Rudy moreno, godfather of comedy, dead at 66
Courtesy Rudy Moreno

Latino artist Rudy Moreno, a stalwart figure in the world of comedy, particularly known for his profound influence on American comedy, has passed away at the age of 66. This news comes after a series of health struggles that included a recent hospitalization. His career, which spanned decades, left a significant imprint on the entertainment industry.

Throughout his life, Moreno was revered not just for his comedic genius but also for his relentless support of emerging talents in the comedy scene.

Often referred to as the "Godfather of Latino Comedy," he was instrumental in the careers of many now-famous comedians. His work transcended the stage, impacting television where he graced numerous shows, and his mentorship extended backstage, where he nurtured future stars.

Who was Rudy Moreno?

Born in Born July 24, 1957, in the area of Greater Los Angeles, Rudy Moreno's television appearances were numerous and varied, showcasing his versatile acting skills across popular shows like "Everybody Loves Raymond," "ER," and "George Lopez," to name a few.

His last movie was "Father Stu." in 2022, with Mark Wahlberg. He was still working before he got sick. On his Instagram page, he had several shows slated for this year. His last appearance was in the Stand Up club in Bellflower, California.

Also in 2022, he had his own show on Prime Video called "Rudy Moreno, Rude." His unique humor and approach not only entertained but resonated deeply with audiences, making him a beloved figure on and off the screen.

The comedy world is in mourning

His passing was a significant loss to the comedy world, felt deeply by colleagues and fans alike. Ken Jeong, an actor and fellow comedian, expressed his grief and gratitude on social media, highlighting how Moreno's encouragement and support were pivotal in his own career. Jeong's tribute underscores Moreno's broad influence and the personal connections he fostered within the industry.

"My heart is truly broken. Rudy Moreno, the Godfather of Latino Comedy, was the first person to book me at the Ice House. In fact, the first time my wife ever saw me do standup was at the Ice House on Rudy's show. All this ultimately led to me doing my Netflix special at the Ice House, thanks to Rudy Moreno constantly supporting me and letting me get stage time on all of his shows," Jeong wrote.

Moreno's legacy is also marked by his involvement in charitable efforts, particularly within his local community, where he used his platform to support various causes, reflecting his deep commitment to giving back.

Survived by his wife Arlene, his children, and grandchildren, Rudy Moreno leaves behind a legacy of laughter, generosity, and an indelible impact on the world of comedy and beyond​

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