R.I.P. Dolemite

Cleveland, my home town, is mourning the passing of ex-Clevelander Rudy Ray Moore. He played Dolemite in the 1975 blaxploitation film of the same name and its sequels, The Human Tornado in 1976, The Dolemite Explosion and the 1994 documentary The Legend of Dolemite.


In his New York Times film review, John Leland said: Dolemite remains the ‘Citizen Kane’ of kung fu pimping movies. That’s high praise, indeed! If you have a free moment and are in need of some spiritual uplift, read this obit. It’ll restore your faith.

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Speaking of pimps: I never get sick of watching Napoleon Dynamite when it plays on Comedy Central. Is that something I should be ashamed of?

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The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Boston Red Sox and will play in the World Series. What a shame. A dull team representing a dull city. Tampa Bay: God’s waiting room.

5 thoughts on “R.I.P. Dolemite

  1. Oh, man, we used to listen to Rudy Ray Moore albums when I was 17, 18 years old (back when albums came in big cardboard sleeves, delivered to places called “record stores” by steam locomotive). We thought Redd Foxx was as outrageous as comedy could get until we heard Moore. He makes Chris Rock sound like Bill Cosby.Testify!

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