Bernie Mac

Actor, Comedian, Furniture mover
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 ... Read more »
Born: 10/05/1957 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (59)

Old Dogs 2009 (Movie)

Jimmy Lunchbox (Actor)

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Zuba (Actor)

Soul Men 2008 (Movie)

Floyd Henderson (Actor)

MovieReal 2004 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Ocean's Thirteen 2007 (Movie)

Frank Catton (Actor)

Pride 2007 (Movie)

Elston (Actor)

The 38th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Transformers 2007 (Movie)

Bobby Bolivia (Actor)

The Bernie Mac Show 1995 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Guess Who 2005 (Movie)

Percy Jones (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2005 (Tv Show)

Guest

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Lil' Pimp 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Fruit Juice (Actor)

Mr. 3000 2004 (Movie)

Stan Ross (Actor)

Ocean's Twelve 2004 (Movie)

Frank Catton (Actor)

Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!! 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2004 ESPY Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 35th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

VH1 Big in '03 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Years of Hope and Humor 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

7th Annual Prism Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Bad Santa 2003 (Movie)

Gin Slagel (Actor)

Charlie's Angels Uncensored 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle 2003 (Movie)

Jimmy Bosley (Actor)

Head of State 2003 (Movie)

Mitch Gilliam (Actor)

Maxim Hot 100 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

4th Annual Soul Train Christmas Starfest 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 Billboard Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Host

The 33rd Annual NAACP Image Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Performer

The Heroes of Black Comedy 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Moesha 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ocean's Eleven 2001 (Movie)

Frank Catton (Actor)

The 2001 Essence Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Performer

The Chris Rock Show 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wayans Bros 1995 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wayans Bros. 1995 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

What's The Worst That Could Happen? 2001 (Movie)

Uncle Jack Caffrey (Actor)

Canned Ham: The Original Kings of Comedy 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Original Kings of Comedy 2000 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Life 1999 (Movie)

Jangle Leg (Actor)

The 30th NAACP Image Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Players Club 1998 (Movie)

Dollar Bill (Actor)

B.A.P.S. 1997 (Movie)

Mr Johnson (Actor)

Booty Call 1997 (Movie)

Judge Peabody (Actor)

How to Be A Player 1997 (Movie)

Buster (Actor)

The 12th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Performer

Get on the Bus 1996 (Movie)

Jay (Actor)

Midnight Mac 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Friday 1995 (Movie)

Pastor Clever (Actor)

The Walking Dead 1995 (Movie)

Ray (Actor)

Above the Rim 1994 (Movie)

Flip (Actor)

House Party 3 1994 (Movie)

Uncle Vester (Actor)

Rosie Perez Presents Society's Ride 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Who's the Man? 1993 (Movie)

G-George (Actor)

Mo' Money 1992 (Movie)

Club Doorman (Actor)

Don King: Only in America (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Soul Men 2008 (Movie)

"I'm Your Puppet" (Song Performer)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Family
Mac and his wife helped to raise his two nieces and a nephew over a six-year period

Rhonda McCullough

Wife
Married in 1977

Mary McCullough

Mother
Raised her son as a single parent died of breast cancer when Mac was sixteen

Je'Niece McCullough

Daughter
Born c. 1978 mother, Rhonda McCullough has a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Xavier University married and has one daughter, Jasmine

EDUCATION

Chicago Vocational High School

Chicago , Illinois 1976

Milestones

2009

Co-starred with Robin Williams and John Travolta in the comedy, "Old Dogs" (released a year after his death)

2008

Co-starred with Samuel L. Jackson as former backup soul singers in "Soul Men" (released three months after his death)

2007

Re-teamed with the original cast for "Ocean's 13"

2007

Cast in director Michael Bay's live action film "Transformers"

2007

Announced retirement from standup comedy; will continue producing, and acting in films

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

2005

Co-starred with Ashton Kutcher in the comedy "Guess Who," loosely based on the 1967 film "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

2004

Starred as an aging baseball star who retuns to baseball to reach his goal of 3,000 hits in "Mr. 3000"

2004

Reunited with the original cast for "Ocean's Twelve" directed by Steven Soderbergh

2003

Co-starred as Chris Rock's big brother and presidential running mate in " Head of State"

2003

Played Bosley in the comedy sequel "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle"

2001

Headlined own TV sitcom "The Bernie Mac Show"; earned Emmy (2002, 2003), Golden Globe (2003, 2004) and SAG (2003) nominations for Best Actor in a Comedy

2001

Co-starred as a fence in the Martin Lawrence-Danny DeVito comedy "What's the Worst That Could Happen?"

2001

Acted in Steven Soderbergh's "Ocean's Eleven" a remake of the 1960 heist film

2000

Was featured in Spike Lee's documentary film "The Original Kings of Comedy"

1997

Had supporting roles in "B.A.P.S" and "How to Be a Player"

1996

Was in ensemble cast of Spike Lee's "Get on the Bus"

1996

Played recurring role on the UPN comedy series "Moesha"

1995

Appeared in a supporting role in the feature "Friday"

1995

Had one-month comedy series on HBO, "Midnight Mac"

1994

Produced and starred in the comedy act, "Who Ya Wit Tour"

1992

Feature film debut, bit part in "Mo' Money"

1990

Won the Miller Lite Comedy Search

Participated in "The Kings of Comedy" tour

Became opening act for Redd Foxx, Dionne Warwick and Natalie Cole, among others

Began appearing in nightclubs in the Chicago area

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