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Bernie Mac died August 9, 2008

Zane's Mall of Comedy would like to extend it's condolences to the family and friends of Bernie Mac.

Bernie Mac died from complications of pneumonia.

He was a great comedian. He followed his own path. The Bernie Mac Show and his other work made him well-known.

He is controversial in some ways but then so was Richard Pryor. Eddie Murphy built his career on being .....well he swore a lot and his comedy was mostly about making fun of others. Nowadays Eddie is tamer.

We will all miss Bernie Mac. I was just getting to know more about him. I will try to see all of his work and learn as much as I can from him.

I don't know why but I am also thinking of Freddie Prinze. He killed himself when he was 22 years old.

Bernie Mac was getting care for pneumonia but Freddie killed himself. I wonder if Bernie could have lived if he was taken to the hospital sooner.

Freddie wasn't happy and there are rumours that people who could have helped knew it. Of course that is easy to say. We don't know that short of putting Freddie in a straight jacket nothing could have been done.

It is sad to lose great people.

Remember John Candy, John Belushi, Andy Kaufman, Chris Farley, Phil Hartman, Gilda Radner, and many more.

Bernie Mac


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There is material on this page that people under 18 should not see. If you have an adult that is sitting with you that adult will make the decision for you.

I must warn you that if you are not over 18 you might not understand or might take stuff the wrong way.

There is swearing and talk about sex and adult situations on this page. This comedy genius will still be around and you will turn 18 one day ..... knock on wood.  Well he died so we won't get new material from him now.  The rules are still the same; if you're under 18 come back when you are 18 or older.  

Okay if you're old enough enjoy....



Born: Bernard Jeffrey McCullough, October 5, 1957 (1957-10-05) (age 50),Chicago, Illinois, United States

Occupation: Actor, comedian, sketch writer

Years active: 1979 - present

Spouse(s): Rhonda McCullough, 1977 - present





Bernie Mac (born Bernard Jeffery McCullough; October 5, 1957)is a two time Emmy Award-nominated American actor and comedian.


Early life

Mac was born in Chicago, Illinois, and was raised by a single mother, Mary, who died of cancer when Mac was sixteen. Mac attended Chicago Vocational Career Academy. The start of Mac's career was during high school, when he would put on shows for neighborhood kids in Chicago's south side until moving to Tampa. During his 20s he worked in a variety of jobs; he was a furniture mover, UPS agent and a bread delivery sales rep. Mac has claimed that he was whipped with a belt by both his mother and grandmother during his childhood.







Mac started his career as a stand-up comedian.  He won the Miller Lite Comedy Search at the at of 32.  He became more popular after he appeared on HBO's Def Comedy Jam.  He opened for Dionne Warwick, Redd Foxx and Natalie Cole.  He had a talk show for a short time on HBO.  He did a lot of small acting roles.  He got a great boost in popularity when he played Pastor Clever in Ice Cube's 1995 film Friday.  He was in Booty Call, How to Be a Player, Life and What's the Worst That Could Happen?.  Mac was one of a few black comedians that did more than the traditional "black comedy".  He was in the 2001 remake of Ocean's Eleven and was Bosley in the Charlie's Angels remake sequel Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle.  He was a security agent in Bad Santa.  He was also in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?  He had an appearance in the 2007 movie Transformers. 

Mac did more stand-up in 2000.  He toured the country as one of "The Kings of Comedy".  He was joined by Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, and D. L. Hughley.  Spike Lee filmed the tour.  Mac was also included in The Original Kings of Comedy.

Bernie Mac 

Fox gave Mac his a sitcom titled The Bernie Mac Show in 2001.  Some of the comedy was based on his own life.  The setup for the show is that he has to take care of his sister's three children after she goes into rehab.  The show did well because Mac could mostly be himself.  He spoke to the audience at certain points in the show.  The show ended after the 2006 season.  We didn't get a proper ending to tie up all the loose ends.  We don't get to know whether Bernie and Wanda had the baby they were trying to have.  Bernie was ranked 47th out of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" by TV Guide (June 20, 2004).

Mac had his first starring role in 2004 when he played a retired baseball player in Mr. 3000. 

Mac is number 72 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 greatest stand-ups of all time.  When Mac appeared on CBS Late Show in 2007 he told David Letterman that he would retire from his 30-year career after finishing the shooting of the film The Whole Truth, Nothing but the Truth, So Help Me Mac.  He said he'd still do film producing but he wanted to enjoy life "a little bit".  



Personal life

Mac has been married to Rhonda McCullough since 1977. They have one daughter, Je'Niece (born 1978), who attended Xavier University of Louisiana where she received both her bachelors degree in Psychology and Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling. She has been married for three years and has one daughter, Jasmine, making Bernie Mac a grandfather. Mac has suffered from sarcoidosis, a tissue inflammation disease, since 1983. He has said that it has no effect on his daily life.





Old Dogs (2009) 

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) - Zuba (voice) 

Soul Men (2008) 

Transformers (2007) 

Ocean's Thirteen (2007) 

Pride (2007) Guess Who (2005) 

Ocean's Twelve (2004) 

Mr. 3000 (2004) 

Bad Santa (2003) 

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003) 

Head of State (2003) Ocean's Eleven (2001) 

What's the Worst That Could Happen? (2001) 

Life (1999) 

The Players Club (1998) 

How to Be a Player (1997) 

B*A*P*S' (1997) 

Get on the Bus (1996) 

Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996) 

Friday (1995) 

House Party 3 (1994) 

Above the Rim (1994) 

Who's the Man? (1993)


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Emmy Awards

Year Category Show Result

2003 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series "The Bernie Mac Show" 

Nominated 2002 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series "The Bernie Mac Show" 

Nominated Golden Globe Awards Year Category Show Result 2004 Outstanding Actor in a Comedy/Musical Series "The Bernie Mac Show" 

Nominated 2003 Outstanding Actor in a Comedy/Musical Series "The Bernie Mac Show" 

Nominated NAACP Image Awards Year Category Show Result 2007 Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series "The Bernie Mac Show" 

Nominated 2006 Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series "The Bernie Mac Show" 

Winner 2005 Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series "The Bernie Mac Show" 

Winner 2004 Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series "The Bernie Mac Show" 

Winner Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Head of State 

Nominated 2002 Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series "The Bernie Mac Show" 

Winner 2001 Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series "The Bernie Mac Show" Nominated





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