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Old 08-09-2008, 10:35 AM   #1
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Comedian Bernie Mac Dies at Age 50

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By F.N. D'ALESSIO, Associated Press Writer 16 minutes ago

CHICAGO - Bernie Mac, the actor and comedian who teamed up in the casino heist caper "Ocean's Eleven" and gained a prestigious Peabody Award for his sitcom "The Bernie Mac Show," died Saturday at age 50.
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"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.

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.

"Wherever I am, I have to play," he said in 2002. "I have to put on a good show."

Mac worked his way to Hollywood success from an impoverished upbringing on Chicago's South Side. He began doing standup as a child, and his film career started with a small role as a club doorman in the Damon Wayans comedy "Mo' Money" in 1992. In 1996, he appeared in the Spike Lee drama "Get on the Bus."

He was one of "The Original Kings of Comedy" in the 2000 documentary of that title that brought a new generation of black standup comedy stars to a wider audience.

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

His turn with Ashton Kutcher in 2005's "Guess Who" topped the box office. It was a comedy remake of the classic Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn drama "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" — with Mac as the black dad who's shocked that his daughter is marrying a white man.

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."

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 Oct. 5, 1957, in Chicago. He grew up on the city's South Side, living with his mother and grandparents. His grandfather was the deacon of 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.

"I came from a place where there wasn't a lot of joy," Mac told the AP in 2001. "I decided to try to make other people laugh when there wasn't a lot of things to laugh about."

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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Associated Press writer Carla Johnson also contributed to this report.
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Old 08-09-2008, 10:44 AM   #2
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I JUST read about this, you beat me to posting it Kites. Wow, but yeah I'm speechless. Why did one of the good actors have to die? Seriously, his show was funny IMO. RIP Mac.
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I JUST read about this, you beat me to posting it Kites. Wow, but yeah I'm speechless. Why did one of the good actors have to die? Seriously, his show was funny IMO. RIP Mac.
It's because I'm black lol... But man this is something I didn't need to wake up too. I swear I thought the world was ending for a second..
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Re: Comedian Bernie Mac Dies at Age 50

This guy is one of my fav actor and comedian.

Well give him your last bow to one the king of comedy
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Re: Comedian Bernie Mac Dies at Age 50

damnnnn that's messed up this guy was funny what's up with celebs dying this year.
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Re: Comedian Bernie Mac Dies at Age 50

^Yeah. Although I remember 2006 being bad as well.

Its a shame really. But their people like any others. They may be rich, famous, like able, and enjoyable to watch, but they go through trauma too unfortunately (sometimes).

He will be missed.
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I did not see this coming. At all. Holy shit dude. R.I.P Bernie, you shall always be remembered for your role in Head of State. /momentofsilence
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It's because I'm black lol... But man this is something I didn't need to wake up too. I swear I thought the world was ending for a second..
Haha. Man, I hate when one of my favorite actors or comedians die. Not cool at all. I seriously hope George Lopez isn't in any medical trouble cause then I'll be mad as hell.
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i heard of journalists KIA, but...this? Oh well...
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i heard of journalists KIA, but...this? Oh well...
Why would you even bother posting then? Bernie Mac was a legendary comedian, and that's what you say after the dude passes away. Man, I hope you experience a long and painful death.
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Re: Comedian Bernie Mac Dies at Age 50

damn he died pretty young. would have been nice to see him still doin comedy at like age 75. old bernie mac with his cane and telling old people jokes and shyte, imagine that lol

ah well, RIP.
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^ That's what we have Bill Cosby for, but he's not as funny.
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Damn. I used to watch the Bernie Mac show with my family when it was on. Laughter and good times. Bernie Mac, you will be missed.
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R.I.P. Bernie Mac. But, 50? Young age to die at.
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Re: Comedian Bernie Mac Dies at Age 50

I never expected it.... oh my god. That is so horrible...
R.I.P Bernie. He'll ever be forgotten.
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