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Richard Pryor Born: 12/01/1940
Birth Place: Peoria, Illinois, USA
Death Place: Encino, California, USA
Died: 12/10/2005

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, updated to an urban America of the 20th Century. His father, who beat his mother frequently in front of him but paid little attention to his son, left them while Pryor was a small boy. He was sexually abused at age six, abandoned by his mother and raised by his ill-tempered grandmother by age 10, and expelled from school by the age of 14. After a ser...

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