Richard Pryor was an African-American comedian. His formative years were deemed of dark times where he saw his parents parting ways and faced sexual abuse. However, at an early age, Pryor tried discovering his acting skills and pursued career as an entertainer. He played as a comedian in Pittsburgh and East St. Louis clubs. Later in New York, he made his television debut, ‘On Broadway Tonight’. Some of his other notable appearances were in ‘Ed Sullivan Show’ and ‘The Merv Griffin Show’. Pryor also appeared on big screen with the movies, ‘Wild in the streets’ and ‘Busy Body’.
He earned critical acclaim for supporting role in ‘Lady Sings the Blues’ and earned Emmy award nomination for outstanding writing achievement in comedy for ‘outstanding writing achievement in comedy’. ‘Lily Tomlin: the comedy special Lily’ earned him an Emmy award for best writing in comedy. Pryor has also written for shows like ‘Sanford and Son’, ‘The Flip Wilson Show’ and ‘Blazin' Saddles’. Pryor has given excellent hits in the box office with films such as ‘Silver Streak’ and ‘Greased Lightning’. One of his popular crime comedies was ‘Stir Crazy’ that earned more than $100 million.
‘Rev. Du Rite’ and ‘Live on the Sunset Strip’ won him Grammy awards for best comedy recording. He also starred in the movies such as ‘Some Kind of Hero’, ‘Superman III’, ‘Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling’, ‘Critical Condition’, ‘Harlem Nights’, ‘See No Evil, Hear No Evil’and ‘The Toy’. His autobiography ‘Pryor Convictions: And Other Life Sentences’ also won hearts of many. Pryor expired due to heart attack in Los Angeles on Dec, 10, 2005.