Wednesday, February 08, 2012
"I musta snorted up Peru..."
Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor was born in Peoria, Illinois in 1940. After a childhood growing up in his grandmother's brothel and rough early adult life, Richard began his stand-up career in mafia clubs in Youngstown, Ohio before transitioning to New York. Pryor's early comedy records, though frequently racially charged in content, began to garner him a mainstream audience. He wrote for several 70's sitcoms, was an early guest on Saturday Night Live, and began regularly appearing in films in both comedic and dramatic roles. Richard passed away in 2005 of a heart attack after surviving for 20 years with multiple sclerosis.