Richard Pryor facts for kids
Richard Pryor, February 1986
|Birth name||Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor|
December 1, 1940|
Peoria, Illinois, United States
|Died||December 10, 2005
Encino, California, United States
|Medium||Stand-up, movie, television|
|Genres||Satire, Observational comedy, Black comedy, Improvisational comedy, Character comedy|
|Influences||Lenny Bruce, Jack Benny, Jonathan Winters, Bill Cosby, Dick Gregory, Redd Foxx, Paul Mooney|
|Influenced||George Carlin, Martin Lawrence, George Lopez, Denis Leary, Margaret Cho, Eddie Izzard, Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams, Lewis Black Colin Quinn, Bernie Mac, Joe Rogan, Chris Tucker, Louis C.K., Patton Oswalt Artie Lange, Jon Stewart,Richard Lewis, and Jim Norton|
|Spouse||Patricia Price (1960–1961; divorced) 1 child
Shelley R. Bonis (1968–1969; divorced) 1 child
Jennifer Lee (1979–1982; divorced)
Flynn Belaine (1986–1987; divorced) 2 children
Flynn Belaine (1990–1991; divorced)
Jennifer Lee (2001–2005; widow)
|Notable works and roles||
Himself in Richard Pryor: Live in Concert and Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip
Gus Gorman in Superman III
|Writing in Variety or Music
|Best Comedy Album
1976 ...Is It Something I Said?
1982 Rev. Du Rite
1983 Live on the Sunset Strip
|American Comedy Awards|
|Lifetime Achievement Award in Comedy 1993|
Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor (1 December 1940 - 10 December 2005) was an American comedian, actor and writer. Pryor performed in movies, on television and as a stand-up comedian. He won an Emmy Award in 1973. He won five Grammy Awards (in 1974, 1975, 1976, 1981 and 1982). In 1974, he also won two American Academy of Humor awards and the Writers Guild of America Award. He was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay for his work on Blazing Saddles. The first ever Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor was given to him in 1998. Pryor is listed at Number 1 on Comedy Central's list of all-time greatest stand-up comedians.
Pryor had a mild heart attack in November 1977. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1986. In 1990, Pryor had a second and more severe heart attack. He had triple heart bypass surgery. By the early 1990s, he needed to use a wheelchair because of his multiple sclerosis.
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Richard Pryor's star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame, covered with items left by fans
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