If you’re of age to remember the blaxploitation films of the ’70s, or was fortunately exposed to them later in life, then you’re familiar with one of the era’s biggest action heros—Rudy Ray Moore, aka “Dolemite.”
Now, a new documentary about the actor’s life reveals some shocking details, including mysteries behind his sexuality. Check out this excerpt from Carlton Jordan’s exclusive interview with Moore’s longtime manager Donald Randall:
“He was never married and had no kids. I heard rumors over the years that Rudy was gay but I never saw any evidence of it. I have heard stories and have found now that the accusations were correct. I have footage of interviews with people outing him and if you listen to his comedy he does make reference to it. He also signed two drag queens to his label and had gay male actors in his movies. There were only three men around Rudy who weren’t gay. But I never knew this until his co-star and friend Jimmy Lynch told me. Then I believed it. Rudy did a very good job of covering it up.
Rudy did have some girlfriends according to his friend Ben Taylor. But he also had male lovers. The documentary will cover that.”