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Rudy Ray Moore
Born March 17, 1927(1927-03-17)
Fort Smith, Arkansas, U.S.
Died October 19, 2008 (aged 81)
Akron, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Actor, Comedian, Singer, Comic, Film producer
Years active 1950s - 2008

Rudy Ray Moore (March 17, 1927 – October 19, 2008) was an American comedian, musician, singer, film actor, and film producer. He was perhaps best known as Dolemite, the uniquely articulate pimp from the 1975 film Dolemite, and its sequel, The Human Tornado. The persona was developed during his earlier stand-up comedy records.[1]



Moore, who was raised in his birthplace of Fort Smith, Arkansas, as well as Cleveland, Ohio, 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. Moore released many comedy records throughout the 1960s and 1970s, developing a rude and explicit style similar to Redd Foxx and Richard Pryor. This kept him off of television and major films, but cultivated an enduring fan base.[1]

It should be noted that some of Moore's X-Rated comedy records were recorded at his home with personal friends in attendance, as the audience. This is where the term "party records" comes from, with Rudy Ray Moore creating the format.

He appeared on Big Daddy Kane's 1990 album Taste of Chocolate and 2 Live Crew's 1994 album Back at Your Ass for the Nine-4. He also reprises his Dolemite character in an appearance on Snoop Dogg's 1999 album No Limit Top Dogg.

In 2000, 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, 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 of the movie Petey Wheatstraw, and was also the final recording Rudy made before his death. [2 ]

On October 19, 2008, Moore died of complications from diabetes.[3]


  • 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
  • Dolemite for President (1972)
  • Merry Christmas, Baby
  • Cockpit
  • Return of Dolemite
  • Sensuous Black Man
  • 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
  • "Dolemite For President - Special Edition (2008)"
  • "50 Years Of Cussing (2009)"



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