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    CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- 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, California.

    She said no other details were available and asked that his family's privacy be respected.

    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.

    Recently, Mac's brand of comedy caught him flack when he was heckled during a surprise appearance at a July fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate and fellow Chicagoan Barack Obama.

    Toward the end of a 10-minute standup routine, Mac joked about menopause, sexual infidelity and promiscuity, and used occasional crude language. The performance earned him a rebuke from Obama's campaign.

    But despite controversy or difficulties, in his words, Mac was always a performer.
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    "Wherever I am, I have to play," he said in 2002. "I have to put on a good show."

    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. In 1996, he appeared in the Spike Lee drama "Get on the Bus."

    Mac went on to star in the "Ocean's Eleven" franchise with Brad Pitt and George Clooney. 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."

    In the late 1990s, he had a recurring role in "Moesha," the UPN network comedy starring pop star Brandy.

    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." iReport.com: Share your appreciation for Bernie Mac

    The show garnered Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for Mac.

    "But television handcuffs you, man," he said in a 2001 Associated Press interview. "Now everyone telling me what I CAN'T do, what I CAN say, what I SHOULD do, and asking, 'Are blacks gonna be mad at you? Are whites gonna accept you?"'

    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."

    Mac was born Bernard Jeffrey McCullough on October 5, 1957, in Chicago. He grew up on the city's South Side, living with his mother and grandparents. His grandfather was a deacon in a Baptist church.

    In his 2004 memoir, "Maybe You Never Cry Again," Mac wrote about having a poor childhood -- eating bologna for dinner -- and a strict, no-nonsense upbringing.

    Mac's mother died of cancer when he was 16. In his book, Mac said she was a support for him and told him he would surprise everyone when he grew up.

    "Woman believed in me," he wrote. "She believed in me long before I believed."

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    ‘Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.’
    Oscar Wilde

  • #2
    how sad. I liked him....
    ‘Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.’
    Oscar Wilde

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    • #3
      Holy crap he died...? I thought he was just sick...Well that really sucks...
      Cant wait to get out there!!!

      Richard Francis 1948 - 2008
      Killed in the line of duty.

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      • #4
        Damn that sucks very funny guy...Love the Bernie Mac show, Kings of Comedy...Very funny in the movie Guess who...

        Rest in peace Mr.Mac...


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        • #5
          I am surprised. He did not seem that old. RIP.
          Budda sat in front of a wall and when he stood up he was enlightened. I sat in front of a wall and when I stood up the wall was enlightened.


          We forge our skills in the fire of our will.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Jiu-Jitsu Cop View Post
            I am surprised. He did not seem that old. RIP.
            +1, I had no idea he was even 50.

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            • #7
              RIP I really like him

              A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying... that he is wiser today than yesterday. Jonathan Swift 1667-1745

              It's only a conspiracy when your party is not in power.

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              • #8
                R.I.P. my brother and God bless you.

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                • #9
                  Interesting factoid:

                  Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes (along with Samuel L. Jackson) just finished doing a movie together. It's scheduled to be released in November of this year.

                  http://www.nme.com/news/isaac-hayes/38798

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                  • #10
                    If I was SLJ I'd be freaking out! Tragedies always happen in threes!
                    Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we might as well dance.

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                    • #11
                      Not much of a T.V. person, But America, I loved the Bernie Mac Show, good clean fun ... R.I.P.
                      Originally posted by mookster
                      Sully, usually I hafta glance over your posts cuz my brain would have issues with the imagery you portray, however with that one I get it. I agree one hundred percent with ya.
                      Originally posted by CityCopDC
                      I swear to god you are not human. I know a rogue VI when I see one.
                      Originally posted by OfficerDotCom
                      I think no one is probably happier than Sully and I that we ARE NOT the same person.(seriously thanking God for that one).
                      -Frank




                      Old Physicists neva' die, they just hop on a horsey and fly away inta' an infinitely massive black ho ...

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Columbus View Post
                        +1, I had no idea he was even 50.
                        Yikes... is that OLD now??

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                        • #13
                          He was a genuinely good, refreshingly clear headed guy. He gave a lot of peoples thoughts a voice.

                          RIP
                          A true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.

                          -GK Chesterton

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