Since 1975 there has only been one kung fu-kicking pimp in film. That’d be Dolemite, the creation, and maybe true expression, of raunchy comedian Rudy Ray Moore. Though Moore died at age 81 in 2008 from diabetes and kidney, the film and character’s influence on pop culture spans genres and generations.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Since 1975, there has been only one kung-fu-kicking pimp in film.
That’d be Dolemite.
Dolemite was the creation, and maybe true expression, of raunchy comedian Rudy Ray Moore. The film, now three decades old, is chief among the canon of blaxploitation.
Though Moore died in 2008 at age 81 from complications of diabetes, the film and character’s influence on pop culture spans genres and generations.
Oh, and a nerdy side note: The French geologist Deodat de Dolomieu, who first identified dolomite’s chemical composition, was also wrongfully jailed. He was sentenced to death at age 18 for killing a fellow soldier in a duel. He was pardoned and decided to spend the remainder of his life pursuing rocks. One of the areas where he worked was a mountain range in northeastern Italy that was later named the “Dolomites” in his honor.
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