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Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor was born on 1st December 1940, in Peoria, Illinois USA and died on 10th December, 2005 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He was an actor, comedian, satirist, writer as well as a film director. Richard Pryor was the winner of five Grammy Awards, two American Academy of Humour Awards, Emmy Award, Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humour and the Writers Guild of America Award. More, he topped the list of Comedy Central as the all-time greatest stand-up comedian. Undoubtedly, all those awards increased Richard Pryor’s net worth. He was active in the entertainment industry from 1963 to 1997.

So how rich was Pryor? The main sources of Richard Pryor’s net worth were acting and writing. According to estimations, his net worth was equal to $40 million.

Richard Pryor Net Worth $40 Million

The childhood of this charismatic actor was far from usual or happy: Richard was raised in a brothel owned by his grandma. Worse, his mother worked as a prostitute there. Later, she left the boy with grandma, who used to abuse the child physically and mentally. From 1958 to 1960, he served in the Army of USA, although almost all the time was spent in prison because of a racial discrimination incident in Germany.

Concerning his career, Pryor was influenced by such personalities as Lewis Black, Bill Hicks, Dave Chappelle, Eddie Izzard, George Lopez, George Carlin and other famous artists. As an actor he created outstanding roles in a number of films including the blaxploitation film “The Mack” (1973) directed by Michael Campus, the sports comedy “The Bingo Long Travelling All-Stars & Motor Kings” (1976) directed by John Badham, comedy films “Which Way is Up?” (1977) directed by Michael Schultz, “The Toy” (1982) directed by Richard Donner, “Brewster’s Millions” (1985) directed by Walter Hill, “See No Evil, Hear No Evil” (1989) directed by Arthur Hiller and other films which all added considerable sums to the net worth of Richard Pryor.

As a comedian he released about 20 albums and eight compilations. He debuted with the album “Richard Pryor” (1968) which was recorded live. Other popular albums were “That Nigger’s Crazy” (1974), “Bicentennial Nigger” (1976), “Wanted: Live in Concert” (1978), “Here and Now” (1983) and others. The albums received certifications for sales which meant that the net worth of the Richard Pryor rose significantly.

Pryor was particularly recognised for his constant racial epithets, insulting vocabulary, profanity and vulgarities, usually when discussing contemporary issues and racism cases. This was Richard Pryor’s own way of attract audiences, which consequently increased his net worth considerably as he was consistently adored by millions. He is considered to be one of the most influential and important comedians of all time.

As a result of the multiple sclerosis that Richard Pryor suffered from, he had to use power operated vehicles to move, but still he appeared in the film “Lost Highway” (1997) directed by David Lynch. In 2005, he died following a heart attack, and was cremated.

The private life of Pryor was not usual, either. He managed to marry five women seven times, and fathered six children. Richard Pryor’s wives were Patricia Price (1960–1961), Shelley Bonis (1967–1969), Deborah McGuire (1977–1978), Jennifer Lee (1981–1982, 2001– until his death) and Flynn Belaine (1986–1987, 1990–1991).


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Norm 1999 TV Series Mr. Johnson
Lost Highway 1997 Arnie
Malcolm & Eddie 1996 TV Series Uncle Buck
Mad Dog Time 1996 Jimmy the Grave Digger
Chicago Hope 1995 TV Series Joe Springer
Martin 1993 TV Series Richard Pryor
The Three Muscatels 1991 Narrator / Wino / Bartender
Another You 1991 Eddie Dash
Harlem Nights 1989 Sugar Ray
See No Evil, Hear No Evil 1989 Wallace 'Wally' Karue
Moving 1988 Arlo Pear
Critical Condition 1987 Kevin Lenahan / Dr. Eddie Slattery
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling 1986 Jo Jo Dancer / Alter Ego
Brewster's Millions 1985 Montgomery Brewster
Superman III 1983 Gus Gorman
The Toy 1982 Jack Brown
Some Kind of Hero 1982 Eddie Keller
Bustin' Loose 1981 Joe Braxton
Stir Crazy 1980 Harry Monroe
In God We Tru$t 1980 G.O.D.
Wholly Moses! 1980 Pharaoh
The Muppet Movie 1979 Balloon Vendor
California Suite 1978 Dr. Chauncey Gump
The Wiz 1978 The Wiz (Herman Smith)
Blue Collar 1978 Zeke
Which Way Is Up? 1977 Leroy Jones Rufus Jones Reverend Lenox Thomas
Greased Lightning 1977 Wendell Scott
Silver Streak 1976 Grover
Car Wash 1976 Daddy Rich
The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings 1976 Charlie Snow, All-Star (RF)
Adiós Amigo 1976 Sam Spade
Uptown Saturday Night 1974 Sharp Eye Washington
Hit! 1973 Mike Willmer
Some Call It Loving 1973 Jeff
The Mack 1973 Slim
Lady Sings the Blues 1972 Piano Man
Mod Squad 1972 TV Series Cat Griffin
You've Got to Walk It Like You Talk It or You'll Lose That Beat 1971 Wino
The Partridge Family 1971 TV Series A.E. Simon
The Phynx 1970 Richard Pryor
Carter's Army 1970 TV Movie Pvt. Jonathan Crunk
The Young Lawyers 1969 TV Series Otis Tucker
Uncle Tom's Fairy Tales 1969
Wild in the Streets 1968 Stanley X
ABC Stage 67 1967 TV Series Undertaker
The Busy Body 1967 Whittaker
The Wild Wild West 1966 TV Series Villar

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pryor Offenses 2004 TV Movie story
The Mark Twain Prize: Richard Pryor 1999 TV Movie uncredited
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling 1986 written by
Richard Pryor... Here and Now 1983 Documentary writer
On Location: The Comedy Store's 11th Anniversary Show 1983 TV Special documentary
Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip 1982 Documentary
Bustin' Loose 1981 story
Richard Pryor: Live in Concert 1979 Documentary writer
The Richard Pryor Show 1977 TV Series special material by - 4 episodes
The Richard Pryor Special? 1977 TV Special
Blazing Saddles 1974 screenplay
Lily 1973 TV Special
The Lily Tomlin Show 1973 TV Special writer
Sanford and Son 1972 TV Series written by - 2 episodes
Richard Pryor: Live and Smokin' 1971 Documentary
Uncle Tom's Fairy Tales 1969 written by

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pryor Offenses 2004 TV Movie executive producer
Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America 1993 TV Special documentary co-executive producer
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling 1986 producer
Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip 1982 Documentary producer
Bustin' Loose 1981 producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 55th Annual Academy Awards 1983 TV Special performer: "It All Comes Down to This"
Some Kind of Hero 1982 performer: "Back in the Saddle Again", "Some Kind of Hero"
The Wiz 1978 performer: "So You Wanted To See The Wizard"
The Richard Pryor Special? 1977 TV Special performer: "There's No Business Like Show Business"
Car Wash 1976 "Richard Pryor Dialogue"

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling 1986
Richard Pryor... Here and Now 1983 Documentary

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Richard Pryor: Live in Concert 1979 Documentary executive album producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Laff Mobb Presents 2012 TV Series special thanks - 2 episodes
Nick DiPaolo: Raw Nerve 2011 TV Special documentary special thanks: comedy idol
Vixen Highway 2006: It Came from Uranus! 2010 special thanks
Louis C.K.: Chewed Up 2008 TV Special documentary thanks
George Lopez: America's Mexican 2007 TV Special documentary dedicated to the memory of
Louis C.K.: Shameless 2007 TV Special documentary personal thanks: from Louis C. K.
You Will Believe: The Cinematic Saga of Superman 2006 Video documentary dedicated to the memory of
Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!! 2003 TV Special documentary very special thanks
Hard Eight 1996 special thanks
Pacific Inferno 1979 special thanks
Wattstax 1973 Documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight 2014 TV Series Himself
Bitter Jester 2003 Documentary Himself
The 15th Annual American Comedy Awards 2001 Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
The Mark Twain Prize: Richard Pryor 1999 TV Movie Himself / Honoree
Sam Kinison: Why Did We Laugh? 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
27th NAACP Image Awards 1996 TV Special Himself
Biography 1996 TV Series documentary Himself
The 10th Annual American Comedy Awards 1996 TV Special Himself
The Blackberry Inn 1996 TV Series Himself
Showbiz Today 1995 TV Series Himself
Who Makes You Laugh? 1995 TV Special Himself
A Century of Cinema 1994 Documentary Himself
BET's Comicview Awards 1994 TV Special Himself
The Second Annual Comedy Hall of Fame 1994 TV Special Himself - Honoree
Apollo Theatre Hall of Fame 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself
Soul Train Comedy Awards 1993 TV Special Himself
Apollo Theatre Hall of Fame 1993 TV Special documentary Himself - Honoree
The Comedy Store's 20th Birthday 1992 TV Movie Himself
The Arsenio Hall Show 1992 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 9th Annual American Cinema Awards 1992 TV Special Himself
A Party for Richard Pryor 1991 TV Special documentary Himself
Sammy Davis, Jr. 60th Anniversary Celebration 1990 TV Special Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1967-1989 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself / Himself - Actor / ...
Good Morning America 1979-1989 TV Series Himself - Guest
Late Night with David Letterman 1987 TV Series Himself
One Voice 1986 TV Special documentary Himself - Audience Member (uncredited)
The Barbara Walters Summer Special 1979-1986 TV Series Himself
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1983-1986 TV Series Himself
The Making of 'Superman III' 1985 TV Movie documentary Himself / Gus Gorman (uncredited)
Pryor's Place 1984 TV Series Himself
Superstars of Comedy Salute the Improv 1984 TV Movie Himself
Richard Pryor... Here and Now 1983 Documentary Himself
Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever 1983 TV Movie documentary Himself / Host
The 55th Annual Academy Awards 1983 TV Special Himself - Co-Host
The 9th Annual People's Choice Awards 1983 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Favourite All Around Male Entertainer
On Location: The Comedy Store's 11th Anniversary Show 1983 TV Special documentary Himself
Sesame Street 1978-1982 TV Series Himself
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter 1982 TV Movie documentary Hinself - Co-Host
Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip 1982 Documentary Himself
The 53rd Annual Academy Awards 1981 TV Special Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Film Editing
Hot Hero Sandwich 1979 TV Series Himself
The 21st Annual Grammy Awards 1979 TV Special Himself
Richard Pryor: Live in Concert 1979 Documentary Himself
The Richard Pryor Show 1977 TV Series Himself / Various / U.S. President
The Richard Pryor Special? 1977 TV Special Himself / The Reverend James L. White / Idi Amin Dada / ...
The David Steinberg Show 1977 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 49th Annual Academy Awards 1977 TV Special Himself - Co-Host
The 19th Annual Grammy Awards 1977 TV Special Himself
Soul Train 1973-1977 TV Series documentary Himself - Guest / Himself - Guest Emcee / Himself
Donahue 1977 TV Series Himself
A Concert: Behind Prison Walls 1977 TV Movie documentary Himself
Dinah! 1975-1976 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Lion Roars Again 1975 Documentary short Himself
Sammy and Company 1975 TV Series Himself
Saturday Night Live 1975 TV Series Himself - Host / Junior Griffin / Mr. Wilson / ...
The Mike Douglas Show 1965-1975 TV Series Himself - Co-Host / Himself / Himself - Comedian
Flip Wilson... Of Course 1974 TV Movie Himself
The Midnight Special 1972-1974 TV Series Himself / Himself - Host
Flip 1973-1974 TV Series Himself
Lily 1973 TV Special Juke
The Lily Tomlin Show 1973 TV Special
Wattstax 1973 Documentary Himself
Black Omnibus 1973 TV Series Himself
Richard Pryor: Live and Smokin' 1971 Documentary Himself
Dynamite Chicken 1971 Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1965-1970 TV Series Himself - Comedian
The Smothers Brothers Summer Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The David Frost Show 1970 TV Series Himself - Guest
This Is Tom Jones 1969 TV Series documentary Himself - Guest
Operation: Entertainment 1968 TV Series Himself
Mod Squad 1968 TV Series Himself
The Kraft Music Hall 1968 TV Series Himself
The Joey Bishop Show 1967-1968 TV Series Himself
The Steve Allen Show 1968 TV Series Himself
The Pat Boone Show 1968 TV Series Himself
Away We Go 1967 TV Series Himself
The Roger Miller Show 1966 TV Series Himself
The Merv Griffin Show 1965-1966 TV Series Himself
The Kraft Summer Music Hall 1966 TV Series Himself - Performer / Himself - Guest
On Broadway Tonight 1964-1965 TV Series Himself / Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Coming Into My Own: The Lost Children of Richard Pryor 2017 Documentary filming Himself
Beer and Board Games 2016 TV Series documentary Arlo Pear
Welcome to the Basement 2012-2016 TV Series Slim / Himself / Daddy Rich / ...
Entertainment Tonight 2005-2015 TV Series Himself
Pioneers of Television 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The Sixties 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - episode of The Ed Sullivan Show
And the Oscar Goes To... 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself - Co-Host, 1977
Greatest Stand Up Comedians 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself - 7th Place
The Improv: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic 2013 Documentary Himself
The '80s: The Decade That Made Us 2013 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Interviewed in 1986
American Masters 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Imagine 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
My Favourite Joke 2011 TV Series Himself
The 2011 Comedy Awards 2011 TV Special Himself
The Tragic Side of Comedy 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America 2009 TV Series documentary
Notorious 2009 Himself (uncredited)
Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech 2009 Documentary Himself
Role Model: Gene Wilder 2008 TV Movie documentary Grover Muldoon (uncredited)
100 Greatest Stand-Ups 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Paul Mooney: Jesus Is Black - So Was Cleopatra - Know Your History 2007 Video documentary Himself (uncredited)
Life of Pryor: The Richard Pryor Story 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself / Various
The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2006 TV Special Himself - Memorial Tribute
The Curse of Superman 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself / Gus Gorman (uncredited)
The Drug Years 2006 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The 78th Annual Academy Awards 2006 TV Special Himself - Memorial sequence
The 48th Annual Grammy Awards 2006 TV Special Himself (in memoriam)
12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2006 TV Special Himself - In Memoriam
Richard Pryor: The Funniest Man Dead or Alive 2005 TV Special documentary Himself
Larry King Live 2005 TV Series Himself
Saturday Night Live 2005 TV Series Job Interviewee
Out of Africa: Heroes and Icons 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live 2005 TV Special documentary Himself
The Comedians' Comedian 2005 TV Movie documentary
The First Amendment Project: No Joking 2004 TV Movie documentary
The N Word 2004 Documentary Himself
100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2004 TV Mini-Series Himself #1
When Stand-Up Comics Ruled the World 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years 2004 Video documentary Himself
TV's Illest Minority Moments Presented by Ego Trip 2004 TV Movie
Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!! 2003 TV Special documentary Himself
101 Most Shocking Moments in Entertainment 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Uncensored Comedy: That's Not Funny! 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Heroes of Black Comedy 2002 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
A Huey P. Newton Story 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Me, Myself & Irene 2000 Stand-Up Comedian on TV (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live 25 1999 TV Special documentary Himself (uncredited)
A Really Big Show: Ed Sullivan's 50th Anniversary 1998 TV Special Himself
Classic Stand-Up Comedy of Television 1996 TV Special documentary Himself
Ed Sullivan All-Star Comedy Special 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
But... Seriously 1994 TV Special documentary Himself
Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America 1993 TV Special documentary Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1992 TV Series Himself
Hollywood Mavericks 1990 Documentary Zeke
The Best of Chevy Chase 1987 Video documentary Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1997 Lifetime Achievement Award New York Comedy Festival
1996 Lifetime Achievement Award Image Awards
1994 CableACE CableACE Awards Entertainment/Cultural Documentary or Informational Special Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America (1993) · Ellen M. Krass (executive producer)
· Lesli Klainberg (supervising producer)
· Yvonne Smith (producer/director/writer)
1993 Lifetime Achievement Award in Comedy American Comedy Awards, USA
1993 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 20 May 1993. At 6438 Hollywood Blvd.
1983 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Comedy Recording Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip (1982)
1982 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Comedy Recording For the Album "Rev. Du Rite"
1981 Image Award Image Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Bustin' Loose (1981)
1977 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Comedy Recording For the Album "Bicentennial Nigger"
1976 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Comedy Recording For the album "Is It Something I Said?".
1975 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Comedy Recording For the Album "That Nigger's Crazy"
1975 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screen Blazing Saddles (1974) · Mel Brooks
· Norman Steinberg
· Andrew Bergman
· Alan Uger
1974 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Best Writing in Comedy-Variety, Variety or Music Lily (1973) · Herbert Sargent
· Rosalyn Drexler
· Lorne Michaels
· Jim Rusk
· James R. Stein
· Bob Illes
· Lily Tomlin
· George Yanok
· Jane Wagner
· Rod Warren
· Ann Elder
· Karyl Miller

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1996 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Chicago Hope (1994)
1996 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Chicago Hope (1994)
1985 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in a Children's Program Pryor's Place (1984)
1984 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Supporting Actor Superman III (1983)
1983 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever (1983)
1980 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Actor Richard Pryor: Live in Concert (1979)
1975 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Screenplay Blazing Saddles (1974) · Mel Brooks
· Norman Steinberg
· Andrew Bergman
· Alan Uger
1974 WGA Award (TV) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Written Variety Script Lily (1973) · Bob Illes
· Rosalyn Drexler
· Lorne Michaels
· Jim Rusk
· Herbert Sargent
· James R. Stein
· Lily Tomlin
· Jane Wagner
· George Yanok
· Ann Elder
· Karyl Miller
· Rod Warren
1973 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy, Variety or Music The Lily Tomlin Show (1973) · Ann Elder (writer)
· Karyl Miller (writer)
· Allan Manings (writer)
· John Rappaport (writer)
· Jim Rusk (writer)
· Lily Tomlin (writer)
· Jane Wagner (writer)
· Rod Warren (writer)
· George Yanok (writer)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1977 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actor Silver Streak (1976)

TitleSalary
Superman III (1983) $4,000,000
Car Wash (1976) $25,000

#Fact
1 He is a second cousin, once removed, of rapper and actor Ludacris. Richard's maternal great-grandparents, William A. Craig and Nancy, were also Ludacris's maternal great-great-grandparents.
2 He was invited to a private screening of Animal House (1978) by director 'John Landis (I)', who wanted Pryor's opinion about the scene at the black roadhouse. Landis and the film's backers were concerned that it would be offensive to black audiences. Pryor laughed out loud, and told them that it should definitely be kept in the movie.
3 He was expelled from a Catholic grammar school in Peoria, Illinois, when the nuns found out his grandmother owned a string of brothels.
4 At 16, he was expelled from Central High School for punching his science teacher.
5 Suffered a mild heart attack in November 1977.
6 He passed away only 9 days after his 65th birthday.
7 Admitted that he did Superman III (1983) and The Toy (1982) purely for the money.
8 Was originally to co-star with Gene Wilder in Hanky Panky (1982) but backed out. His part went to Gilda Radner.
9 Appeared in Superman III (1983), the only film in the series in which Lex Luthor does not appear. However, he did eventually get to work with an on-screen Lex Luthor, by appearing in See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) with Kevin Spacey.
10 One of his limo drivers was Freddy Soto, who later went became a stand-up comedian. He also died in 2005.
11 In 1990, he suffered a massive heart attack and underwent triple bypass surgery.
12 Eddie Murphy pointed to Pryor as his role model and inspiration to become a comedian himself.
13 Though he made four films with Gene Wilder, the two comic actors were never as close as many thought, according to the Gene Wilder's autobiography.
14 Remarried two of his ex-wives.
15 Former father-in-law Herbert Bonis managed Danny Kaye for 35 years.
16 Suffered from multiple sclerosis from 1986 until his death in 2005.
17 Chosen as #1 in Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time. (April 2004).
18 Was originally considered for the role of Billy Ray Valentine on Trading Places (1983), before Eddie Murphy ultimately won the part.
19 Pryor was originally slated to play Bart in Blazing Saddles (1974). Due to Pryor's background and controversial stand-up routines, Mel Brooks couldn't secure financing for the project. Brooks made Pryor a co-writer, and Cleavon Little played Bart.
20 In 2002, Sheridan Road, on the south side of Peoria, was renamed Richard Pryor Place.
21 Father of Rain Pryor.
22 Claimed to have seen the film The Man in the Glass Booth (1975) 40 times. His future wife Jennifer Lee had a role in the film.
23 Father, Buck Carter (aka LeRoy Pryor), was a bartender, boxer and WWII veteran, who died in 1968 when Richard was 28.
24 Children: Renee, Richard Jr, Elizabeth, Rain, Stephen, Kelsey and Franklin (Mason Pryor).
25 Mother, Gertude, died when Pryor was 27 years old.
26 Reunited with fourth wife, Jennifer Lee. [2001]
27 Served with U.S. army, 1958-1960.
28 Awarded The First Annual Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize. [1999]
29 Has admitted the fire that nearly killed him while free-basing cocaine in the early 1980s was in fact a suicide attempt. His management created the "accident" lie for the press in hopes of protecting him.

#Quote
1 [observation, 1967] I never thought about not making it. But the 'it' had nothing to do with show business. The 'it' I'm trying to make is me.
2 [During his tour of Kenya in 1979, Pryor sat in a in a hotel lobby] The only people you saw were black. At the hotel, on television, in stores, on the street, in the newspapers, at restaurants, running the government, on advertisements. Everywhere...You know what? There are no niggers here. ... The people here, they still have their self-respect, their pride. [Describing legacy of trip that made him regret "ever having uttered the word 'nigger' on a stage or off it."]
3 Black people got to look at themselves honestly, the same as white people did. And the stuff I talked about helped them do that. They loved it. Probably some sort of relief to both races that they could finally be honest about their shit.
4 The great comics all have a hole in their chest where their heart should be. Somebody yanked their heart out when they were just kids, and they've been spending their whole lives trying to fill that hole. Or kill the pain. I know that I did.
5 [on experiencing racism] I was just on the Today (1952) show and they were telling me how wonderful I was and I walk out into the reality of America and I can't get a cab.
6 [At the 1977 Academy Awards] I'm here to explain why black people will never be nominated for anything. This show is going out to seventy-five million people - none of them black. We don't even know how to vote. There's 3,349 people in the voting thing and only two black people - Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte. We're quitting. You'll have to listen to Lawrence Welk.
7 I met the President. We in trouble.
8 [on the free-basing incident which set him on fire] When you are running down the street.... and you are on fire, people will get out of your way.
9 Everyone carries around his own monsters.
10 It's been a struggle for me because I had a chance to be white and refused.
11 I had some great things and I had some bad things. The best and the worst. In other words, I had a life.
12 I live in racist America and I'm uneducated, yet a lot of people love me and like what I do, and I can make a living from it. You can't do much better than that.
13 Comedy rules! Don't let anybody tell you otherwise, and there are no rules in stand-up comedy, which I really like. You can do anything you want and you can say anything that comes to mind, just so long as it's funny. If you ain't funny then get the fuck off the stage, it's that simple.
14 [on his job as a boxing gym sparring partner]: I always had to fight the guys who looked like they just killed their parents.
15 You can have a film and have 200 white people working on it, and nobody finds anything wrong with that. But if you insist on having a black crew, all of a sudden there's something wrong.

#Trademark
1 Frequently worked with Gene Wilder
2 Foul language that has been compared to raw sewage mixed with social insight that has been compared to Mark Twain.
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