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Bernie Mac Dies at 50

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

Bernie Mac was born Bernard Jeffery McCullough on October 5, 1957 in the South Side of Chicago, Illinois. As a young man, he established his own variety show at the Regal Theater in his hometown before landing regular gigs at comedy clubs in 1977 where he gained popularity as a stand-up comedian. Mac counted The Three Stooges and Richard Pryor as his major comedic influences.

The same year, Bernie Mac wed his high school sweetheart Rhonda, with whom he had a daughter named Ja’Niece. The 1990s for Bernie marked breakout film roles in the comedies Mo Money (1992) and Friday (1995), as well as increased popularity as a comedian due to frequent performances on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam.

From 2001 to 2006, Bernie Mac starred in his own television sitcom The Bernie Mac Show. In it, he played a father-figure role to his sister’s three children after she enters rehab. The show received much critical acclaim, garnering an Emmy for Outstanding Writing, a Peabody Award, and a Humanitas Prize among other accolades.

In 2001, Bernie Mac brought to life one of his most famous roles as Frank Catton in Steven Soderberg’s Ocean’s Eleven alongside George Clooney and Brad Pitt. In the next few years, Bernie Mac would continue to act in major motion pictures such as Head of State (2001), Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003), Bad Santa (2003), Mr. 3000 (2004), Guess Who? (2005), as well as the Ocean’s Eleven sequels in 2004 and 2007, respectively.

In addition to acting, Bernie Mac also wrote two autobiographical books; I Ain’t Scared of You: Bernie Mac on How Life Is in 2001, and Maybe You Never Cry Again in 2003.

Sources: Biography, Wikipedia

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Book Lover’s Day

Old books - Stories From The PastWriters, readers (young and old), bibliophiles and all of you who carry a book in their purse or back pocket no matter where you go, celebrate Book Lover’s Day on August 9 by calling in sick and spending the day – yes, the whole day – curled up with a good book. You know you’ve always want to leave reality and its obligations behind to spend the day reading in bed, on the couch, in the grass or in a hammock. Ok, you don’t have to read all day, so if you can bear to tear yourself away, you should start a book club with your friends or head to the book store to buy one or two (or three or four…) new books. If you have a book lover in your life, celebrate their passion for reading by giving them a new book.

Looking for a new book to read or missing a few classics in your collection? Check out these book lists:

New York Times: Best Sellers Lists

Goodreads: 100 Books that everyone should read at least once

The Telegraph: 100 novels everyone should read

Sources: holidayinsights.com, theultimateholidaysite.com

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