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Rudy Ray Moore's legacy was personal for Eddie Murphy and others with 'Dolemite Is My Name'

Rudy Ray Moore and his singular brand of comedy captured Eddie Murphy's imagination from a young age. It started when Murphy's brother, Charlie, came home raving about the wild new "Dolemite" film he'd seen.

"The first thing I remember is my brother Charlie coming home from the movies and saying, 'You have to go see this thing I just saw,'" Murphy remembered, chuckling softly to himself. He was seated beside director Craig Brewer at the Toronto Film Festival where "Dolemite Is My Name," their spirited Netflix biopic of the cult comedian and filmmaker, made its world premiere in September.

The "thing" Charlie Murphy was raving about was Moore's 1976 action comedy "The Human Tornado," a sequel to the 1975 hit "Dolemite" in which the entertainer reprised the popular over-the-top, kung fu fighting hustler persona that would define his career.

"I went to see it and I saw why he was so excited," Eddie Murphy added. "It was very funny, especially when you're 14, 15 years old and you see 'Human Tornado' for the first time. That was the first one, and then I was a fan - all the way up until now."

As Murphy launched his own successful career as a stand-up and

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