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Richard Pryor
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Richard Pryor

Richard Franklin Lenox Thomas Pryor (born December 1, 1940) is an American actor and comedian born in Peoria, Illinois.

Known for his frequent use of colorful language, vulgarities, as well as racial epithets (such as "nigger"), Pryor shattered many barriers for African-American stand-up comedians.

Comfortably successful and into the zenith of his career, Pryor visited Africa and witnessed firsthand the injustices of apartheid. Upon returning to the United States, Pryor swore he would never use the "N" word in his stand-up comedy routine again.

Pryor appeared in several popular films including The Toy, Superman III, Brewster's Millions, Silver Streak, Stir Crazy, and Movin. In many of his movie appearances he co-starred with Gene Wilder.

In the 1980s, Pryor set himself on fire, reportedly a suicide attempt. At the time his manager tried to protect him by claiming that he had accidentally set himself on fire while free-basing cocaine.

In 1986, Pryor announced that he suffers from multiple sclerosis and is confined to a wheelchair. In 1999, Pryor won the inaugural Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

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