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      Richard Pryor

      Richard Pryor

      Highest Rated: 96% Blue Collar (1978)

      Lowest Rated: 3% The Toy (1982)

      Birthday: Dec 1, 1940

      Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois, USA

      Exploiting his own life experiences with a brutal honesty, which he delivered in a profanity-laced urban lyricism, Richard Pryor was arguably the most influential and groundbreaking comedian of his generation. Emerging from a youth of violence and abuse, Pryor used that history to inform his comedy, more as a raconteur than as a traditional teller of jokes. His material was profane and socially astute, provoking thought as well as laughter. As a writer, he earned an Emmy, in addition to five Grammy Awards for his comedy albums. Although a veteran of more than 40 feature films, Pryor's creative apex came with the seminal performance movie "Richard Pryor Live in Concert" (1979). Then, at the height of his fame and in the depths of a debilitating drug addiction, Pryor nearly died after lighting himself on fire while he "freebased" cocaine in 1980. To the astonishment of many, he rose like a phoenix from the ashes and went on to become one of the biggest movie stars of the day in films like "Stir Crazy" (1980) and "Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip" (1982). The rebirth was short-lived, unfortunately, after the effects of multiple sclerosis began to erode his once formidable ability, beginning in 1986 and ultimately debilitating the comedian by the end of the decade. Cited as a major influence by the likes of Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock, Pryor not only expanded the definition of comedy, but also the social and racial boundaries that had previously defined its audience.

      Highest rated movies

      Blue Collar
      The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings
      Wattstax
      The Muppet Movie
      Car Wash
      Silver Streak
      Stir Crazy
      Lost Highway

      Photos

      SEE NO EVIL, HEAR NO EVIL, Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, 1989, (c) TriStar Pictures / STIR CRAZY, Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, 1980, (c) Columbia Pictures. STIR CRAZY, Richard Pryor, 1980, (c) Columbia Pictures. UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT, Richard Pryor, 1974 THE BINGO LONG TRAVELING ALL-STARS & MOTOR KINGS, Richard Pryor, 1976 RICHARD PRYOR: LIVE IN CONCERT, Richard Pryor, 1979 RICHARD PRYOR: LIVE IN CONCERT, Richard Pryor, 1979 RICHARD PRYOR: LIVE IN CONCERT, Richard Pryor, 1979 RICHARD PRYOR: LIVE IN CONCERT, Richard Pryor, 1979 RICHARD PRYOR: LIVE IN CONCERT, Richard Pryor, 1979 RICHARD PRYOR: LIVE ON THE SUNSET STRIP, Richard Pryor, 1982 SILVER STREAK, Richard Pryor, 1976. TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved.. RICHARD PRYOR: LIVE ON THE SUNSET STRIP, Richard Pryor, 1982 SILVER STREAK, Richard Pryor, 1976. ©20th Century-Fox Film Corporation, TM & Copyright WHICH WAY IS UP?, Richard Pryor, 1977 WATTSTAX, Richard Pryor, 1973 WHICH WAY IS UP?, Luis Valdez, Richard Pryor, 1977 WHICH WAY IS UP?, Richard Pryor, 1977 WHICH WAY IS UP?, Richard Pryor, 1977 SILVER STREAK, Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, 1976, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved.

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Merv Griffin Show - 40 of the Most Interesting People of Our Time Self - 2006
      68% 87% Lost Highway Arnie (Character) $18.0K 1997
      17% 48% Mad Dog Time Jimmy the Grave Digger (Character) $102.9K 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Three Muscatels Narrator/Wino/Bartender (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wake Up Donna Narrator/Wino/Bartender (Character) - 1992
      5% 34% Another You Eddie Dash (Character) $2.5M 1991
      26% 80% Harlem Nights Sugar Ray (Character) $58.5M 1989
      27% 72% See No Evil, Hear No Evil Wallace "Wally" Karue (Character) $45.4M 1989
      33% 64% Moving Arlo Pear (Character) $10.7M 1988
      No Score Yet 35% Critical Condition Eddie Lenahan/Dr. Kevin Slattery (Character) $20.1M 1987
      50% 79% Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling Jo Jo Dancer/Alter Ego (Character),
      Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $16.4M 1986
      38% 56% Brewster's Millions Montgomery Brewster (Character) - 1985
      29% 23% Superman III Gus Gorman (Character) - 1983
      86% 81% Richard Pryor Here and Now Self,
      Director
      - 1983
      3% 53% The Toy Jack Brown (Character) - 1982
      50% 33% Some Kind of Hero Cpl. Eddie Keller/Ted Segal (Character) - 1982
      40% 85% Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip Self - 1982
      60% 61% Bustin' Loose Joe Braxton (Character),
      Producer
      - 1981
      14% 39% Wholly Moses! Pharaoh (Character) - 1980
      69% 75% Stir Crazy Harry Monroe (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet 48% In God We Trust G.O.D. (Character) - 1980
      88% 88% The Muppet Movie Balloon Vendor (Character) - 1979
      92% 93% Richard Pryor: Live in Concert Self,
      Writer
      - 1979
      43% 65% The Wiz The Wiz (Character) - 1978
      50% 46% California Suite Dr. Chauncey Gump (Character) - 1978
      96% 88% Blue Collar Zeke Brown (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet 52% Greased Lightning Wendell Scott (Character) - 1977
      20% 82% Which Way Is Up? Leroy Jones/Rufus Jones/Reverend Lenox Thomas (Character) - 1977
      90% 67% The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings Charlie Snow/Carlos Nevada/Chief Takahoma (Character) - 1976
      86% 60% Car Wash Daddy Rich (Character) - 1976
      76% 71% Silver Streak Grover T. Muldoon (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet 10% Adios Amigo Sam Spade (Character) - 1976
      67% 80% Uptown Saturday Night Sharp Eye Washington (Character) - 1974
      89% 91% Blazing Saddles Screenwriter - 1974
      90% 90% Wattstax Unknown (Character) - 1973
      60% 85% The Mack Slim (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet 59% Hit! Mike Willmer (Character) - 1973
      68% 86% Lady Sings the Blues Piano Man (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet You've Got to Walk It Like You Talk It or You'll Lose That Beat Wino (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet 63% Dynamite Chicken Self - 1971
      No Score Yet 30% Black Brigade Pvt. Jonathan Crunk (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Young Lawyers Otis Tucker (Character) - 1969
      23% 61% The Green Berets Collier (Character) - 1968
      67% 50% Wild in the Streets Stanley X (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet 60% The Busy Body Whittaker (Character) - 1967

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Malcolm & Eddie Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chicago Hope Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet 58% Saturday Night Live Host 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sanford and Son Writer 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mod Squad Cat Griffin (Guest Star) 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Partridge Family A.E. Simon (Guest Star) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Toast of the Town Guest 1968 1970
      No Score Yet 100% The Wild, Wild West Unknown (Guest Star) 1966