Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor (December 1, 1940 – December 10, 2005) was an American stand-up comedian, actor, social critic, writer and MC. Pryor was known for uncompromising examinations of racism and topical contemporary issues, which employed colorful, vulgar and profane language, as well as racial epithets. He reached a broad audience with his trenchant observations and storytelling style. He is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential stand-up comedians of his era.Richard Pryor in Wikipedia
In the Richard Pryor series by Bernard Knight, Richard Pryor was born around 1910 in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, Richard Pryor is a pathologist who served in the Royal Army Corps during World War II, chiefly in Egypt and Ceylon, ending up at the British Military Hospital in Singapore as a major. He has spent the years since as a civilian pathologist at the General Hospital, which included the position of Professor of Forensic Medicine at the University of Singapore. Some of those years were spent in an unhappy marriage to a faithless wife wife that has ended in divorce. Offered a "golden handshake" to leave his position, Pryor has removed to the Wye Valley in Wales to Garth House, left to him by his Aunt Gladys. He has entered into a partnership with forensic pathologist Angela Bray to offer various forensic services, and take on an related jobs that will enable them to make a go of it. They have converted the lower part of the house into laboratories and offices and the upper part into separate living areas for both of them, although they are not romantically involved. Pryor has also gotten a job delivering a series of lectures at Bristol University. His old friend from his school days in Cardiff, Brian Meredith, become a general practitioner and coroner in Cardiff, and is an invaluable contact in finding jobs for the new firm. Pryor reminds Angela Bray of Stewart Granger or Michael Rennie, especially given his preference for wearing belted safari suits with button pockets. She dragoons him into buying a conventional suit for formal occasions.