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Also Known As: Died: December 10, 2005
Born: December 1, 1940 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Peoria, Illinois, USA Profession: Cast ...
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1966:
Appeared as standup comic on the Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin and Ed Sullivan shows (date approximate)
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Began performing for classmates at age 11
1967:
Film acting debut, "The Busy Body", a comedy directed by William Castle
1986:
First diagnosed with multiple sclerosis; went public in 1991
1981:
First film as co-producer, "Bustin' Loose"
1983:
First film as director, "Richard Pryor Here and Now"
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Molested in an alley at age six
1963:
Moved to New York, began performing at "Cafe Wha?" in Greenwich Village
1969:
Reportedly suffered a nervous breakdown of sorts while performing his popular Bill Cosby-like standup routine onstage at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas; fled the building
1978:
Shot up the car of Deboragh McGuire, then his wife, with a gun when she attempted to leave him
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Stage acting debut in little theater production of "Rumpelstiltskin" at age 12
1980:
"Accidentally" set himself on fire while freebasing cocaine; suffered third-degree burns over half his body; later revealed that he began freebasing again three weeks after leaving the hospital; admitted to Barbara Walters in a 1986 interview that the incident was a suicide attempt
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Began performing as nightclub comedian in Peoria's Harold's Club, owned by the most powerful black man in town
1964:
First TV appearance, "On Broadway Tonight", a variety show hosted by Rudy Vallee featuring new talent
1988:
Made an abortive attempt to put together a standup routine
1995:
Appeared with daughter Rain in episode of CBS medical drama "Chicago Hope" as a patient with multiple sclerosis in November
1956:
As a teen, impregnated his girlfriend (who gave birth to his first daughter); subsequently learned that his father had also been having sex with her (date approximate)
1974:
First film as screenwriter (with Mel Brooks), "Blazing Saddles"; lost promised lead role to Cleavon Little
1968:
Gained critical notice as Stanley X in the classic youth exploitation film, "Wild in the Streets"
2003:
Hosted "Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet", featured clips of his concert appearances, recordings and diary excerpts as well as his comic pals
1958:
In West Germany with airborne division of US Army; discharged for slashing another soldier with a switchblade
1970:
Moved to Berkeley, CA; began socializing with writers Ishmael Reed and Cecil Brown (date approximate)
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Named after a series of "uncles" (actually pimps); raised in a brothel owned by his grandmother; watched his mother perform "tricks" with white men
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Performed as professional nightclub drummer from age 7
1993:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
1991:
Underwent triple-bypass heart surgury
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Worked in a meat packinghouse
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Wrote TV scripts for "Sanford and Son," "The Flip Wilson Show" and Lily Tomlin specials and Flip Wilson
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Began performing a more honest, confessional and profane brand of standup comedy
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Set to produce an upcoming biopic based on his life (lensed 2005)
1980:
Started his own production company, Indigo, at Columbia Pictures; put Jim Brown, his best friend at the time, in charge (date approximate)
1990:
Suffered a heart attack on an Australian golf course
1977:
Suffered his first heart attack while dallying with a prostitute
1995:
Wrote autobiography "Pryor Convictions"

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