You may not know the name Rudy Ray Moore, but he was one of the most versatile entertainers of his time. He was a dancer, a singer, and a comedian throughout the 1950s and ’60s, releasing both music and comedy albums. He went to Hollywood and, when he was 48, used his own money to produce Dolemite — a blaxploitation movie based on one of his stand-up characters. It launched a movie career that lasted until his death in 2008. Now his story is being told in a biopic, with Eddie Murphy — himself a comic, musician, and actor — in the starring role. It’s Murphy’s first movie in three years, and he thinks Moore would be thrilled to know his story’s being told. (Click on the media bar below to hear Eddie Murphy)
Dolemite Is My Name gets a limited theatrical release this Friday, then begins streaming October 25 on Netflix.