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Actor, Comedian And Exasperated Dad Mac Dies At 50
Bernie Mac blended style, authority and a touch of self-aware bluster to make audiences laugh as well as connect with him. For Mac, who died Saturday at age 50, it was a winning mix, delivering him from a poor childhood to stardom as a standup comedian, in films including the casino heist caper "Ocean's Eleven" and his acclaimed sitcom "The Bernie Mac Show."
Though his comedy drew on tough experiences as a black man, he had mainstream appeal — befitting inspiration he found in a wide range of humorists: Harpo Marx as well as Moms Mabley; squeaky-clean Red Skelton, but also the raw Redd Foxx.
Mac died Saturday 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.
"The world just got a little less funny," said "Oceans" co-star George Clooney.
Don Cheadle, another member of the "Oceans" gang, concurred: "This is a very sad day for many of us who knew and loved Bernie. He brought so much joy to so many. He will be missed, but heaven just got funnier."
Mac 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.
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."
Mac's death Saturday coincided with the annual Bud Billiken Parade in Chicago, a major event in the predominantly black South Side that the comedian had previously attended.
Edana | 3 days ago
Don't you wish you could hear Bernie Mac say "I ain't scared of you mutha f**kas"(Def Comedy Jam), just one more time! I Loved Bernie! R.I.P. Bernie Mac You will be missed!
He was a talented man and he was still young. At his age he could of offered much much more. I hope his passing was calm and tranquil. I know that his wife and children are all together in prayer and mourning and I'd just like to say: Thank you Bernie Mac!
Oh, I didn't know the Bud Biliken parade was this weekend- that's a huge thing in Chi Town. I wonder when they heard. I know there were lots of prayers said for him yesterday, and many more will be said in church today. I pray he's hanging with Big Mama again- I'm sure she's taking good care of him.
Bernie Mac accomplished a lot while he was in his 30's and 40's, that effort and work ethich gives me a lot of inspiration and hope.
R.I.P Bernie Mac!!
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I used to love the Bernie Mac show as a kid, he brought alot of laughs into my life. I'm definatley prayin for his soul and his friends and family tonight. R.I.P. Bernie xo xo xo