Rudy Ray Moore
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Rudy Ray Moore (March 17, 1927 - October 19, 2008) was an American comedian, musician, singer, film actor, and film producer. He is best known as Dolemite, the uniquely articulate pimp from the 1975 film, and its sequel, The Human Tornado. The persona was developed during his earlier stand-up comedy records.
Rudy Ray released many comedy records throughout the 1960s and 1970s, developing a style even more rude and explicit than contemporaries like Redd Foxx and Richard Pryor. This kept him off of television and major films, but cultivated an enduring fan base.
He was featured on Big Daddy Kane's CD Taste of Chocolate, released in 1990. Moore starred in Big Money Hustlas, a movie created by and starring the Insane Clown Posse, in which he played Dolemite for the first time in over 20 years.
In 2008 Rudy Ray Moore reprised the character Petey Wheatstraw for the song "I Live for the Funk" Featuring Blowfly and Daniel Jordan. This marked the first time Blowfly and Rudy have collaborated on the same record together, and the 30 year anniversary since the movie was filmed.
Moore began his entertainment career as an R&B singer and continued singing through his comedy career. He developed an interest in comedy in the Army after expanding on a singing performance for other servicemen.
On October 19, 2008 Rudy Ray Moore died. His spirit will live on forever through his great comedy albums and films.
In 2019, Eddie Murphy will star in a Netflix film based on Rudy Ray Moore's life called Dolemite Is My Name.
Below the Belt (1959) • Beatnik Scene (1962) • Comedian is Born (1964) • Let's Come Together (1970, recorded 1967) • Eat Out More Often (1970) • This Pussy Belongs To Me • Merry Christmas, Baby • Cockpit • Return of Dolemite • Sensuous Black Man • Dolemite for President • Zodiac • I Can't Believe I Ate the Whole Thing • Jokes by Redd Foxx • Live in Concert • The Player - The Hustler • House Party: Dirty Dozens Vol.1 • The Streaker • Dolemite Is Another Crazy Nigger • Sweet Peeter Jeeter • Turning Point • Close Encounter of the Sex Kind • Good Ole Big Ones • Hip Shakin' Papa • Greatest Hits • This Ain't No White Christmas • Raw, Rude, and Real • 21st Century Dolemite • Hully Gully Fever • Genius of Rudy Ray Moore