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Born on November 11, 1937 in Brooklyn, New York, Rudolph "Rudy" A. LaRusso was a Jewish-American sports figure and member of the National Basketball Association All-Star. A graduate of James Madison High School, he attended Dartmouth College under a basketball scholarship and was later accepted by the Minneapolis Lakers in the second round of the 1959 NBA Draft out of Dartmouth College, playing eight years with them and two for the San Francisco Warriors. He was a five time All-Star. He also dabbled briefly in acting with a small cameo role on "Gilligan's Island," later becoming a sports commentator, joining ESPN in the 1990s. He passed away from Parkinson's disease on July 9, 2004, later getting inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.

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