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Also Known As: Bernard Jeffery Mccullough Died: August 9, 2008
Born: October 5, 1957 Cause of Death: complications due to pneumonia
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, comedian, UPS agent, furniture mover, bread delivery sales rep

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Stand-up comic and actor Bernie Mac exploded onto the screen with "The Original Kings of Comedy" (2001) after years of working comedy stages in his native Chicago. His edgy and largely autobiographical material about his background and African-American culture fell in step with a new wave of high-profile black comedians like fellow "Kings," D.L. Hughley and Steve Harvey. And like his "Comedy Kings" co-stars, his hilariously frank material led to Mac's own successful sitcom, "The Bernie Mac Show" (Fox, 2001-06). An increasing presence on the big screen as well, Mac's sometimes gruff but always memorable character roles began to give way to more challenging dramatic work. With the feature film, "Pride" (2007), it was clear Mac as artist had the depth and humanity to bring to the table, and was intent on raising the bar of what audiences and critics had come to expect from run-of-the-mill stand-ups-turned-actors. At the same time, Mac was promoting "Pride," he shocked the comedy world by announcing his retirement from stand-up, devoting himself to screen acting and producing after years of success on the comedy club circuit. Unfortunately, a year later Mac would die of an undisclosed illness, shocking...

Stand-up comic and actor Bernie Mac exploded onto the screen with "The Original Kings of Comedy" (2001) after years of working comedy stages in his native Chicago. His edgy and largely autobiographical material about his background and African-American culture fell in step with a new wave of high-profile black comedians like fellow "Kings," D.L. Hughley and Steve Harvey. And like his "Comedy Kings" co-stars, his hilariously frank material led to Mac's own successful sitcom, "The Bernie Mac Show" (Fox, 2001-06). An increasing presence on the big screen as well, Mac's sometimes gruff but always memorable character roles began to give way to more challenging dramatic work. With the feature film, "Pride" (2007), it was clear Mac as artist had the depth and humanity to bring to the table, and was intent on raising the bar of what audiences and critics had come to expect from run-of-the-mill stand-ups-turned-actors. At the same time, Mac was promoting "Pride," he shocked the comedy world by announcing his retirement from stand-up, devoting himself to screen acting and producing after years of success on the comedy club circuit. Unfortunately, a year later Mac would die of an undisclosed illness, shocking fans of all stripes who grieved his premature departure.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Old Dogs (2009)
2.
3.
 Soul Men (2008)
5.
 Transformers (2007)
6.
 Pride (2007)
7.
 Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
8.
 Lil' Pimp (2005) Voice Of Fruit Juice
9.
 Guess Who (2005) Percy Jones
10.
 Mr. 3000 (2004) Stan Ross
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1995:
Appeared in a supporting role in the feature "Friday"
1997:
Had supporting roles in "B.A.P.S" and "How to Be a Player"
2001:
Co-starred as a fence in the Martin Lawrence-Danny DeVito comedy "What's the Worst That Could Happen?"
2003:
Co-starred as Chris Rock's big brother and presidential running mate in " Head of State"
2005:
Co-starred with Ashton Kutcher in the comedy "Guess Who," loosely based on the 1967 film "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
2007:
Announced his retirement from standup comedy
2007:
Announced to David Letterman on CBS' "Late Show" that he would retire from his 30-year career after he finished shooting his latest film
2009:
Co-starred with Robin Williams and John Travolta in the comedy, "Old Dogs" (released a year after his death)
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Education

Chicago Vocational High School: Chicago , Illinois - 1976

Notes

"The first time I wore a tux was for my senior prom, and it didn't fit. Normally I'd run around in sneakers in sweats, so it was like getting Tarzan in a suit. But hey, girls will do that to you."---Bernie Mac GQ, September 2002.

"I was a construction worker, school bus driver, cook... and I don't have any celebrity friends. I only have two buddies, who've been with me since I was 7 or 8."---Bernie Mac to TV Guide, March 28, 2003.

"Everything that comes out of my mouth is basically my mom and my grandmother. They used to spit venom!"---Bernie Mac to TV Guide, March 28, 2003.

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wife:
Rhonda McCullough. Married in 1978.

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daughter:
Je'Niece.

Bibliography close complete biography

"I Ain't Scared of You." MTV/Pocket Books
"Maybe You Never Cry Again" Regan Books/Harper Collins

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