Born Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor in Peoria, IL on Dec. 1, 1940, he was the only son of Leroy and Gertrude Pryor. His parents, along with his grandmother Marie, operated several bars and brothels in Peoria, an area long known as a popular stop on the vaudeville circuit of the mid-century. Pryor's childhood was one of Dickensian hardship, up...
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