Richard Pryor

Richard Pryor

American stand-up comedian
The most celebrated and controversial comic of the 1970s, whose routines were outrageous, deeply personal, and racially conscious.
BornDecember 1, 1940
HometownPeoria, Illinois, United States of America
Net worth$40 million
Height5'10" (1.78m)
SpouseJennifer Lee (m 2001 - 2005) , Flynn Belaine (m 1986 - 1987) , Jennifer Lee (m 1981 - 1982) , Deborah McGuire (m 1977 - 1978) , Shelley R. Bonus (m 1967 - 1969) , Patricia Price (m 1960 - 1961)
ChildrenRain Pryor
ParentsLeRoy Pryor , Gertrude L. Thomas
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Videos

US comic and civil rights activist Dick Gregory dies at 84

The US comedian Dick Gregory has died in Washington D.C after being hospitalised for a week. He was 84. Gregory, who lived in Washington, suffered heart failure in Sibley Memorial Hospital. “It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight in Washington, D.C.,” his son, Christian, wrote on Instagram. Gregory took an active role in the American civil rights movement during the 1960s and used his humour to break down racial barriers by spreading messages of social justice. His success as a comedian helped paved the way for other black comics, such as Richard Pryor, to gain greater fame by reaching a mainstream audience. He briefly sought political office, and ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Chicago in 1966 and US president in 1968. Gregory’s stand-up comedy tackled racism, often with quips that took his audience by surprise. “Segregation is not all bad,” he once joked. “Have you ever heard of a collision where the people in the back of the bus got hurt?” If his comedy routine was at times disarming, his civil rights activism left no doubt where he stood. Celebrities and friends pay tribute to comedian and activist Dick Gregory who died at age 84. https://t.co/BBKqq3NGj2 pic.twitter.com/7WCJmPmlJ5— Inside Edition (@InsideEdition) August 20, 2017
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Albums

Wizard of Comedy
Wizard of Comedy
1995
Here and Now
Here and Now
1983
Supernigger
Supernigger
1982
Live on the Sunset Strip
Live on the Sunset Strip
1982
Reverend du Rite
Reverend du Rite
1981
Insane
Insane
1980
Holy Smoke!
Holy Smoke!
1980
Wanted: Live in Concert
Wanted: Live in Concert
1979
Outrageous
Outrageous
1979
Black Ben the Blacksmith
Black Ben the Blacksmith
1978
Bicentennial Nigger
Bicentennial Nigger
1976
Are You Serious???
Are You Serious???
1976
...Is It Something I Said?
...Is It Something I Said?
1975
That Nigger's Crazy
That Nigger's Crazy
1974
Richard Pryor
Richard Pryor
1968
Live at the Comedy Store, Hollywood, CA, October 1973
Live at the Comedy Store, Hollywood, CA, October 1973
2021
Impressions [Live on The Ed Sullivan Show, September 4, 1966]
Impressions [Live on The Ed Sullivan Show, September 4, 1966]
2021
Ghetto [Live on The Ed Sullivan Show, November 1, 1970]
Ghetto [Live on The Ed Sullivan Show, November 1, 1970]
2021
Being Cool [Live on The Ed Sullivan Show, October 13, 1968]
Being Cool [Live on The Ed Sullivan Show, October 13, 1968]
2020
Childhood [Live on The Ed Sullivan Show, May 12, 1968]
Childhood [Live on The Ed Sullivan Show, May 12, 1968]
2020
Being Cool [Live on The Ed Sullivan Show, November 27, 1966]
Being Cool [Live on The Ed Sullivan Show, November 27, 1966]
2020
Submarine Warfare
Submarine Warfare
2020
Children's Play [Live on The Ed Sullivan Show, June 19, 1966]
Children's Play [Live on The Ed Sullivan Show, June 19, 1966]
2020
Bullies [Live on The Ed Sullivan Show, February 27, 1966]
Bullies [Live on The Ed Sullivan Show, February 27, 1966]
2020
Fishing [Live on The Ed Sullivan Show, October 9, 1966]
Fishing [Live on The Ed Sullivan Show, October 9, 1966]
2020
Basketball, Fights & Heroes [Live on The Ed Sullivan Show, February 8, 1970]
Basketball, Fights & Heroes [Live on The Ed Sullivan Show, February 8, 1970]
2020
Warner Bros. Albums (1974-1983)
Warner Bros. Albums (1974-1983)
2013
No Pryor Restraint: Life in Concert
No Pryor Restraint: Life in Concert
2013
Evolution/Revolution: The Early Years (1966-1974)
Evolution/Revolution: The Early Years (1966-1974)
2005
Anthology: 1968-1992
Anthology: 1968-1992
2002