Saturday, December 10, 2005

R.I.P. Richard Pryor...

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Richard Pryor, the caustic yet perceptive
actor-comedian who lived dangerously close to the edge both on
stage and off, has died, his ex-wife said Saturday. He was 65.

Pryor died of a heart attack at his home in the San Fernando
Valley sometime late Friday or early Saturday, Flyn Pryor said. He
had been ill for years with multiple sclerosis, a degenerative
disease of the nervous system.

The comedian was regarded early in his career as one of the most
foul-mouthed comics in the business, but he gained a wide following
for his expletive-filled but universal and frequently personal
insights into modern life and race relations.

His audacious style influenced an array of stand-up artists,
including Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall and Damon Wayans, as well as
Robin Williams, David Letterman and others.

A series of hit comedies in the '70s and '80s, as well as filmed
versions of his concert performances, helped make him Pryor one of
the highest paid stars in Hollywood. He was one of the first black
performers to have enough leverage to cut his own Hollywood deals.
In 1983, he signed a $40 million, five-year contract with Columbia

His films included "Stir Crazy," "Silver Streak," "Which
Way Is Up?" and "Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip."


Blogger gwadzilla said...

what a life....
what a career...
what a story...

RIP Richard

6:01 PM  
Blogger gwadzilla said...

also on the topic of life....
I see your blog is now one years old
can you remember life before the blog?
how very strange how these things enter out lives and become part of us

6:04 PM  

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