Richard Pryor Spent His Army Years Getting Into Fistfights And Stabbing Dudes
There's no person in the annals of history who, on reflection, was less suited to a career in the military than Richard Pryor. Pryor served in the Army from 1958 to 1960, and spent much of that time putting on comedy shows and doing as much violence as possible. In the first of two major incidents, Pryor was jumped in the shower by three soldiers armed with tire irons. Instead of taking the beating, he flew into beast mode, grabbed a length of piping, and smacked one of them in the head. His attacker/victim then stumbled back into the arms of his comrades and gave up, awed by Pryor's show of dominance. "Well damn! You're alright with me, I'll tell you that."
The second incident didn't end quite as well. A few months after his shower brawl, Pryor and a group of other black soldiers were watching Imitation Of Life, a movie about a black woman whose light-skinned daughter rejects her in order to pass for white. The guys soon noticed that one their white comrades seemed a little too amused by this plot, and so they jumped him after the movie finished. Pryor flew pulled a switchblade and repeatedly stabbed the guy in the back.