Profession: Comedian and Actor
Why Famous: Richard Pryor was a hugely influential African American comedian. He also had a successful career as a film actor, writer and presenter.
Pryor rose to prominence as a stand-up comedian in the 1970s, His 1974 album "That Nigger is Crazy" won the Grammy for Best Comedic Recording in 1975.
Pryor's comedic material drew heavily on current social and racial issues and was often controversial. He was also well know for his use of profanity in his act.
In film Pryor often appeared with fellow comedian Gene Wilder, in films including "Blazing Saddles" (1974) and "Stir Crazy".
Pryor survived an infamous incident where he freebased cocaine and was badly burnt. Throughout his life Pryor dealt with addiction.
- 1975-12-13 1st time "Saturday Night Live" uses a time delay, Richard Pryor hosts
- 1980-06-09 Comedian Richard Pryor suffers burns from free basing cocaine
- 1998-10-20 Comedian Richard Pryor is awarded the 1st ever Mark Twain Prize for American Humour