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American stand-up comedian, actor, social critic, writer, and MC

Richard Pryor is ...

Dead
Born 1 Dec 1940 in Peoria
Died 10 Dec 2005 in Los Angeles
Age65 years
Causemyocardial infarction
Correction?
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About Richard Pryor

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." 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 one on Comedy Central's list of all-time greatest stand-up comedians. In 2017, Rolling Stone ranked him first on its list of the 50 best stand-up comics of all time.

Death

On December 10, 2005, Pryor suffered a heart attack in Los Angeles. He was taken to a local hospital after his wife's attempts to resuscitate him failed. He was pronounced dead at 7:58 am PST. He was 65 years old. His widow Jennifer was quoted as saying, "At the end, there was a smile on his face." He was cremated, and his ashes were given to his family. Forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Hunter believes Pryor's fatal heart attack was caused by coronary artery disease that was at least partially brought about by years of tobacco smoking.

Films

Richard Pryor has worked on the following films:

Lost Highway
1997 film by David Lynch
1997
Silver Streak
1976 film by Arthur Hiller
1976
Me, Myself & Irene
2000 film by Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly
2000
Wattstax
1973 film by Mel Stuart
1973
Car Wash
1976 American comedy film
1976
The Mack
1973 film by Michael Campus
1973
Brewster's Millions
1985 film by Walter Hill
1985
Lady Sings the Blues
1972 film by Sidney J. Furie
1972
Stir Crazy
1980 American comedy film
1980
Wild in the Streets
1968 film by Barry Shear
1968
Bustin' Loose
1981 film by Oz Scott, Michael Schultz
1981
See No Evil, Hear No Evil
1989 film by Arthur Hiller
1989
California Suite
1978 film by Herbert Ross
1978
Moving
1988 film by Alan Metter
1988
The Toy
1982 film by Richard Donner
1982
Blue Collar
1978 film by Paul Schrader
1978
Mad Dog Time
1996 film by Larry Bishop
1996
The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings
1976 film by John Badham
1976
Another You
1991 movie
1991
Critical Condition
1987 film by Michael Apted
1987
In God We Tru$t
1980 film by Marty Feldman
1980
Some Kind of Hero
1982 film by Michael Pressman
1982
Wholly Moses!
1980 film by Gary Weis
1980
Adiós Amigo
1976 film by Fred Williamson
1976
A Century of Cinema
1994 film by Caroline Thomas
1994
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling
1986 film by Richard Pryor
1986
Which Way Is Up?
1977 film by Michael Schultz
1977
Greased Lightning
1977 film by Michael Schultz
1977
You've Got to Walk It Like You Talk It or You'll Lose That Beat
1971 comedy-drama film
1971
The Busy Body
1967 film by William Castle
1967
Richard Pryor: Live in Concert
1979
The Three Muscatels
1991
Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip
1982 film by Joe Layton
1982
Hit!
1973 film by Sidney J. Furie
1973
Dynamite Chicken
1971 film by Ernest Pintoff
1971
Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic
documentary film
Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet
2003
Live & Smokin'
1985