-- Actor and comedian Bernie Mac is being remembered
for his larger-than-life persona and his devotion to family.
The 50-year-old died Saturday at a Chicago area hospital. A
publicist says he had an inflammatory lung disease and died after
complications from pneumonia.
Bernard McCullough worked his way up from an impoverished
childhood on Chicago's South Side -- and went on to standup comedy,
TV and film.
He was among the stars in the hugely popular "Ocean's Eleven"
franchise and the 2005 remake of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?"
"Ocean's Eleven" co-star Carl Reiner praises Mac and the
comedic innovations he brought to "The Bernie Mac Show." The
long-running sitcom won a Peabody Award for transcending "race and
class while lifting viewers with laughter, compassion -- and cool."
In real life, Mac's daughter says he was very much like his
character on that show and a "loving grandfather" to her
daughter.


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  • by Phoenyx mom Location: Groton CT on Aug 11, 2008 at 08:36 AM
    WOW When I heard this I couldnt believe it. I almost cried like he was one of my family members. We'll miss you Bernie. My prayers go out to his family.
  • by BBQ Lover Location: Greenville on Aug 10, 2008 at 11:28 PM
    I loved the Bernie Mac Show, very funny and cool! I remember him having an upper respiratory condition several years ago. He was prone to this condition.
  • by Obama 08 4 Prez! on Aug 10, 2008 at 04:28 PM
    Bernie Mac was one of my favorites also.
  • by Conspiracy Location: NC on Aug 10, 2008 at 12:27 PM
    Was the "inflammatory lung disease" perhaps a bullet or clot?
  • by Eerie Location: NC on Aug 10, 2008 at 05:21 AM
    Seems kind of strange, but didn't he come under fire a few weeks ago for some comment he made about Obama? And he died in the Chicago area, right? And Obama is from Chicago. So is Oprah, who wants to see "her man" in the White House. Do we see a pattern here?
  • by light Location: greenville on Aug 10, 2008 at 05:11 AM
    I am still in shock about Bernie's passing. He was one of a kind. RIP Bernie
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Aug 9, 2008 at 06:59 PM
    So sad, he was such a funny guy.
  • by LD Location: NC on Aug 9, 2008 at 06:59 PM
    We have just heard this and it has broke our hearts..We loved to watch Bernie he was great..RIP Bernie Mac!!
  • by WHY Location: Somewhere in NC on Aug 9, 2008 at 05:14 PM
    Bernie will truly be missed! Rest on my brother rest on. He was one of a kind.
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