He's the average-height one.
Yeah, it turns out Pryor's habit of bringing Courvoisier and cocaine to script sessions made the studio more than a little nervous, and so they refused to insure him. That meant he couldn't star in the movie he and Brooks wrote specifically with him in mind.
Even though he couldn't appear onscreen, Pryor is still all over the movie in its racially charged humor, and even in the casting of his replacement. Brooks wasn't keen on picking a new lead, and quit until Pryor convinced him to cast Little instead. Little did an incredible job (hey, Pryor knew what he was talking about). Still, it's hard to imagine anyone except Richard Pryor delivering Bart's famous closing line the way it was initially scripted:
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That also would have been the first time Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor appeared on screen together. Blazing Saddles is one of the greatest comedies of all time anyhow, but it'll be difficult to watch it again without wondering what could have been with Sheriff Pryor riding into Rock Ridge. Sorry, and you're welcome.
Tony Alpsen has a webcomic about conjoined twins called Ying & Yan. He's also well aware of how lame that sounds, but check it out anyway at yingandyan.com, just to make sure.
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