Knowledge Identifier: +Richard_Pryor
American stand-up comedian, actor, social critic, 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
Category: Movies & TV
Born in 1940.
Countries: United States (80%), United Kingdom (4%), California (4%)
Linked to: Comedy Central, People, YouTube, Black Entertainment Television
Mel Brooks - In 1972 Brooks met agent David Begelman, who helped him set up a deal with Warner Brothers to hire Brooks (as well as Richard Pryor, Andrew_Bergman, Norman Steinberg and Al Uger) as a script doctor for an unproduced script called Tex-X. Eventually Brooks got hired on as director for what would become Blazing Saddles, his third film.
Pryor is one of only three Saturday Night Live hosts to be subjected to a rare 5-second delay for his 1975 appearance
During his relationship with Pam Grier, Pryor proposed to Deborah McGuire in 1977
Stargard (band) - Stargard was best known for their 1977 Norman Whitfield-penned hit song "Theme Song from Which Way Is Up-" which served as a theme for the movie of the same name starring Richard Pryor
In 1979, at the height of his success, Pryor visited Africa
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
In 1982, Pryor co-starred with Jackie Gleason in "The Toy"
Rod Hull - In 1985 he travelled to America where he appeared on the "The Tonight Show", attacking Johnny Carson, even after he was told not to by the producers, and Richard Pryor in one of the comedian's first public appearances after undergoing major emergency reconstructive surgery on his face
Stacey Dash - Dash's first major film role was in the Richard Pryor comedy "Moving" in 1988
Idaho - The 1988 film "Moving", starring Richard Pryor, has the main character take a promotion in Idaho
In 1989, he appeared in "Harlem Nights", a comedy-drama crime film starring Eddie Murphy
Gene Wilder - After starring as a political cartoon writer who falls in love in the 1990 flop Funny About Love, Wilder did one final film with Richard Pryor, the 1991 box office flop Another You, in which Pryor's physical deterioration from multiple sclerosis was clearly noticeable.
G. E. Smith - Between live dates, he has been the musical director and band leader honoring Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson at the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. He led bands for The Muddy Waters Tribute, and the 1998 and 1999 Mark Twain *awards honoring Richard Pryor and Jonathan Winters which aired on PBS, and Comedy Central
According to a 1999 profile about Pryor in "The New Yorker", Pryor was incarcerated for an incident that occurred while stationed in Germany
On March 1, 2008, fellow comedian George Carlin performed his final HBO special
His ashes were later spread in 2019 by his widow, Jennifer, in Hana, Hawaii