The late actor and comedian passed away with a net worth estimated to be around $40 million. He gained his wealth from television, films and recording studios. The place he is most remembered and revered for is on stage, performing his stand-up comedy routines. He perhaps is one of the most admired comedians to ever perform.
Both “loved and hated” his material was fearless touching on subjects such as race relations in America, growing up black, language and even Pryor himself. Nothing was off limits and he had an amazing ability to make a seemingly bad situation hilarious. His Hollywood comedies started to earn him more of a mainstream kind of fame, often alongside Gene Wilder.
His career began off stage when he began writing for shows like Sanford and Son, eventually landing his own show, “The Richard Pryor show”. Nowadays, the show is perceived as being “innovative” and “ahead of its time” but at its conception was thought to be too controversial for mainstream television.
One of the most infamous incidents in his career comes from his private life. During a freebasing incident, Pryor set himself on fire and nearly died. This incident however, later became more material for his comedy routines, which can be seen in “Richard Pryor: Live on Sunset Strip”. Richard still remains among the most respected stand-up comedians of all time.
His wife, Jennifer Lee-Pryor cared for Richard full time during the last eleven years of his life. They began dating in 1976 and got married five years later in 1981 and divorced only a year later. In 2001 they were re-married and remained together until his unfortunate death in 2005. He was married a total of seven times and she was his fourth and seventh wife. He battled multiple sclerosis for 20 years before eventually passing away. He will be remembered as an innovator and a pioneer in the stand-up and comedic world.