Monday, April 22, 2024

RIP Paul Mooney, 79, Great Comedian, Actor, Celebrated Writer of Much of Richard Pryor’s Material

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Paul Mooney has died. The 79 year old comedy legend was known for acting and writing. He was celebrated for writing a lot of Richard Pryor’s material, and for playing Sam Cooke in “The Buddy Holly Story.” He was outspoken, brilliant, and influential.

Mooney was also the head writer on “The Richard Pryor Show” and wrote a few episodes of “Pryor’s Place.” His other notable writing credits include “Sanford and Son,” “In Living Color” and “Chappelle’s Show.”

As an actor, Paul’s best known for playing Sam Cooke in the 1978 film, “The Buddy Holly Story,” and for his role as Junebug in Spike Lee’s “Bamboozled” … along with regular appearances on “Chappelle’s Show.”

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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