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Richard Pryor is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer American born on 1 december 1940 at Peoria (USA)

Richard Pryor

Richard Pryor
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Birth name Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor
Nationality USA
Birth 1 december 1940 at Peoria (USA)
Death 10 december 2005 (at 65 years)
Awards Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor (December 1, 1940 – December 10, 2005) was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, and actor. He is currently listed at Number 1 on Comedy Central's list of all-time greatest stand-up comedians.

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 has called Pryor "the seminal comedian of the last 50 years". 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). He also starred in numerous films as an actor, such as Superman III (1983), but was usually in comedies such as Silver Streak (1976), and occasionally in dramatic roles, such as Paul Schrader's film Blue Collar (1978). 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.


Sa carrière de comique commence dès l'école secondaire par un marché passé avec l'un de ses professeurs : si Pryor accepte d'arrêter de plaisanter pendant le cours, l'enseignant le laisse faire son spectacle devant ses camarades une fois par semaine.

Devenu adulte, ses premiers sketchs sont politiquement corrects, on le compare élogieusement à Bill Cosby. Pryor, qui avait pourtant du succès, trouve cela frustrant. Il s'éloigne de la comédie pendant deux ans.

Son heure de gloire, Richard Pryor la connaît entre le milieu des années 1970 et le milieu des années 1980, travaillant notamment avec Mel Brooks et Gene Wilder. Dans les années 1980, devenu l'un des acteurs les mieux payés des États-Unis, il joue dans Toubib malgré lui, Pas nous, pas nous (See No Evil, Hear No Evil) ou Les Nuits de Harlem. De très graves problèmes de santé (dus à la sclérose en plaques dont il souffre à partir de 1986, et à sa dépendance à la drogue) freinent son accession au titre de plus grand comique afro-américain. Il est supplanté par Eddie Murphy, dont il avait été l'inspiration à ses débuts. Dans les années 1990, rattrapé par la maladie, il s'éloigne des écrans. Il tient encore quelques petits rôles au cinéma, notamment dans Lost Highway de David Lynch où il apparait cloué sur son fauteuil roulant.

Le 9 décembre 2005 à l’âge de 65 ans, il succombe à une attaque cardiaque à son domicile de la Vallée de San Fernando en Californie. Selon Flyn Pryor, son ex-épouse, la sclérose en plaques dont il souffrait aurait pu expliquer son recours à la drogue.

En 2004, la chaîne Comedy Central classa Richard Pryor comme meilleur humoriste américain de tous les temps.

Best films

Blazing Saddles (1974)
Stir Crazy (1980)
Superman III (1983)
Silver Streak (1976)
The Toy (1982)
Brewster's Millions (1985)

Usually with

Gene Wilder
Gene Wilder
(8 films)
Paul Mooney
Paul Mooney
(4 films)
John Toll
John Toll
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Richard Pryor (54 films)

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Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic, 1h23
Genres Comedy, Documentary
Themes Documentaire sur une personnalité
Actors Richard Pryor, Paul Mooney, Robin Williams, Mike Epps, Whoopi Goldberg, Quincy Jones
Roles Self (archive footage)
Rating72% 3.6413.6413.6413.6413.641
Mike Epps, Richard Pryor Jr. et d'autres racontent l'influence déterminante de Richard Pryor, l'un des esprits comiques les plus brillants et les plus emblématiques d'Amérique, sur la culture.
Black Dynamite, 1h24
Directed by Scott Sanders
Origin USA
Genres Martial arts, Biography, Comedy, Action, Martial arts
Themes Films about sexuality, Sports films, Martial arts films, Political films, Kung fu films, LGBT-related film, Cross-dressing in film
Actors Michael Jai White, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Arsenio Hall, Kevin Chapman, Obba Babatundé, Tommy Davidson
Roles M.C.
Rating73% 3.698173.698173.698173.698173.69817
In the 1970s, Black Dynamite, a Vietnam War veteran and former CIA officer, vows to clean up the streets of drug dealers and gangsters after his younger brother Jimmy is killed by a shady organization. O'Leary, Black Dynamite's former army and CIA partner, reinstates him into the agency because they do not want him seeking vengeance by himself. While trying to get to the bottom of Jimmy's murder, he finds out that his brother was actually working undercover for the CIA. Black Dynamite also discovers the shady organization is filling the black orphanages with heroin. He declares war on local drug dealers and successfully cleans up the streets, earning him the affection of Gloria, a black power activist who works at the local orphanage.
Me, Myself & Irene, 1h56
Directed by Frères Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romance
Themes Transport films, Films about automobiles, Road movies, Children's films
Actors Jim Carrey, Renée Zellweger, Chris Cooper, Anthony Anderson, Robert Forster, Richard Jenkins
Rating65% 3.299983.299983.299983.299983.29998
A narrator (Rex Allen, Jr.) introduces Charlie Baileygates (Jim Carrey), an 18-year veteran Rhode Island State Police trooper who has been taken advantage of by people throughout most of his life.
Lost Highway, 2h14
Directed by David Lynch, Mary Sweeney
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Noir, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films, Psychologie, Films about psychiatry
Actors Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, Balthazar Getty, Robert Loggia, Robert Blake, Jack Nance
Roles Arnie
Rating75% 3.7996953.7996953.7996953.7996953.799695
After the opening credits, which show a highway's dividing lines at night while blaring techno music plays in the background, Fred Madison (Bill Pullman), a Los Angeles saxophonist, receives a message from an unknown man on the intercom of his house. The voice says that "Dick Laurent is dead." When he looks out his window, the streets outside his house are empty, and faint police sirens are heard in the distance.
Mad Dog Time, 1h37
Directed by Larry Bishop
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Buddy films
Actors Richard Dreyfuss, Gabriel Byrne, Jeff Goldblum, Ellen Barkin, Diane Lane, Gregory Hines
Roles Jimmy the Gravedigger
Rating54% 2.702052.702052.702052.702052.70205
The story takes place in a mysterious underworld of swanky nightclubs where armed criminals listen to Rat Pack music and hold shootouts from a seated position, behind desks.
The Three Muscatels
Genres Comedy
Actors Richard Pryor, Reynaldo Rey, Joe Torry, Roy Fegan
Roles Narrator / Wino / Bartender
Rating46% 2.306282.306282.306282.306282.30628
Donna Bon Viant (Belaine) is a college student, who has to complete an assignment on the 14th century for her African American literature class. She chooses to base her writings on the famous novel of The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, père. Donna begins to read the novel and falls asleep in the process. She dreams a zany dream involving the adventures of "The Three Muscatels". The adventures include a number of people in Donna's life including students in her class, members of her family, and an alcoholic she met earlier in the day named Russell (Pryor).
Another You, 1h34
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Buddy films
Actors Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Jerry Houser, Mercedes Ruehl, Stephen Lang, Vanessa Williams
Roles Eddie Dash
Rating53% 2.652572.652572.652572.652572.65257
George, a former mental patient and pathological liar, is released from the hospital, and he is quickly, purposefully mistaken for millionaire brewery heir Abe Fielding by a troop of actors hired by the dubious and unscrupulous business manager Rupert. Rupert needs George to believe he is Fielding in order to kill him off and inherit the Fielding Brewery and family fortune. Eddie Dash, a con man who tenuously and forcefully befriends George due to a community service assignment attempts at first to capitalize on George's mistaken identity--but after being conned by Rupert into killing George for profit, turns the tables on Rupert and helps George fake his death, only to come back to the land of the living and inheriting both the brewery and the Fielding fortune instead. Along the way, Eddie and George turn two of Rupert's female associates into allies and partners--while getting themselves into plenty of contrived comical chaos and hilarity.
Harlem Nights, 1h56
Directed by Eddie Murphy
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Action, Crime
Themes Films about music and musicians, Hip hop films, Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Eddie Murphy, Redd Foxx, Danny Aiello, Richard Pryor, Michael Lerner, Della Reese
Roles Sugar Ray
Rating60% 3.0497753.0497753.0497753.0497753.049775
In Harlem, New York, 1918, Sugar Ray has a dice game. Nearly killed by an angry customer, Ray is saved when seven-year-old errand boy "Quick" shoots the man. After being told that his parents are dead, Ray decides to raise Quick.
See No Evil, Hear No Evil, 1h43
Directed by Arthur Hiller
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about disabilities, La cécité, Buddy films
Actors Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Joan Severance, Kevin Spacey, Lauren Tom, Alan North
Roles Wallace 'Wally' Karue
Rating67% 3.3991053.3991053.3991053.3991053.399105
A blind man named Wally Karew (Richard Pryor) and a deaf man named Dave Lyons (Gene Wilder) meet when Wally applies for a job in Dave's New York City concession shop.
Moving (1988)
, 1h29
Directed by Alan Metter
Genres Comedy
Themes Transport films, Road movies
Actors Beverly Todd, Richard Pryor, Stacey Dash, Randy Quaid, Gordon Jump, Jason Marin
Roles Arlo Pear
Rating60% 3.045343.045343.045343.045343.04534
Arlo Pear (Pryor) is a transportation engineer living in the New Jersey suburbs. One day he goes to work and meets a new female co-worker, and when both of them attempt to enter their keys in the same office doorknob, Arlo guesses what has happened and confronts his boss, Roy Hendersen. He learns that his company has merged with another, and now Arlo is out of a job. He ends the meeting by telling off his boss and in his state of anger, he flips Roy off using his index, rather than his middle finger.
Critical Condition, 1h40
Directed by Michael Apted
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Medical-themed films
Actors Rachel Ticotin, Richard Pryor, Joe Mantegna, Rubén Blades, Bob Dishy, Sylvia Miles
Roles Eddie Lenahan/Dr. Kevin Slattery
Rating53% 2.653672.653672.653672.653672.65367
Kevin Lenahan (Pryor) is a con man who is framed in a jewel robbery. In order to escape custody, he fakes insanity, then poses as surgeon Dr. Slattery at a local hospital when he switches places with the administrator Arthur Chambers (Joe Mantegna). During a flood and a power outage that follows, Kevin takes charge of the hospital and tries to maintain some order in his unorthodox way. The helicopter used (N1099Z) a Hughes 500D (369) was contracted from Triad Medical Services, was not a medivac aircraft. The helicopter was used for executive transport. Doug Matthews, Chief Pilot for TMS, was the pilot responsible for the aircraft. Larry Kirsh was the pilot for the flying scenes.