Richard Pryor

Richard Pryor

Highest Rated: 100% Blue Collar (1978)

Lowest Rated: 9% The Toy (1982)

Birthday: Dec 01, 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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
61% 87% Lost Highway Arnie (Character) $3.9M 1997
17% 47% 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
11% 34% Another You Eddie Dash (Character) $2.5M 1991
28% 72% See No Evil, Hear No Evil Wallace "Wally" Karue (Character) $45.4M 1989
21% 80% Harlem Nights Sugar Ray (Character) $58.5M 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
$16.4M 1986
35% 55% Brewster's Millions Montgomery Brewster (Character) - 1985
30% 23% Superman III Gus Gorman (Character) - 1983
83% 81% Richard Pryor Here and Now Self,
Director
- 1983
9% 53% The Toy Jack Brown (Character) - 1982
40% 28% Some Kind of Hero Cpl. Eddie Keller/Ted Segal (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet 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
67% 75% Stir Crazy Harry Monroe (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 50% 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
42% 65% The Wiz The Wiz (Character) - 1978
100% 88% Blue Collar Zeke Brown (Character) - 1978
54% 45% California Suite Dr. Chauncey Gump (Character) - 1978
20% 83% Which Way Is Up? Leroy Jones/Rufus Jones/Reverend Lenox Thomas (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 52% Greased Lightning Wendell Scott (Character) - 1977
88% 60% Car Wash Daddy Rich (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 10% Adios Amigo Sam Spade (Character) - 1976
81% 71% Silver Streak Grover (Character) - 1976
88% 68% The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings Charlie Snow/Carlos Nevada/Chief Takahoma (Character) - 1976
88% 91% Blazing Saddles Screenwriter - 1974
67% 81% Uptown Saturday Night Sharp Eye Washington (Character) - 1974
60% 85% The Mack Slim (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 40% Hit! Mike Willmer (Character) - 1973
90% 90% Wattstax Unknown (Character) - 1973
67% 87% 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 32% Black Brigade Pvt. Jonathan Crunk (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Young Lawyers Otis Tucker (Character) - 1969
63% 50% Wild in the Streets Stanley X (Character) - 1968
23% 61% The Green Berets Collier (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 No Score Yet The Joan Rivers Show Guest 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Carson Unknown (Character),
Guest
1989 1986 1983 1981 1979 1976-1977 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Saturday Night Live Host 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sanford & 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 The Wild, Wild West Unknown (Guest Star) 1966

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