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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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Hugh Laurie’s Birthday

English actor, comedian, and accomplished musician Hugh Laurie was born on June 11, 1959 in Oxford, England.

Although he had been acting since 1981, Hugh Laurie’s claim to fame didn’t come until 2004 when he began playing Dr. Gregory House on the hit television drama, House, M.D.. For this role he received two Golden Globe Awards, two SAG Awards, and six Emmy nominations. Hugh Laurie was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records in 2011 for being the highest paid actor in a television drama, raking in over $400,000 per episode.

In addition to being one of the most watched leading men on TV, Hugh Laurie has also starred in films like Sense and Sensibility, 101 Dalmatians, Stuart Little, Monsters vs. Aliens, and Street Kings. He has also had a successful musical career, releasing two albums titled Let Them Talk and Didn’t It Rain.

Sources: Wikipedia, Biography

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