Rudy Ray Moore

Rudy Ray Moore

Highest Rated: 83% Disco Godfather (1979)

Lowest Rated: 16% B.A.P.S. (1997)

Birthday: Mar 17, 1927

Birthplace: Not Available

Born March 17, 1937, in Fort Smith, AR, blaxploitation legend Rudy Ray Moore began his life as an entertainer after moving to Cleveland, OH, at the age of 15. Forging a music career under the stage name of "Prince Dumarr," Moore belted out gutbucket rhythm & blues while wearing a trademark turban, recording several singles and touring through various Midwestern cities. By 1959, he had moved to Los Angeles, dropped the pseudonym, and was focusing on a standup act. A trio of comedy albums released in the early '60s on Dooto Records didn't hit for him, so Moore worked part-time in a record store, where a local wino named Rico would often visit to beg for change. The panhandler recited bawdy "toasts" in exchange for food money, tall tales set to rhyme that have figured in African-American culture for years. One of these stories was "Dolemite," the tale of a mythical black superman who fights lions and can kill women with the power of his lovemaking. Moore began incorporating "Dolemite" and other toasts into his act, as well as expanding on the suggestive humor of Redd Foxx with explicit profanity and crude jokes about life on the ghetto streets. He self-financed the release of an album in this new style, and Eat Out More Often was a surprise hit in 1970, spending time on the Billboard soul charts despite the fact that record stores had to keep the album behind the counter. Moore followed with a number of X-rated comedy platters, all recorded in his own home with friends as the audience (which led them to be dubbed "party records"). By 1975, Moore decided to branch out into motion pictures, and again staked his own money to produce a film version of his most famous routine. Dolemite was a low-budget action-adventure-comedy shot in and around Moore's Los Angeles home. With Moore as the titular pimp-hero (wearing a dazzling array of funky outfits), a harem of kung fu-fighting prostitutes, corrupt white politicians, and plenty of excuses for Moore to perform snippets of his nightclub act, the film was an outlandish, ridiculous vehicle for the comedian that successfully brought his vision to the screen. It was popular enough to warrant a sequel, The Human Tornado (1976), as well as an adaptation of another of Moore's standup routines, The Devil's Son-In-Law (1977). After releasing the concert film Rudy Ray Moore: Rude in 1982, the comedian's movie appearances dried up, though he continued to make personal appearances and sporadic recordings. Many rappers have named Moore as a major influence and samples from his records and films have turned up on releases by artists like Dr. Dre, Big Chief, and 2 Live Crew. While the rhythmic, profane delivery on his comedy albums accounts for his reputation in the hip-hop world, it can be argued that his films are responsible for keeping his legend alive today. Many of Moore's films are widely available in mainstream video outlets, while his X-rated records are often difficult to find.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet Lil' Pimp Actor 2005
No Score Yet It Came from Trafalgar Actor 2005
No Score Yet Vampire Assassins Actor 2005
No Score Yet Rudy Ray Moore: Live at Wetlands Actor Director 2001
No Score Yet The Legend of Dolemite: Bigger and Badder Actor 2001
No Score Yet Hip Hop 2000 Actor 2000
No Score Yet Insane Clown Posse: Big Money Hustla$ - The Movie Dolemite 2000
No Score Yet Jackie's Back Actor 1999
No Score Yet Shaolin Dolemite: The Movie Monk Ru-Dee 1999
16% B.A.P.S. Nate 1997
No Score Yet Fakin' Da Funk Actor 1997
No Score Yet The Legend of Dolemite Screenwriter Producer Actor 1994
80% Human Tornado Dolemite 1984
83% Disco Godfather Director Tucker Williams Producer 1979
No Score Yet Petey Wheatstraw Petey Wheatstraw 1978
No Score Yet Devil's Son-In-Law Actor 1977
No Score Yet The Monkey Hustle Goldie 1976
64% Dolemite Screenwriter Dolemite Producer 1975

TV

Credit
No Score Yet Martin
1992-1997
1995

QUOTES FROM Rudy Ray Moore CHARACTERS

Dolemite says: I'm gonna let 'em know that Dolemite is back on the scene! I'm gonna let 'em know that Dolemite is my name, and fuckin' up motherfuckers is my game!

Dolemite says: Bitch, are you for real!?

Dolemite says: He thinks he bad an' ain't got no class, i'm gonna wrap this shotgun up his motherfuckin' ass

Dolemite says: He thinks he bad an' ain't got no class, I'm gonna wrap this shotgun up his motherfuckin' ass.