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Who is Bernie Mac?

Bernard Jeffrey McCullough (October 5, 1957 – August 9, 2008), better known by his stage name Bernie Mac, was a multi-talented American stand-up comedian, actor, and voice actor. He was born and raised on Chicago’s south side, Mac gained popularity as a stand-up comedian. He really joined with fellow comedians Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, and D. L. Hughley in the film The Original Kings of Comedy (is a 2000 American stand-up comedy film directed by Spike Lee and featuring the comedy routines of Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, and Bernie Mac. Filmed in front of a live audience at the Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina, the comedians give the audience their views about African-American culture, race relations, religion, and family). Whenever he briefly hosted the HBO show Midnight Mac, Mac appeared in several films in smaller roles then. Some of his most noted film role was as Frank Catton in the remake of Ocean’s Eleven and the title character of Mr. 3000. He was the star of The Bernie Mac Show, which ran from 2001 through 2006, earning him for two Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series alone. Mac’s 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, Old Dogs, and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.

Personal Life:

He was born in Chicago, Illinois, Mac was the second child of Mary McCullough and Jeffery Harrison. Mac was raised by his single mother (who died of cancer when he was sixteen years old) and his grandparents on the city’s south side. Mac began his high school career at Chicago Vocational High School for the high school degree. During 1973, Mac moved to Tampa, Florida to attend Jesuit High School after the death of his mother during his sophomore year. After that, Mac returned to Chicago and graduated from Chicago Vocational in 1975. Mac married his high school sweetheart Rhonda Gore on September 17, 1977, and together they had a daughter Ja’Niece Childress (née McCollough) born in 1978. During his 20s through his early 30s, Mac had to work to survive in a variety of jobs that includes janitor, coach, cook, bus driver, Sears Delivery man, furniture mover and also as a  UPS agent.

Mac’s long career in stand-up comedy culminated in a coruscating appearance in the concert film “The Original Kings of Comedy,” in which he was clearly the first among the equals and other comedians. His real classic routine about caring for his sister’s children led directly to his sitcom, “The Bernie Mac Show,” which ran for five seasons on Fox and was the subject of this piece, from 2002, by Nancy Franklin. Mac’s show also accelerated him for a movie career that had consisted mostly of bit parts; he graduated to leading-man status (the underrated “Mr. 3000”) and quality supporting roles (Steven Soderbergh’s popular “Ocean’s” series). The director and producers were showing their honor of his death as they thought about to continue with him for other sequels.

In a snapshot:

  • 1957 -Born in Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • 1973- Moved to Tampa, Florida to attend Jesuit High School
  • 1977- Married with his Highschool Girlfriend
  • 1992- First movie released Mo’ Money
  • 1996- First Television appearance for Moesha as Uncle Bernie for 9 episodes
  • 2004- Won Satellite award for his comedy show The Bernie Mac Show as Best Performance by an actor in a series, Comedy or Musical
  • 2008- Died from complications of Pneumonia.

Career:

Bernie Mac, one of the best comedian of USA, his influences were from The Three Stooges and listening to stand-up comedians Richard Pryor and Redd Foxx (was an American stand-up comedian and actor, best remembered for his explicit comedy records and his starring role on the 1970s sitcom Sanford and Son). Mac started his inner skill as a stand-up comedian in Chicago’s Cotton Club. When he won the Miller Lite Comedy Search at the age of 32, his popularity as a comedian began to grow from his city to everywhere. A performance on HBO‘s Def Comedy Jam thrust him into the spotlight; after Martin Lawrence was unable to calm an increasingly hostile crowd, Mac went onstage and famously said, “I ain’t scared o’ you mothafuckas”, telling the audience that he “didn’t come here for no foolishness”. Mac’s comedy and fearlessness onstage cemented his reputation with fans and colleagues. Mac opened for Dionne Warwick, Redd Foxx, and Natalie Cole. He played a small role in 1994’s House Party 3 (is a 1994 comedy film, starring Kid ‘n Play and Bernie Mac and TLC. It is the third and intended final installment of that House Party film series that time. This was to be the last film in the franchise, making it a trilogy; however, a direct to video sequel, House Party 4: Down to the Last Minute, was released after all the way seven years later) as Uncle Vester. He also had a short-lived talk show on HBO titled Midnight Mac. Afterward, Mac also acted in minor roles in movies and television appearances and got his big break as “Pastor Clever” in Ice Cube‘s 1995 film Friday. Following that very first role in a movie, Mac had his first starring role as “Dollar Bill”, a silly, slick-talking very rude club owner in The Players Club. Mac was able to break from the very traditional “black comedy” genre, having roles in the 2001 remake of Ocean’s Eleven (is a 2001 American heist film directed by Steven Soderbergh, and a remake of the 1960 Rat Pack film of the same name. It features an ensemble cast, including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Andy García, and Julia Roberts. The film was a success at the box office and with critics, and was the fifth highest-grossing film of 2001 with $450 million) and becoming the new Bosley for the Charlie’s Angels sequel, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle. In 2003 he gave an impressive performance in a supporting role as the villain “Gin Slagel, The Store Dick” in Bad Santa. He also starred in Guess Who?, a comedic remake of the film Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, and made an appearance in the 2007 film Transformers as the car salesman “Bobby Bolivia”.Bernie Mac

Awards & Nominations:

One of the best comedians of all time in American history, Mac found himself with all these awards and greetings, that show his legacy of work and love.

  • 2005- Won Black Reel Awards for Mr. 3000 (Best Actor, Musical or Comedy)
  • 2002- Nominated for Emmy Award for The Bernie Mac Show (Outstanding Lead Actor in a comedy series)
  • 2003- Nominated for Emmy Award for The Bernie Mac Show (Outstanding Lead Actor in a comedy series)
  • 2003- Nominated for Golden Globe Award for The Bernie Mac Show (Best Performance by an actor in a Television Series-Musical or comedy)
  • 2004- Nominated for Golden Globe Award for The Bernie Mac Show (Best Performance by an actor in a Television Series-Musical or comedy)
  • 2002- Nominated for NAACP Image Awards for The Bernie Mac Show (Outstanding Actor in a comedy series)
  • 2003- Won NAACP Image Awards for The Bernie Mac Show (Outstanding Actor in a comedy series)
  • 2004- Nominated for NAACP Image Awards for Head of State (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture)
  • 2004- Won Won NAACP Image Awards for The Bernie Mac Show (Outstanding Actor in a comedy series)
  • 2005- Won NAACP Image Awards for The Bernie Mac Show (Outstanding Actor in a comedy series)
  • 2006- Won NAACP Image Awards for The Bernie Mac Show (Outstanding Actor in a comedy series)
  • 2007- Nominated for NAACP Image Awards for The Bernie Mac Show (Outstanding Actor in a comedy series)
  • 2003- Won PRISM Award for The Bernie Mac Show (Performance in a Comedy Series)
  • 2003- Won Satellite Award for The Bernie Mac Show (Best Performance by an actor in a series, comedy or Musical)
  • 2004- Won Satellite Award for The Bernie Mac Show (Best Performance by an actor in a series, comedy or Musical)
  • 2005- Nominated for Satellite Award for The Bernie Mac Show (Best Performance by an actor in a series, comedy or Musical)
  • 2002- Won Television Critics Association Award for The Bernie Mac Show (Individual Achievement in Comedy)

His Film appearances:

  • 1992- Mo’ Money as Club Doorman
  • 1993- Who’s the Man? As G-George
  • 1994- House Party 3 as Uncle Vester
  • 1994- Above the Rim a Flip
  • 1995- The Walking Dead as Ray
  • 1995- Friday as Pastor Clever
  • 1996- Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood as Officer Self Hatred
  • 1996- Get on the Bus as Jay
  • 1997- B*A*P*S as Mr. Johnson
  • 1997- Booty Call as Judge Peabody
  • 1997- How to be a Player as Buster
  • 1997- Don King: Only in America as Bundini Brown
  • 1998- The Players Club as Dollar Bill
  • 1999- Life as Jangle Leg
  • 2000- The Original Kings of Comedy as by himself
  • 2001- What’s The Worst That Could Happen? As Uncle Jack
  • 2001- Ocean’s Eleven as Frank Catton
  • 2003- Head of State as Mitch Gilliam
  • 2003- Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle as Jimmy Bosley
  • 2003- Bad Santa as Gin Slagel
  • 2004- Mr. 3000 as Stan Ross
  • 2004- Ocean’s Twelve as Frank Catton
  • 2005- Guess Who as Percy Jones
  • 2005- Lil Pimp as Fruit Juice (voice)
  • 2007- Pride as Elston
  • 2007- Ocean’s Thirteen as Frank Catton
  • 2007- Transformers as Bobby Bolivia
  • 2008- Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa as Zuba (voice)
  • 2008- Soul Men as Floyd Henderson
  • 2009- Old Dogs as Jimmy Lunchbox

Television appearances:

  • 1996-99- Moesha as Uncle Bernie for 9 episodes
  • 1997- The Wayans Bros as Shank for 1 episode
  • 2001-06- The Bernie Mac Show as Bernie McCullough for 105 episodes
  • 2003- King of Hill as Mack for 1 episode

Awards & Nominations:

  • 2005- Won Black Reel Awards for Mr. 3000 (Best Actor, Musical or Comedy)
  • 2002- Nominated for Emmy Award for The Bernie Mac Show (Outstanding Lead Actor in a comedy series)
  • 2003- Nominated for Emmy Award for The Bernie Mac Show (Outstanding Lead Actor in a comedy series)
  • 2003- Nominated for Golden Globe Award for The Bernie Mac Show (Best Performance by an actor in a Television Series-Musical or comedy)
  • 2004- Nominated for Golden Globe Award for The Bernie Mac Show (Best Performance by an actor in a Television Series-Musical or comedy)
  • 2002- Nominated for NAACP Image Awards for The Bernie Mac Show (Outstanding Actor in a comedy series)
  • 2003- Won NAACP Image Awards for The Bernie Mac Show (Outstanding Actor in a comedy series)
  • 2004- Nominated for NAACP Image Awards for Head of State (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture)
  • 2004- Won Won NAACP Image Awards for The Bernie Mac Show (Outstanding Actor in a comedy series)
  • 2005- Won NAACP Image Awards for The Bernie Mac Show (Outstanding Actor in a comedy series)
  • 2006- Won NAACP Image Awards for The Bernie Mac Show (Outstanding Actor in a comedy series)
  • 2007- Nominated for NAACP Image Awards for The Bernie Mac Show (Outstanding Actor in a comedy series)
  • 2003- Won PRISM Award for The Bernie Mac Show (Performance in a Comedy Series)
  • 2003- Won Satellite Award for The Bernie Mac Show (Best Performance by an actor in a series, comedy or Musical)
  • 2004- Won Satellite Award for The Bernie Mac Show (Best Performance by an actor in a series, comedy or Musical)
  • 2005- Nominated for Satellite Award for The Bernie Mac Show (Best Performance by an actor in a series, comedy or Musical)
  • 2002- Won Television Critics Association Award for The Bernie Mac Show (Individual Achievement in Comedy)

Trivia about Bernie Mac

  • Started his career in a stand-up comedy in 1977. His first professional comedy gig was at The Cotton Club in Chicago. He was so broke as he had to borrow a suit that he used in the show, from his brother.
  • His daughter, Je’Niece McCullough, was born in 1978. She has a master’s degree in mental health counseling. She also had a daughter who was born in 2006.
  • His mother and both siblings died before he did. His mother died of breast cancer his sophomore year of high school. One brother died as a baby, the other died of a heart attack in his only 20s. So most of his time, he spend without a family.
  • He used to be a boxer.
  • Mac’s character on The Bernie Mac Show (2001), was ranked as #47 in TV Guide’s list of the “50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time” in the USA [20 June 2004 issue].
  • Is mentioned in famous singer Christina Aguilera‘s (Christina’s goal almost since birth was to be a singer, and at age 12 she was invited to audition for The All New Mickey Mouse Club (1989). She wound up getting the part and stayed there for a few years, until the show ended) single Dirrty.
  • February 2005 – revealed that he had suffered from sarcoidosis, an inflammatory lung disease, since 1983. He said it had no effect at all on his daily life and his survival.
  • Is seen getting a pedicure in both Ocean’s Twelve (2004) and Bad Santa (2003) movie.
  • By August 1, 2008, he was hospitalized with pneumonia, while on False rumors of his death spread widely. His publicist, Danica Smith insisted he would make a full recovery. Unfortunately, Mac took a turn for the worst. He died after a week by August 9, 2008, from complications of pneumonia.
  • He was in two movies that opened on the same day in the U.S. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008), and Soul Men (2008) both of them released by November 7, 2008.
  • He was a close friend of Robin Harris (Best remembered for his raunchy humor, Robin Harris became famous in supporting roles in movies such as Do The Right Thing as Sweet Dick Willie and House Party. He has left a legacy that fans and actors will truly miss due to his career which was cut by a massive heart attack at the age of 36).
  • By 2003, he released his book, “Maybe You Never Cry Again”.
  • By 2001, he released his book, “I Ain’t Scared of You: Bernie Mac on How Life Is”.
  • He is a very good friend of Chris Rock, Cedric the Entertainer, D.L. Hughley, Joe Torry, and Steve Harvey.
  • He has never appeared in a Best Picture Oscar-nominated film.

His physical situation and death

Last three years of his life, Mac publicly disclosed that he had suffered from sarcoidosis (is a disease involving abnormal collections of inflammatory cells that form lumps known as granulomas. The disease usually begins in the lungs, skin, or lymph nodes. Less commonly affected are the eyes, liver, heart, and brain), a disease of unknown origin that causes inflammation in tissue. Sarcoidosis frequently attacked Mac’s lungs an he had no idea regarding same. In 2008, Mac was admitted to the Northwestern Memorial Hospital in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois. After a week of unsuccessful medical treatment, Mac went into cardiac arrest and died during the early morning hours of August 9, from complications of pneumonia. Mac’s public funeral was held a week after his death at the House of Hope Church with nearly 7,000 people in attendance and over there his friends, audiences, family members were present. Notable mourners at Mac’s funeral that day were Chris Rock, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashton Kutcher, Don Cheadle, the cast members from his eponymous series and his Kings of Comedy fellows D. L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer and Steve Harvey.

Tributes

Bernie MacThe first two of Mac’s posthumous films Soul Men and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (is a 2008 American computer-animated comedy

film produced by DreamWorks Animation. As the sequel to the 2005 film Madagascar, it continues the adventures of Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, and Gloria the Hippo) were released three months after his death. Mac’s third and final posthumous film, Old Dogs, was released a year after his death. The 2008 Bud Billiken Parade, which was held in Chicago on the day of Mac’s death, was also dedicated to his memory and they all mourned for the same. On the day of Mac’s funeral, his hometown’s local television station WCIU-TV aired an exclusive television special, A Tribute to Bernie Mac, and had interviews with his former colleagues including Camille Winbush, Chris Rock, Joe Torry and some of his family members and close friends.

His great Legacy

During Steve Harvey’s television show (is a syndicated daytime talk show that ran for five seasons from September 4, 2012, to July 13, 2017, with a total of 920 episodes during its run. It was hosted by comedian and media personality Steve Harvey and taped at the NBC Tower studios in Chicago, Illinois) that aired November 14, 2016, Harvey read a proclamation from Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel proclaiming November 14 as “Bernie Mac Day”. Steve Harvey’s guests included Bernie’s wife Rhonda, their daughter Je’Niece, granddaughter Jasmine, and Bernie’s The Original Kings of Comedy co-stars D. L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, and Guy Torry (who was the original host at the beginning of tour). Mike Epps, appearing via satellite, along with the principal of Bernie and Rhonda’s alma mater Chicago Vocational High School (CVS), revealed and unveiled the renaming of CVS Auditorium to the “Bernie Mac Auditorium”. On February 14, 2017, Rolling Stone named Bernie Mac #41 of the 50 Best Stand-Up Comics of All Time.

At his legacy from family

Bernie Mac’s widow Rhonda McCullough emotionally recalled the Chicago comedian’s 2008 death in one of the Saturday’s episode of “Oprah: Where Are They Now?”

Mac, who suffered from the inflammatory disease sarcoidosis, died at a sudden at the age of 50 from complications of pneumonia.

“And I just thought, ‘Oh my God, what am I going to do?,'” McCullough remembered about her reaction to hearing that Mac is no more. “That was my whole life, was him since I was 16, and I just didn’t know what I was going to do. It’s like, what is my reasoning for being here now? What is my purpose? How am I going to make it now?”

Mac and McCullough met while attending Chicago Vocational Career Academy on the South Side and married a few years later and had a happy life.

In Saturday’s episode, McCullough gave a tour of Mac’s Chicago-area home and showed off his comedy and television awards, custom golf shoes and a personalized bike gifted by George Clooney after they filmed the 2001 movie “Ocean’s Eleven.”

She also promoted Mac’s charity, the Bernie Mac Foundation, which he started about a decade ago to help all fellow sufferers of sarcoidosis. The foundation overhauled its leadership and changed its financial practices of spending and management after a 2014 Tribune report showed it was falling short in charitable spending.

McCullough, the foundation’s president and chief executive officer, acknowledged on Winfrey’s show that she was not initially focused on the charity.

“The foundation means to me everything that Bernard was and that he wanted, so I just really can’t let it go now,” said McCullough, who married a retired Chicago police officer in 2011.

We all want to show our proper respect for this legend and will wish for more like him, may be not with the talent, but a good heart. Because that heart is more important in today’s life. So, please pray for him and wish for the best for his family, for today, for tomorrow and for future…

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  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernie_Mac
  2. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005170/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm
  3. http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/tv/ct-bernie-mac-death-oprah-where-are-they-now-20160315-story.html
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