The late comedian and actor Richard Pryor died with an estimated net worth of approximately $40 million dollars. That net worth was earned in recording studios, on TV, and in films. But the place he's most remembered for, and most revered, is on stage – performing stand-up comedy routines that made him perhaps the most admired comedian to ever perform. His material was both loved and hated for its fearless nature, turning its fire on race relations in America, growing up black, language, and Pryor himself. Nothing was off-limits for Pryor, who had the unique ability to turn personal tragedy into hilarious jokes and gags. Richard Pryor also earned a more mainstream kind of fame in his Hollywood comedies – many of them with frequent co-star Gene Wilder. His career off the stage, however, began writing for shows like Sanford and Son and eventually parlaying his hit comedy records into a TV sketch comedy show entitled The Richard Pryor Show. That show was deemed too controversial for mainstream audiences, but it is considered an innovative and ahead of its time series today. One of the most infamous incidents from Pryor's career happened in private – in a freebasing incident, Pryor inadvertently set himself on fire and nearly died. This incident, of course, later became fodder for his comedy routines, one of which can be seen in Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip. Since dying of a heart attack in 2005 after a long battle with multiple sclerosis, Richard Pryor continues to be perhaps the most respected stand-up comedian of all time.
Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor was an American stand-up comedian, actor, social critic, satirist, writer, and MC. Pryor was known for uncompromising examinations of racism and topical contemporary issues, which employed colorful vulgarities, and profanity, as well as r...
Date of Birth
- December 1, 1940
- Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III
- Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor
- African American
- 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
- United States of America
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Richard Pryor Jr: 'Cease and Desist' on Dad's BiopicINSIDE EDITION spoke with Richard Pryor Jr., son of the late comic legend Richard Pryor about sending his stepmother a "cease and desist" letter to...
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