Comedian Paul Mooney Has Died at 79 Comedian Paul Mooney, former writer for comic Richard Pryor has died at the age of 79. According to his cousin he suffered a heart attack in his home. He was born in Shreveport, Louisiana as Paul Gladney. He wrote for many iconic shows like SNL, Sanford & Son, Good Times, Living Color and Chappelle Show to name a few. What is your favorite Paul Mooney sketch or joke?