1940–2005, American comedian, b. Peoria, Ill. His iconoclastic, wildly inventive, and racially explosive comic style was expressed in language that was often crude and frequently brilliant. He performed in nightclubs and on television, made numerous recordings, and appeared in dozens of films including Silver Streak
(1976), Stir Crazy
(1980), and Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip
See his autobiography, Pryor Convictions and Other Life Sentences (1995); biography-memoir by D. and J. Henry (2013); S. Saul, Becoming Richard Pryor (2014).
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