Bernie Mac (1957–2008) began his comedy career at age eight by hosting a weekly talent show on his front porch. He became a regular emcee at Chicago's legendary Cotton Club, and in 1990 won the prestigious Miller Lite Comedy Search. He took his act on the road and opened for the likes of the O'Jays, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and the Temptations. In 1995, he hosted Midnight Mac for HBO, a variety show that garnered him a nomination for a Cable ACE Award. Mac's film career included roles in The Players Club, Life, Ocean's Eleven, and Spike Lee's The Original Kings of Comedy. His work in The Bernie Mac Show, a sitcom for the Fox Network, earned him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.
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