Comedian Paul Mooney has died at 79 - CBS News Comedian and actor Paul Mooney, who collaborated with comedic stars including Richard Pryor and Dave Chappelle, has died from a heart attack, his publicist Cassandra Williams confirmed to CBS News on Wednesday. He was 79. Mooney was best known for his work in comedic circles, including his comedy albums and time as head writer on "The Richard Pryor" show. He is also credited as a major writer on many influential Black sitcoms and comedies, including "Good Times," "In Living Color," "Pryor's Place," "Chappelle's Show" and the faux reality television parody the "Real Husbands of Hollywood." In addition to his comedy writing, Mooney also starred in several films, most recently the 2016 film "Meet the Blacks." Mooney also appeared in "The Buddy Holly Story," where he played Sam Cooke, "Bustin' Loose," "Hollywood Shuffle," and "Bamboozled." Also wrote a couple of Episodes of Sandford and Son.