Richard Pryor

  • He was born in Peoria, Illinois in 1940
  • Grew up in a brothel
  • Mom was a prostitute named Gertrude
  • Dad was a pimp named Buck
  • Was kicked out of the army for assault on another soldier
  • He started out as a singer
  • He once tried to rob the mafia with a fake gun
  • His early comedy was G rated
  • Attacked a director and tried to kill a producer
  • Set himself on fire trying to freebase cocaine
  • He once hosted a children’s show
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