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Rudy Ray Moore aka 'Dolemite' Dies


Actor Rudy Ray Moore, creator and star of the classic Dolemite films, poses in Las Vegas, Nev., back in 2005. Ethan Miller, Getty Images hide caption

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The Website EURWeb is reporting that Rudy Ray Moore, the actor/comedian best known as Dolemite, has died.

Moore, who won fame after his role as a rhyming, kung fu pimp in the 1975 film, Dolemite, died in Akron, Ohio, at the age of 81.

Rudy Ray Moore was also known as the "king of the party records" and 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.



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