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Bernie Mac

Bernie Mac has come along way from the small comedy clubs of Chicago to become the star of his self-titled successful TV series and numerous motion pictures.

Mac recently starred in the comedy Mr. 3000 opposite Angela Bassett for director Charles Stone as well as Ocean's 12, the popular sequel to Steven Soderbergh's hit remake of Ocean's 11. His other recent film credits include Head of State with Chris Rock, Charlie's Angels 2: Full Throttle with Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu, Bad Santa with Billy Bob Thornton and Ocean's 11.

Mac currently stars in the Fox family comedy, The Bernie Mac Show, now in its fourth season. Time magazine, Entertainment Weekly and TV Guide have all hailed the sitcom as one of the Top Ten shows on television.

The Bernie Mac Show received Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series in 2002 and 2003. The show won for outstanding writing in 2002 and also received a Peabody Award and two Television Critics Association Awards for Best Comedy Series and Best Comedy Performance. In addition, the show was honored in 2003 for 2003 Best Comedy Series and Best Actor Awards by the NAACP Image Awards. Mac also received back-to-back Golden Globe nomination the past two years for Best Actor in a Comedy Series.

Born and raised in Chicago, Mac made his television debut on the landmark HBO comedy series, Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam, which led to his feature film debut in the Damon Wayans feature Mo' Money. Other film credits include the Eddie Murphy/Martin Lawrence comedy Life, House Party 3, How to be a Player, What's the Worst That Could Happen and Spike Lee's 2000 concert film The Original Kings of Comedy, which has grossed nearly $40 million. The film emanated from the Kings of Comedy comedy tour of which Mac was a founding member.

Never one to focus on any one medium, Mac wrote his first book, I Ain't Scared of You, which was published in 2001 by MTV/Pocket Books. In it, he rips through such topics as sex, religion, hygiene, celebrity and more without missing a beat. Last year his second book, Maybe You Never Cry Again (Regan Books/Harper Collins), was released. In the more traditional autobiography, Maybe You Never Cry Again, Mac expounds on growing up in Chicago and the hardships and obstacles in his path to the top.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.
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Bernie Mac Facts

Birth NameBernard Jeffrey McCullough
OccupationActor, Comedian
BirthdayOctober 5, 1958
BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA
Date of deathAugust 9, 2008 (Chicago, Illinois, USA, age 49)
Height6' 2½" (1m89)  How tall is Bernie Mac compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Ocean's Thirteen
Ocean's Eleven
The Player's Club
Ocean's Twelve
I Ain't Scared of You: A Tribute to Bernie Mac
The Original Kings of Comedy
Above the Rim
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