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Did you know that Richard Pryor was married seven times? Did you know that he married two of his former wives again? Did you know that he has starred in massive hit movies? Find out more interesting information in our fun facts for kids below.

Fun Fact 1 Richard Pryor's full name was Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor. He was born on December 1st, 1940 in Peoria, Illinois in the United States of America.

Fun Fact 2 Richard Pryor was a famous stand-up comedian, movie star and television actor. He is recognized in countries around the world for his outstanding achievements in acting.

Fun Fact 3: Richard Pryor passed away at the age of 65 years on December 10th, 2005 after suffering a heart attack.

Fun Fact 4: Richard Pryor received many awards during his career including an Emmy Award, 5 Grammy Awards, 2 American Academy of Humor Awards and the Writers Guild of America Award.

Fun Fact 5: Richard Pryor was a very funny man. He was a well loved comedian as well as a fantastic film actor. He is listed on Comedy Central as the number one all-time greatest stand-up comedians.

Fun Fact 6: Richard Pryor suffered a violent and abusive childhood at the hands of his parents and grandmother. His mother left him in the care of his grandmother when he was ten years old. His childhood was a sorrowful one and at the age of 14, he was expelled from school.

Fun Fact 7: Richard Pryor joined the United States Army in 1958 where he served for two years. He was sent to the Army's prison after experiencing a situation of racism in which he retaliated.

Fun Fact 8: Richard Pryor had seven children; four daughters and three sons. Their names are Rain, Elizabeth, Renee, Richard Pryor Jr., Steven, Kelsey and Franklin.

Fun Fact 9: In the early days, Richard Pryor started out in New York City where he performed stand-up comedy. At first he was very anxious when he performed. A singer called Nina Simone helped his to deal with his anxiety.

Fun Fact 10: Richard Pryor was a fan of Bill Cosby and he was inspired by his work. He continued to perform in clubs in New York on a regular basis and eventually it led him to a career in television with appearances on shows such as The Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show.

Fun Fact 11: One of Richard Pryor's rises to fame came from his appearances on television shows. He became a regular performer in Las Vegas where his shows would be a sell out!

Fun Fact 12: Richard Pryor experienced many personal battles including alcohol and drug use. These issues meant that he wasn't always at his best and his behavior could sometimes be erratic.

Fun Fact 13: Richard Pryor has starred in many big hit movies the movie title list includes; See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Stir Crazy, The Toy, Brewster's Millions, Superman III, Moving, The Muppet Movie, and Some Kind of Hero.

Fun Fact 14: Richard Pryor starred in a movie alongside Eddie Murphy called Harlem Nights. This particular film was hugely successful and made over three times what it cost to create.

Fun Fact 15: Richard Pryor was married 7 times to 5 women. He married Patricia Price in 1960, Shelley Bonis in 1967, Deborah McGuire in 1977, Jennifer Lee in 1981 and 2001, Flynn Belaine in 1986 and 1990.

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