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Moore, Rudy Ray (1937–)

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MOORE, RUDY RAY (1937–). Comedian, producer, singer, actor. Moore began his singing and comedy career while in the U. S. Army and later moved to Los Angeles to test his singing chops. He wrote and recorded a number of R&B songs released on Norton Records, but did not have the money to get them played. While working in a local record store, he was inspired by a tale being told by the neighborhood wino about a bad rascal named Dolemite. Moore incorporated this raunchy character into his comedy material and the story immediately took off. He spent his own money to make his first X rated party record Dolemite for President , which despite industry skepticism became a huge hit. His follow up recordings include Eat Out More Often and I Can’t Believe I Ate the Whole Thing . The story of Dolemite was a prime candidate to join the blaxploitation film boom of the 1970s, with Moore in the title role, delivering his lines in rhythm and rhyme. The film Dolemite , 1974, was both loved and criticized for its campy content and poor production values and is now a cult classic. It is packed with comedy, nudity, wild music, evil white folks, and beautiful women either dancing or performing butt kicking karate moves. It spawned the sequel Dolemite II: The Human Tornado , 1976. Moore’s other films include Petey Wheatstraw, The Devil’s Son in Law , 1977, and The Avenging Disco Godfather , 1977. He is often credited with being first to use explicit four letter words in his comedy material, which influenced the work of Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy. Now recognized as the Godfather of Rap for the way he delivered his material in rhymes, rap and hip-hop artists, such as 2 Live Crew and NWA, have used samples from Moore’s albums. He has also worked in the studio with Big Daddy Kane. He continues to sing his R&B songs and perform his x rated comedy routines on stage, often at cult movie film conventions around the world. Still acting and on the move, Moore also played a bounty hunter named Dangerous Dan in the science fiction flick, It Came From Trafalo . He is also working on the final edit on his new film The Dolemite Explosion , formerly known as Return of Dolemite , and plans to release, Let Me Sing To You , his new singing album by 2005.

Filmography: Dolemite , 1974; Dolemite II , 1976; Petey Wheatstraw, The Devil’s Son in Law , 1977; The Avenging Disco Godfather , 1977.

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