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Richard Pryor ~ (comedian and activist) born (Category : People)
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Richard Pryor

Richard Pryor was born Franklin Lenox Thomas December 1, 1940 in Preoria, Illinois. He died December 10, 2005.

Star of many films, a controversial television series, and numerous comedic albums, Richard Pryor is considered by many to be the greatest comedian of his age. Although he began as a relatively clean-cut stand-up comedian in the 1960s, he became best known in the 1970s as a down-to-earth speaker of truth and story-teller. Full of profanity and personal stories of his own experiences as a Black man in America, his act would inspire many of the great comedians of the next age in the 1980s and 1990s. In the end, it is simply understood that he single-handedly broke comedic and dramatic barriers as few other comics have managed in modern times.

In 1988 Pryor was the first recipient of the Mark Twain Humor Award from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

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