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Bernie Mac is Dead at 50

Posted: August 9th, 2008 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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Bernie Mac, the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actor and comedian who worked his way to Hollywood success from an impoverished upbringing on Chicago's South Side, died Saturday at age 50.

"Actor/comedian Bernie Mac passed away this morning from complications due to pneumonia in a Chicago area hospital," his publicist, Danica Smith, said in a statement from Los Angeles.

The comedian suffered from sarcoidosis, an inflammatory lung disease that produces tiny lumps of cells in the body's organs, but had said the condition went into remission in 2005. He recently was hospitalized and treated for pneumonia, which his publicist said was not related to the disease.

Mac started his comedy career at age 8, with a standup performance at a church dinner. In 1977, at age 20, he took that act to comedy clubs in Chicago.

His film career started with a small role as a club doorman in the Damon Wayans movie "Mo' Money" in 1992. Mac went on to star in the "Ocean's Eleven" franchise with Brad Pitt and George Clooney and his turn with Ashton Kutcher in 2005's "Guess Who?" a remake of the Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn 1967 classic "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" topped the box office.

Mac also had starring roles in "Bad Santa," "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" and "Transformers."

The comedian drew critical and popular acclaim with his Fox television series "The Bernie Mac Show," which aired more than 100 episodes from 2001 to 2006.

The series about a man's adventures raising his sister's three children, won a Peabody Award in 2002. At the time, judges wrote they chose the sitcom for transcending "race and class while lifting viewers with laughter, compassion and cool."

The show garnered Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for Mac. He also was nominated for a Grammy award for best comedy album in 2001 along with his "The Original Kings of Comedy" co-stars, Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley and Cedric The Entertainer.

In 2007, Mac told David Letterman on CBS' "Late Show" that he planned to retire soon. "I'm going to still do my producing, my films, but I want to enjoy my life a little bit," Mac told Letterman. "I missed a lot of things, you know. I was a street performer for two years. I went into clubs in 1977."

Source: AP


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Blink_pimp_182 writes:
on August 9th, 2008 at 1:13:00 PM

Wow that's a shame. well I hope the best for his family. He was a pretty good comedian/actor. Rest in Peace
Nohands[NL] writes:
on August 9th, 2008 at 6:08:32 PM

R.I.P
The Skippy Spartan writes:
on August 9th, 2008 at 8:06:20 PM

ah man, this guy was very funny in the Oceans 11 films. Yep, Bernie will be missed.
RhysFletcher writes:
on August 9th, 2008 at 10:01:14 PM

R.I.P Bernie. The Comedy and Movie world, has truely lost one of it's greats.
hammertime90 writes:
on August 10th, 2008 at 3:29:41 AM

Wow... Did not see that coming. Mac was always such a lively actor, you'd never think he'd be dead at 50. RIP.

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