13 years ago today, we lost the legendary stand-up comedian, actor Bernie Mac
Remembering comedian, actor Bernie Mac thirteen years after his death. (October 5, 1957 -August 9, 2008)
Bernie Mac Remembered by Fans on 13th Anniversary of His Death
Mac, born Bernard Jeffrey McCullough, was an accomplished stand-up who made his way from Chicago's impoverished South Side to the Hollywood hills, beginning his film career with a small role as a club doorman in the 1992 Damon Wayans film Mo' Money.
Mac had been performing stand-up since the age of eight, when he told jokes at a church dinner. His grandfather was a Baptist deacon in Chicago, where the actor was brought up by his mother.
Mac won Golden Globe and Emmy awards for his television series The Bernie Mac Show, which ran for more than 100 episodes from 2001 to 2006 in the US, screening in the UK on Channel 4.
His big breakthrough came with the The Original Kings of Comedy (2000) documentary/stand-up film. It featured Mac alongside fellow heavy-hitter comedians Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, and Cedric the Entertainer. Fresh off the massive popularity of the film, Mac landed his own show, The Bernie Mac Show, which ran for five seasons — 104 episodes — on Fox. He would go on to appear in a number of beloved films, such as Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Bad Santa, and the Ocean's Eleven trilogy. On Aug. 9, 2008, Mac went into cardiac arrest and died from complications of pneumonia. He was 50 years old at the time of his death. Scroll down to see what fans of Mac are saying and sharing on social media to memorialize him, thirteen years after his passing.
Watch Best of Bernie Mac's clips below.