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Bernie Mac

Bernie Mac
Bernie Mac on the set of Soul Men in 2008 in Memphis, Tennessee
Personal information
NameBernie Mac
Birth nameBernard Jeffrey McCullough
Birth dateOctober 5, 1957
Birth placeChicago, Illinois, U.S.
Death dateAugust 9, 2008(age 50)
Death placeChicago, Illinois, U.S.
MediumStand-up, film, television
Years active1977 2008
GenresObservational comedy, Satire, Black comedy, Insult comedy
SubjectEveryday life, marriage, parenting, family, race relations, racism
InfluencesNipsey Russell, Redd Foxx
Spouse-Rhonda McCullough-1977-2008(1 child)
Notable works and rolesPastor Clever in Friday
The Original Kings of Comedy
Frank Catton in Ocean's Eleven
Stan Ross in Mr. 3000
Bernie McCullough on The Bernie Mac Show
Floyd Henderson in Soul Men

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Bernard Jeffrey McCullough (October 5, 1957 - August 9, 2008), better known by his stage name, Bernie Mac, was an American actor and comedian. Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Mac gained popularity as a stand-up comedian. He joined comedians Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, and D. L. Hughley as The Original Kings of Comedy.

After briefly hosting the HBO show Midnight Mac, Mac appeared in several films in smaller roles. His most noted film role was as Frank Catton in the remake Ocean's Eleven and the titular character of Mr. 3000. He was the star of The Bernie Mac Show, which ran from 2001 through 2006, earning him two Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. His other films included starring roles in Booty Call, Friday, The Players Club, Head of State, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Bad Santa, Guess Who, Pride, Soul Men, Transformers and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.

Mac suffered from sarcoidosis, an inflammatory lung disease that produces tiny lumps of cells in the solid organs, but had said the condition was in remission in 2005. His death on August 9, 2008 was caused by complications from pneumonia.

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