Bernie Mac Died 12 Years Ago Today. Let’s Not Forget About Our Comedic Genius.

1957: Actor and comedian Bernie Mac, known for roles in “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Mr. 3000” and “The Bernie Mac Show,” is born under the birth name Bernard Jeffrey McCullough in Chicago, Illinois. He died from sarcoidosis complicated by pneumonia at the (20th Century Fox Television)

Bernie Mac was a loved comedian and actor. He performed aside Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer and DL Hughley in “The Original Kings of Comedy.”

Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Bernie Mac played memorable characters like Dollar Bill in “The Players Club,” Pastor Clever in “Friday” and Jangle Leg in “Life.” He also starred in various blockbuster hits such as Frank Catton in the remake “Ocean’s Eleven” and the title character in Mr. 3000.

Many of us know him for starring on his successful sitcom The Bernie Mac Show.

Bernie Mac died at age 50 from complications of pneumonia on August 9, 2008.

Bernie Mac | Ken Hively/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Rest In Peace Bernie Mac!

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