Tuesday, October 21, 2008
RIP Dolemite's Rudy Ray Moore
Rudy Ray Moore ffoto (c) Robert Barry Francos
For those who don't know, Rudy Ray Moore was an important figure in the Blaxploitation films with his incredible trio of films in the '70s where he played uber-pimp, Dolemite. He talked in rhyme, was a complete bad-ass, and champion of heart-of-gold-and-iron pimps everywhere. The these films were Dolemite, The Human Tornado, and Disco Godfather. He died of complications from diabetes.
MadTV did a series of hysterical spoofs of Dolemite (and his pimp cane), portrayed by Ayries Spears.
The one time I met in about 10 years ago, he was very nice and giving, and a pleasure to talk to.
The Human Tornado: