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Bernie Mac

Bernie Mac


Chicago, Illinois, USA

Birth Name

Bernard Jeffrey McCullough


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Born Bernard Jeffrey McCullough, Bernie Mac became a professional comedian at the age of 16.

He appeared in small roles in films like Mo' Money and Who's The Man, and went on to get a huge break with the Fox sitcom, The Bernie Mac Show.



Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Bernie Mac revealed on February 2005 that he has suffered from sarcoidosis, a tissue inflammation disease, since 1983. He says it has no effect on his daily life.

    • Bernie Mac nearly did not agree to do the show (Bernie Mac) because he felt that the limitations of what can be done on prime-time television might cramp his style of comedy.

    • Bernie retired from his 30 year comedy career in 2007 with his farewell concert "The Whole Truth And Nothing But The Truth So Help Me Mac."

    • Bernie announced on his recent appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman that his daughter gave birth to her first child making Bernie a grandfather for the first time.

    • He grew up in Chicago in a rough neighborhood, with a large family living under one roof.

    • Bernie was married to Rhonda McCullough from September 1977 until his death is August of 2008. They had one child together.

    • He is a comedian that refused to change his image for Hollywood and says that his life in Chicago is who he is and there is nothing that will change that.

    • His first professional comedy gig was at The Cotton Club in Chicago. He was so broke, he had to borrow a suit from his brother.

    • He started his career in stand-up comedy in 1977.

    • His mother died of breast cancer during his sophomore year of high school.

    • His daughter, Je'Niece, is now 27 years old and has a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling and has been married for three years.

    • His mother and only two brothers have passed away.

    • His character on The Bernie Mac Show (2001), was ranked #47 in magazine TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [ June 20, 2004 issue.]

    • Bernie is mentioned in Christina Aguilera's single "Dirrty".

    • He got a pedicure in both movies Ocean's Twelve and Bad Santa.

    • Bernie was a Chicago White Sox fan.

    • Bernie wrote two books called I Ain't Scared of You(2001), a comedy book, and Maybe You'll never cry again (2003), a biography.

    • Bernie took care of his sister's children in real life.

  • Quotes

    • Bernie Mac: When I get a chance to play golf or go on a boat with good people, take the boat out and put some lobsters on the grill, get the ice-cold beer and the cigars - that's heaven here on Earth.

    • Bernie Mac: You've got guys in charge of shows who probably went to school for chemistry, and now they're executive producers.

    • Bernie Mac: Whatever success I've had, I always like to top it.

    • Bernie Mac: Jerry Weintraub, the producer, might be a pain in the ass, but he really knows how to treat his actors.

    • Bernie Mac : I'm an ordinary guy with an extraordinary job.

    • Bernie Mac: I have Glocks, .45s, Berettas, Remingtons. I like the marksmanship and the discipline that it takes to be a gun owner. I like the machinery. Being able to take it out and clean it is even more fascinating than having the gun.

    • Bernie Mac: I was living in a place where I was harming myself. I was irresponsible. I'd lost several apartments. I couldn't hold a job. I was tired of being a no-good son of a bitch who called himself a man but was just a grown boy.

    • Bernie Mac: Every time you see a black romance it's over-the-top. There always has to be extreme hostility between the sexes. He has to cheat. she has to show him how independently strong she is, not just as a woman but as a black woman.

    • Bernie Mac: 'The Bernie Mac Show' is my life. It's the truth, and I'm not ashamed of a minute, an hour, or a second of my life.