Cactus and Peggy Davis Pryor

This collection documents the career of comedic television and broadcast personality Richard “Cactus” Pryor, as well as his home life with his children, first wife Jewell Elizabeth Allison Pryor, and second wife Peggy Davis Pryor. Cactus 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 and 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
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 Longhorn Band Cotton Bowl Halftime Show (1973)
Footage of the Longhorn Band’s halftime show at the 1973 Cotton Bowl Classic
The Austin Citivan Open with Betsy Rawls (1962)
Footage of Cactus Pryor with women golfers before the Austin Citivan Open in 1962
The 1991 Texas Inauguration of Governor Ann Richards
Television footage of Inauguration Day of Governor Ann Richards on January 15, 1991
Texas Longhorn Football (1970)
Footage of the 1970 Texas Longhorn football season
Pictorial Tour of the University of Texas Campus (1970s)
A pictorial tour of the University of Texas at Austin campus
Photo Montage for Jimmy Demaret (1983)
Footage of photo montage dedicated to Houston golfer, Jimmy Demaret
Outtakes of Politician Responses (c. 1972)
A series of responses from Texas politicians possibly commenting on the Sharpstown Scandal
Headliners Club Annual Awards Banquet Video Montage (1988)
Humorous video montage made for the 1988 Headliner’s Club Annual Awards Banquet
Dan Rather, Agnes Moorehead, Lucretia Love Awards Ceremony (c.1971)
Footage of an awards ceremony honoring actress Agnes Moorehead and journalist Dan Rather
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, 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
Cactus Pryor on John Henry Faulk and the Blacklist (1997)
Cactus discusses John Henry Faulk and his experience with the Hollywood blacklist in the 1950s
Cactus Pryor Spoofs and Humorous Ads
Raw footage used for news stories, comedic spoofs, and humorous ads starring Texas politicians and promin...
Cactus Pryor Interviews Pierre Salinger (1963)
Footage Cactus Pryor interviewing White House Press Secretary Pierre Salinger in 1963
Cactus Pryor Interviews Henry Fonda (1963)
Cactus Pryor interviews Henry Fonda at the premiere of “Spencer’s Mountain”
Cactus Pryor Interviews Ann-Margret (1962)
Cactus Pryor interviews Ann-Margret at the premiere of “State Fair” at Austin’s Driskill Hotel
Cactus Pryor Interviews "Dear Heart" Cast and Crew (1964)
Footage of a series of interviews performed by Cactus Pryor with the cast and crew of Dear Heart
Cactus Pryor Compilation Reel
Outtake reel capturing varied scenes of Cactus Pryor’s career
Austin News Clips (c. 1970)
Silent footage of newsclips, primarily Texas politicians and UT football, from the early 1970s
Austin Dinner Honoring Heloise (1963)
Footage of Cactus roasting politicians at dinner honoring housekeeping columnist Heloise
A Man Called Cactus (1980)
KTBC-TV’s 1980 tribute to broadcasting personality Cactus Pryor