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Bernie Mac

Comedian

BIO

Early Years
- Bernie Mac was born Bernard Jeffrey McCullough on October 5, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. He was raised on Chicago’s South Side by his single mother, Mary.
- Mac attended the Chicago Vocational Career Academy.
- He later attended the Jesuit High School after moving to Tampa, Florida.
- In his twenties, Bernie Mac worked in a variety of jobs, including as a UPS agent and furniture mover.

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Bernie Mac




Early Years

  • Bernie Mac was born Bernard Jeffrey McCullough on October 5, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. He was raised on Chicago’s South Side by his single mother, Mary.
  • Mac attended the Chicago Vocational Career Academy.
  • He later attended the Jesuit High School after moving to Tampa, Florida.
  • In his twenties, Bernie Mac worked in a variety of jobs, including as a UPS agent and furniture mover.

Career

Early Career

  • Bernie Mac began his stand-up comedy career in Chicago’s Cotton Club.
  • He started to become known, after winning the Miller Lite Comedy Search at the age of 32.
  • Mac’s reputation solidified after telling a hostile audience, “I ain’t scared o’ you mothafuckas…didn’t come here for no foolishness.” This was during his appearance on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam.

Characters, Events, and Venues

  • Bernie Mac was the opening act for Natalie Cole, Redd Foxx, and Dionne Warwick.
  • At one point, Mac was number 72 on Comedy Central’s list of the 100 greatest standups of all time.
  • 2002 and 2003 – he was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for The Bernie Mac Show.
  • 2003 and 2004 – Mac was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for The Bernie Mac Show.
  • 2002 – 2007 – He was nominated for/or won several other awards for The Bernie Mac Show. These included the NAACP Image Awards, the PRISM Award, the Satellite Award, and the Television Critics Association Award.
  • 2005 – Bernie Mac won the Black Reel Awards for Best Actor, Musical or Comedy for 3000. [see below]

TV, Film, and Broadway

  • 1994 – Bernie Mac broke into the movies with a small role in House Party 3. He went on to act in several more. [see below]
  • Mac had a talk-show, Midnight Mac, on HBO. This didn’t last long.
  • In his later years, he hosted Last Comic Standing. This was a reality television show.
  • 2001 – Mac was given his own television sitcom, The Bernie Mac Show. He played a fictional version of himself. The series finale aired in 2006.

Bernie Mac's Influences and Thoughts

  • Bernie Mac was influenced by The Three Stooges, Redd Foxx, and Richard Pryor.

At the End and After

  • Bernie Mac publicly disclosed in 2005 that he was suffering from sarcoidosis, a disease of unknown origin that causes inflammation of the tissue.
  • Mac was admitted to the Northwestern Memorial Hospital in 2008. He died from cardiac arrest after a week of unsuccessful treatment. This was on August 9, 2008.
  • He was survived by his wife Rhonda and daughter Je’Niece.
  • On November 14, 2016, Steve Harvey read a proclamation from Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel on his show that November 14 is “Bernie Mac
2017 – Rolling Stone named Bernie Mac number 41 out of 50 of the Best Stand-up Comics of All Time.



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Bernie Mac Movies and Television

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  • Above the Rim

    Bernie Mac stars as Flip.

    $11.98
  • B.A.P.S.

    Bernie Mac stars as Mr. Johnson. Can two clueless Georgia homegirls with big hearts — and even bigger hair — find happiness, fame and thrills in the swank hills of Beverly? Anything is possible when you are B.A.P.’s Shrink-wrapped

    $2.06
  • Bad Santa

    Bernie Mac stars as Gin Slagel. Product Description- BAD SANTA: THE UNRATED VERSION Instantly qualifying as a perennial cult favorite, Bad Santa is as nasty as it wants to be, and there’s something to be said for comedy without compromise. The Coen brothers conceived the basic idea and served as executive producers, but it’s director Terry […]

    $21.96
  • Booty Call

    Bernie Mac stars as Judge Peabody. Jamie Foxx, Tommy Davidson, Vivica A. Fox and Tamala Jones star in this outrageous comedy about the one thing men and women both want: each other. After weeks of dating, Rushon and Nikki think they might be in love. And they know they’re in lust. There’s just one little problem […]

    $6.17
  • Charlie’s Angels – Full Throttle

    Bernie Mac stars as Jimmy Bosley. The Angels investigate a series of murders which occur after the theft of a witness protection profile database.

    $9.98
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    Don King: Only In America

    Bernie Mac stars as Bundini Brown. From running members to “The Rumble In The Jungle.” From Muhammad Ali to Joe Frazier, Larry Holmes and Mike Tyson, promoter Don King made millions, and made millionaires, making himself the biggest name in boxing since boxing began. But how he got there – making and breaking the law and […]

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    Don’t Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood

    Bernie Mac stars as Officer Self Hatred. When Ashtray moves to South Central L.A. to live with his father (who appears to be the same age he is) and grandmother (who likes to talk tough and smoke reefer), he falls in with his gang-banging cousin Loc Dog, who carries a thermo-nuclear warhead for self-defense. Will Ashtray […]

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    Friday

    Bernie Mac stars as Pastor Clever. Shrink-wrapped

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