Rudy Ray Moore was an American actor, singer, comedian and producer, known for creating the popular comic character Dolemite. Born and raised in a poor African-American family in Arkansas, he began working at a very early age, developing an interest in singing and rapping. He sang in a few churches in his hometown and at the age of 15, he moved to Cleveland, Ohio, and began his singing and stand-up comedy career. He was later enlisted into the U.S. Army in the entertainment unit and was stationed abroad for 34 months. He moved to the U.S. and after living briefly in Seattle, he moved to Los Angeles, and started his career in stand-up comedy, adopting the stage persona of a profanity spewing pimp named ‘Dolemite’, which became immensely success. He eventually became known as the Godfather of rapping, owing to the inclusion of rhymes and beats in his stand-up routines. His stand-up specials, such as ‘Below the Belt’ and ‘A Comedian is Born’ became a rage among the Black American population. He also released music albums, which mostly reached only the black population. He also ventured into films, with some successful films such as ‘Dolemite’, ‘The Monkey Hustle’ and ‘Disco Godfather’.