Richard Pryor

by ethnic on May 13, 2010


Birth Name: Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor

Date of Birth: December 1, 1940

Place of Birth: Peoria, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Death: December 10, 2005

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California

Ethnicity: African-American

Richard Pryor was an American comedian, actor, writer, filmmaker, social critic, and MC. He was the son of Gertrude L. (Thomas) and LeRoy Pryor, who was also known as Buck Carter. Among his children is comedian and actress Rain Pryor.

Richard’s paternal grandfather was Roy P. Pryor (the son of William Henry Pryor and Mary F.). William was the son of Gilles Pryor and Martha J. Holden.

Richard’s paternal grandmother was Rithie Marie Carter (the daughter of Richard E. Carter and Julia Isabelle Piper). Richard’s great-grandfather Richard Carter was the son of William Carter and Fannie A. Julia was the daughter of Abner Martin Piper and Sarah Maria Smith.

Richard’s maternal grandparents were James Brown (the son of Wiley Brown and Mary Williams) and Mary Louise “Josie” Craig (the daughter of William A. Craig and Nancy). Wiley was the son of James Brown and Neely Ashmore. William was the son of John B. Craig.

Richard was a second cousin, once removed, of musician and actor Ludacris. Richard’s maternal great-grandparents, William A. Craig and Nancy, were also the maternal great-great-grandparents of Ludacris.

Sources: Genealogy of Richard Pryor –

Genealogy of Richard Pryor (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Richard Pryor (focusing on his mother’s side) –

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

andrew January 4, 2017 at 2:49 pm
Midnight August 18, 2011 at 4:52 am

Hey, I heard he was Puerto Rican as well.

Lil Vacha August 18, 2011 at 7:43 am
fuzzybear May 27, 2010 at 4:03 am

I spend a lot of nights sneaking down stairs,to listen to his albums

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