Happy Birthday: Richard Pryor (1940–2005)

richardpryorRichard Pryor (1940–2005)

Born: December 1, 1940 in Peoria, Illinois, USA
Died: December 10, 2005 (age 65) in Encino, Los Angeles, California, USA

Married to:
Jennifer Lee (June 2001 – 10 December 2005) (his death)
Flynn Belaine (1 April 1990 – 1991) (divorced)
Flynn Belaine (10 October 1986 – 1987) (divorced) (2 children)
Jennifer Lee (16 August 1981 – 1982) (divorced)
Deborah McGuire (22 September 1977 – 2 October 1978) (divorced)
Shelley R. Bonus (13 January 1968 – 1969) (divorced) (1 child)
Patricia Price (24 August 1961 – 1962) (divorced) (1 child)

[At the 1977 Academy Awards] I’m here to explain why black people will never be nominated for anything. This show is going out to seventy-five million people – none of them black. We don’t even know how to vote. There’s 3,349 people in the voting thing and only two black people – Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte. We’re quitting. You’ll have to listen to Lawrence Welk.

[on experiencing racism] I was just on the Today (1952) show and they were telling me how wonderful I was and I walk out into the reality of America and I can’t get a cab.

The Wiz
1978
dir. Lumet
starring
Diana Ross
Michael Jackson
Richard Pryor

 

BREWSTER’S MILLIONS
1985
dir. Walter Hill
Stars:
Richard Pryor
John Candy
MOVIE POSTERTHE BINGO LONG TRAVELING ALL-STARS AND MOTOR KINGS
1976
dir. John Badham
Stars:
Richard Pryo
BLAZING SADDLESBlazing Saddles
1974
dir. Brooks
starring
Gene Wilder
Slim Pickens
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