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Richard Pryor
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Richard Pryor, February 1986
Birth name Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III
Born December 1, 1940(1940-12-01)
Peoria, Illinois, United States
Died December 10, 2005 (aged 65)
Encino, California, United States
Medium Stand-up, film, television
Years active 1963–1999
Genres Satire, Observational comedy, Black comedy, Improvisational comedy, Character comedy
Subject(s) Racism, race relations, United States politics, African-American culture, human sexuality, self-deprecation, everyday life, recreational drug use
Influences Lenny Bruce,[1] Jack Benny, Jonathan Winters, Bill Cosby, Dick Gregory, Redd Foxx, Paul Mooney
Influenced George Carlin,[2]Martin Lawrence,[3]George Lopez,[4], Denis Leary, Dave Chappelle,[5] Chris Rock,[6] Eddie Murphy,[6] Whoopi Goldberg,[7]Bill Hicks,[8] Robin Williams,[7]-Lewis Black[9]Colin Quinn,[10]Bernie Mac,[6] Louis C.K.,[11] Patton Oswalt[12]Artie Lange,[13]and Jim Norton[14]
Spouse -Patricia Price (1960–1961)
-Shelley R. Bonus (1968–1969)
-Deborah McGuire (1977–1978)
-Jennifer Lee (1981–1982)
-Flynn Belaine (1986–1987)
-Flynn Belaine (1990–1991)
-Jennifer Lee (2001–2005)
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
Grover T. Muldoon in Silver Streak
Harry Monroe in Stir Crazy
Gus Gorman in Superman III
Website RichardPryor.com
Emmy Awards
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
.Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III (December 1, 1940 – December 10, 2005) was an American stand-up comedian, actor, and writer.^ Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III (December 1, 1940 — December 10, 2005) was an American stand-up comedian , actor , and writer .

^ December 10, 2005) was an African American comedian, actor, and writer.
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^ Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor (December 1, 1940 December 10, 2005) was an American comedian and actor.
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.Pryor was known for uncompromising examinations of racism and topical contemporary issues, which employed colorful, vulgar, and profane language and racial epithets.^ Best known for his profanity-spiked stand-up comedy, Richard Pryor was born into poverty December 1, 1940, in Peoria, Ill.
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^ Pryor was a gifted storyteller known for unflinching examinations of race and custom in modern life, and was well-known for his frequent use of colorful language, vulgarities, as well as such racial epithets.
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^ Though he frequently used colorful language, vulgarities, as well as racial epithets (such as "nigger"), he reached a broad audience with his trenchant observations.
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.He reached a broad audience with his trenchant observations and storytelling style.^ He reached a broad audience with his trenchant observations and storytelling style.

^ Though he frequently used colorful language, vulgarities, as well as racial epithets (such as "nigger"), he reached a broad audience with his trenchant observations.
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^ He reached a broad audience with his trenchant observations, although public opinion of his act was often divided.
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He is widely regarded as one of the most important stand-up comedians: Jerry Seinfeld called Pryor "The Picasso of our profession";[15] Bob Newhart has called Pryor "the seminal comedian of the last 50 years."[16]
.His body of work includes the concert movies and recordings 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 (1983).^ Himself - Co-host Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip (1982) ....
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^ Pryor Offenses (2004) (TV) (executive producer) Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America (1993) (TV) (co-executive producer) Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986) (producer) Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip (1982) (producer) ...
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^ Pryor Offenses (2004) (TV) (story) The Mark Twain Prize: Richard Pryor (1999) (TV) (uncredited) Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986) (writer) Richard Pryor ...Here and Now (1983) (writer) Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip (1982) (writer) ...
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.He also starred in numerous films as an actor such as Superman III (1983) but was usually in comedies such as Silver Streak (1976), and occasionally in dramatic roles, such as Paul Schrader's film Blue Collar (1978).^ He also starred in numerous films as an actor, usually in comedies such as Silver Streak (1976), but occasionally in dramatic roles, such as Paul Schrader 's film Blue Collar (1978).

^ Although he had never made a great film, Pryor's appearances (however small) in the films of the mid to late seventies — Car Wash (1976), Silver Streak (1976), Greased Lightning (1977), Blue Collar (1978) — had been energizing, illuminating and infectiously appealing.
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^ Has appeared in over forty films, including Lady Sings the Blues , 1972; Uptown Saturday Night , 1974; Silver Streak , 1976; Bingo Long and the Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings , 1976; Blue Collar , 1978; The Wiz , 1978; Richard Pryor Live in Concert , 1979; Stir Crazy , 1980; Bustin' Loose , 1981; Live on Sunset Strip , 1982; Some Kind of Hero , 1982; The Toy , 1982; Superman III , 1983; Brewster's Millions , 1985; Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling , 1985; See No Evil, Hear No Evil , 1989; Harlem Nights , 1989; and Another You , 1991.
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.He collaborated on many projects with actor Gene Wilder.^ He collaborated on many projects with actor Gene Wilder .

^ He also collaborated on many projects with actor Gene Wilder.
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^ Although nervous studio bosses would not let him play the sheriff in the film, his collaboration on the screenplay with Gene Wilder laid the foundations for a lasting partnership.
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.Pryor 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 1974 he also won two American Academy of Humor awards and the Writers Guild of America Award.
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^ He won an Emmy Award in 1973, and five Grammy Awards in 1974, 1975, 1976, 1981, and 1982.
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^ In 1974, he also won two American Academy of Humor awards and the Writers Guild of America Award .

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Biography

Early life

.Born in Peoria, Illinois, Pryor grew up in his grandmother's brothel, where his mother, Gertrude Thomas, practiced prostitution.^ Born in 1940 in Peoria, Ill., Pryor grew up in his grandmother's brothel.
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^ He has always claimed that he was raised in his grandmother's brothel, where his mother worked as a prostitute.
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^ Born in Peoria, Illinois , Pryor grew up in his grandmother's brothel , where his mother, Gertrude Leona (née Thomas) , practiced prostitution .

.His father, LeRoy "Buck Carter" Pryor was a former bartender, boxer, and World War II veteran.^ Father LeRoy Pryor Jr. Buck Carter), a bartender, boxer, and WWII vet, died in 1968.
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^ Former boxer; bartender.
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^ Set during World War II, the film stars Stephen Boyd as an Army  Read More .
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[17]
.After his mother abandoned him when he was 10, he was raised primarily by his grandmother Marie Carter,[18] a violent woman who would beat him for any of his eccentricities.^ After his mother abandoned him when he was ten, he was raised primarily by his grandmother Marie Carter, 17 a violent woman who would beat him for any of his eccentricities .

^ Named after a series of "uncles" (actually pimps); raised in a brothel owned by his grandmother; watched his mother perform "tricks" with white men .
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^ Ultimately he chose to live with his grandmother, who was not shy about administering beatings.
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[19] .Pryor was one of four children raised in his grandmother's brothel.^ Named after a series of "uncles" (actually pimps); raised in a brothel owned by his grandmother; watched his mother perform "tricks" with white men .
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^ Pryor's grandmother owned a string of brothels, his mother prostituted herself, and his father was a pimp.
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^ According to his webpage , Pryor was "one of four children raised in his grandmother's brothel, Richard experienced rape at the age of six (by a teenaged neighbor) and molestation by a Catholic priest during catechism."

He was a victim of sexual abuse as a child.[17][20]
.He was expelled from school at the age of 14. His first professional performance was playing drums at a night club.^ His first professional performance came at age 7, when he played drums at a night club.
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^ He was expelled from school at the age of 14.

^ His first professional performance was playing drums at a night club.

.Pryor served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1960, but spent virtually the entire stint in an army prison.^ Pryor served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1960, but spent virtually the entire stint in an army prison.

^ While serving in the Army (a brief stint 1958 to 1960 that ended when he had an altercation with a fellow G.I.), Pryor performed in many amateur shows.
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.According to a 1999 profile about Pryor in The New Yorker, Pryor was incarcerated for an incident that occurred while stationed in Germany.^ According to a 1999 profile about Pryor in The New Yorker , Pryor was incarcerated for an incident that occurred while stationed in Germany.

^ News about Richard Pryor continually updated from thousands of sources around the net.
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^ Co-written, produced, and directed by Pryor, Jo Jo Dancer is so clearly about the comic's own life that it was barely worth inventing a new name for the protagonist.
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.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 him, though not fatally.^ 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, though not fatally.

^ On April 1, 1990, Pryor, whose previous brides varied between white, Jewish and black, re-married his fifth wife, Flynn, a Jehovah’s witness.
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^ Pryor also tried his hand at authorship, penning (with Todd Gold) the autobiography Pryor Convictions: And Other Life Sentences which Pantheon Books published to widespread acclaim in 1995.
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[21] .According to Live on the Sunset Strip, when he was 19, he worked at a Mafia-owned nightclub as the MC.^ Live on Sunset Strip was released in 1982.
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^ According to Live on Sunset Boulevard , when he was nineteen, he worked at a Mafia-owned nightclub as the MC .

^ In the post-crackup documentary Live on the Sunset Strip (1982), he speaks with extraordinary candor about his freebasing catastrophe.
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.On hearing that they would not pay a stripper, he attempted to hold up the owners with a cap pistol.^ On hearing that they would not pay a stripper, he attempted to hold up the owners with a cap pistol.

.The owners thought he was joking, and were greatly amused.^ The owners thought he was joking, and were greatly amused.

.During this time, Pryor's girlfriend gave birth to a girl named Renee.^ During this time, Pryor's girlfriend gave birth to a girl named Renee.

^ During that time, Pryor divorced, remarried, divorced again, and became increasingly involved with hard drugs.
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^ Six months later in October of 1987, Belaine gave birth to Kelsey Pryor, Richard's sixth child and third daughter.

.Years later, however, he found out that she was not his child.^ Years later, however, he found out that she 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.

Early career

.In 1963, Pryor moved to New York City and began performing regularly in clubs alongside performers such as Bob Dylan and Woody Allen.^ I currently live in New York City.
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^ In 1963, Pryor moved to New York City and began performing regularly in clubs alongside performers such as Bob Dylan and Woody Allen .

^ Then, in 1963, Pryor decided to move to New York City.
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.On one of his first nights, he opened for singer and pianist Nina Simone at New York's Village Gate.^ On one of his first nights, he opened for singer and pianist Nina Simone at New York's Village Gate .

^ Only a few hours into the new year and just a few snaps into Ohio State's first possession, Brent Musburger opened the faucet on one of the major themes of 2010: Over-the-top Terrelle Pryor love.
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^ In New York City, he found work as the opening act for Nina Simone, Richie Havens, and Bob Dylan.
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Simone recalls Pryor's bout of performance anxiety:
.He shook like he had malaria, he was so nervous.^ He shook like he had malaria , he was so nervous.

^ Opening night,” she remembered, “Richard shook like he had malaria, he was so nervous.
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.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.^ 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.
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^ Richard liked knocking him down."
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^ 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.^ The next night was the same, and the next, and I rocked him each time.

^ The next night was the same, and the next, and I rocked him each time.” Pryor began to calm himself with multiple shots of scotch, then got ready for the next performance with lines of cocaine.
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[22]
.Inspired by Bill Cosby, Pryor began as a middlebrow comic, with material far less controversial than what was to come.^ Inspired by Bill Cosby , Pryor began as a middlebrow comic, with material far less controversial than what was to come.

^ Inspired by Bill Cosby, Pryor went to New York in 1963 and gained recognition for his club work as a stand-up, performing on the same bill as such famous personalities as Bob Dylan and Richie Havens.
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^ Television audiences didn't respond to the show's controversial subject matter, and Pryor was unwilling to alter his material for network censors.

.Soon, he began appearing regularly on television variety shows, such as The Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show.^ Soon, he began appearing regularly on television variety shows , such as The Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show .

^ Pryor had already played The Ed Sullivan Show , but the comic was still finding his voice.
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^ These appearances, as well as several on the Ed Sullivan Show, and the Johnny Carson and Merv Griffin shows brought Las Vegas calling.
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.His popularity led to success as a comic in Las Vegas.^ His popularity led to success as a 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.^ 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.

^ Page   1   2   3 « prev  |  next » Users Say 0 ratings You Say click on a star to rate Evolution/Revolution: The Early Years (1966-1974) Released: Feb 1, 2005 Label: N\A Richard Pryor was seemingly funny right out of the womb, but it took him a while to become the best and bravest standup comic of his generation.
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^ Pryor returned home to Peoria in 1960, married the first of his five wives, and fathered his second child, Richard Pryor, Jr. His first child, daughter Renee, was born three years earlier.
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.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, exclaimed over the microphone "What the fuck am I doing here!?", and walked off the stage.^ In a burst of inspiration, I finally spoke to the sold-out crowd: “What am I doing here?” .
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^ 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 f*** am I doing here?", and walked off the stage.
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^ Wrote autobiography "Pryor Convictions" .
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.Afterward, Pryor began working at least mild profanity into his act, including "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.^ 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.

^ Afterward, Pryor began working at least mild profanity into his act, including nigger .

^ Recordings (1968-1992)" - Richard Pryor - Rhino - 2000 - nine-CD boxed set including each of Pryor's previously released Warner Bros, albums as well as 90-minutes of previously unreleased material and a 25-minute interview; Grammy winner for Walter Mosley's liner notes "Supernigger" - Richard Pryor - 1982 "The Wizard of Comedy" - Richard Pryor - 1978 "Who Me, I'm Not Him" - Richard Pryor - 1977 .
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Around this time, his parents died — his mother in 1967 and his father in 1968.
.In 1967, his second child and first daughter, Elizabeth Ann, was born to his girlfriend Maxine Anderson.^ In 1969, his third child and second daughter, Rain Pryor , was born.

^ In 1967, his second child and first daughter, Elizabeth Ann, was born to his girlfriend Maxine Anderson.

^ In 1984, his fourth child and second son, Steven, was born to his girlfriend Flynn Belaine.

.Later that year, he married Shelly Bonus.^ Pryor and Bonus divorced later that year.

^ Later that year, he married Shelly Bonus.

.In 1969, his third child and second daughter, Rain Pryor, was born.^ In 1969, his third child and second daughter, Rain Pryor , was born.

^ His daughter, Rain Pryor has stated that Pryor poured high-proof rum over his body and set himself on fire in a bout of drug-induced psychosis 25 .

^ In 1984, his fourth child and second son, Steven, was born to his girlfriend Flynn Belaine.

.Pryor and Bonus divorced later that year.^ Pryor and Bonus divorced later that year.

^ Later that year, he married Shelly Bonus.

^ In his later years, Richard Pryor used an Amigo POV/scooter due to multiple sclerosis (M.S., which he said stood for "More Shit").

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.^ 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.
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^ 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 .

^ On a journey to hone his voice, Pryor moved to Berkeley, California and hung out with such counter-cultural writers and personalities as Ishmael Reed and Huey P. Newton.
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.He signed with the comedy-oriented independent record label Laff Records in 1970 and recorded his second album in 1971, Craps (After Hours).^ He signed with the comedy-centric independent record label Laff Records in 1970 and recorded his second album, Craps (After Hours).
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^ Craps (After Hours) (Laff Records, 1971, reissued 1993 by Loose Cannon/Island) .
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^ He signed with the comedy-oriented independent record label Laff Records in 1970 and recorded his second album in 1971, Craps (After Hours) .

.In 1973, the relatively unknown comedian appeared in the documentary Wattstax, where he riffed on the tragic-comic absurdities of race relations in Watts and the nation.^ In 1973, the relatively unknown comedian appeared in the documentary 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.^ Not long afterward, Pryor sought a deal with a larger label, and after some time, signed with Stax Records .

^ He signed with the comedy-oriented independent record label Laff Records in 1970 and recorded his second album in 1971, Craps (After Hours) .

.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.^ 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.

^ In the 1970s and 1980s Richard Pryor was one of America's top comedians, an actor, writer, and stand-up artist whose irreverent albums sold in the millions.
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^ Record company executives, concerned that Pryor's humor would appeal only to blacks, were amazed at how well his first post-Berkeley album, That Nigger's Crazy!, sold with young white consumers.
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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.^ In return for this concession, Laff was enabled to release previously unissued material, recorded between 1968 and 1973, at will.

^ Split LP with Redd Foxx , containing previously released tracks from Craps (After Hours) Down And Dirty , ( Laff .

^ Records / Rhino , 2005 in music /2005) Pryor-authorized compilation of material released on Laff, including the entire Craps (After Hours) album.

.During the legal battle, Stax briefly closed its doors.^ During the legal battle, Stax briefly closed its doors.

At this time, 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.^ Record company executives, concerned that Pryor's humor would appeal only to blacks, were amazed at how well his first post-Berkeley album, That Nigger's Crazy!, sold with young white consumers.
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^ 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.

^ In 1983 he filmed and released a new concert film and accompanying album, Richard Pryor: Here and Now , which he directed himself.

.With every successful album Pryor recorded for Warner (or later, his concert films and his 1980 freebasing accident), Laff would quickly publish an album of older material to capitalize on Pryor's growing fame—a practice they continued until 1983. The covers of Laff albums tied in thematically with Pryor movies, such as The Wizard of Comedy for his appearance in The Wiz, Are You Serious? for Silver Streak, and Insane for Stir Crazy.^ It featured rare clips from Pryor's 1960s stand-up appearances and movies such as Silver Streak , Blue Collar , Stir Crazy , and Richard Pryor Live In Concert .

^ With every successful album Pryor recorded for Warner (or later, his concert films and his 1980 freebasing accident), Laff would quickly publish an album of older material to capitalize on Pryor's growing fame—a practice they continued until 1983.

^ The covers of Laff albums tied in thematically with Pryor movies, such as The Wizard of Comedy for his appearance in The Wiz , Are You Serious?

.In the 1970s, Pryor 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.^ In the 1970s, Pryor 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.

^ In 1973 he earned an Emmy Award for the special Lily , starring Lily Tomlin.
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^ Television audiences didn't respond to the show's controversial subject matter, and Pryor was unwilling to alter his material for network censors.

.During this period, Pryor tried to break into mainstream television.^ During this period, Pryor tried to break into mainstream television.

^ Pryor broke into television in New York City in 1964 when he appeared on a series called On Broadway Tonight .
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.He was a guest host on the first season of Saturday Night Live.^ He was a guest host on the first season of Saturday Night Live .

^ Guest and host of numerous television shows, including The Tonight Show and Saturday Night Live .
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.Richard took long time girlfriend, actress-talk show host Kathrine McKee (sister of Lonette McKee) with him to New York, and she made a brief guest appearance with Pryor on SNL.^ Richard took long time girlfriend, actress-talk show host Kathrine McKee (sister of Lonette McKee ) with him to New York, and she made a brief guest appearance with Pryor on SNL .

^ Richard Pryor was the guest singer with the Bill Gulino Quartet at Newburgh, NY s first Newburgh Jazz Series a...
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^ Milan also talks about how difficult it has been for him to be sidelined for an extended period of time, and what it is like for the players to be a part of the Winter Classic.
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.He participated in a "racist word association" skit[23] with Chevy Chase.^ He participated in a "racist word association" skit 21 with Chevy Chase .

^ In one skit, he and Chevy Chase played job candidate and employer.
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^ With the words, "Good evening - " I'm Chevy Chase, and you're not," Cornelius Crane Chase struck a chord with 1970's era ...
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.The Richard Pryor Show premiered on NBC in 1977, but was canceled after only four episodes.^ The Richard Pryor Show premiered on NBC in 1977, but was canceled after only four shows.

^ (Only one, Rain Pryor, chose a show-business career, appearing in sitcoms and off-Broadway plays.
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^ After appearing in both dramatic and comedic roles in dozens of popular television shows, in 1991 Pryor was the subject of a well-received variety special A Party for Richard Pryor.
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.Television audiences didn't respond to the show's controversial subject matter, and Pryor was unwilling to alter his material for network censors.^ Television audiences didn't respond to the show's controversial subject matter, and Pryor was unwilling to alter his material for network censors.

^ After appearing in both dramatic and comedic roles in dozens of popular television shows, in 1991 Pryor was the subject of a well-received variety special A Party for Richard Pryor.
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^ Inspired by Bill Cosby , Pryor began as a middlebrow comic, with material far less controversial than what was to come.

.During the short-lived series, he portrayed the first African-American President of the United States, spoofed the Star Wars cantina, took on gun violence, and in another skit, used costumes and visual distortion to appear nude.^ The owner of a popular African American nightclub in Peoria gave Pryor his first professional opportunity.
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^ Pryor was not the first African American comedian to succeed as a stand-up comic.
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^ Set during World War II, the film stars Stephen Boyd as an Army  Read More .
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.In 1974, Pryor was arrested for income tax evasion and served 10 days in jail.^ I went to jail for ten days for income tax evasion.
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^ In 1974, Pryor was arrested for income tax evasion and served 10 days in jail.

^ On December 10, 2005, Pryor suffered a cardiac arrest in Encino, California .

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

^ They divorced the following year.

^ He soon began dating Jennifer Lee and they married in 1981.

.In 1979, at the height of his success, Pryor visited Africa.^ In 1979, at the height of his success, Pryor visited Africa .

.Upon returning to the United States, Pryor swore he would never use the word "nigger" in his stand-up comedy routine again.^ Upon returning to the United States, Pryor swore he would never use the word "nigger" in his stand-up comedy routine again.

^ Racism , race relations , United States politics , African-American culture , human sexuality , self-deprecation , everyday life , recreational drug use .

^ To fully appreciate the power of Richard Pryor as a stand-up comedian,” said David Letterman, “you had to follow him at the Comedy Store.
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[24] .(However, his favorite epithet, "motherfucker", remains a term of endearment on his official website.^ (However, his favorite epithet, " motherfucker ", remains a term of endearment on his official website.

)
.In the 1970s and 1980s, Pryor appeared in several popular films, including Lady Sings the Blues; The Mack; Uptown Saturday Night; Silver Streak; Which Way Is Up?; Car Wash; Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings; Greased Lightning; Blue Collar & Bustin' Loose.^ Lily Tomlin hired Pryor to write material for her TV specials; then Saturday Night Live grabbed him.
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^ The Richard Pryor Collection (Which Way is Up?/ Brewster`s Millions/ Car Wash/ Bustin` Loose) .

^ Saturday Night Live 25 (USA: twentiefifth season title)     - Richard Pryor/Gil Scott-Heron (1975) TV episode ....
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.In 1982, Pryor co-starred with Jackie Gleason in one of the "Great One"'s last projects, The Toy.^ In 1982, Pryor co-starred with Jackie Gleason in one of the "Great One"'s last projects, The Toy .

^ As he was making it, Pryor was all too aware that this was going to be his last film as a comedy star.
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^ Nineteen-eighty-four was a significant year for black stars in Hollywood, but Richard Pryor wasn't one of them.
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.In 1983, Pryor signed a five-year contract with Columbia Pictures for $40,000,000.[25] This resulted in the gentrification of Pryor's onscreen persona and softer, more formulaic films like Superman III, (which earned Pryor $4,000,000), Brewster's Millions, Stir Crazy, Moving, and See No Evil, Hear No Evil.^ In 1983, Pryor signed a five-year contract with Columbia Pictures for $ 40,000,000.

^ See No Evil, Hear No Evil fared better at the box office.
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^ See more like this .
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.The only film project from this period that recalled his rough roots was Pryor's semi-autobiographic debut as a writer-director, Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling, which was not a major success.^ Producer/director/writer Richard Pryor insists that the movie is not autobiographical.
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^ He then wrote and directed a fictionalized account of his life, Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling .

^ The only film project from this period that recalled his rough roots was Pryor's semi-autobiographic debut as a writer-director, Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling , which was not a major success.

.Though he made four films with Gene Wilder, the two comic actors were never as close as many thought, according to Wilder's autobiography.^ He collaborated on many projects with actor Gene Wilder .

^ In four of his films, he co-starred with Gene Wilder.
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^ Though he made four films with Gene Wilder , the two comic actors were never as close as many thought, according to Wilder's autobiography.

 
.Pryor co-wrote Blazing Saddles, directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder.^ Little and co-star Gene Wilder have  Read More .
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^ Pryor co-wrote Blazing Saddles , directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder .

^ Pryor cowrote Blazing Saddles with Mel Brooks, but Cleavon Little won the role of black sheriff: Warner executives feared that Pryor’s “street cred” might turn off suburban audiences.
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.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.^ 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.

^ Pryor cowrote Blazing Saddles with Mel Brooks, but Cleavon Little won the role of black sheriff: Warner executives feared that Pryor’s “street cred” might turn off suburban audiences.
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^ Before his infamous 1980 freebasing 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 .

.Before his infamous 1980 freebasing 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.^ Before his infamous 1980 freebasing 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 .

^ With every successful album Pryor recorded for Warner (or later, his concert films and his 1980 freebasing accident), Laff would quickly publish an album of older material to capitalize on Pryor's growing fame—a practice they continued until 1983.

^ 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.

.Pryor was also originally considered for the role of Billy Ray Valentine on Trading Places (1983), before Eddie Murphy won the part.^ Pryor was also originally considered for the role of Billy Ray Valentine on Trading Places (1983), before Eddie Murphy won the part.

^ Harlem Nights is a 1989 comedy-drama crime film starring Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor.

^ It is interesting to compare the Pryor of the 1980s with the Eddie Murphy of recent years.
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.Despite a reputation for profanity, Pryor briefly hosted a children's show on CBS in 1984 called Pryor's Place.^ Despite a reputation for profanity, Pryor briefly hosted a children's show on CBS in 1984 called Pryor's Place .

^ This was apparent in his return to TV — seven years after his controversial, quickly aborted sketch show — with Pryor's Place, a Saturday morning children's series in which he played "a sombre, earnest figure hosting the wholesome adventures of two black boys" on a Sesame Street -style set.
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^ But as his success mounted, so did Pryor’s resentment at the restraints placed on his style by the white show business establishment.
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.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.^ 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.

^ 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 .

^ Marlon Wayans is in line to portray Pryor after Eddie Murphy dropped out due to a dispute with the studio.

.However, Pryor's Place frequently dealt with more sobering issues than Sesame Street.^ However, Pryor's Place frequently dealt with more sobering issues than Sesame Street .

^ 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.

^ Pryor, however, was falling into limp imitations of Murphy's successes (the spineless Brewster's Millions , 1985, having more than a few similarities to the snappy Trading Places , 1983) or giving way to a "Cosbification" of his screen persona.
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It was canceled 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.
.Pryor co-hosted the Academy Awards twice, and was nominated for an Emmy for a guest role on the television series, Chicago Hope.^ He was now writing, too, gaining two Emmy awards for his work on Lily Tomlin television shows and collaborating with Mel Brooks on the 1974 film Blazing Saddles .
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^ Pryor won an Emmy for his performance as a bedridden victim of paralysis in Chicago Hope .
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^ Synopsis: Two episodes of legendary comedian Richard Pryor 's Emmy award-winning children's series are featured in this video.
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.Pryor developed a reputation for being difficult and unprofessional on film sets, and for making unreasonable demands.^ Pryor developed a reputation for being difficult and unprofessional on film sets, and for making unreasonable demands.

^ In his autobiography Kiss Me Like a Stranger , co-star Gene Wilder says that Pryor was frequently late to the set during filming of Stir Crazy , and that he demanded, among other things, a helicopter to fly him to and from set.

^ Pryor was also accused of using allegations of on-set racism to force the hand of film producers into giving him more money.

.In his autobiography Kiss Me Like a Stranger, co-star Gene Wilder says that Pryor was frequently late to the set during filming of Stir Crazy, and that he demanded, among other things, a helicopter to fly him to and from set.^ In his autobiography Kiss Me Like a Stranger , co-star Gene Wilder says that Pryor was frequently late to the set during filming of Stir Crazy , and that he demanded, among other things, a helicopter to fly him to and from set.

^ In four of his films, he co-starred with Gene Wilder.
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^ The comic's comic is totally blasted during this interview from the set of "Stir Crazy."
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.Pryor was also accused of using allegations of on-set racism to force the hand of film producers into giving him more money.^ Pryor was also accused of using allegations of on-set racism to force the hand of film producers into giving him more money.

^ H ollywood producers wanted in and offered Pryor a career in films.
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^ It is intriguing that they say, of the $40 million-dollar deal from Columbia Pictures that brought about the birth of Indigo Productions, "it seemed to be an amount of money calculated not to give the comedian a chance to produce a blockbuster film."
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Also from Wilder's book:
.One day during our lunch hour in the last week of filming, the craft service man handed out slices of watermelon to each of us.^ One day during our lunch hour in the last week of filming, the craft service man handed out slices of watermelon to each of us.

^ In comparison with his last few films, Pryor certainly looks out of sorts here — thin, spindly, and frail.
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^ On one hand, you're rooting for humanity to straighten things out again, but, on the other hand, it's just restarting this whole cycle.
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Richard and the whole camera crew and I sat together in a big sound studio, talking and joking. .Some members of the crew used a piece of watermelon as a Frisbee, and tossed it back and forth to each other.^ Some members of the crew used a piece of watermelon as a Frisbee, and tossed it back and forth to each other.

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.One piece of watermelon landed at Richard's feet.^ One piece of watermelon landed at Richard's feet.

^ I wasn't privy to all the negotiations that went on between Columbia and Richard's lawyers, but the camera operator who had thrown that errant piece of watermelon had been fired.

.He got up and went home.^ He got up and went home.

Filming stopped. .The next day...Richard announced that he knew very well what the significance of watermelon was...^ The next day...Richard announced that he knew very well what the significance of watermelon was...

.He said that he was quitting show business and would not return to this film.^ He said that he was quitting show business and would not return to this film.

.The day after that, Richard walked in, all smiles...^ The day after that, Richard walked in, all smiles...

.I wasn't privy to all the negotiations that went on between Columbia and Richard's lawyers, but the camera operator who had thrown that errant piece of watermelon had been fired.^ I wasn't privy to all the negotiations that went on between Columbia and Richard's lawyers, but the camera operator who had thrown that errant piece of watermelon had been fired.

^ One piece of watermelon landed at Richard's feet.

I assume now that Richard was using drugs during "Stir Crazy".
Pryor was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1986.[26]
.In 1989, he appeared in Harlem Nights, a comedy-drama crime film starring Eddie Murphy.^ Harlem Nights is a 1989 comedy-drama crime film starring Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor.

^ He also starred in numerous films as an actor, usually in comedies such as Silver Streak (1976), but occasionally in dramatic roles, such as Paul Schrader 's film Blue Collar (1978).

^ Harlem Nights was a critical failure, but a financial success, grossing 3 1/2 times the amount it cost to make it (worldwide) and is well known for starring three generations of black comedians (Foxx, Pryor, and Murphy).

.It was a critical failure, but a financial success, grossing 3 1/2 times the amount it cost to make it (worldwide) and is well known for starring three generations of black comedians (Pryor, Murphy, and Red Foxx).^ Harlem Nights was a critical failure, but a financial success, grossing 3 1/2 times the amount it cost to make it (worldwide) and is well known for starring three generations of black comedians (Foxx, Pryor, and Murphy).

^ Clearly, even thirty years after Pryor's commercial impact, Hollywood still prefers to neuter its aggressive black actors before securing their mainstream success.
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^ Harlem Nights is a 1989 comedy-drama crime film starring Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor.

The freebasing incident

.On June 9, 1980, during the making of the film Bustin' Loose, Pryor set himself on fire after freebasing cocaine while drinking 151-proof rum.^ On June 1, 1980, Pryor set himself on fire while freebasing cocaine.
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^ On June 9, 1980, during the making of the film Bustin' Loose , Pryor set himself on fire after freebasing cocaine while drinking 151-proof rum .

^ What was the story with him setting himself on fire?
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He ran down Parthenia St. from his Northridge, California, home until subdued by police. .He was taken to the hospital, where he was treated for burns covering more than half of his body.^ He was taken to the hospital, where he was treated for burns covering more than half of his body.

^ To date, the fire has burned more than 160,577 acres, destroyed 89 homes and killed two firefighters, Capt.
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.Pryor spent six weeks in recovery at the Grossman Burn Center at Sherman Oaks Hospital.^ Pryor spent six weeks in recovery at the Grossman Burn Center at Sherman Oaks Hospital .

^ But after six weeks of treatment, he was discharged from the hospital.
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^ At the Sherman Oaks burns unit, Pryor underwent a tortuous course of treatment, from agonising baths and skin scrubs to grafts and plastic surgery.
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.His daughter, Rain Pryor, has stated that Pryor poured high-proof rum over his body and set himself on fire in a bout of drug-induced psychosis.^ What was the story with him setting himself on fire?
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^ His daughter, Rain Pryor has stated that Pryor poured high-proof rum over his body and set himself on fire in a bout of drug-induced psychosis 25 .

^ But for a movie so close to its creator's heart, it lacks any of the fire (metaphorically speaking) and passion that Pryor himself had already brought to these episodes when recounting them on stage.
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[27]
.Pryor incorporated a description of the incident into his "final" comedy show Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip in 1982. He joked that the event was caused by dunking a cookie into a glass of low-fat and pasteurized milk, causing an explosion.^ Records , 1982) Richard Pryor Live!

^ He joked that the event was caused by dunking a cookie into a glass of low-fat and pasteurized milk, causing an explosion.

^ Pryor made this part of his heralded "final" stand up show "Richard Pryor Live On Sunset Strip" (1982).
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.At the end of the bit, he poked fun at people who told jokes about it by waving a lit match and saying, "What's this?^ At the end of the bit, he poked fun at people who told jokes about it by waving a lit match and saying, "What's this?

^ 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 both funny and serious 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?
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^ He told me about the firm, the families who made the guns, and his own family, and introduced me to Harry Lawrence, the factory manager.
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.It's Richard Pryor running down the street."^ It's Richard Pryor running down the street."

^ When you run down the street on fire, people will move out of your way.
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^ Pryor Goes Foxx Hunting · Down And Dirty · Richard Pryor Meets...

.After his "final performance", Pryor did not stay away from stand-up comedy long.^ Performing Arts - Stand-up Comedy .
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^ After his "final performance", Pryor did not stay away from stand-up comedy long.

^ Pryor's performances and testimonials from fellow comedians, including Chris Rock , Dave Chappelle , Wanda Sykes , and Denis Leary , on Pryor's influence on comedy.

.In 1983, he filmed and released a new concert film and accompanying album, Richard Pryor: Here and Now, which he directed himself.^ In 1983 he filmed and released a new concert film and accompanying album, Richard Pryor: Here and Now , which he directed himself.

^ He didn't stay away from live stand-up too long, though - in 1983 he filmed and released a new concert film and accompanying album, Here And Now, which he directed himself.
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^ With every successful album Pryor recorded for Warner (or later, his concert films and his 1980 freebasing accident), Laff would quickly publish an album of older material to capitalize on Pryor's growing fame—a practice they continued until 1983.

.He then wrote and directed a fictionalized account of his life, Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling.^ He then wrote and directed a fictionalized account of his life, Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling .

^ Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling failed critically and commercially upon release.
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^ The only film project from this period that recalled his rough roots was Pryor's semi-autobiographic debut as a writer-director, Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling , which was not a major success.

.In 1984, his fourth child and second son, Steven, was born to his girlfriend Flynn Belaine.^ In 1984, his fourth child and second son, Steven, was born to his girlfriend Flynn Belaine.

^ In 1969, his third child and second daughter, Rain Pryor , was born.

^ Meanwhile, another of Pryor's girlfriends, Geraldine Mason, gave birth to Franklin Mason, his fifth child and third son, in April 1987.

.Pryor married Belaine in October 1986. They divorced in July 1987. Before their divorce was final, Belaine conceived Kelsey Pryor.^ Before their divorce was final, Belaine conceived Kelsey Pryor.

^ Pryor married Belaine in October 1986.

^ They divorced in July 1987.

.Meanwhile, another of Pryor's girlfriends, Geraldine Mason, gave birth to Franklin Mason, his fifth child and third son, in April 1987. Six months later in October 1987, Belaine gave birth to Kelsey Pryor, Richard's sixth child and third daughter.^ Six months later in October of 1987, Belaine gave birth to Kelsey Pryor, Richard's sixth child and third daughter.

^ In 1969, his third child and second daughter, Rain Pryor , was born.

^ Meanwhile, another of Pryor's girlfriends, Geraldine Mason, gave birth to Franklin Mason, his fifth child and third son, in April 1987.

Marriages

Pryor was married seven times to five different women:
  1. Patricia Price (1960–1961, divorced) with one child named Richard Pryor, Jr.
  2. Shelly Bonus (1967–1969, divorced) with one child named Rain Pryor
  3. Deborah McGuire (September 22, 1977 – 1979, divorced)
  4. Jennifer Lee (August 1981 – October 1982, divorced)
  5. Flynn Belaine (October 1986 – July 1987, divorced) with one child
  6. Flynn Belaine (1 April 1990 – July 1991, divorced) with one child
  7. Jennifer Lee (June 29, 2001 – December 10, 2005, his death)
.His marriages were characterized by accusations of domestic violence and spousal abuse, except for his relationship with Belaine.^ Patricia Price (1960–1961, divorced) with one child named Richard Pryor, Jr. Shelly Bonus (1967–1969, divorced) with one child named Rain Pryor Deborah McGuire (September 22, 1977 – 1979, divorced) Jennifer Lee (August 1981 – October 1982, divorced) Flynn Belaine (October 1986 – July 1987, divorced) with one child Flynn Belaine (1 April 1990 – July 1991, divorced) with one child Jennifer Lee (June 29, 2001 – December 10, 2005, his death) His marriages were characterized by accusations of domestic violence and spousal abuse, except for his relationship with Belaine.

.Most of these allegations were connected to Pryor's drug use.^ Most of these allegations were connected to Pryor's drug use.

^ Pryor was also accused of using allegations of on-set racism to force the hand of film producers into giving him more money.

.The exception was Patricia Price, who was married to Pryor before his rise to stardom.^ The exception was Patricia Price who was married to Pryor before his rise to stardom.

^ In 1960, he married Patricia Price and they had one child together, Richard Jr. They divorced in 1961.

.During his relationship with Pam Grier, Pryor proposed to Deborah McGuire (1977).^ During his relationship with Pam Grier , Pryor proposed to Deborah McGuire (1977).

^ He married actress Deborah McGuire in 1977, but they divorced in 1978.

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

^ Six months later in October of 1987, Belaine gave birth to Kelsey Pryor, Richard's sixth child and third daughter.

Later life

.In 1998, Pryor won the first Mark Twain Prize for American Humor from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.^ Pryor Offenses (2004) (TV) (story) The Mark Twain Prize: Richard Pryor (1999) (TV) (uncredited) Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986) (writer) Richard Pryor ...Here and Now (1983) (writer) Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip (1982) (writer) ...
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^ Mark Twain Prize winners .

^ "Richard Pryor, Whose Profane, Incisive Humor Revolutionized American Comedy, Dies at 65."

According to former Kennedy Center President Lawrence J. Wilker,
.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.^ Mark Twain Prize winners .

^ 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.

^ Description: Richard Pryor is the king of stand up.
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.Though uncompromising in his wit, Pryor, like Twain, projects a generosity of spirit that unites us.^ Though uncompromising in his wit, Pryor, like Twain, projects a generosity of spirit that unites us.
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.They were both trenchant social critics who spoke the truth, however outrageous.^ They were both trenchant social critics who spoke the truth, however outrageous.

In 2000, Rhino Records remastered all of Pryor's Reprise and WB albums for inclusion in the box set .The Complete Warner Bros.^ The Complete Warner Bros.

.Recordings (1968–1992)">...And It's Deep Too!^ Recordings (1968–1992) .

^ Recordings (1968-1992).
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^ Recordings (1968–1992) · The Anthology (1968–1992) · Evolution/Revolution: The Early Years (1966–1974) .

.The Complete Warner Bros.^ The Complete Warner Bros.

.Recordings (1968–1992)
.^ Recordings (1968–1992) .

^ Recordings (1968–1992) · The Anthology (1968–1992) · Evolution/Revolution: The Early Years (1966–1974) .

^ Recordings (1968–1992) (9-CD box set) ( Warner Bros.

.In 2001, he remarried Jennifer Lee, who also had become his manager.^ He published an autobiography and later remarried Jennifer Lee.
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.In 2002 a television documentary depicted Pryor's life and career.^ Allen Hughes: I want to do the ultimate, Ken Burns, three-and-a-half-hour epic documentary of Pryor's life.
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.Broadcast in the UK as part of the Channel 4 series Kings of Black Comedy, it was produced, directed and narrated by David Upshal.^ Broadcast in the UK as part of the Channel 4 series Kings of Black Comedy , it was produced, directed and narrated by David Upshal .

^ But if The Cosby Show signified a new direction for "black" comedy in the eighties, it was a direction disturbingly out of synch with everything that Pryor had stood for in his best years.
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^ In the US the show went out as part of the Heroes Of Black Comedy series on Comedy Central , narrated by Don Cheadle .

.It featured rare clips from Pryor's 1960s stand-up appearances and movies such as Silver Streak, Blue Collar, Stir Crazy, and Richard Pryor Live In Concert.^ It featured rare clips from Pryor's 1960s stand-up appearances and movies such as Silver Streak , Blue Collar , Stir Crazy , and Richard Pryor Live In Concert .

^ Description: Richard Pryor is the king of stand up.
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^ Richard Pryor: Live in Concert (Widescreen 1.66) .
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.Contributors included Whoopi Goldberg, Dave Chappelle, Lily Tomlin, George Carlin, Joan Rivers, Ice-T, and Paul Mooney.^ George Carlin , 2 Martin Lawrence , 3 George Lopez , 4 Dave Chappelle , 5 Chris Rock , 6 Eddie Murphy , 6 Whoopi Goldberg , 7 Bill Hicks , 8 Robin Williams , 7 - Lewis Black 9 Colin Quinn , 10 Bernie Mac , 6 Louis C.K. , 11 - Patton Oswalt 12 Artie Lange , 13 and Jim Norton 14 .

^ Contributors included Whoopi Goldberg , Dave Chappelle , Lily Tomlin , George Carlin , Joan Rivers , Ice-T , and Paul Mooney .

^ Richard Pryor (1998) · Jonathan Winters (1999) · Carl Reiner (2000) · Whoopi Goldberg (2001) · Bob Newhart (2002) · Lily Tomlin (2003) · Lorne Michaels (2004) · Steve Martin (2005) · Neil Simon (2006) · Billy Crystal (2007) · George Carlin (2008) · Bill Cosby (2009) .

.The show tracked down the two cops who rescued Pryor from his "freebasing incident", former managers and even school friends from Pryor's home town of Peoria, Illinois.^ The show tracked down the two cops who rescued Pryor from his "freebasing incident", former managers and even school friends from Pryor's home town of Peoria, Illinois.

^ He was born Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III — no mean appellation for a boy who grew up in a brothel run by his parents and owned by his grandmother in Peoria, Illinois.
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^ He had appeared in amateur comedy shows while serving with the US Army in Germany, and became a professional comic at a club in his home town of Peoria after his discharge.
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.In the US the show went out as part of the Heroes of Black Comedy series on Comedy Central, narrated by Don Cheadle.^ In the US the show went out as part of the Heroes Of Black Comedy series on Comedy Central , narrated by Don Cheadle .

^ Broadcast in the UK as part of the Channel 4 series Kings of Black Comedy , it was produced, directed and narrated by David Upshal .

^ Part of it is pickiness, but another part of it that we just don't want to put a bad movie out.
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.In 2002, Pryor and his wife and manager, Jennifer Lee Pryor, won legal rights to all the Laff material, which amounted to almost 40 hours of reel-to-reel analog tape.^ In 2002, Pryor and his wife and manager, Jennifer Lee Pryor, won legal rights to all the Laff material, which amounted to almost 40 hours of reel-to-reel analog tape.

^ 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.

^ His latest wife was Jennifer Lee, to whom he had been married briefly in the early 1980s.
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.After going through the tapes and getting Richard's blessing, Jennifer Lee Pryor gave access to the tapes to Rhino Records in 2004. These tapes, including the entire Craps album, form the basis of the double-CD release Evolution/Revolution: The Early Years (1966–1974).^ After going through the tapes and getting Richard's blessing, Jennifer Lee Pryor gave access to the tapes to Rhino Records in 2004.

^ 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.

^ These tapes, including the entire Craps album, form the basis of the double-CD release Evolution/Revolution: The Early Years (1966–1974) .

.A 2003 television documentary, Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!! consisted of archival footage of Pryor's performances and testimonials from fellow comedians, including Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Wanda Sykes, and Denis Leary, on Pryor's influence on comedy.^ "Comedian Richard Pryor Dies at 65."

^ Nothing like Richard Pryor for comedy.
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^ Pryor's performances and testimonials from fellow comedians, including Chris Rock , Dave Chappelle , Wanda Sykes , and Denis Leary , on Pryor's influence on comedy.

.In 2004, Pryor was voted #1 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.^ In 2004, Pryor was voted #1 on Comedy Central 's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time .

^ Posted: December 08, 2006 Description: Richard Pryor is the king of stand up.
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^ Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III (December 1, 1940 — December 10, 2005) was an American stand-up comedian , actor , and writer .

.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.^ 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.

^ Pryor's performances and testimonials from fellow comedians, including Chris Rock , Dave Chappelle , Wanda Sykes , and Denis Leary , on Pryor's influence on comedy.

^ Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III (December 1, 1940 — December 10, 2005) was an American stand-up comedian , actor , and writer .

.In his later years, Richard Pryor used a power operated vehicle/scooter due to multiple sclerosis (M.S., which he said stood for "More Shit").^ Related Recommended Prev More Up Next Richard Pryor and Arizona State Prison .
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In late 2004, his sister said he had lost his voice. .However, on January 9, 2005, Pryor's wife, Jennifer Lee, rebutted this statement in a post on Pryor's official website,[28] citing Richard as saying: "Sick of hearing this shit about me not talking...^ However, on January 9, 2005, Pryor's wife, Jennifer Lee, rebutted this statement in a post on Pryor's official website, 26 citing Richard as saying: "Sick of hearing this shit about me not talking...

^ Richard Pryor at the Internet Movie Database Richard Pryor: Stand-Up Philosopher, City Journal, Spring 2009 Jennifer Lee Pryor at the Internet Movie Database Post by Richard Pryor on his official website rebutting voice-loss rumors Richard Pryor's KFC Cruelty Billboard Richard Pryor's Ancestry Bright Lights Film Journal career profile Richard Pryor at Find a Grave Obituaries "Comedian Richard Pryor Dead at 65."

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not true... good days, bad days... but .I still am a talkin' motherfucker!"^ I still am a talkin' motherfucker!"

.Pryor was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.[29] The animal rights organization PETA gives out an award in Pryor's name to people who have done outstanding work to alleviate animal suffering.^ 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.

^ Lifetime Achievement Award in Comedy 1993 .

Pryor was active in animal rights and was deeply concerned about the plight of elephants in circuses and zoos.

Death

Richard Pryor's star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame covered with flowers, beer bottles, fan letters etc.
.On December 10, 2005, Pryor went into cardiac arrest in Encino, California.^ On December 10, 2005, Pryor suffered a cardiac arrest in Encino, California .

^ December 10, 2005.

^ Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III (December 1, 1940 — December 10, 2005) was an American stand-up comedian , actor , and writer .

He was taken to a local hospital after his wife's attempts to resuscitate him failed. He was pronounced dead at 7:58 am PST. .His widow Jennifer was quoted as saying, "At the end, there was a smile on his face."^ His wife was quoted as saying that "at the end there was a smile on his face."
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^ His widow Jennifer was quoted as saying, "At the end, there was a smile on his face."

[25] .He was cremated and his ashes were given to friends and family.^ He was cremated and his ashes were given to friends and family.

Remembrance and legacy

.On December 19, 2005, BET aired a Pryor special.^ On December 19, 2005, BET aired a Pryor special.

^ On December 10, 2005, Pryor suffered a cardiac arrest in Encino, California .

^ Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III (December 1, 1940 — December 10, 2005) was an American stand-up comedian , actor , and writer .

It included commentary from fellow comedians, and insight into his upbringing. .A feature film about Pryor is currently in development.^ A feature film about Pryor is currently in development.

^ Pryor developed a reputation for being difficult and unprofessional on film sets, and for making unreasonable demands.

.It was written by Pryor and his wife.^ It was written by Pryor and his wife.

Marlon Wayans is in line to portray Pryor after Eddie Murphy dropped out due to a dispute with the studio. .Bill Condon is set to direct.^ Bill Condon is set to direct.

An image of Pryor can be seen on the Rage Against The Machine music video for their Soul Sonic Force cover of "Renegades of Funk".
.There is a street just west of the downtown Peoria area named in his honor.^ There is a street just west of the downtown Peoria area named in his honor.

^ I won't name names, but there are some great directors who just need another writer or some objectivity.
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.On March 1, 2008, fellow comedian George Carlin performed his final HBO special.^ On March 1, 2008, fellow comedian George Carlin performed his final HBO special.

^ Pryor's performances and testimonials from fellow comedians, including Chris Rock , Dave Chappelle , Wanda Sykes , and Denis Leary , on Pryor's influence on comedy.

.An image of Pryor can be seen in the background throughout his set.^ An image of Pryor can be seen in the background throughout his set.

^ An image of Pryor can be seen on the Rage Against The Machine music video for their Soul Sonic Force cover of " Renegades of Funk ".

Discography

Albums

Official canon
Others

Compilations

.
  • Pryor Goes Foxx Hunting, (Laff.^ Pryor Goes Foxx Hunting , ( Laff .

    ^ Pryor Goes Foxx Hunting · Down And Dirty · Richard Pryor Meets...

    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)
    • Contains tracks from Craps (After Hours), That Nigger's Crazy, and ...Is It Something I Said?, plus a previously unreleased track from 1975, "Ali".
  • .The Complete Warner Bros.^ The Complete Warner Bros.

    .Recordings (1968–1992)">...And It's Deep Too!^ Recordings (1968–1992) .

    ^ Recordings (1968-1992).
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    ^ Recordings (1968–1992) · The Anthology (1968–1992) · Evolution/Revolution: The Early Years (1966–1974) .

    .The Complete Warner Bros.^ The Complete Warner Bros.

    Recordings (1968–1992)
    (9-CD box set) (Warner Bros. Records/Rhino, 2000)
    • Box set collection containing all Warner Bros. albums plus a bonus disc of previously unissued material from 1973 to 1992.
  • The Anthology (1968–1992) (2-CD set) (Warner Bros. Records/Rhino, 2002 in music/2002)
    • Highlights culled from the albums collected in the .The Complete Warner Bros.^ The Complete Warner Bros.

      .Recordings (1968–1992)">...And It's Deep Too!^ Recordings (1968–1992) .

      ^ Recordings (1968-1992).
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      ^ Recordings (1968–1992) · The Anthology (1968–1992) · Evolution/Revolution: The Early Years (1966–1974) .

      box set.
  • Evolution/Revolution: The Early Years (1966–1974) (2-CD set) (Warner Bros. Records/Rhino], 2005)
    • Pryor-authorized compilation of material released on Laff, including the entire Craps (After Hours) album.

Filmography

.

References

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External links

Obituaries
.
  • "Comedian Richard Pryor Dead at 65." BBC News.^ Comedian Richard Pryor Dies at 65 (Kevin Krolicki: Reuters.com: Dec.
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    ^ RICHARD PRYOR NEWS .
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    ^ In 2003, a television documentary, Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!!, came out.
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    .December 10, 2005. BBC.^ December 10, 2005.
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    • Richard Pryor Gossip 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC www.celebnextdoor.com [Source type: General]

    ^ December 10, 2005 .
    • Richard Pryor biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (comedian/actor) 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC www.popstarsplus.com [Source type: General]

    ^ On December 10, 2005, Pryor suffered a cardiac arrest in Encino, California .

    .[2].
  • "Comedian Richard Pryor Dies at 65." cnn.com.^ Comedian Richard Pryor Dies at 65 (Kevin Krolicki: Reuters.com: Dec.
    • Richard Pryor biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (comedian/actor) 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC www.popstarsplus.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III (December 1, 1940 — December 10, 2005) was an American stand-up comedian , actor , and writer .

    ^ "Richard Pryor, Whose Profane, Incisive Humor Revolutionized American Comedy, Dies at 65."

    .December 11, 2005. CNN.^ December 11, 2005.

    [3].
  • Feeney, Mark. ."Richard Pryor, Whose Profane, Incisive Humor Revolutionized American Comedy, Dies at 65." Boston.com News.^ In 1983 he filmed and released a new concert film and accompanying album, Richard Pryor: Here and Now , which he directed himself.

    ^ Harlem Nights is a 1989 comedy-drama crime film starring Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor.

    ^ Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III (December 1, 1940 — December 10, 2005) was an American stand-up comedian , actor , and writer .

    .December 11, 2005. The Boston Globe.^ December 11, 2005.

    [4].
  • Schudel, Matt. "With Humor and Anger On Race Issues, Comic Inspired a Generation." washingtonpost.com. December 11, 2005. The Washington Post. [5].
  • Watkins, Mel. ."Richard Pryor, Iconoclastic Comedian, Dies at 65." NYTimes.com.^ Richard Pryor is the king of stand up comedians.
    • Classic Richard Pryor Stand Up | SPIKE 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC www.spike.com [Source type: General]

    ^ To fully appreciate the power of Richard Pryor as a stand-up comedian,” said David Letterman, “you had to follow him at the Comedy Store.
    • Richard Pryor: Stand-Up Philosopher by Stefan Kanfer, City Journal Spring 2009 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC www.city-journal.org [Source type: General]

    .December 11, 2005. The New York Times.^ That is equivalent to 11 times the size of Manhattan Island, New York .
    • U.S. Senate - Station Fire Investigation - Angeles National Forest 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC www.ussenate.com [Source type: Academic]

    [6].

Quotes

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From Wikiquote

.Richard Pryor (1 December 1940 - 10 December 2005) was an American actor, writer, and comedian.^ Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III (December 1, 1940 — December 10, 2005) was an American stand-up comedian , actor , and writer .

^ "Comedian Richard Pryor Dies at 65."

^ Flak Magazine: Richard Pryor: 1940-2005, 12.12.05 .
  • Flak Magazine: Richard Pryor: 1940-2005, 12.12.05 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC www.flakmag.com [Source type: General]

Sourced

  • Let me tell you what really happened... .Every night before I go to bed, I have milk and cookies.^ The revelation begins, of course, with a gag: “Before going to bed, it’s my habit to have a glass of no-fat milk and cookies.
    • Richard Pryor: Stand-Up Philosopher by Stefan Kanfer, City Journal Spring 2009 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC www.city-journal.org [Source type: General]

    .One night I mixed some low-fat milk and some pasteurized, then I dipped my cookie in and the shit blew up.^ He joked that the event was caused by dunking a cookie into a glass of low-fat and pasteurized milk, causing an explosion.

    ^ The revelation begins, of course, with a gag: “Before going to bed, it’s my habit to have a glass of no-fat milk and cookies.
    • Richard Pryor: Stand-Up Philosopher by Stefan Kanfer, City Journal Spring 2009 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC www.city-journal.org [Source type: General]

    .
    • At the start of a routine about his freebasing accident.^ Before his infamous 1980 freebasing 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 .

      ^ The film contains the well-known Pryor routine about his accident, his drug use, and his stay in the hospital.
      • Gale - Free Resources - Black History - Biographies - Richard Pryor 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC www.gale.cengage.com [Source type: General]

      .Live At The Sunset Strip (1982) [album and movie]
  • Why me?^ Himself - Co-host Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip (1982) ....
    • Richard Pryor 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Pryor Offenses (2004) (TV) (executive producer) Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America (1993) (TV) (co-executive producer) Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986) (producer) Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip (1982) (producer) ...
    • Richard Pryor 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Pryor Offenses (2004) (TV) (story) The Mark Twain Prize: Richard Pryor (1999) (TV) (uncredited) Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986) (writer) Richard Pryor ...Here and Now (1983) (writer) Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip (1982) (writer) ...
    • Richard Pryor 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

    .Ten million motherfuckers freebasing, and I'm the one who blows up!^ In the 1970s and 1980s Richard Pryor was one of America's top comedians, an actor, writer, and stand-up artist whose irreverent albums sold in the millions.
    • Gale - Free Resources - Black History - Biographies - Richard Pryor 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC www.gale.cengage.com [Source type: General]

    .
    • Live at the Sunset Strip (1982)
  • I went through every phone book in Africa, and I didn't find one god damned Pryor!^ Live on Sunset Strip was released in 1982.
    • Gale - Free Resources - Black History - Biographies - Richard Pryor 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC www.gale.cengage.com [Source type: General]

    ^ But I went through every phone book in Africa…and I didn't find one god damned Pryor!
    • Richard Pryor biography, Richard Pryor movie, Richard Pryor jokes, Richard Pryor drugs, Richard Pryor death, Richard Pryor funeral, Richard Pryor quote 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC www.bullz-eye.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Live on Sunset Strip , Warner Bros., 1982.
    • Gale - Free Resources - Black History - Biographies - Richard Pryor 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC www.gale.cengage.com [Source type: General]

    • On trying to find his roots. .Live At The Sunset Strip (1982)
  • I don't want to go through life as a Wonder Wheel murderer!^ Live on Sunset Strip was released in 1982.
    • Gale - Free Resources - Black History - Biographies - Richard Pryor 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC www.gale.cengage.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Live on Sunset Strip , Warner Bros., 1982.
    • Gale - Free Resources - Black History - Biographies - Richard Pryor 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC www.gale.cengage.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Live on the Sunset Strip (1982) .
    • Richard Pryor biography, Richard Pryor movie, Richard Pryor jokes, Richard Pryor drugs, Richard Pryor death, Richard Pryor funeral, Richard Pryor quote 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC www.bullz-eye.com [Source type: General]

    .
    • The Toy (1982)
  • Have you ever noticed how quiet you get when you go in the woods?^ When you do a documentary like that, the subject is going to dictate how incredible it is - if the director doesn't get in the way.
    • Mr. Beaks Talks To The Hughes Brothers About THE BOOK OF ELI, Ring Rust, And Their Planned Three-Hour Richard Pryor Documentary! -- Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Gloriana-"How Far Do You Wanna Go?&...
    • Video - Interview w/ Paul Mooney pt2-Tiger gets His Wake Up Call - Hip Hop 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC hiphopblips.dailyradar.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .It's almost like you know that God's there.^ I like to be accepted, you know, but usually in order to be accepted by white people, you have to compromise so much from your hello.
    • How Richard Pryor Changed Comedy : NPR 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC www.npr.org [Source type: General]

    ^ I don’t know about any of you but wherever I go, there I am.
    • Boxing - Other News - Montoya's Monday Mailbag 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC www.secondsout.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Let me know if you like me YES or NO http://www.
    • Richard Pryor on MySpace Comedy - Comic Clips, Funny Videos & Jokes 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC www.myspace.com [Source type: General]

    .
  • I'd like to die like my father died...^ Source: New York Times , www.nytimes.com, June 14, 2004.
    • Gale - Free Resources - Black History - Biographies - Richard Pryor 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC www.gale.cengage.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Jokes My Father Never Taught Me: Life, Love, and Loss with Richard Pryor by Rain Pryor and Cathy Crimmins .
    • Richard Pryor | Stand-Up Comedy Database | Dead-Frog - A Comedy Blog 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC www.dead-frog.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Jokes My Father Never Taught Me : Life, Love, and Loss with Richard Pryor " (2006) .
    • Richard Pryor biography, Richard Pryor movie, Richard Pryor jokes, Richard Pryor drugs, Richard Pryor death, Richard Pryor funeral, Richard Pryor quote 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC www.bullz-eye.com [Source type: General]

    My father died fucking. My father was 57 when he died. .The woman was 18. My father came and went at the same time.^ When this sketch came along it really really threw folks for a loop, but at the time they took it in stride and went along with their lives.
    • Richard Pryor + Chevy Chase Make Uncomfortable Racism Funny 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC digg.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ But then again, in my position, I’d fight Manny and Floyd at the same time for 40 grand each right now.
    • Boxing - Other News - Montoya's Monday Mailbag 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC www.secondsout.com [Source type: Original source]

    .
    • "The time of his life" ~ The Guardian (7 June 2004)
  • You gotta be cool when you're macho man, cuz you can't be sensitive and care about someone having a good time in bed, cuz that's too scary...^ It's time to let your senators know how you feel about this waste of taxpayer money and damage to our country's National Forest.
    • U.S. Senate - Station Fire Investigation - Angeles National Forest 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC www.ussenate.com [Source type: Academic]

    ^ If he’d go on record with me, I’d ask him but I have yet to get a call back from Leonard Ellerbe so you’re guess is as good as mine.
    • Boxing - Other News - Montoya's Monday Mailbag 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC www.secondsout.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ From time to time, you may communicate with, receive communications from, be re-directed to, interact with, or participate in or use the services or obtain goods and services of or from, third parties (collectively, the "Advertisers") such as our advertisers, sponsors, or promotional partners.
    • Classic Richard Pryor Stand Up | SPIKE 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC www.spike.com [Source type: General]

    .When you don't use sensitivity when you're having sex, or share some of your soul, nothing gonna happen, because men really get afraid.^ You’re really talented and your comedy is universal.” .
    • The fall and rise of Yul Spencer | Los Angeles Wave - Community News, Sports & Entertainment | Entertainment 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC www.wavenewspapers.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ "Before you get to raising a hand or a gun in violence, use your head and use your brain to achieve education, assets and wealth so you can achieve that power."
    • A few high notes of '09 - Peoria, IL - pjstar.com 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC www.pjstar.com [Source type: General]

    ^ "When you're on fire people get out of your way!"
    • Richard Pryor@Everything2.com 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC www.everything2.com [Source type: General]

    Men really get scared in bed.
    • "The time of his life" ~ The Guardian (7 June 2004)

Web-posts

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  • Sick of hearing this shit about me not talking...^ However, on January 9, 2005, Pryor himself rebutted this statement in a post on his official website, where he stated, "Sick of hearing this s**t about me not talking...
    • Richard Pryor biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (comedian/actor) 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC www.popstarsplus.com [Source type: General]

    not true... good days, bad days... but I still am a talkin motherfucker! .
  • Rosa Parks showed us all that one little person can make a whole bunch of noise without so much as a whisper.^ However, on January 9, 2005, Pryor himself rebutted this statement in a post on his official website, where he stated, "Sick of hearing this s**t about me not talking...
    • Richard Pryor biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (comedian/actor) 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC www.popstarsplus.com [Source type: General]

    ^ He "showed us that you can be black and have a black voice and be successful."
    • Richard Pryor; a Groundbreaking, Anguished Comedian - Los Angeles Times 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC articles.latimes.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Stir Crazy , when it was released in December 1980, went on to gross over $100 million, making it one of the most commercially successful comedies of all time.
    • Bright Lights Film Journal | Extinguishing Features: The Last Years of Richard Pryor 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC www.brightlightsfilm.com [Source type: General]

    .She showed the world that the color of your skin shouldn't determine what part of the bus you sit in...^ "You look at 'The Richard Pryor Show,' " Hudlin said, "and without that show you don't have 'In Living Color,' and you don't have Dave Chappelle's show.
    • Richard Pryor; a Groundbreaking, Anguished Comedian - Los Angeles Times 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC articles.latimes.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Playmate Nicole Narain shows you how to get in your girl's good graces for Valentine's...
    • Classic Richard Pryor Stand Up | SPIKE 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC www.spike.com [Source type: General]

    ^ You understand, acknowledge and agree that we have the right to delete, re-format and/or change your Postings in any manner that we may determine (although you will not be responsible for any such changes made).
    • Classic Richard Pryor Stand Up | SPIKE 14 January 2010 23:30 UTC www.spike.com [Source type: General]

    as you ride through life.

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