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Bernie Mac

Highest Rated:   89% Get on the Bus (1996)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Walking Dead (1994)
Birthplace:   Not Available
An edgy comic who skyrocketed to comedy fame with his memorably side-splitting appearance in Spike Lee's The Original Kings of Comedy, Bernie Mac may have seemed an unlikely candidate for a television sitcom, but with the debut of The Bernie Mac Show, the inventive comedian began on a high note, leaving many pondering the apparent overnight success of the comedian who had ostensibly come from nowhere to become a ubiquitous presence. Born Bernard Jeffrey McCullough in Chicago, IL, Mac was a member of a large extended family living under one roof, which provided the energetic youngster with plenty of fuel for refining his ability to perform dead-on impressions and humorously recall memorable family occurrences. Time spent as a gopher for performers at the Regal Theater also served as a primer for his showbiz aspirations (as well as a cautionary warning of the destructive temptations that go along with fame). Mac's first experiences with standup came at the age of eight, when he performed a routine about his grandparents at the dinner table in front of the congregation at church. Though it resulted in some strict reprimanding from his grandmother, he had the audience feeding out of his palm and the young impressionist quickly had the epiphany that humor meant more to him than the sting of discipline. From that point on, Mac refined and developed his comic abilities on the tracks of Chicago's El trains and in local parks. Though he earned a modest keep from his public performances, Mac craved the legitimacy of the club circuit and he began to perform professionally in 1977. After early film work -- including memorable appearances in Above the Rim (1994) and The Walking Dead (1995), which followed on the heels of his big-screen debut in 1992's Mo' Money -- Mac was offered and appeared in the television series Midnight Mac in 1995. Hesitation as to the neutering of his material made the comedian leery of television, and the show didn't last. The comic actor earned more attention when he turned up frequently the following year in television's Moesha, though mainstream acceptance was still four years and numerous bit film parts away. Following The Original Kings of Comedy, Mac began to develop an idea for a sitcom that revolved around similar family experiences and retained the edge that had initially shocked his audiences into laughter. In 2001, he debuted the family sitcom The Bernie Mac Show, and it was a success, running for five seasons. 2001 would indeed prove to be the year of the Mac as he also took on a substantial role in director Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's 11. He reprised that character in the two Ocean's sequels, as well as lead roles as a vice presidential candidate in the Chris Rock political satire Head of State and as a washed-up baseball player in 2004's Mr. 3000. 2007 saw Mac in a more serious role as a kindly janitor in the inspirational sports drama Pride. Upon his death in August 2008 of complications from pneumonia, Soul Men, in which he stars alongside Samuel L. Jackson as a soul singer embarking on a reunion tour, had yet to hit theaters.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Friday 20th Anniversary
  • Actor
5% Old Dogs
  • Jimmy Lunchbox
$49.5M 2009
No Score Yet Brave New Voices
  • Actor
45% Soul Men
  • Floyd
$12M 2008
64% Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
  • Zuba
$180M 2008
58% Transformers
  • Bobby Bolivia
$319.1M 2007
69% Ocean's Thirteen
  • Frank Catton
$78.9M 2007
47% Pride
  • Elston
$7.1M 2007
No Score Yet The Robin Harris Story: We Don't Die, We Multiply
  • Actor
No Score Yet Inspector Gadget's Biggest Caper Ever
  • Gadget Mobile
42% Guess Who
  • Percy Jones
$68M 2005
No Score Yet Lil' Pimp
  • Fruit Juice
54% Ocean's Twelve
  • Frank Catton
$125.5M 2004
55% Mr. 3000
  • Stan Ross
$21.8M 2004
78% Bad Santa
  • Gin Slagel
42% Charlie's Angels - Full Throttle
  • Jimmy Bosley
$100.7M 2003
30% Head of State
  • Mitch Gilliam
$37.8M 2003
83% Ocean's Eleven
  • Frank
$183.4M 2001
10% What's the Worst That Could Happen?
  • Uncle Jack
$31.1M 2001
83% The Original Kings of Comedy
  • Actor
$37.7M 2000
51% Life
  • Jangle Leg
31% The Players Club
  • Dollar Bill
11% How to Be a Player
  • Buster
15% B.A.P.S.
  • Mr. Johnson
25% Booty Call
  • Judge Peabody
89% Get on the Bus
  • Jay
31% Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in The Hood
  • Officer Self Hatred
78% Friday
  • Pastor Cleaver
0% The Walking Dead
  • Ray
53% Above the Rim
  • Flip
0% House Party 3
  • Uncle Lester
50% Who's the Man?
  • G-George
16% Mo' Money
  • Club Doorman


No Score Yet The Bernie Mac Show
  • Producer
  • Himself
  • 2021
  • 2020
  • 2018
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet Moesha
  • Bernie Mitchell
  • 2019
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
No Score Yet Punk'd (2003)
  • Appearing
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
  • Guest
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
  • Guest
  • 2004
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
  • Guest
  • Host
  • 2003
No Score Yet King of the Hill
  • Voice
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Chris Rock Show
  • Guest
  • 2000
No Score Yet The Wayans Bros.
  • Actor
  • 1997

Quotes from Bernie Mac's Characters