BERNIE MAC is an actor and stand-up comedian whose exceptional range has made him a rising force in entertainment.
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For 40 weeks each year, Mac performs to sold out audiences at major comedy clubs and arenas across the country. Considered one of the hardest working men in comedy, Mac has been a member of the phenomenally successful "Kings of Comedy" tour for the past two years. On the tour, Bernie performs to 10,000 (plus) seat arenas along with noted comedians, Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley and Cedric "The Entertainer." As a whole, Mac and the other "Kings" grossed an amazing $37 million for the 1998 and 1999 national runs and have sold out multiple night performances at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Atlanta's Fox Theatre and DC's MCI Center.
In Spring 1999, Mac added to his silver screen credits the unforgettable portrayal of 'Jangle Leg' in the Universal/Imagine Entertainment blockbuster "Life." He co-starred opposite heavy-hitters Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence in the film which focused on a group of inmates serving long-term sentences ("lifers").
In 1998, Mac drew the attention of critics and audiences alike with his portrayal of strip club owner 'Dollar Bill' in New Line's hit feature "Players Club." Mac is also known for memorable performances in "Booty Call," "Above The Rim," "Friday" and Spike Lee's "Get On The Bus." Additional film credits include "B.A.P.S," "House Party 3," "Walking Dead" and Def Jam's "How To Be A Player."
Mac's television credits include a starring role in HBO's telefilm "Only In America: The Don King Story," the recurring role of 'Uncle Bernie' on UPN's "Moesha" and a stint on the WB's hit series "The Wayans Brothers." Mac guest hosted on NBC's "Later" and also created and hosted his own HBO, Cable ACE nominated variety show, "Midnight Mac." He currently has a deal with Columbia/TriStar Television to develop a half-hour sitcom loosely based on his life. Mac will star and executive produce the project with Ted Demme and Steven Greener of Union Artist Management.
Born and raised in Chicago, Mac knew he wanted to be an entertainer at the age of four. Seeing his mother laugh and cry while watching Bill Cosby on "The Ed Sullivan Show," he sensed the power great entertainers had over their audiences.
Mac soon became the family clown, the school prankster and the neighborhood star. He performed his first monologue spontaneously after being thrust on stage at a church banquet at the age of eight. Every week, Mac hosted his own talent show on his front porch, letting the neighborhood kids perform songs or skits - - but only if the material was different each time.
After graduation, Mac began his professional career doing stand-up for spare change in the Chicago subways. To make ends meet he held down various jobs including truck driver, painter, mover, cook, school bus driver, and sales representative for Wonder Bread. He also began performing in -- and winning -- talent shows across Chicago, eventually landing bookings in various comedy clubs.
His dedication to his craft was strengthened by a series of unfortunate personal tragedies. Following the death of several family members, Mac began to focus solely on his career as an entertainer. Mac's first feature film break came following a comedy search in Chicago hosted by Damon Wayans (which Mac won), and Wayans cast him in "Mo' Money." In 1995, Mac developed "The Bernie Mac Comedy and Jazz Showcase" at Milt Treniers nightclub in Chicago, which featured aspiring comedians and singers.
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