Meet Richard Pryor!
Richard Pryor was another African-American who developed multiple sclerosis. He was diagnosed in 1986. He was a stand-up comedian who also did film and television. The subjects of his comedy included racism, race relations, politics, African-American culture, and everyday life, to name just a few.
He was very straight forward and didn't hesitate to use language that some people thought was vulgar and profane. Even with this, he was still very popular and influenced many comedians who came after him. Some of them influenced were Eddie Murphy, Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Robin Williams, Bernie Mac, George Carlin, and Whoopi Goldberg.
Richard was influenced by comedians like Bill Cosby, Jack Benny, Dick Gregory, and Red Foxx. Jerry Seinfield called him the “Picasso of our Profession”. And Bill Cosby reportedly said, “Richard Pryor drew the line between comedy and tragedy as thin as one could possibly paint it.”
From what I can see by reading about his life and watching a few of his routines, Richard lived life to the fullest. His life and the legacy he left will forever touch the lives of those who follow, whether directly or indirectly.
He even hosted a children's show in 1984 called Pryor's Place which was similar to Sesame Street.
One of the things I always remember about him was his smile. Even after he was diagnosed with MS, he continued to remain active as a comedian. He worked until around 1999, when multiple sclerosis finally brought his career to an end.
If you love animals as well, why not consider making a donation to his organization. As I said earlier, his legacy lives on even after he is not physically here with us. We love you, Richard!
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