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Bernie Mac: 1957 - 2008

Bernie Mac, the tough-talking, controversial, big teddy bear of a comedian died Saturday at a hospital due to complications from pneumonia. Mac had a rough childhood growing up on the South Side of Chicago, but rose to prominence doing standup, ultimately shining in television (The Bernie Mac Show, in which he played a grumpy dad who often directly addressed the viewer) and starring in movies (Ocean's 11, Charlie's Angel's, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner). The anti-Bill Cosby, Mac was a straight talker whose salty talk and bawdy topics got him into trouble just as recently as the past month during a fund-raiser for Barack Obama. And, like many people of color doing comedy, the question of race and audience were a dilemma. About The Bernie Mac show, he said in an AP interview in 2001, "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?'" As the above clip shows, Mac wasn't afraid to show that he wasn't perfect, but did his best. Rest in peace, Bernie!

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Bksuga Bksuga 8 years
He will be missed i loved bernic mac. when i was younger when this movie came out my whole family was acting like they was at a live show!!! they was laughing and shouting at the screen, woooo. I loved the way he was so real about what he said RIP Mac Man..
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 8 years
This hit me in the heart. So sad, he will be missed dearly. RIP.
tngirly tngirly 8 years
I remember reading somewhere that the Bernie Mac show was actually sortof based on his life? That he took in his sister's kids after something happened? I always had a lot of respect for him!
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 8 years
Hilarious. He was a fantastic comedian and a great actor. He will be missed.
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 8 years
He will definitely be missed! Bernie was one of my favorite comedians and a definite draw to the movie theaters. I don't cry often but I did get choked up each time I heard about him and Isaac Hayes on the radio this morning.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
This is the real Bernie Mac, uncensored, real, and SOO Chicago. I remember watching this in the movie theater, I was like 10, and the milk and cookies part was my favorite. "Him downstairs." "Well I go get the sh!t myself." Hilarious. I'm going to miss this the Mac Man.
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