Richard Pryor – December 1, 1940 – December 10, 2005

Arguably the greatest stand-up comedian of all time, and one of the first and most successful to transfer his talents onto the big screen, Pryor’s wit was often rooted in tragedy and his ability to instantly win over an audience with his charm. Multi-talented, multi-faceted, his award-winning performances touched on subjects such as race, politics, and sexuality, often with a self-deprecating and shockingly vulgar approach which audiences continue to be bowled over by. With an alarmingly difficult early life, Pryor had a brief stint in the Army before setting foot on the stage. Eventually writing and performing on TV shows such as Sanford And Son and Saturday Night Live, he found find greater mainstream success in a number of major hits including Brewster’s Millions, See No Evil, Hear No Evil, and Superman III. With the saddest eyes to ever look over an audience at a comedy show, and with endlessly energetic, manic performances, Pryor continues to make millions laugh uncontrollably.

RIP

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