*David Banks, the entertainment veteran most know as Richard Pryor’s comedy writer, passed away on Saturday, February 21 of heart failure at a San Fernando Valley, California hospital. He was 82.
In addition to writing comedy, the multi-talented Banks was a music producer, writer and actor. During his career he also consulted comedians such as Eddie Griffin, Mike Epps, Chris Tucker and many more.
David Banks – a native of Jackson, Mississippi – started working as an executive in the music industry shortly after he graduated from college, working for multiple entertainment companies including Columbia Records and Warner Bros. Records. Banks produced a few of Richard Pryor’s multiple platinum albums, as well as Sly & the Family Stone, Lenny Williams and The Bee Gees. He recently created the title of Richard Pryor’s Showtime documentary “Omit the Logic.”
His greatest love was for his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary talent.
A public memorial service will be announced shortly.
Check out David Banks at the Richard Pryor roast in 1977: