Richard Pryor was an actor from the United States of America. His last appearances were in 1997, in a mystery thriller film called Lost Highway, and in 1999 in an episode, a sitcom called The Norm Show. Keep reading to know more about Richard Pryor’s net worth in 2018.
Richard Pryor Early Life
Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor was born on December 1, 1940, in Peoria, Illinois, United States. His father, LeRoy Pryor was a boxer and a bartender but he died in 1968, and his mother Gertrude L. Thomas died in 1967. Richard Pryor was mainly grown and raised by his grandmother, in her bordello, and his mother was an alcoholic leaving him when he was ten years old.
Richard Pryor was divorced four times out of 5 marriages. His first marriage was to Patricia Price from 1960-1961, followed by his marriage in 1967 to the actress Shelley R. Bonus and they got divorced in 1969, actress Deborah McGuire from 1977-1978, actress Jennifer Lee Pryor from 1981-1982, actress Flynn Belaine from 1986-1987 and from 1990-1991. In 2001, Richard Pryor remarried Jennifer Lee Pryor, and they remained together until his death.
Richard Pryor was the father of 4 daughters and 3 sons from different marriages and even girlfriends. His daughters are actress Rain Pryor, Kelsey Pryor, Elizabeth Pryor, and Renee Pryor, and his sons are Richard Pryor Jr., Stephen Michael Pryor, and Franklin Pryor.
On December 10, 2005, in Encino, Los Angeles, California, Richard Pryor had a heart attack that killed him.
Richard Pryor Career
Richard Pryor served in the United States Army for 2 years until 1960. Later, he moved to New York where he did some performances at clubs with Bob Dylan and Woody Allen. Richard Pryor started appearing on TV in 1966, he appeared in an action comedy series called The Wild Wild West, followed by The Busy Body film, ABC Stage 67 show, Wild in the Streets film, Uncle Tom’s Fairy Tales film, and The Young Lawyers series.
Richard Pryor had several film appearances in the 1970s; he appeared in Carter’s Army, The Phynx, Dynamite Chicken, You’ve Got to Walk It Like You Talk It or You’ll Lose That Beat, Lady Sings the Blues, Wattstax, The Mack, Some Call It Loving, Hit! 1973, Lily, Blazing Saddles, Uptown Saturday Night, Adiós Amigo, The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings, Car Wash, Silver Streak, Greased Lightning, Which Way Is Up?, Blue Collar, The Wiz, and California Suite.
Richard Pryor released several albums including Richard Pryor, Craps, That Nigger’s Crazy, …Is It Something I Said?, Holy Smoke!, Bicentennial Nigger, L.A. Jail, Live on the Sunset Strip, and Here and Now. His film appearances since 1980 were in Wholly Moses!, In God We Tru$t, Stir Crazy, Bustin’ Loose, Some Kind of Hero, The Toy, Superman III, Brewster’s Millions, Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling, Critical Condition, Moving, See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Harlem Nights, Another You, The Three Muscatels, Mad Dog Time, and Lost Highway.
Awards & Achievements
Richard Pryor received several award winnings and nominations. He won the Primetime Emmy Award for Best Writing In Comedy-Variety, Variety Or Music (Lily), Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Comedy (Blazing Saddles), NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture (Bustin’ Loose), Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album (Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip, Bicentennial Nigger, Is It Something I Said, That Nigger’s Crazy), Mark Twain Prize for American Humor (1998), Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2006), and Grammy Hall of Fame (That Nigger’s Crazy).
Net Worth of Richard Pryor
In 2005 as when he died, Richard Pryor had an estimated net worth of $40 million. He made his fortune from the TV films and series he acted in, and from the albums he released, and performed on stages. Richard Pryor earned from Superman III around $3 million. His last film appearance was in 1997 in Lost Highway film.
Richard Pryor was a very talented actor and comedian who made a great contribution to the TV and entertainment industry. His childhood days were very hard, but he managed to get over it and become one of the best comedians of all time. Richard Pryor’s last marriage was to Jennifer Lee Pryor, and she remained with him until his death, 2005.