Rudy Ray Moore, known for his role as Dolemite in the 1975 film of the same name, has been hospitalized in Inglewood, California for a serious undisclosed illness.
According to a Moore spokesperson, the 80-year-old actor/comedian is in good spirits and is requesting the prayers of his fans from across the globe.
As Moore recovers from the Intensive Care Unit, Moore is reflecting on his career and in spirit of his alter ego, Dolemite, is proclaiming his crown as the real King Of Comedy, despite the term being used by Steve Harvey, Cedric The Entertainer, Bernie Mac and D.L. Hughley.
“Steve Harvey and others have used the title ‘The Kings of Comedy,’ but I am the true king,” exclaims Moore from his hospital bed. “They never paid me any respect, they youngsters you know. But that’s ok, because I’m still standing! It was Red Fox and then I and Slappy White.”
Although he is restricted to a bed due to the unreported illness, Moore is still anxious to get back to work and hit the road, according to long time friend and manager Foster Corder.
“Rudy is still funny, even at 80 in intensive care,” said Corder. “All he can talk about is getting back on the road. We discussed a tribute that he wants all his rapper fans and other celebrity friends to take part in. In the meantime, however, let’s pray for the king and his good health.”
Rudy Ray Moore is a living legend to the black community, and his resume boasts comedian, singer, film actor, and film producer. He is best known as Dolemite, the uniquely articulate character from the 1975 film “Dolemite,” and its sequel, “The Human Tornado.” The persona was developed during his earlier stand-up comedy records.
Moore has released a number of comedy records throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s, developing a style many say is even more rude and explicit than the likes like Redd Foxx.
Corder urges anyone interested in the Dolemite tribute to contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.