy. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... Bicentenntial Nigger is a comedy album by the late comedian Richard Pryor. ... Reprise Records is an American record label, owned by Warner Music Group, operated through Warner Bros. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... Laff Records logo Laff Records was a small independent record label specializing in comedy and party records originating on the West Coast of the United States. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... Laff Records logo Laff Records was a small independent record label specializing in comedy and party records originating on the West Coast of the United States. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... Laff Records logo Laff Records was a small independent record label specializing in comedy and party records originating on the West Coast of the United States. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... Richard Pryor (1968) 01 - Super Nigger 02 - Girls 03 - Farting 04 - Prison Play 05 - T.V. Panel Show 06 - Smells 07 - Army Life 08 - Frankenstein ... Laff Records logo Laff Records was a small independent record label specializing in comedy and party records originating on the West Coast of the United States. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... Warner Bros. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... Laff Records logo Laff Records was a small independent record label specializing in comedy and party records originating on the West Coast of the United States. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1979 Record labels established in 1979 1979 in music (UK) // Stevie Wonder uses digital audio recording technology in recording his album Journey through the Secret Life of Plants. ... Laff Records logo Laff Records was a small independent record label specializing in comedy and party records originating on the West Coast of the United States. ... // January 1 - The year starts off with a strong disco backlash, which causes the majority of musicians to abandon the use of real instruments in an attempt to distant themselves from anything associated with disco. ... Laff Records logo Laff Records was a small independent record label specializing in comedy and party records originating on the West Coast of the United States. ... // January 1 - The year starts off with a strong disco backlash, which causes the majority of musicians to abandon the use of real instruments in an attempt to distant themselves from anything associated with disco. ... Laff Records logo Laff Records was a small independent record label specializing in comedy and party records originating on the West Coast of the United States. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1981 Record labels established in 1981 list of years in music // January 10 - Revival of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Pirates of Penzance opens at Broadways Uris Theatre, starring Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith February 14 - Billy Idol leaves the band Generation... Warner Bros. ... See also: 1982 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1982 Record labels established in 1982 list of years in music // January 15 - K.C. and the Sunshine Bands Harry Wayne Casey is seriously injured in an automobile accident in Miami, Florida. ... The overwhelming majority of records manufactured have been of certain sizes (7, 10, or 12 inches), playback speeds (33â…“, 45, or 78 RPM), and appearance (round black discs). ... Laff Records logo Laff Records was a small independent record label specializing in comedy and party records originating on the West Coast of the United States. ... See also: 1982 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1982 Record labels established in 1982 list of years in music // January 15 - K.C. and the Sunshine Bands Harry Wayne Casey is seriously injured in an automobile accident in Miami, Florida. ... Laff Records logo Laff Records was a small independent record label specializing in comedy and party records originating on the West Coast of the United States. ... See also: 1983 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1983 Record labels established in 1983 // Michael Jacksons Thriller, the most successful album not only of 1983, but of all time, was released in 1982 and began its epic domination of the music charts the following year, 1983. ... Warner Bros. ... See also: 1983 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1983 Record labels established in 1983 // Michael Jacksons Thriller, the most successful album not only of 1983, but of all time, was released in 1982 and began its epic domination of the music charts the following year, 1983. ...

Compilations and repackagings

  • Pryor Goes Foxx Hunting, (Laff. 1973)
    • Split LP with Redd Foxx, containing previously released tracks from Craps (After Hours)
  • Down And Dirty, (Laff. 1975)
    • Split LP with Redd Foxx, containing previously released tracks from Craps (After Hours)
  • Richard Pryor Meets... Richard & Willie And... The SLA!!, (Laff. 1976)
    • Split LP with black ventriloquist act Richard And Willie, containing previously released tracks from Craps (After Hours)
  • Richard Pryor's Greatest Hits, (Warner Bros. Records, 1977)
  • Blackjack, (Laff. 1983)
    • Repackaged and retitled reissue of Craps (After Hours).
  • Show Biz, (Laff. 1983)
    • Repackaged and retitled reissue of Black Ben The Blacksmith.
  • Richard Pryor Live!, (Laff. 1983)
    • Repackaged reissue of the Phoenix/Audiofidelity picture disc from 1982. The album lists two tracks ("Vegas" and "Negro") that only appear on the picture disc, despite the fact that they are listed on the disc label of the Laff release.
  • ...And It's Deep Too! The Complete Warner Bros. Recordings (1968-1992) (9-CD box set) (Warner Bros. Records/Rhino, 2000)
    • Box set collection of Richard Pryor, That Nigger's Crazy, ...Is It Something I Said? (with "Ali" from Richard Pryor's Greatest Hits appended as a bonus track), Bicentennial Nigger, Wanted/Richard Pryor - Live In Concert (on 2 CDs), Live On The Sunset Strip, Here And Now (with a previously unreleased 1983 interview appended as a bonus track), and That African-American Is Still Crazy: Good Shit From The Vaults (an entire disc of previously unissued material from 1973 to 1992 exclusive to the box).
  • The Anthology (1968-1992) (2-CD set) (Warner Bros. Records/Rhino], 2002 in music/2002)
    • Highlights culled from the albums collected in the ...And It's Deep Too! box set.
  • Evolution/Revolution: The Early Years (1966-1974) (2-CD set) (Warner Bros. Records/Rhino], 2005 in music/2005)
    • Pryor-authorized compilation of material released on Laff, including the entire Craps (After Hours) album.

Laff Records logo Laff Records was a small independent record label specializing in comedy and party records originating on the West Coast of the United States. ... // January 9 - Mick Jaggers request for a Japanese visa is rejected on account of a 1969 drug bust, putting an abrupt end to The Rolling Stones plans to tour Asia. ... Redd Foxx (December 9, 1922 – October 11, 1991), born John Elroy Sanford,[1] was an American comedian best known for his starring role on the television sitcom Sanford and Son. ... Laff Records logo Laff Records was a small independent record label specializing in comedy and party records originating on the West Coast of the United States. ... // January 2 - New York City U.S. District Court Judge Richard Owen rules that former Beatle John Lennon and his lawyers can have access to Department of Immigration files pertaining to his deportation case. ... Redd Foxx (December 9, 1922 – October 11, 1991), born John Elroy Sanford,[1] was an American comedian best known for his starring role on the television sitcom Sanford and Son. ... Laff Records logo Laff Records was a small independent record label specializing in comedy and party records originating on the West Coast of the United States. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... Warner Bros. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... That Niggers Crazy is the third official album release by Richard Pryor. ... The Fourth official album release by Richard Pryor. ... Laff Records logo Laff Records was a small independent record label specializing in comedy and party records originating on the West Coast of the United States. ... See also: 1983 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1983 Record labels established in 1983 // Michael Jacksons Thriller, the most successful album not only of 1983, but of all time, was released in 1982 and began its epic domination of the music charts the following year, 1983. ... Laff Records logo Laff Records was a small independent record label specializing in comedy and party records originating on the West Coast of the United States. ... See also: 1983 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1983 Record labels established in 1983 // Michael Jacksons Thriller, the most successful album not only of 1983, but of all time, was released in 1982 and began its epic domination of the music charts the following year, 1983. ... Laff Records logo Laff Records was a small independent record label specializing in comedy and party records originating on the West Coast of the United States. ... See also: 1983 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1983 Record labels established in 1983 // Michael Jacksons Thriller, the most successful album not only of 1983, but of all time, was released in 1982 and began its epic domination of the music charts the following year, 1983. ... ...And Its Deep Too! The Complete Warner Bros. ... Warner Bros. ... Rhino Entertainment is a specialty record label originally known for releasing retrospectives of famous comedy performers, including Stan Freberg, Tom Lehrer, and Spike Jones. ... See also: 2000 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2000 Record labels established in 2000 // John Tavener is knighted in the New Years Honours List. ... Richard Pryor (1968) 01 - Super Nigger 02 - Girls 03 - Farting 04 - Prison Play 05 - T.V. Panel Show 06 - Smells 07 - Army Life 08 - Frankenstein ... That Niggers Crazy is the third official album release by Richard Pryor. ... The Fourth official album release by Richard Pryor. ... Bicentenntial Nigger is a comedy album by the late comedian Richard Pryor. ... The Anthology (1968-1992) is a two-CD compilation distilling the best tracks from American comedian Richard Pryors seven albums he recorded and/or released on Warner Bros. ... Warner Bros. ... Rhino Entertainment is a specialty record label originally known for releasing retrospectives of famous comedy performers, including Stan Freberg, Tom Lehrer, and Spike Jones. ... See also: 2002 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2002 Record labels established in 2002 // 2002 was marked by significant trends in rock music. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... ...And Its Deep Too! The Complete Warner Bros. ... Warner Bros. ... Rhino Entertainment is a specialty record label originally known for releasing retrospectives of famous comedy performers, including Stan Freberg, Tom Lehrer, and Spike Jones. ... See also: 2005 in heavy metal music 2005 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2005 Record labels established in 2005 Albums released in 2005 January 1 - In most of Europe, copyright expired on a number of classic pop and rock-and-roll songs recorded in 1954 and earlier, including... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Filmography

The Busy Body The Busy Body is a play, written by a person. ... Uncle Toms Fairy Tales is a 1968 film directed by Penelope Spheeris and starring Richard Pryor. ... Wild in the Streets was a popular 1968 movie, produced and released by American International Pictures, and based on a short story by writer Robert Thom. ... For the paramilitary group see Black Brigades Black Brigade is television movie which aired on January 27, 1970. ... The Phynx is a 1970 comedy film directed by Lee H. Katzin. ... Youve Got to Walk It Like You Talk It or Youll Lose That Beat is a 1971 comedy-drama directed by Peter Locke. ... Dynamite Chicken is a 1972 film involving Richard Pryor, and partly funded by and featuring John Lennon and Yoko Ono. ... Lady Sings the Blues is a 1972 biographical film which tells the story of blues singer Billie Holliday. ... The Mack is a 1970s blaxploitation movie starring Max Julien and Richard Pryor. ... Wattstax DVD Cover Wattstax was a festival at the Los Angeles Coliseum on August 20, 1972 organized by Memphiss Stax Records to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the Watts riots. ... Hit! is a 1973 action film directed by Sidney J. Furie and starring Billy Dee Williams and Richard Pryor. ... Some Call It Loving, also known as Sleeping Beauty is a 1973 drama film written, produced, and directed by James B. Harris. ... Alex Karras as Mongo in Blazing Saddles Blazing Saddles (1974) is a comedy directed by Mel Brooks and starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder, and released by Warner Brothers. ... Uptown Saturday Night is a 1974 comedy-film written by Richard Wesley, and directed by Sidney Poitier. ... The Lion Roars Again is a short film that documents an event that was hosted by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. ... Adiós Amigo is a comedy-Western starring Fred Williamson and Richard Pryor. ... For other uses, see Car wash (disambiguation). ... (1976) Filmed in Macon, Georgia, The Bingo Long Traveling Allstars & Motor Kings starred actors Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor and James Earl Jones. ... Silver Streak is a 1976 comedy film about murder on a Los Angeles to Chicago train trip. ... Which Way is Up? is a comedy film starring Richard Pryor. ... Greased Lightning is a 1977 biographical film, starring Richard Pryor, Beau Bridges and Pam Grier, and directed by Michael Schultz. ... Blue Collar is the 1978 directorial debut of screenwriter Paul Schrader. ... This article is about the stage musical. ... This article is about the film. ... The Muppet Movie is the first of a series of live-action musical feature films starring Jim Hensons Muppets. ... VHS Cover Wholly Moses! is a 1980 Biblical spoof similar to that of Monty Pythons Life of Brian. ... In God We Tru$t is a comedy film starring Marty Feldman and Peter Boyle. ... DVD cover Stir Crazy is a 1980 comedy film starring Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor as two men framed for a bank robbery and each ending up with a 125 year prison sentence. ... Bustin Loose is a movie which stars Richard Pryor as an ex-con who gets a second chance after violating his probation. ... Some Kind Of Hero is a 1982 film starring Richard Pryor as a returning Vietnam War veteran having trouble adjusting to civilian life. ... The Toy is a 1982 comedy film starring Richard Pryor, Jackie Gleason, Ned Beatty and Scott Schwartz. ... Superman III (originally titled Superman vs. ... Brewsters Millions is a 1985 film starring Richard Pryor based on the 1902 novel of the same name by George Barr McCutcheon. ... Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling is a 1986 film starring Richard Pryor. ... Director Herbert Brenon with actress Alla Nazimova on the set of War Brides, 1916 A director is a person who directs the making of a film. ... Critical Condition is a 1987 film starring Richard Pryor. ... Moving is the title of a comedy film produced in 1988 and starring Richard Pryor. ... See No Evil, Hear No Evil is a comedy movie from 1989 starring Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. ... Harlem Nights is a comedy-drama / Mobster film starring Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor. ... The Three Muscatels is a 1991 film starring Richard Pryor. ... Another You was an American comedy film released in 1991. ... A Century of Cinema is a 1994 documentary directed by Caroline Thomas about the art of filmmaking (coinciding with cinemas 100th anniversary), containing numerous interviews with some of the most influential characters of the twentieth century. ... Mad Dog Time is a 1996 film directed by Larry Bishop and stars Jeff Goldblum, Richard Dreyfuss, Gabriel Byrne, Ellen Barkin, Diane Lane, Gregory Hines, Kyle MacLachlan, Burt Reynolds, Richard Pryor, Billy Idol, Paul Anka, Rob Reiner, Michael J. Pollard, Henry Silva and Larry Bishop. ... For the Bon Jovi album, see Lost Highway (album). ... Bitter Jester is a film starring Maya DeGiorgio, Ken, and Jody Delgiorno. ...

Footnotes

  1. ^ "George Carlin". Inside the Actors Studio. Bravo. 2004-10-31. No. 4, season 1.
  2. ^ "Dave Chappelle". Inside the Actors Studio. Bravo. 2006-02-12. No. 10, season 12.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ Richard Pryor website
  6. ^ Hilton Als, "A Pryor Love", The New Yorker, September 13, 1999.
  7. ^ Nina Simone & Stephen Cleary, I put a spell on you, pp. 70-71
  8. ^ [3]
  9. ^ Interview with Rain Pryor, November 6, 2006 edition of People Magazine, page 76.
  10. ^ Carlin at Carnegie (DVD released 2001)
  11. ^ [4]
  12. ^ [5]

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Obituaries

  • "Comedian Richard Pryor dead at 65." BBC News. 10 December 2005. BBC. [6].
  • "Comedian Richard Pryor dies at 65." cnn.com. 11 December 2005. CNN. [7].
  • Feeney, Mark. "Richard Pryor, whose profane, incisive humor revolutionized American comedy, dies at 65." Boston.com News. 11 December 2005. Boston Globe. [8].
  • Schudel, Matt. "With Humor and Anger On Race Issues, Comic Inspired a Generation." washingtonpost.com. 11 December 2005. The Washington Post. [9].
  • Watkins, Mel. "Richard Pryor, Iconoclastic Comedian, Dies at 65." NYTimes.com. 11 December 2005. New York Times. [10].
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NAME Pryor, Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas
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SHORT DESCRIPTION American comedian and actor
DATE OF BIRTH December 1, 1940
PLACE OF BIRTH Peoria, Illinois
DATE OF DEATH December 10, 2005
PLACE OF DEATH Encino, Los Angeles, California

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