Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor (December 1, 1940 –
December 10, 2005) was an American stand-up comedian, actor, and
social critic. Pryor was known for uncompromising examinations of
racism and topical contemporary issues, which employed vulgarities and
profanity, as well as racial epithets. He reached a broad audience
with his trenchant observations and storytelling style[citation
needed], and is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most
influential stand-up comedians of all time.
Pryor's body of work includes the concert movies and recordings:
Richard Pryor: Live & Smokin' (1971),
That Nigger's Crazy
That Nigger's Crazy
...Is It Something I Said?
Pryor: Live in Concert (1979), Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip
(1982), and Richard Pryor: Here and Now (1983). As an actor, he
starred mainly in comedies such as Silver Streak (1976), but
occasionally in dramas, such as Paul Schrader's Blue Collar (1978), or
action films, such as
(1983). He collaborated on many
projects with actor Gene Wilder. Another frequent collaborator was
actor/comedian/writer Paul Mooney.
Pryor won an
(1973) and five Grammy Awards (1974, 1975,
1976, 1981, and 1982). In 1974, he also won two American Academy of
Humor awards and the Writers Guild of America Award. The first-ever
Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
was presented to
him in 1998. He was listed at number one on Comedy Central's list of
all-time greatest stand-up comedians. In 2017,
him first on its list of the 50 best stand-up comics of all time.
1 Early life
2 Relationships and children
3.4 1990s and 2000s
5.1 Awards and honors
9 Further reading
10 External links
Born on December 1, 1940 in Peoria, Illinois, Richard Franklin Lennox
Thomas Pryor grew up in the brothel run by his grandmother, Marie
Carter, where his alcoholic mother, Gertrude L. (née Thomas), was a
prostitute. His father, LeRoy "Buck Carter" Pryor (June 7,
1915 – September 27, 1968), was a former boxer and hustler.
After Gertrude abandoned him when he was ten, Pryor was raised
primarily by Marie, a tall, violent woman who would beat him for
any of his eccentricities. Pryor was one of four children raised in
his grandmother's brothel. He was sexually abused at age seven, and
expelled from school at the age of fourteen. While in Peoria, he
Freemason at a local lodge.
Pryor served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1960, but spent virtually
the entire stint in an army prison. According to a 1999 profile about
Pryor in The New Yorker, Pryor was incarcerated for an incident that
occurred while he was stationed in West Germany. Angered that a white
soldier was overly amused at the racially charged scenes of Douglas
Sirk's film Imitation of Life, Pryor and several other black soldiers
beat and stabbed him, although not fatally.
Relationships and children
Pryor was married seven times to five women:
Patricia Price, whom he married in 1960 and divorced the following
Shelley Bonus, whom he married in 1967 and divorced in 1969
Deborah McGuire, whom he married on September 22, 1977; they divorced
the following year.
Jennifer Lee, whom he married in August 1981. They divorced in October
1982, but later remarried on June 29, 2001, and remained married until
Flynn Belaine, whom he married in October 1986. They were divorced in
July 1987, but later remarried on April 1, 1990. They divorced again
in July 1991.
Pryor also had relationships with actresses
Pam Grier and Margot
Kidder. In 2018,
Quincy Jones and Jennifer Lee claimed that Pryor
had a sexual relationship with Marlon Brando, and that Pryor was open
about his bisexuality with his friends. Pryor's daughter Rain
later disputed the claim. In his autobiography, Pryor admitted to
having a two-week sexual relationship with a transvestite, which he
called "two weeks of being gay".[importance?]
Pryor had seven children with six different women:
Renee Pryor, born in 1957, the child of Pryor and girlfriend Susan,
when Pryor was 17
Richard Pryor, Jr., born in 1962, the child of Pryor and his first
wife, Patricia Price
Elizabeth Ann, born in April 1967, the child of Pryor and girlfriend
Rain Pryor, born July 16, 1969, the child of Pryor and his second
wife, Shelley Bonus
Steven, born in 1984, the child of Pryor and Flynn Belaine, who later
became his fifth wife
Kelsey, born in October 1987, the child of Pryor and his fifth wife,
Franklin, born in 1987, the child of Pryor and actress/model Geraldine
Publicity photo of Pryor for one of his
Mister Kelly's appearances,
In 1963, Pryor moved to New York City and began performing regularly
in clubs alongside performers such as
Bob Dylan and Woody Allen. On
one of his first nights, he opened for singer and pianist Nina Simone
at New York's Village Gate. Simone recalls Pryor's bout of performance
He shook like he had malaria, he was so nervous. I couldn't bear to
watch him shiver, so I put my arms around him there in the dark and
rocked him like a baby until he calmed down. The next night was the
same, and the next, and I rocked him each time.
Inspired by Bill Cosby, Pryor began as a middlebrow comic, with
material far less controversial than what was to come. Soon, he began
appearing regularly on television variety shows, such as The Ed
Sullivan Show, The Merv Griffin Show, and The Tonight Show Starring
Johnny Carson. His popularity led to success as a comic in Las Vegas.
The first five tracks on the 2005 compilation CD Evolution/Revolution:
The Early Years (1966–1974), recorded in 1966 and 1967, capture
Pryor in this period.
In September 1967, Pryor had what he described in his autobiography
Pryor Convictions (1995) as an "epiphany". He walked onto the stage at
the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas (with
Dean Martin in the audience),
looked at the sold-out crowd, exclaimed over the microphone, "What the
fuck am I doing here!?", and walked off the stage. Afterward, Pryor
began working profanity into his act, including the word "nigger". His
first comedy recording, the eponymous 1968 debut release on the
Dove/Reprise label, captures this particular period, tracking the
evolution of Pryor's routine. Around this time, his parents died—his
mother in 1967 and his father in 1968.
In 1969, Pryor moved to Berkeley, California, where he immersed
himself in the counterculture and rubbed elbows with the likes of Huey
P. Newton and Ishmael Reed.
In the 1970s, Pryor wrote for such television shows as Sanford and
Son, The Flip Wilson Show, and a 1973
Lily Tomlin special, for which
he shared an Emmy Award. During this period, Pryor tried to break
into mainstream television. He also appeared in several popular films,
including Lady Sings the Blues (1972),
The Mack (1973), Uptown
Saturday Night (1974), Silver Streak (1976), Car Wash (1976), Bingo
Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976), Which Way Is Up?
Greased Lightning (1977), Blue Collar (1978), The Muppet Movie
Pryor signed with the comedy-oriented independent record label Laff
Records in 1970, and in 1971 recorded his second album, Craps (After
Hours). Two years later, the relatively unknown comedian appeared in
Wattstax (1972), wherein he riffed on the tragic-comic
absurdities of race relations in Watts and the nation. Not long
afterward, Pryor sought a deal with a larger label, and he signed with
Stax Records in 1973.
When his third, breakthrough album,
That Nigger's Crazy
That Nigger's Crazy (1974), was
released, Laff, which claimed ownership of Pryor's recording rights,
almost succeeded in getting an injunction to prevent the album from
being sold. Negotiations led to Pryor's release from his Laff
contract. In return for this concession, Laff was enabled to release
previously unissued material, recorded between 1968 and 1973, at will.
That Nigger's Crazy
That Nigger's Crazy was a commercial and critical success; it was
eventually certified gold by the RIAA and won the
Grammy Award for
Best Comedic Recording at the 1975 Grammy Awards.
During the legal battle, Stax briefly closed its doors. At this time,
Pryor returned to Reprise/Warner Bros. Records, which re-released That
Nigger's Crazy, immediately after ...Is It Something I Said?, his
first album with his new label. Like That Nigger's Crazy, the album
was a hit with both critics and fans; it was eventually certified
platinum by the RIAA and won the
Grammy Award for Best Comedic
Recording at the 1976 Grammy Awards.
Bicentennial Nigger (1976) continued his streak of
success. It became his third consecutive gold album, and he collected
his third consecutive Grammy for Best Comedic Recording for the album
in 1977. With every successful album Pryor recorded for Warner (or
later, his concert films and his 1980 freebasing accident), Laff
quickly published an album of older material to capitalize on Pryor's
growing fame—a practice they continued until 1983. The covers of
Laff albums tied in thematically with Pryor movies, such as Are You
Serious? for Silver Streak (1976), The Wizard of Comedy for his
appearance in The Wiz (1978), and Insane for Stir Crazy (1980).
Pryor also performed in the
Lily Tomlin specials. He is seen here with
Alan Alda in Tomlin's 1973 special.
Blazing Saddles (1974), directed by
Mel Brooks and
starring Gene Wilder. Pryor was to play the lead role of Bart, but the
film's production studio would not insure him, and
Mel Brooks chose
Cleavon Little, instead. Before his horribly damaging 1980 freebasing
incident, Pryor was about to start filming Mel Brooks' History of the
World, Part I (1981), but was replaced at the last minute by Gregory
Hines. Pryor was also originally considered for the
role of Billy Ray Valentine on
Trading Places (1983), before Eddie
Murphy won the part.
In 1975, Pryor was a guest host on the first season of Saturday Night
Live and the first black person to host the show. Pryor took longtime
girlfriend, actress-talk show host Kathrine McKee (sister of Lonette
McKee), with him to New York, and she made a brief guest appearance
with Pryor on SNL. He participated in the "word association" skit with
Chevy Chase. He would later do his own variety show,The Richard
Pryor Show, which premiered on
NBC in 1977. The show was cancelled
after only four episodes probably because television audiences did not
respond well to his show's controversial subject matter, and Pryor was
unwilling to alter his material for network censors. During the
short-lived series, he portrayed the first black President of the
United States, spoofed the Star Wars cantina, took on gun violence,
and in another skit, used costumes and visual distortion to appear
In 1979, at the height of his success, Pryor visited Africa. Upon
returning to the United States, Pryor swore he would never use the
word "nigger" in his stand-up comedy routine again.
Pryor in February 1986
On the late evening of June 9, 1980, during the making of the film
Stir Crazy, and after days of freebasing cocaine, Pryor poured
151-proof rum all over himself and lit himself on fire. While ablaze,
he ran down Parthenia Street from his
Los Angeles home, until being
subdued by police. He was taken to a hospital, where he was treated
for second- and third-degree burns covering more than half of his
body. Pryor spent six weeks in recovery at the Grossman Burn Center at
Sherman Oaks Hospital. His daughter, Rain, stated that the incident
happened as a result of a bout of drug-induced psychosis.
Pryor incorporated a description of the incident into his comedy show
Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip (1982). He joked that the
event was caused by dunking a cookie into a glass of low-fat and
pasteurized milk, causing an explosion. At the end of the bit, he
poked fun at people who told jokes about it by waving a lit match and
saying, "What's that?
Richard Pryor running down the street."
After his "final performance", Pryor did not stay away from stand-up
comedy long. Within a year, he filmed and released a new concert film
and accompanying album, Richard Pryor: Here and Now (1983), which he
directed himself. He also wrote and directed a fictionalized account
of his life,
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986), which revolved
around the 1980 freebasing incident.
In 1983, Pryor signed a five-year contract with
Columbia Pictures for
$40 million and he started his own production company, Indigo
Productions. Softer, more formulaic films followed, including
Superman III (1983), which earned Pryor $4 million; Brewster's
Millions (1985), Moving (1988), and
See No Evil, Hear No Evil
See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989).
The only film project from this period that recalled his rough roots
was Pryor's semiautobiographic debut as a writer-director, Jo Jo
Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986), which was not a major success.
Despite a reputation for constantly using profanity on and off camera,
Pryor briefly hosted a children's show on
CBS called Pryor's Place
(1984). Like Sesame Street,
Pryor's Place featured a cast of puppets,
hanging out and having fun in a surprisingly friendly inner-city
environment along with several children and characters portrayed by
Pryor himself. However,
Pryor's Place frequently dealt with more
sobering issues than Sesame Street. It was cancelled shortly after its
debut, despite the efforts of famed puppeteers Sid and Marty Krofft
and a theme song by
Ray Parker, Jr.
Ray Parker, Jr. of "Ghostbusters" (1984) fame.
Pryor co-hosted the
Academy Awards twice and was nominated for an Emmy
for a guest role on the television series Chicago Hope. Network
censors had warned Pryor about his profanity for the Academy Awards,
and after a slip early in the program, a five-second delay was
instituted when returning from a commercial break. Pryor is also one
of only three
Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live hosts to be subjected to a rare
five-second delay for his 1975 appearance (along with
Sam Kinison in
Andrew Dice Clay
Andrew Dice Clay in 1990).
Pryor developed a reputation for being demanding and disrespectful on
film sets, and for making selfish and difficult requests. In his
autobiography Kiss Me Like a Stranger, co-star
Gene Wilder says that
Pryor was frequently late to the set during filming of Stir Crazy, and
that he demanded, among other things, a helicopter to fly him to and
from set because he was the star. Pryor was also accused of using
allegations of on-set racism to force the hand of film producers into
giving him more money:
One day during our lunch hour in the last week of filming, the craft
service man handed out slices of watermelon to each of us. Richard,
the whole camera crew, and I sat together in a big sound studio eating
a number of watermelon slices, talking and joking. As a gag, some
members of the crew used a piece of watermelon as a Frisbee, and
tossed it back and forth to each other. One piece of watermelon landed
at Richard's feet. He got up and went home. Filming stopped. The next
day, Richard announced that he knew very well what the significance of
watermelon was. He said that he was quitting show business and would
not return to this film. The day after that, Richard walked in, all
smiles. I wasn't privy to all the negotiations that went on between
Columbia and Richard's lawyers, but the camera operator who had thrown
that errant piece of watermelon had been fired that day. I assume now
that Richard was using drugs during Stir Crazy.
He appeared in
Harlem Nights (1989), a comedy-drama crime film
starring three generations of black comedians (Pryor, Eddie Murphy,
and Redd Foxx).
1990s and 2000s
In his later years starting in the early to mid-1990s, Pryor used a
power-operated mobility scooter due to multiple sclerosis (MS, which
he said stood for "More Shit"). He appears on the
scooter in his last film appearance, a small role in David Lynch's
Lost Highway (1997) playing an auto-repair garage manager named Arnie.
Rhino Records remastered all of Pryor's Reprise and WB albums for
inclusion in the box set
...And It's Deep Too! The Complete Warner
Bros. Recordings (2000).
In early 2000, Pryor appeared in the cold open of
The Norm Show in the
episode entitled "Norm vs. The Boxer". He played an elderly man in a
wheelchair who lost the rights to in-home nursing when he kept
attacking the nurses before attacking Norm himself.
In 2002, Pryor and his wife/manager, Jennifer Lee Pryor, won legal
rights to all the Laff material, which amounted to almost 40 hours of
reel-to-reel analog tape. After going through the tapes and getting
Richard's blessing, Jennifer Lee Pryor gave
Rhino Records access to
the tapes in 2004. These tapes, including the entire Craps album, form
the basis of the February 1, 2005, double-CD release
Evolution/Revolution: The Early Years (1966–1974).
In November 1977, after many years of heavy smoking and drinking,
Pryor suffered a mild heart attack. He recovered and resumed
performing by January the following year. He was diagnosed with
multiple sclerosis in 1986. In 1990, Pryor suffered a second heart
attack while in Australia. He underwent triple heart bypass
surgery in 1991.
In late 2004, his sister said he had lost his voice as result of his
multiple sclerosis. However, on January 9, 2005, Pryor's wife,
Jennifer Lee, rebutted this statement in a post on Pryor's official
website, citing Richard as saying: "I'm sick of hearing this shit
about me not talking... not true... I have good days, bad days... but
I still am a talkin' motherfucker!"
Richard Pryor's star at the
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame covered with
flowers, beer bottles, fan letters, etc.
On December 10, 2005, nine days after his 65th birthday, Pryor
suffered a heart attack in Los Angeles. He was taken to a local
hospital after his wife's attempts to resuscitate him failed. He was
pronounced dead at 7:58 am PST. His widow Jennifer was quoted as
saying, "At the end, there was a smile on his face." He was
cremated, and his ashes were given to his family. Forensic
pathologist Dr. Michael Hunter believes Pryor's fatal heart attack was
caused by coronary artery disease that was at least partially brought
about by years of tobacco smoking.
Jerry Seinfeld called Pryor "the Picasso of our profession" and
Bob Newhart heralded Pryor as "the seminal comedian of the last 50
Dave Chappelle said of Pryor, "You know those, like,
evolution charts of man? He was the dude walking upright. Richard was
the highest evolution of comedy." This legacy can be attributed,
in part, to the unusual degree of intimacy Pryor brought to bear on
his comedy. As
Bill Cosby reportedly once said, "
Richard Pryor drew
the line between comedy and tragedy as thin as one could possibly
Awards and honors
In 1998, Pryor won the first
Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
Mark Twain Prize for American Humor from
the John F.
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. According to
Kennedy Center President Lawrence J. Wilker, Pryor was selected
as the first recipient of the Prize because
as a stand-up comic, writer, and actor, he struck a chord, and a
nerve, with America, forcing it to look at large social questions of
race and the more tragicomic aspects of the human condition. Though
uncompromising in his wit, Pryor, like Twain, projects a generosity of
spirit that unites us. They were both trenchant social critics who
spoke the truth, however outrageous.
In 2004, Pryor was voted number one on Comedy Central's list of the
100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time. In a 2005 British poll to find
"The Comedian's Comedian", Pryor was voted the 10th-greatest comedy
act ever by fellow comedians and comedy insiders.
Pryor was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
The animal rights organization
PETA gives out an award in Pryor's name
to people who have done outstanding work to alleviate animal
suffering. Pryor was active in animal rights and was deeply concerned
about the plight of elephants in circuses and zoos.
Artist Preston Jackson created a life-sized bronze statue in
dedication to the beloved comedian and named it "Richard Pryor: More
than Just a Comedian". It was placed at the corner of State and
Washington Streets in downtown Peoria, on May 1, 2015, close to the
neighborhood in which he grew up with his mother. The unveiling was
held Sunday, May 3, 2015.
In 2002, a television documentary entitled The Funny Life of Richard
Pryor depicted Pryor's life and career. Broadcast in the UK as
part of the
Channel 4 series Kings of Black Comedy, it was
produced, directed and narrated by David Upshal and featured rare
clips from Pryor's 1960s stand-up appearances and movies such as
Silver Streak (1976), Blue Collar (1978), Richard Pryor: Live in
Concert (1978), and Stir Crazy (1980). Contributors included George
Carlin, Dave Chappelle, Whoopi Goldberg, Ice-T, Paul Mooney, Joan
Rivers, and Lily Tomlin. The show tracked down the two cops who had
rescued Pryor from his "freebasing incident", former managers, and
even school friends from Pryor's home town of Peoria, Illinois. In the
US, the show went out as part of the Heroes of Black Comedy
series on Comedy Central, narrated by Don Cheadle.
A television documentary, Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!!
(2003) consisted of archival footage of Pryor's performances and
testimonials from fellow comedians, including Dave Chappelle, Denis
Leary, Chris Rock, and Wanda Sykes, on Pryor's influence on comedy.
On December 19, 2005, BET aired a Pryor special, titled The Funniest
Man Dead or Alive. It included commentary from fellow comedians, and
insight into his upbringing.
A retrospective of Pryor's film work, concentrating on the 1970s,
titled A Pryor Engagement, opened at
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Brooklyn Academy of Music Cinemas
for a two-week run in February 2013. Several prolific comedians
who have claimed Pryor as an influence include George Carlin, Dave
Attell, Martin Lawrence, Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Colin Quinn,
Patrice O'Neal, Bill Hicks, Sam Kinison, Bill Burr, Louis C.K., Jerry
Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Eddie Murphy, Eddie Griffin, and Eddie
On May 31, 2013, Showtime debuted the documentary Richard Pryor: Omit
the Logic directed by Emmy Award–winning filmmaker Marina Zenovich.
The executive producers are Pryor's widow Jennifer Lee Pryor and Roy
Ackerman. Interviewees include Dave Chappelle, Whoopi Goldberg, Jesse
Jackson, Quincy Jones, George Lopez, Bob Newhart, Richard Pryor, Jr.,
Lily Tomlin, and Robin Williams.
From June 7 to 9, 2013,
SiriusXM hosted "
Richard Pryor Radio", a
three-day tribute which featured his stand-up comedy and full live
Richard Pryor Radio" replaced
The Foxxhole for the duration
of the event.
In the episode "Taxes and Death or Get Him to the Sunset
Strip"(2012), the voice of
Richard Pryor is played by Eddie
Griffin in the satirical TV show Black Dynamite.
A planned biopic, entitled Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?, was
being produced by
Chris Rock and Adam Sandler. The film would have
Marlon Wayans as the young Pryor. Other actors previously
Mike Epps and Eddie Murphy. The film would have been
Bill Condon and was still in development with no release
date, as of February 2013.
The biopic remained in limbo, and went through several producers until
it was announced in January 2014 that it was being backed by The
Weinstein Company with
Lee Daniels as director. It was further
announced, in August 2014, that the biopic will have
Oprah Winfrey as
producer and will star
Mike Epps as Pryor.
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Richard Pryor (Dove/Reprise)
1971: Craps (Laff Records, reissued 1993 by Loose Cannon/Island)
That Nigger's Crazy
That Nigger's Crazy (Partee/Stax, reissued 1975 by Reprise)
...Is It Something I Said? (Reprise, reissued 1991 on CD by
1976: Are You Serious ??? (Laff)
1976: Rev. Du Rite (Laff)
1976: Holy Smoke! (Laff)
Bicentennial Nigger (Reprise)
1976: Insane (Laff)
L.A. Jail (Tiger Lily)
1977: Who Me? I'm Not Him (Laff)
Richard Pryor Live (World Sound Records)
1978: The Wizard of Comedy (Laff)
1978: Black Ben The Blacksmith (Laff)
1978: Wanted: Live in Concert (2-LP set) (Warner Bros. Records);Others
1979: Outrageous (Laff)
1982: Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip (Warner Bros. Records)
1982: Supernigger (Laff)
1983: Here and Now (Warner Bros. Records)
Richard Pryor Live! (picture disc) (Phoenix/Audiofidelity)
1983: Blackjack (LP, Album, RE) (Laff Records)
1973: Pryor Goes Foxx Hunting (Laff.)
Split LP with Redd Foxx, containing previously released tracks from
Craps (After Hours)
1975: Down And Dirty (Laff.)
Split LP with Redd Foxx, containing previously released tracks from
Craps (After Hours)
Richard Pryor Meets... Richard & Willie And... The SLA!!
Split LP with black ventriloquist act Richard And Willie, containing
previously released tracks from Craps (After Hours)
1977: Richard Pryor's Greatest Hits (Warner Bros. Records)
Contains tracks from Craps (After Hours), That Nigger's Crazy, and
...Is It Something I Said?, plus a previously unreleased track from
1975, "Ali".1982 The Very Best of Richard Pryor" [Laff Records]
...And It's Deep Too! The Complete Warner Bros. Recordings (9-CD
box set) (Warner Bros. Records/Rhino)
Box set collection containing all Warner Bros. albums plus a bonus
disc of previously unissued material from 1973 to 1992.
2002: The Anthology (2-CD set) (Warner Bros. Records/Rhino, 2002 in
Highlights culled from the albums collected in the ...And It's Deep
Too! box set.
2005: Evolution/Revolution: The Early Years (1966–1974) (2-CD set)
(Warner Bros. Records/Rhino, 2005 in music)
Pryor-authorized compilation of material released on Laff, including
Craps (After Hours)
Craps (After Hours) album.
2013: No Pryor Restraint: Life In Concert (7-CD, 2-DVD box set)
Box set containing concert films, albums and unreleased material from
1966 to 1992.
The Busy Body
The Busy Body as Whittaker
Wild in the Streets
Wild in the Streets as Stanley X
1969: Uncle Tom's Fairy Tales
Carter's Army as Pvt. Jonathan Crunk
The Phynx as Himself
1971: You've Got to Walk It Like You
Talk It or You'll Lose That Beat
1971: Live & Smokin' as Himself
Dynamite Chicken as Himself
1972: Lady Sings the Blues as Piano Man
The Mack as Slim
Some Call It Loving
Some Call It Loving as Jeff
Hit! as Mike Willmer
Wattstax as Himself
Uptown Saturday Night
Uptown Saturday Night as Sharp Eye Washington
The Lion Roars Again as Himself
Adiós Amigo as Sam Spade
1976: The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings as Charlie
Snow, All-Star (RF)
1976: Car Wash as Daddy Rich
1976: Silver Streak as Grover
Greased Lightning as Wendell Scott
Which Way Is Up? as Leroy Jones / Rufus Jones / Reverend Lenox
1978: Blue Collar as Zeke
1978: The Wiz as The Wiz (Herman Smith)
California Suite as Dr. Chauncey Gump
1979: Richard Pryor: Live in Concert as Himself
The Muppet Movie
The Muppet Movie as Balloon Vendor (cameo)
Wholly Moses as Pharaoh
In God We Tru$t
In God We Tru$t as G.O.D.
1980: Stir Crazy as Harry Monroe
1981: Bustin' Loose as Joe Braxton
Some Kind of Hero
Some Kind of Hero as Eddie Keller
1982: Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip as Himself
1982: The Toy as Jack Brown
Superman III as Gus Gorman
1983: Richard Pryor: Here and Now as Himself
Motown 25 as Himself
1985: Brewster's Millions as Montgomery Brewster
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling as Jo Jo Dancer / Alter Ego
1987: Critical Condition as Kevin Lenahan / Dr. Eddie Slattery
1988: Moving as Arlo Pear
See No Evil, Hear No Evil
See No Evil, Hear No Evil as Wallace 'Wally' Karue
Harlem Nights as Sugar Ray
Another You as Eddie Dash
The Three Muscatels
The Three Muscatels as Narrator / Wino / Bartender
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