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Bernie Mac dead at 50

Postby Nfl Fan » Sat Aug 09, 2008 10:20 am

Aw, that sucks. 50 is just waaay too young. :,-(

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,400842,00.html

CHICAGO — Bernie Mac, an Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actor and comedian, died suddenly Saturday at age 50 of complications from pneumonia.

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.

"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.

Mac worked his way to Hollywood success from an impoverished upbringing on Chicago's South Side.

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.

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 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."

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.

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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Re: Bernie Mac dead at 50

Postby RiffRaff » Sat Aug 09, 2008 10:26 am

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Re: Bernie Mac dead at 50

Postby logan » Sat Aug 09, 2008 10:33 am

real shame

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Re: Bernie Mac dead at 50

Postby m16a » Sat Aug 09, 2008 10:36 am

Very sad :,-(

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Re: Bernie Mac dead at 50

Postby SeaWolf » Sat Aug 09, 2008 10:40 am

He was very funny and will be missed.

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Re: Bernie Mac dead at 50

Postby Calyxes » Sat Aug 09, 2008 10:56 am

WOW, I was very shocked to hear this. He was one funny guy
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Re: Bernie Mac dead at 50

Postby Guru13 » Sat Aug 09, 2008 11:22 am

Calyxes wrote:WOW, I was very shocked to hear this. He was one funny guy

definitely, RIP.
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Re: Bernie Mac dead at 50

Postby treat24 » Sat Aug 09, 2008 11:49 am

FantasyFutballGuru13 wrote:
Calyxes wrote:WOW, I was very shocked to hear this. He was one funny guy

definitely, RIP.


How is this a surprise to anyone? He has been suffering for years in and out of the hospital, had to cut back on acting, etc... I felt bad for him for the last few years. Sorry to see him go. RIP man.
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Re: Bernie Mac dead at 50

Postby Dr. Duran Duran » Sat Aug 09, 2008 11:58 am

Such a terrible loss. Easily, my favorite scene in the Ocean's 11 series has to be when he and Matt Damon are going at it about calling the game "Whitejack" because a black man can't get an honest game in Vegas. Cracker! Kings of Comedy was also a quite fun. Very sad. R.I.P. Bernie. :-/
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Re: Bernie Mac dead at 50

Postby JasonSeahorn » Sat Aug 09, 2008 12:54 pm

RIP

I have a copy of Kings of Comedy on DVD, I think I'll watch it later today.
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