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Bernie Mac was an American comedian, actor and voiceover artist, famous for his television show ‘The Bernie Mac Show’

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BirthdayOctober 5, 1957
Died onAugust 9, 2008
NationalityAmerican
FamousAfrican American Actors, Black Comedians, Film & Theater Personalities, Actors, Comedians
City/StateIllinois
SpousesRhonda McCullough (m. 1977–2008)
Birth PlaceChicago, Illinois, United States
GenderMale
Sun SignLibra
Born inChicago, Illinois, United States
Famous asActor, Comedian
Died at Age50

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Who is Bernie Mac?

Bernie Mac was an American stand-up comedian, actor and voice artist best known for his television show ‘The Bernie Mac Show’. He lost his mother at a young age, as a result of which Bernie Mac faced several problems and had to take up several odd jobs to make ends meet. He soon realized that it is humour that keeps a person going in a treacherous journey called life. Thus, he decided to focus his attention to stand-up comedy and do his best to entertain people. Although Bernie Mac loved the idea of being a comedian since the age of eight, he decided to pursue his passion as a career only at a later stage of his life. His performance in the television series ‘The Bernie Mac Show’ earned him quite a few awards. He has acted in more than a dozen films, including ‘Ocean’s Eleven’, ‘Ocean’s Twelve’ and ‘Ocean’s Thirteen’, where he was seen along with Hollywood stalwarts like Brad Pitt and George Clooney. Bernie Mac passed away when he was 50 and is fondly remembered as one of the best comedians of recent times.

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Childhood & Early Life

Bernie Mac was born Bernard Jeffrey McCullough in Chicago, Illinois on October 5, 1957. His mother’s name was Mary and his father’s name is not known.

He pursued his education from the ‘Chicago Vocational Career Academy’ and later shifted base to Florida and continued his studies at the ‘Jesuit High School’, in Tampa.

His first formal tryst with stand-up comedy was at the tender age of eight, at a church congregation. He imitated his grandparents at the event and left the crowd in splits.

His mother, father, brother and grandmother passed away when he was quite young. Bernie Mac took up several odd jobs to make ends meet.

He found his true calling in stand-up comedy and decided to become a comedian for a living. He was greatly influenced by the legendary trio of The Three stooges and other comedians, such as Richard Pryor and Redd Foxx. Initially, he cracked jokes at subways and parks in exchange for money, but soon became associated with the famous ‘Regal Theatre’ in Chicago.

Career

Bernie Mac’s life changed completely after he participated in the ‘Miller Lite Comedy Search’ contest and won it. He gained a lot of popularity after doing a famous stand-up comedy act on ‘Def Comedy Jam’, a television series produced by the channel ‘HBO’.

He later appeared in stand-up comedy shows that featured comedians like Dionne Warwick, Redd Foxx and Natalie Cole.

After a couple of blink-and-miss roles in movies like ‘Mo’ Money’ and ‘Who’s The Man?’, Bernie Mac was offered the character of Uncle Vester in the comedy flick ‘House Party 3’, which released in 1994. He was also seen in the movie ‘Above The Rim’ in the same year.

1995 saw the release of his two other flicks, namely ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Friday’. While ‘Friday’, a comic flick, was a success, ‘The Walking Dead’ failed miserably.

During the period 1996-99, Bernie Mac appeared in various films, such as ‘How To Be A Player’, ‘Booty Call’, ‘B*A*P*S’ and ‘The Players Club’. His most noteworthy performance during this period was his portrayal of Bundini Brown in the flick ‘Don King: Only In America’.

In 2001, Bernie Mac was seen in the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Ocean’s Eleven’, where he shared the screen with stalwarts like Brad Pitt and George Clooney.

In 2003, he was seen in three big budget movies, namely ‘Head of State’, ‘Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle’ and ‘Bad Santa’. All the three movies were commercially successful ventures.

In 2004, he was seen in two important films, namely ‘Mr. 3000’ and ‘Ocean’s Twelve’ – the sequel to the 2001 film.

Bernie Mac reprised his role of Frank Catton in the third instalment of the Ocean’s franchise titled ‘Ocean’s Thirteen’, which released in 2007.

He played the characters Zuba and Floyd Henderson in the movird ‘Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa’ and ‘Soul Men’ respectively. Both these movies were released in 2008.

The last film of his illustrious career was ‘Old Dogs’, in which he had essayed the character Jimmy Lunchbox. The ensemble of this 2009 film included several renowned names like John Travolta, Robin Williams and Kelly Preston. He also played a cameo in the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Transformers’ which released the same year.

Major Works

Bernie Mac is best known for his sitcom called ‘The Bernie Mac Show’. The episodes of the television show were mostly hilarious takes on the events which took place in his life. The show was a big hit with the American television viewers and catapulted Bernie Mac to the league of best comedians in the nation. The show ran for five years, from 2001 to 2006

Awards & Achievements:

In 2002-03, Bernie Mac was nominated for two ‘Emmy Awards’ for his role in the television show ‘The Bernie Mac Show’. He also won a ‘Television Critics Association Award’ during the same time for his impeccable acting in the same show.

In 2003, he bagged a ‘Prism Award’ as well as a ‘Satellite Award’ for his performance in ‘The Bernie Mac Show’.

During the period 2003-07, Bernie Mac was felicitated with the ‘NAACP Image Award’ in the ‘Outstanding Actor In A Comedy Series’ category 4 times, for his role in the TV show ‘The Bernie Mac Show’.

Personal Life & Legacy

Bernie Mac married Rhonda back in 1977 and the couple had a child together.

He suffered from Sarcoidosis, an ailment which causes inflammation in tissues. He died of cardiac arrest on 9 August 2008 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago

The ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine had recently mentioned Bernie Mac’s name in their list of ’50 Best Stand-Up Comics Of All Time’.

Trivia

For one of his gigs at ‘The Cotton Club’, Chicago, Bernie Mac was supposed to wear a coat. However, he couldn’t afford to buy one and had to borrow his brother’s coat for the event.

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Bernie Mac biography timelines

  • // 5th Oct 1957
    Bernie Mac was born Bernard Jeffrey McCullough in Chicago, Illinois on October 5, 1957. His mother’s name was Mary and his father’s name is not known.
  • // 1977
    Bernie Mac married Rhonda back in 1977 and the couple had a child together.
  • // 1994
    After a couple of blink-and-miss roles in movies like ‘Mo’ Money’ and ‘Who’s The Man?’, Bernie Mac was offered the character of Uncle Vester in the comedy flick ‘House Party 3’, which released in 1994. He was also seen in the movie ‘Above The Rim’ in the same year.
  • // 1995
    1995 saw the release of his two other flicks, namely ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Friday’. While ‘Friday’, a comic flick, was a success, ‘The Walking Dead’ failed miserably.
  • // 1996 To 1999
    During the period 1996-99, Bernie Mac appeared in various films, such as ‘How To Be A Player’, ‘Booty Call’, ‘B*A*P*S’ and ‘The Players Club’. His most noteworthy performance during this period was his portrayal of Bundini Brown in the flick ‘Don King: Only In America’.
  • // 2001
    In 2001, Bernie Mac was seen in the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Ocean’s Eleven’, where he shared the screen with stalwarts like Brad Pitt and George Clooney.
  • // 2001 To 2004
    In 2004, he was seen in two important films, namely ‘Mr. 3000’ and ‘Ocean’s Twelve’ – the sequel to the 2001 film.
  • // 2001 To 2006
    Bernie Mac is best known for his sitcom called ‘The Bernie Mac Show’. The episodes of the television show were mostly hilarious takes on the events which took place in his life. The show was a big hit with the American television viewers and catapulted Bernie Mac to the league of best comedians in the nation. The show ran for five years, from 2001 to 2006
  • // 2002 To 2003
    In 2002-03, Bernie Mac was nominated for two ‘Emmy Awards’ for his role in the television show ‘The Bernie Mac Show’. He also won a ‘Television Critics Association Award’ during the same time for his impeccable acting in the same show.
  • // 2003
    In 2003, he was seen in three big budget movies, namely ‘Head of State’, ‘Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle’ and ‘Bad Santa’. All the three movies were commercially successful ventures.
  • // 2003
    In 2003, he bagged a ‘Prism Award’ as well as a ‘Satellite Award’ for his performance in ‘The Bernie Mac Show’.
  • // 2003 To 2007
    During the period 2003-07, Bernie Mac was felicitated with the ‘NAACP Image Award’ in the ‘Outstanding Actor In A Comedy Series’ category 4 times, for his role in the TV show ‘The Bernie Mac Show’.
  • // 2007
    Bernie Mac reprised his role of Frank Catton in the third instalment of the Ocean’s franchise titled ‘Ocean’s Thirteen’, which released in 2007.
  • // 2008
    He played the characters Zuba and Floyd Henderson in the movird ‘Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa’ and ‘Soul Men’ respectively. Both these movies were released in 2008.
  • // 9th Aug 2008
    He suffered from Sarcoidosis, an ailment which causes inflammation in tissues. He died of cardiac arrest on 9 August 2008 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago
  • // 2009
    The last film of his illustrious career was ‘Old Dogs’, in which he had essayed the character Jimmy Lunchbox. The ensemble of this 2009 film included several renowned names like John Travolta, Robin Williams and Kelly Preston. He also played a cameo in the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Transformers’ which released the same year.

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Bernie Mac's FAQ

  • What is Bernie Mac birthday?

    Bernie Mac was born at 1957-10-05

  • When was Bernie Mac died?

    Bernie Mac was died at 2008-08-09

  • Where was Bernie Mac died?

    Bernie Mac was died in Chicago, Illinois, United States

  • Which age was Bernie Mac died?

    Bernie Mac was died at age 50

  • Where is Bernie Mac's birth place?

    Bernie Mac was born in Chicago, Illinois, United States

  • What is Bernie Mac nationalities?

    Bernie Mac's nationalities is American

  • Who is Bernie Mac spouses?

    Bernie Mac's spouses is Rhonda McCullough (m. 1977–2008)

  • What is Bernie Mac's sun sign?

    Bernie Mac is Libra

  • How famous is Bernie Mac?

    Bernie Mac is famouse as Actor, Comedian