*Famous Faces on "The Richard Pryor Show & Special (1977)!

by gattonero975 | created - 19 Sep 2013 | updated - 04 May 2016 | Public

After climbing to superstar status with hit films, Richard Pryor made this hilarious TV Special. A critical and ratings smash, this special persuaded NBC executives to give the controversial comedian his own TV series, "The Richard Pryor Show" which featured the outrageous comedian at his peak.

Airing in 1977, this cutting-edge sketch comedy program dared to challenge censors' restrictions like no other TV series before it. Completing just four shows, Pryor personally cancelled the series after feuds with the censors. His determination to remain true to his vision resulted in a high-quality program that was far ahead of its time. A rare TV gem that was (and still is) one of the funniest TV programs ever.

1. Richard Pryor

Actor | Superman III

Highly influential, and always controversial, African-American actor/comedian who was equally well known for his colorful language during his live comedy shows, as for his fast paced life, multiple marriages and battles with drug addiction. He has been acknowledged by many modern comic artist's as ...

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 1 Episode #1.1 (13 Sep. 1977)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 2 Episode #1.2 (20 Sep. 1977)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 3 Episode #1.3 (27 Sep. 1977)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 4 Episode #1.4 (20 Oct. 1977)

The Richard Pryor Special? (1977) Himself / The Reverend James L. White / Idi Amin Dada / Shoeshine Man / Willie

2. Maya Angelou

Actress | Madea's Family Reunion

Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Marguerite Annie Johnson. She was an actress and writer, known for Madea's Family Reunion (2006), How to Make an American Quilt (1995) and Poetic Justice (1993). She was married to Paul Du Feu and Thomas J. (Tosh) Angelos. She ...

The Richard Pryor Special? (1977) Willie the Wino's Wife

3. John Belushi

Actor | Saturday Night Live

John Belushi was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on January 24, 1949, to Agnes Demetri (Samaras) and Adam Anastos Belushi, a restaurant owner. His father was an Albanian immigrant, from Qytezë, and his mother was also of Albanian descent. He grew up in Wheaton, where the family moved when he was ...

The Richard Pryor Special? (1977) Slave Driver / Bartender

4. Sandra Bernhard

Actress | The King of Comedy

Love her or hate her, this comic diva is a one-of-a-kind, in-your-face, take-no-prisoners artiste. Racy, confrontational, offensive, cynical, off-putting and angst-ridden to a T, this flinty stand-up from Flint, Michigan was born on June 6, 1955, the daughter of Jerome Bernhard, a proctologist, and...

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 1 Episode #1.1 (13 Sep. 1977) Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 2 Episode #1.2 (20 Sep. 1977) Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 3 Episode #1.3 (27 Sep. 1977) Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 4 Episode #1.4 (20 Oct. 1977) Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Special? (1977) Woman Writer

5. Joey Camen

Actor | Skylanders: SuperChargers

Months after high school graduation in Detroit at the age of seventeen, with his offbeat sense of humor, Joey found himself working as a stand-up comedian at the World Famous Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood with the likes of Richard Pryor and Robin Williams. A year later, he was ...

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 1 Episode #1.1 (13 Sep. 1977) Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 2 Episode #1.2 (20 Sep. 1977) Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 3 Episode #1.3 (27 Sep. 1977) White Guy Who Wants to Be Black

6. Jeff Corey

Actor | Beneath the Planet of the Apes

Jeff Corey was a film and television character actor, as well as one of the top acting teachers in America.

Corey was born Arthur Zwerling on August 10, 1914 in New York City, New York, to Mary (Peskin), a Russian Jewish immigrant, and Nathan Zwerling, an Austrian Jewish immigrant. He was an ...

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 1 Episode #1.1 (13 Sep. 1977) "Gunslinger"

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 2 Episode #1.2 (20 Sep. 1977) Judge

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 3 Episode #1.3 (27 Sep. 1977) Leader of the Dalton Gang

7. Peter Cullen

Actor | Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Peter Cullen was born on July 28, 1941 in Montreal, Québec, Canada as Peter Claver Cullen. He is known for his work on Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) and Transformers: The Last Knight (2017).

The Richard Pryor Special? (1977) Drunken Bar Patron

8. Mike Evans

Writer | Good Times

Clean cut and smoothly handsome as a youth, Mike Evans got on board the Norman Lear TV train in the early 1970s and took a straight ride to sitcom stardom in both a landmark comedy series and its black-oriented spin-off. Born Michael Jonas Evans in Salisbury, North Carolina, on November 3, 1949, ...

The Richard Pryor Special? (1977) Writer

9. Charles Fleischer

Actor | Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Charles Fleischer was born on August 27, 1950 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. He is an actor, known for Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) and Back to the Future Part II (1989).

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 2 Episode #1.2 (20 Sep. 1977) Pet Head

10. Ron Glass

Actor | Serenity

Ron Glass was born on July 10, 1945 in Evansville, Indiana, USA as Ronald Earle Glass. He was an actor and director, known for Serenity (2005), Lakeview Terrace (2008) and Firefly (2002). He died on November 25, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 2 Episode #1.2 (20 Sep. 1977) Member of the Colored Section in Courthouse (uncredited)

11. Kristoff St. John

Actor | The Young and the Restless

Kristoff made his television debut at age 8 in the sit-com series "That's My Mama". Now, 39 years later, he is one of the stars on CBS's "Young and The Restless", the number one rated drama for the past 25 years on daytime television, playing the popular character of Neil Winters. Is it just a ...

The Richard Pryor Special? (1977) Kid (as Christoff St. John

12. Paula Kelly

Actress | The Andromeda Strain

Paula Kelly was born on October 21, 1943 in Jacksonville, Florida, USA. She is an actress, known for The Andromeda Strain (1971), Soylent Green (1973) and Night Court (1984).

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 1 Episode #1.1 (13 Sep. 1977) "Betty 'Satin Doll'

13. Edie McClurg

Actress | Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Born on July 23, 1945 in Kansas City, Missouri, Edie McClurg began her performing career at age five with the oxymoronic Kansas City Rhythm Kids. She retired when the dance teacher was arrested on a morals charge for "dating" the tall and lissome, yet underage, star dancer in the troupe. That ...

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 1 Episode #1.1 (13 Sep. 1977) Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 2 Episode #1.2 (20 Sep. 1977) Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 3 Episode #1.3 (27 Sep. 1977) Award Winner

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 4 Episode #1.4 (20 Oct. 1977) Various (uncredited)

14. Paul Mooney

Brewster's Millions

Paul Mooney was born on August 4, 1941 in Louisiana, USA as Paul Gladney. He is a writer and actor, known for Brewster's Millions (1985), Meet the Blacks (2016) and In the Army Now (1994).

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 1 Episode #1.1 (13 Sep. 1977) Floyd (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 3 Episode #1.3 (27 Sep. 1977) Himself / Man with Broken-Down Car (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 4 Episode #1.4 (20 Oct. 1977) Various (uncredited)

15. Juanita Moore

Actress | Imitation of Life

African American actress Juanita Moore entered films in the early 1950s, a time in which few black people were given an opportunity to act in major studio films. Fortunately Moore's roles began improving as Hollywood developed a social consciousness toward the end of the decade. In 1959 she ...

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 2 Episode #1.2 (20 Sep. 1977) Mama Edie

16. LaWanda Page

Actress | Friday

Best known for her role as Aunt Esther Anderson on "Sanford And Son", she appeared in many films including "Don't Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood" (1996), "Friday" (1995), "The Legend of Dolemite" (1994), "West From North Goes South" (1993), "The Meteor Man" (1993...

The Richard Pryor Special? (1977) Sister Mabel Williams

17. Thalmus Rasulala

Actor | New Jack City

Thalmus Rasulala was born on November 15, 1939 in Miami, Florida, USA as Jack Crowder. He was an actor and assistant director, known for New Jack City (1991), Above the Law (1988) and The Last Hard Men (1976). He was married to Shirlyn Mozingo and Martha Roberts. He died on October 9, 1991 in ...

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 1 Episode #1.1 (13 Sep. 1977) Richard's Friend

18. Tim Reid

Actor | WKRP in Cincinnati

Tim Reid was born December 19, 1944 in Norfolk, Virginia and came from a troubled, impoverished childhood. He straightened out his life enough to attend Norfolk State College (now University) and graduate with a business administration degree. He worked for Du Pont in Chicago for a period of time ...

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 1 Episode #1.1 (13 Sep. 1977) Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 3 Episode #1.3 (27 Sep. 1977) various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 4 Episode #1.4 (20 Oct. 1977) Various (uncredited)

19. Gregory Sierra

Actor | The Towering Inferno

Gregory Sierra was born on January 25, 1941 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for The Towering Inferno (1974), Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) and Vampires (1998).

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 2 Episode #1.2 (20 Sep. 1977) Audience Member in Courthouse (uncredited)

20. Glynn Turman

Actor | Super 8

New York City-born African-American actor Glynn Turman enjoyed his first real taste of acting success as a young teenager, originating the role of Travis Younger on Broadway in Lorraine Hansberry's landmark play "A Raisin in the Sun" in 1959 opposite Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Claudia McNeil and ...

The Richard Pryor Special? (1977) Booster Johnson

21. Marsha Warfield

Actress | Night Court

Marsha Warfield was born on March 5, 1954 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Marsha Francine Warfield. She is an actress, known for Night Court (1984), D.C. Cab (1983) and Empty Nest (1988).

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 1 Episode #1.1 (13 Sep. 1977) Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 2 Episode #1.2 (20 Sep. 1977) Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 3 Episode #1.3 (27 Sep. 1977) Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 4 Episode #1.4 (20 Oct. 1977) Various (uncredited)

22. Robin Williams

Actor | Mrs. Doubtfire

Robin McLaurin Williams was born on Saturday, July 21st, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, a great-great-grandson of Mississippi Governor and Senator, Anselm J. McLaurin. His mother, Laurie McLaurin (née Janin), was a former model from Mississippi, and his father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams, was a Ford ...

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 1 Episode #1.1 (13 Sep. 1977) Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 2 Episode #1.2 (20 Sep. 1977) Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 3 Episode #1.3 (27 Sep. 1977) Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 4 Episode #1.4 (20 Oct. 1977) Various (uncredited)

23. Dick Anthony Williams

Actor | Edward Scissorhands

Dick Anthony Williams was born on August 9, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Richard Anthony Williams. He was an actor, known for Edward Scissorhands (1990), The Jerk (1979) and Dog Day Afternoon (1975). He was married to Gloria Edwards. He died on February 16, 2012 in Van Nuys, California, USA.

The Richard Pryor Special? (1977) Writer (as Dick Williams)

24. John Witherspoon

Actor | Friday

John Witherspoon was born on January 27, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as John Weatherspoon. He is an actor, known for Friday (1995), Next Friday (2000) and Little Man (2006). He has been married to Angela Robinson Witherspoon since 1988. They have two children.

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 1 Episode #1.1 (13 Sep. 1977) Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 2 Episode #1.2 (20 Sep. 1977) Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 3 Episode #1.3 (27 Sep. 1977) Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 4 Episode #1.4 (20 Oct. 1977) Various (uncredited)

25. Marlene Clark

Actress | Enter the Dragon

Lovely, sultry and charismatic Marlene Clark was born December 19, 1949, in Los Angeles, California. Her father was a bus driver and her mother worked in a factory. Marlene grew up in New York City's Harlem area, and went to junior college in Tennessee. She was a speech major at the City College of...

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 3 Episode #1.3 (27 Sep. 1977) Herself - Audience Member (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 4 Episode #1.4 (20 Oct. 1977) Various (uncredited)

26. Skip Cunningham

Actor | The Back-up Plan

Skip Cunningham is an actor, known for The Back-up Plan (2010), The Cotton Club (1984) and Sanford and Son (1972).

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 1 Episode #1.1 (13 Sep. 1977) Autograph Seeking Fan of Satin Doll / Various (uncredited)

27. Arnold Johnson

Actor | Menace II Society

Arnold Johnson was born on November 15, 1921 in New York, USA as Arnold Herbert Johnson. He was an actor, known for Menace II Society (1993), Shaft (1971) and Putney Swope (1969). He was married to Betty Helene Heater. He died on April 10, 2000 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 2 Episode #1.2 (20 Sep. 1977) Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Special? (1977) Old Man at Bar

28. Eric Laneuville

Director | Lost

Eric Laneuville was born on July 14, 1952 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as Eric Gerard Laneuville. He is a director and actor, known for Lost (2004), I'll Fly Away (1991) and The Omega Man (1971).

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 2 Episode #1.2 (20 Sep. 1977) Young Eddie

29. Bob McClurg

Actor | Pee-wee's Big Adventure

Bob McClurg is an actor, known for Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985), Magnum Force (1973) and Scrubs (2001).

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 1 Episode #1.1 (13 Sep. 1977) Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 2 Episode #1.2 (20 Sep. 1977) Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 3 Episode #1.3 (27 Sep. 1977) Man Ordering Fast-Food

30. Norma Miller

Actress | Malcolm X

Norma Miller was born on December 2, 1919 in Harlem, New York City, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for Malcolm X (1992), Sparkle (1976) and Sanford and Son (1972). She died on May 5, 2019 in Fort Myers, Florida, USA.

The Richard Pryor Special? (1977) Bar Patron

31. Lou B. Washington

Actor | House Party

Lou's narrative would make a fascinating movie but he left us far too soon. He was one talented funny brother from "the hood" by the way, Lou D. despite Hollywood accolades for his comedic roles, oddly enough he loved to sing most and pursued his passion as a lifelong dream, singing before ...

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 1 Episode #1.1 (13 Sep. 1977) Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 2 Episode #1.2 (20 Sep. 1977) Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 4 Episode #1.4 (20 Oct. 1977) Various (uncredited)

The Richard Pryor Special? (1977) Writer (as Ludie Washington)

32. Johnny Yune

Actor | They Call Me Bruce?

Johnny Yune was born as Jon Yune. He is an actor and writer, known for They Call Me Bruce? (1982), They Still Call Me Bruce (1987) and The Cannonball Run (1981).

The Richard Pryor Show: Season 1, Episode 1 Episode #1.1 (13 Sep. 1977) Reporter from Honolulu News / Various (uncredited)



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