Legendary comedian Richard Pryor would have been 72 years old today, and to celebrate his legacy we've rounded up 25 of our favorite reasons to love him.

He's influenced everyone from Eddie Murphy to Louis CK, and the worlds of stand-up, film and TV have all been changed by his incredible career -- so today we're taking the opportunity to look back at some of his greatest moments.

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  • He Hung Out With Eddie Murphy, Sidney Poitier & Bill Cosby

    Via <a href="http://awesomepeoplehangingouttogether.tumblr.com/post/36071158114/eddie-murphy-sidney-poitier-bill-cosby-and">Awesome People Hanging Out Together</a>

  • He Was Into Vampires Way Before You Were

    Via <a href="http://imgur.com/CIfYD">Reddit</a>

  • The Richard Pryor Show

    It only ran for four episodes, but the cast included Robin Williams, Sandra Bernhard and Paul Mooney.

  • He Predicted The First Black President Back In 1977

  • This Photo With Lily Tomlin

    Via <a href="http://www.flavorwire.com/346721/awesome-photos-of-comedians-hanging-out-together?all=1">Flavorpill</a>

  • His Take On Racism

    Via <a href="http://funny-comedy-quotes.tumblr.com/">Funny Comedy Quotes</a>

  • He Won Five "Best Comedy Recording" Grammys

    For "That N*gger's Crazy" (1974), "Is It Something I Said?" (1975), "Bicentennial N*gger" (1976), "Rev Du Rite" (1981) and "Live On the Sunset Strip" (1982).

  • His Stance On The N-Word

  • He Co-Wrote Blazing Saddles

    Pryor was originally supposed to play the role of Bart, but because of his controversial stand-up and his background, Mel Brooks couldn't secure financing for the project with him as a lead. Via <a href="http://drafthouse.com/movies/ocff_blazing_saddles_quote-along_rolling_roadshow/austin">Drafthouse</a>

  • He Made Four Movies With Gene Wilder

    Photo via <a href="http://wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net/80450F/1057thehawk.com/files/2011/11/2641656.jpg">Reddit</a>

  • He Was Chosen As Comedy Central's #1 In Their 100 Greatest Standups Of All Time List

    You can see the rest of the list <a href="http://www.ranker.com/list/comedy-central_s-100-greatest-standups-of-all-time/celebrity-insider">here</a>.

  • This Moment From His Own Roast

  • His 'Tude

    Via <a href="http://funny-comedy-quotes.tumblr.com/">Funny Comedy Quotes</a>

  • He Was The First-Ever Recipient Of The Mark Twain Prize For Comedy

    Recipients since have included Steve Martin, Tina Fey and Bill Cosby. Photo via <a href="http://www.trbimg.com/img-5023f277/turbine/la-et-mg-celebrity-meltdowns-pictures-006/600">LA Times</a>

  • This Photo

    Via <a href="http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/richard%20pryor?before=1353527900">Tumblr</a>

  • He Gave His Part In 'Hanky Panky' To Gilda Radner

    Via <a href="http://www.whosdatedwho.com/tpx_5835/richard-pryor/trivia">Who's Dated Who</a>

  • HIs 'Sesame Street' Alphabet Lesson

  • The Wiz

  • His 1978 Interview With Steve Martin

  • He Wrote For 'Sanford & Son' And 'The Flip Wilson Show'

  • The 'Word Association' Sketch With Chevy Chase

  • He Inspired This Fan-Made Birthday Cake

    You know he would've thought the fire was funny. Via <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/Baking/comments/inif8/friend_i_want_a_birthday_cake_of_richard_pryor_on/">Reddit</a>

  • His Friendship With Eddie Murphy

    Via <a href="http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/richard%20pryor?before=1353856651">Tumblr</a>

  • He Drew Comedy From His Personal Demons

  • His Short-Lived CBS Kids' Show 'Pryor's Place'

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