Cactus Pryor

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Richard “Cactus” Pryor  began his career in radio in 1944 and has remained a prominent broadcasting personality well into the twenty first century. Pryor was first heard on Lady Bird Johnson’s radio station 590 KLBJ, though his face became as well known as his voice once he moved to television broadcasting on KTBC. Beyond his work on radio and television, Pryor has also appeared in the movies Hellfighters, The Green Berets, published several books, and earned a reputation as a witty speaker. Pryor, a native Austinite, received the nickname “Cactus” in reference to “The Cactus,” one of the first motion picture theaters in Austin owned by his father. He was nationally-known, but kept Austin his home, helping put the city on the map in the 60s and 70s. Pryor’s allegiance to Austin is reflected by the city which named February 4, 1982, “Cactus Pryor Day.” Cactus Pryor announced to his KLBJ listeners in 2007 that he had Alzheimer's disease, and Austin's "original funnyman" died in 2011.  

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“J. Frank Dobie” by Cactus Pryor (1988)
Full performance of Cactus Pryor’s two-man show, “J. Frank Dobie”
“Austin At Issue” With Cactus, John Henry, and Liz - Part 1 (1989)
Episode of “Austin at Issue” from KLRU-TV featuring Cactus Pryor, Liz Carpenter, and John Henry Faulk
“Austin At Issue” With Cactus, John Henry, and Liz - Part 3 (1989)
Episode of “Austin at Issue” from KLRU-TV featuring Cactus Pryor, Liz Carpenter, and John Henry Faulk
“Austin At Issue” With Cactus, John Henry, and Liz - Part 2 (1989)
Episode of “Austin at Issue” from KLRU-TV featuring Cactus Pryor, Liz Carpenter, and John Henry Faulk
What is a Boy
Short black and white film exploring boyhood and what it means to a boy
University of Texas Football Headliner Funnies (1970-72)
Montage of short humorous clips most likely shown at a Longhorn football event
Tribute to Cactus Pryor
Tribute film to Austin Broadcast Legend Richard "Cactus" Pryor
Tribute to Darrell Royal (1981)
Retrospective honoring former University of Texas at Austin Head Coach Darrell Royal, narrated by Austin ...
To Market, To Market, in Austin Texas
Promotional film for Austin’s KTBC network that provides an overview of the station’s television and broa...
The Richard S. “Cactus” Pryor Collection, no. 8 - Fishing in Mexico
Home movie scenes of Cactus Pryor and his friends wade fishing in Mexico
The Richard S. “Cactus” Pryor Collection, no. 7 - First Swim at Barton Springs (1962)
Home movie scenes of Cactus Pryor with his son at Barton Springs for his first swim
The Richard S. “Cactus” Pryor Collection, no. 4 - Yellow Retriever, Black Retriever
Home movie scenes of Cactus Pryor training his two dogs
The Richard S. “Cactus” Pryor Collection, no. 6 - Fishing Trip and Backyard Fun
Home movie scenes of Cactus Pryor on a fishing trip and his children playing in the backyard
The Richard S. “Cactus” Pryor Collection, no. 2 - Boy Band
Home movie scenes of a young Don and Dayne Pryor playing musical instruments in their driveway
The Richard S. “Cactus” Pryor Collection, no. 1 - Vacation in Mexico (1957)
Home movie scenes of Cactus and Jewell Pryor on vacation on the western coast of Mexico
The Richard S. “Cactus” Pryor Collection, no. 3 - Fishing in Mexico
Home movie scenes of a deep sea fishing trip in Mexico
The Richard S. “Cactus” Pryor Collection, no. 5 - Pryors and Faulks in Mexico
Home movie scenes of the Pryor family vacationing with John Henry Faulk and his family in Mexico
The Carolyn Jackson Collection, no. 53 - Interview by Cactus Pryor
Cactus Pryor interviews Carolyn Jackson about her job with the Texas Film Commission
The Austin Citivan Open with Betsy Rawls (1962)
Footage of Cactus Pryor with women golfers before the Austin Citivan Open in 1962
Texas Longhorn Football (1970)
Footage of the 1970 Texas Longhorn football season
Texas Entertainment News, Episode 29 (1996)
This episode of Texas Entertainment News, broadcast in August of 1996 features interviews with a number o...
Skateboarding
Amusing short film features kids skateboarding in a variety of of styles
Project 7 - Thunder Over Austin
This episode of KTBC-TV's "Project 7" seeks to set the record straight on the cause and effects of sonic ...
Pictorial Tour of the University of Texas Campus (1970s)
A pictorial tour of the University of Texas at Austin campus
Outtakes of Politician Responses (c. 1972)
A series of responses from Texas politicians possibly commenting on the Sharpstown Scandal
New Terminal Opens at Robert Mueller Municipal Airport (1961)
Cactus Pryor tours the new building at the municipal airport in Austin
KTBC-TV's Theatre 7 Intro and Conclusion
Introductory and concluding sequences for an Austin television station's Saturday night movie program, "T...
KTBC Open House, Part 1 - Studio Tour, December 1960
Film of Cactus Pryor taking the city of Austin on a guided tour throughout the KTBC studio
KTBC New Years Eve Broadcast (1965)
Variety show hosted by Cactus Pryor with performances by Albert Durst, Maxine Wildes, Nat Williams, and E...
J. Frank Dobie: Tribute to a Texan (1964)
KTBC-TV tribute special about author and folklorist James Frank Dobie, including a sit-down with John Hen...
Huntley-Brinkley Spoof
Episode of Huntley-Brinkley Report where Cactus Pryor satirically sends up the show in a style that would...
Hilton Hotel Advertisement
Television commercial for Hilton Hotels narrated by Cactus Pryor
Headliners Club Annual Awards Banquet Video Montage (1988)
Humorous video montage made for the 1988 Headliner’s Club Annual Awards Banquet
Easter Seals Telethon with Cactus Pryor and Barbara Miller (1980)
Noon Show co-hosts Cactus Pryor and Barbara Miller recruit donations for the 1980 Easter Seals Telethon
Dan Rather, Agnes Moorehead, Lucretia Love Awards Ceremony (c.1971)
Footage of an awards ceremony honoring actress Agnes Moorehead and journalist Dan Rather
Chill Wills Record Promotion with Cactus Pryor (c. 1969)
Chill Wills chats with Cactus Pryor during a promotional spot for his new album, "Hello Cousin"
Celebrities Attend Dedication of Spencer’s Mountain (1963)
Footage of movie stars at press junket and dedication of Spencer’s Mountain before the film’s premiere
Cactus Pryor as Danish General Hans Christoffersen
Cactus Pryor, disguised as Hans Christoffersen, delivers an anti-communism message
Cactus Pryor, Pedigreed Human (1972)
Farcical skit in which Cactus Pryor and his dog switch places
Cactus Pryor Skeet Shoot
Cactus Pryor goes to Austin Skeet Range for an interview and demonstration