Peoria, Illinois, USA
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Encino, Los Angeles, California, USA
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Actor/Actress, Writer, Producer
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Highly influential, and always controversial, African/American actor/comedian who was equally well known for his colorful language during his live comedy shows, as for his fast paced life, multiple marriages and battles with drug addiction. He has been acknowledged by many modern comic artist`s as a key influence on their careers, and Pryor`s observational humor on African/American life in the USA during the 1970s was razor sharp brilliance. He was born Richard Franklin Lennox Pryor III in Peoria, Illinois on December 1st 1940, the son of a prostitute, and was abandoned by his mother at ten years of age, after which he was raised in his grandmother`s brothel. Unfortunately, Pryor was molested at the age of six by a teenage neighbor, and later by a neighborhood priest. To escape this troubled life, the young Pryor was an avid movie fan and a regular visitor to local movie theaters in Peoria. After numerous jobs, including truck driver and meat packer, the young Pryor did a stint in the US Army between 1958 & 1960 in which he performed in amateur theater shows. After he left the services in 1960, Pryor started singing in small clubs, but inadvertently found that humor was his real forte. He made his first appearance with Gene Wilder in the very popular action/comedy Silver Streak (1976), played three different characters in Which Way Is Up? (1977) and portrayed real-life stock-car driver "Wendell Scott" in Greased Lightning (1977). Proving he was more than just a comedian, Pryor wowed audiences as a disenchanted auto worker who is seduced into betraying his friends and easy money in the Paul Schrader working class drama Blue Collar (1978), also starring Yaphet Kotto and Harvey Keitel. Always a strong advocate of African/American talent, Pryor next took a key role in The Wiz (1978/I), starring an all African/American cast, including Diana Ross and Michael Jackson, retelling the story of The Wizard of Oz (1939). His next four screen roles were primarily cameos in California Suite (1978); The Muppet Movie (1979); Wholly Moses! (1980) and In God We Tru$t (1980). However, Pryor teamed up with Gene Wilder once more for the prison comedy Stir Crazy (1980), which did strong box office business. His next few films were a mixed bag of material, often inhibiting Pryor`s talent, with equally mixed returns at the box office. Pryor then scored second billing to Christopher Reeve in the big budget Superman III (1983), and starred alongside fellow funny man John Candy in Brewster`s Millions (1985) before revealing his inner self in the autobiographical Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986). Again, Pryor was somewhat hampered by poor material in his following film ventures. However, he did turn up again in See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) with Gene Wilder, but the final product was not as sharp as their previous pairings. Fans of this outrageous comic genius are encouraged to see his live specials Richard Pryor: Live and Smokin` (1971); the dynamic Richard Pryor: Live in Concert (1979); Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip (1982) and Richard Pryor ...Here and Now (1983). In addition, "The Richard Pryor Show" (1977) is a must-have for any Richard Pryor fans` DVD collection. Unknown to many, Pryor was a long time advocate against animal cruelty, and he campaigned against fast food chains and circus shows to address issues of animal welfare. He was married a total of seven times, and fathered eight children. After long battles with ill health, Richard Pryor passed away on December 10th, 2005.
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Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III
Buck Carter (LeRoy Pryor) (Was A Bartender, Boxer And WWII Veteran, Who Died In 1968 When Richard Was 28). (Monday June 7, 1915 – Friday September 27, 1968) (Aged 53)
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Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor (December 1, 1940 – December 10, 2005) was an American comedian, actor, and social critic. Pryor was known for uncompromising examinations of racism and topical contemporary issues, which employed colorful vulgarities and profanity, as well as racial epithets. He reached a broad audience with his trenchant observations and storytelling style. He is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential stand-up comedians of all time: Jerry Seinfeld called Pryor "The Picasso of our profession" and Bob Newhart heralded Pryor as "the seminal comedian of the last 50 years". Dave Chappelle said of Pryor, "You know those, like, evolution charts of man? He was the dude walking upright. Richard was the highest evolution of comedy." This legacy can be attributed, in part, to the unusual degree of intimacy Pryor brought to bear on his comedy. As Bill Cosby reportedly once said, "Richard Pryor drew the line between comedy and tragedy as thin as one could possibly paint it."
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Richard Pryor Jr. (Son)
Stand-Up Comedian, Actor, Producer, Social Critic, Writer, And MC
Peoria High School, Peoria, IL (expelled)
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Political satire, Observational comedy, Black comedy, Improvisational comedy, Character comedy
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observational comedy, black comedy, improvisational comedy, character comedy
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==Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III== (December 1, 1940 – December 10, 2005) was an American comedian, actor, film director, social critic, satirist, writer, and MC. Pryor was known for uncompromising examinations of racism and topical contemporary issues, which employed colorful vulgarities and profanity, as well as racial epithets. He reached a broad audience with his trenchant observations and storytelling style. He is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential stand-up comedians of all time: [[Jerry Seinfeld]] called Pryor "The Picasso of our profession" and [[Bob Newhart]] heralded Pryor as "the seminal comedian of the last 50 years". [[Dave Chappelle]] said of Pryor, "You know those, like, evolution charts of man? He was the dude walking upright. Richard was the highest evolution of comedy." This legacy can be attributed, in part, to the unusual degree of intimacy Pryor brought to bear on his comedy. As [[Bill Cosby]] reportedly once said, "[[Richard Pryor]] drew the line between comedy and tragedy as thin as one could possibly paint it."
===Pryor's body of work=== includes the concert movies and recordings: [[Richard Pryor: Live & 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). As an actor, he starred mainly in comedies such as [[Silver Streak]] (1976), but occasionally in dramas, such as [[Paul Schrader]]'s [[Blue Collar]] (1978), or action films, such as [[Superman III]] (1983). He collaborated on many projects with actor [[Gene Wilder]]. Another frequent collaborator was actor/comedian/writer [[Paul Mooney]].
===Pryor won=== an Emmy Award (1973) and five Grammy Awards (1974, 1975, 1976, 1981, and 1982). In 1974, he also won two American Academy of Humor awards and the Writers Guild of America Award. The first-ever Kennedy Center [[Mark Twain]] Prize for American Humor was presented to him in 1998. He was listed at Number 1 on [[Comedy Central]]'s list of all-time greatest stand-up comedians. In 2017, [[Rolling Stone]] magazine ranked him first on its list of the 50 best stand-up comics of all time.
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