Mac was born Bernard Jeffrey McCullough in Chicago, Illinois on October 5, 1957. He was raised on the city's South Side by his single mother, Mary, who died of cancer when he was 16 years old in his sophomore year of high school.
He put on shows for neighborhood kids on the South Side. He attended Chicago Vocational Career Academy where Dick Butkus also earlier attended. Later, Mac moved to Tampa, Florida. During his 20s, he worked in a variety of jobs, including furniture mover and a UPS agent
Bernie Mac was born Bernard Jeffery McCullough in Chicago, IL, on October 5, 1958.
Becoming a professional comedian when he was 19, Mac performed in area clubs under his original name.
He had small roles in a few movies, when, in 1995, he won a part in Chris Tucker's comedy Friday, and got his own HBO special called, Midnight Mac.
From there he moved on to a role in Spike Lee's movie, Get On The Bus, and was offered a recurring role in the TV series Moesha.
In 2000, he became one of four comedians to do a recurring comedy tour called The Original Kings of Comedy.
Mac began to win more substantial parts, including one in the remake of Ocean's 11.
He was the star of the successful television comedy, The Bernie Mac Show.
In August 2008, Mac died suddenly of complications from pneumonia. Though he had been suffering from sarcoidosis, his death was said to be unrelated to the disease.
He was married, with one daughter.
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