Bernie Mac is very famous among the stand-up comedians of the world and won the hearts of many people during his time. Unfortunately, his death gave his fans a shock. Here is everything you need to know about him.
An Introduction of Bernie Mac
Barnard Jeffrey McCullough, also famous by his name Bernie Mac, is an American actor and comedian. He was born on 5th October 1957 in Chicago, Illinois, US, and is very popular in the field of stand-up comedy. He is the son of Mary McCullough and Jeffery Harrison. His family lived under one roof with a high number of family members. This situation made him feel attracted to comedy.
He is one of those comedians who refused to change their image for working in Hollywood. According to him, his real personality was seen in his life in Chicago. He was a mature comedian and was also very engaging and intelligent in his work in television, films, and stand-up appearances.
How Was the Early Life of Bernie Mac?
Bernie Mac was born on 5th October 1957 and was the second child of Mary McCullough and Jeffery Harrison. His mother alone raised him in Chicago and died due to cancer when he was sixteen years old. He lived with his grandparents also on the west side of the city. He has studied high school at Chicago Vocational High School in Chicago.
After the death of his mother, he shifted from Chicago to Tampa, Florida, and attended Jesuit High School to continue his education. After some time, his older brother and estranged father also passed away, and he was left lonely. Later, he returned to Chicago and completed his graduation from Chicago Vocational in 1975.
He got married to his high school love, Rhonda Gore, on 17th September 1977. They have a daughter named Ja’Niece Childress, who was born in 1978. In his early life, he has worked in many places and did a variety of jobs like cook, bus driver, furniture mover, UPS agent, professional mover, coach, etc. He also did stand-up comedy on weekends at clubs and parties.
How Did He Make His Acting Debut?
The acting career of Bernie Mac started from his role as a club doorman in the comedy movie Mo’Money, that got released in 1992. He also acted as Pastor Clever in the movie Friday, which got released in 1995. His frequent projects like Def Comedy Jam that was telecasted on HBO in the early 1990s also pushed his career forward. He got on the right track and came upon the map after his casting.
His edgy comedy didn’t seem to impress the audience on television and was also unfit for it. However, his frequent appearances on the show Moesha helped him to gain popularity. He also became popular after receiving and doing the role in The Original Kings of Comedy, a production of Spike Lee, in 2000. He also agreed to create a sitcom on his terms.
What Are His Career Highlights?
In 2001, a strong debut was made by The Bernie Mac Show, which was enjoyed by the audience very much. It made its debut on Fox and was based on family experiences that shocked the audience into laughter in Kings. The series kept on running from 2001 to 2006 and starred Bernie Mac as a reluctant father. He was playing the role of father of three adopted kids. The show got so famous that it came under the nominations of Emmy and the Golden Globe.
The filmy career of Bernie Mac also started taking off after that. He joined the star cast of Ocean’s Eleven, a Steve Soderbergh’s project, and played the role of a con artist. As a con artist, he was assisting his co-stars George Clooney and Brad Pitt in the high-profile heists performed by them.
He replaced and acted many stars in the projects of 2001. He was the co-star with Chris Rock in the movie Head of State. He also replaced Bill Murray in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle as Bosley in 2003. He has also shared the billing with John Ritter in the movie Bad Santa, which got released in 2003. Bad Santa was under the direction of Billy Bob Thornton.
He also played the role of an aging baseball hero in the movie Mr. 3000 that got released in 2004. This movie became the first movie of him in a starring role. He got again cast in a starring role in Guess Who? that got released in 2005. Guess Who? was a comedy based on race relations. He again got reunited with the cast of Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen, which is the sequel of the previous part. Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen got released in 2004 and 2007, respectively.
What About His Personal Life?
Despite working in films and television, he has also written two books. One book is I Ain’t Scared of You: Bernie Mac on How Life Is and Maybe You Never Cry Again. They got released in 2001 and 2003, respectively. Maybe You Never Cry Again was all about his strict upbringing, improvised childhood, and the belief that his mother showed in him.
In 1997 he got married to Rhonda, his high school love. He gives much of the credit for his success to her. The couple struggled a lot with the relationship during the kick start of his career, which was probably uncertain. They have a daughter together named Je’Niece and also have a granddaughter now.
When And How Did He Die?
Comedian and actor Bernie Mac died at an early age of 50 years on Saturday morning after suffering from the complications of Pneumonia. This news was confirmed by his publicist. He got admitted to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago on 1st August 2008. He was expected to recover at that time, but he was also fighting with another disease called Sarcoidosis. Sarcoidosis is a chronic disorder that affects the lungs and causes inflammation. He shared his views and his suffering from the disease in 2005. He worked as a comedian for 31 years and then died at an early age on 8th August 2008.