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Dolemite Star Moore Dead

20 October 2008 6:28 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Cult movie star Rudy Ray Moore has died due to complications from diabetes.

Born in Arkansas in 1937, Moore began his career as a singer and comedian but really made his mark as an icon of the blaxploitation movie genre.

He starred as fast-talking hustler Dolemite in director D'Urville Martin's 1975 classic, and the character went on to inspire hip-hop stars like Snoop Dogg and Big Daddy Kane.

Moore embraced hip-hop culture and even collaborated with artists like Snoop Dogg and 2 Live Crew. He became known as the Godfather of Rap.

He released more than 30 controversial comedy albums and appeared in 18 movies. He recently completed his final film, It Came From Trafalgar. »

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