Rudy was a big fan of integrating his own life experiences with cinematic art, something he was innately able to accomplish as an expression of self.
Indeed, he was talented in a number of arenas, having a natural affinity for other careers which could have allowed him to assume those mantles, should he have wanted to do so. Rudy did work as a dancer, and gardener, for example, but he surely would have also been an excellent auto mechanic, photographer, or movie director. The roads not taken!
All of his personal interests and abilities were brought to bear on his work in front of the camera, and I propose Rudy used these bits and pieces of his personal reality to help create the color and vibrancy his screen roles encapsulated. As celebrated as his public persona became, there was always a sense that deep down inside he was an “every-man,” therefore infinitely relatable. Rudy showed us his heart, in a way that no other actor, before or since, has ever done. ~ Wayne Hatford