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Tribute: Bernie Mac

posted by Nell Minow

What a sad loss in the passing of actor-comedian Bernie Mac. The first time I saw him was in the comedy concert film, The Original Kings of Comedy. He played variations on that his stand-up character in Ocean’s Eleven (his car-buying and outrage at a racial remark scenes were among the movie’s highlights) and Charlie’s Angels – Full Throttle, where he took over the part of Bosley from Bill Murray. I think my favorite performance by him in a feature film was in Pride, the fact-based story of an inner-city swim team. As in all of his movies, he had a natural confidence on screen that made him immediately appealing and his pleasure at stirring up a little trouble always kept the audience paying close attention. We will miss him.



  • jestrfyl

    I must confess I have never cared for his characters or his comedic persona. However, I do think he was beginning to draw from a well of acting talent that had been overwhelmed by his raw comedic successes. It is sad that he died before his true talent could be explored and mined.

  • Alicia

    I was shocked to hear about this. I love Bernie Mac. Reruns of “The Bernie Mac Show” can be seen on the CW at midnight M-F. If you’ve never seen it, jestrfyl, you’ve missed a real treat. A situation comedy that is actually funny. Everytime Bernie Mac addresses “America” I crack up.
    He was also good (though a lot meaner) playing the “Store Detective” in “Bad Santa.” Not a family film, but a funny Bernie Mac performance. I’ll miss him.

  • Pamela C

    I am shocked and saddened by the loss of this wonderful comedian, actor, father, husband .. man. He is one of the few that made me truly laugh out loud, especially in his show, “The Bernie Mac Show”. He is truly hilarious. There are not many who make me laugh out loud.
    I miss him and hy heart and prayers go out to his family.

  • Anonymous

    rip bernie you will be missed

  • Kim D

    I like all his show,make people laugh when they said.SEEN A BLESS to his family.YOU WELL be WELL MISS.God taking all the God people

  • Dee Harris

    I truly admired Bernie Mac in all of his splendor, my family mourns his death and would like to extend condolences to his family and friends.

  • Anonymous

    Bernie you are one in a million, and also an orginal comedian. Bernie, you will be miss by many of us in society. You really made people laugh out loud with your jokes and spirit. I loved the movie Ocean’s Eleven and the bernie mac show. Bernie R.I.P., my condolences goes out to his family and friends.
    Christine.

  • barry chicago

    bernie mac is chicagos pride and joy i remember when i first saw him on def comedy jam im a chi native y do it seems our funny guys die before there time luv bernie mac i aint givin them country boys nothn im chi town ….lol

  • Sharon K

    Bernie Mac – one of the true comedians. Probably my favorite. His show, “The Bernie Mac Show” was funny, honest and always hitting home! Every character he played in all of his movies were true to form. May God be with his wife and daughter at this time. He will truly be missed by all!

  • Anngor

    Bernie Mac was one of the greatest comedians ever lived, as far as I’m concerned. He could make you laugh just by looking at you…..he didn’t have to say a word. Just the expression on his face would have you laughing. There weren’t too many movies that Bernie Mac made that I didn’t like; but one of my favorites was “Players Club”, and I loved the “Bernie Mac Show”. Yes, Bernie Mac will truly be missed but his spirit will forever be in the hearts of many who loved him. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family….many condolences. Bernie, we will miss you, but God needed you more. Keep Him laughing Bernie, keep HIM laughing! :-) May you RIP.

  • Lorri Brown

    Bernie Mac, You will sorely be missed, everyone has enjoyed you and loved every show and act that you did for us. The world will not be the same without Bernie Mac. May you rest in peace, God loves you, your family loves you, your fans love you. To the Mac Family, our prayers are forever with you. Bernie, you are like a family member to all of the world and we truly thank God for allowing you to be a part of our lives.

  • Mz. Sexxii C

    As this news came to me about Mr. Berrnie Mac, I was at AUH! just in totally dis belief. I will Miss Berrnie with his fun personality, and never a dull moment in his movies. I know at there home it just had to be the same way as well.I will miss him sooooooooooooooooooooo very much God ! bless Him & his family

  • BABYBLUEEYES

    I JUST WANT TOO SAY I LOVE YOU BERRNIE, YOUR GOING TO BE TRULY MISSED….NO ONE MADE ME LAUGH LIKE HE DID!!!!!GOD BLESS HIS FAMILY IN THIS TIME OF SADNESS……

  • Mz. Sexxii C

    When I 1st receive the news about Berrnie Mac. I was at Auh! no words could come out. I will really him sooooo very much. With his fun,outgoing personality. Berrnie as one of your many fans you have touch so many of our lives in many ways.With you true live stories that he has shared with us all. As you put into funny issues affected us all in some point in our lives issues that we all have that deals with family
    and Berrnie just make true stories come to a funny point in our lives, that we just have to LAUGH about it. As we all may think that well it’s just in my family. And it’s not at all. it’s in each of our family lives at this point in time. May God! Bless You and Your Family Always.. Miss you!!One of your many Fans!

  • Patricia Hopkins

    August 12, 2008
    My prayers and thoughts are with the Mac Family. You will be truly missed but I know that you will still “Keep it Real” with America. Pat H. and Family

  • Norma

    Actor-comedian Bernie Mac had been a member of so many families. He, in a funny way, addressed many of the “real” day-to-day issues that families face. He will be missed by all his fans. Our prayers and thoughts are with his family. God bless you Mac Family.

  • alice

    i wanna say that bernny mac was a funny person when i heard the news that he passed i was saden by the news he will be sadly missed sincerly alice

  • Karen

    Bernie Mac had the rare talent of telling the ugly truth in the most palpable of ways. Humor transends most boundries and hence making him an appealing entertainer or teacher, depending on your perspective. He made me laugh, cry, and occasionally a little ‘tinkle’ when he was too funny to handle! He will be missed. May the Mac family embrace and enjoy his loving spirit.

  • Anonymous

    You left us too too soon. My prayers and sympathy are with your family.
    Aloha,
    Hawaii

  • jen

    Some one up there needed some cheering up so God decided to bring a funny man home. as William Shakesphere said, ‘He was a man,Take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his face again.” Bernie Mac will be deeply missed by all.

  • sarah

    THE WORLD IS DEEPLY SADENED BY THE DEATH OF MR. BERNIE MAC!!!! WHAT A GUY…! MAY YOUR LOVE FOR BERNIE KEEP YOU STRONG! YOU ARE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS! Time Will Heal…

  • Smooth

    I especially enjoyed reading his autobiography. He came a long way and will be missed.

  • Gloria Winbush

    Bernie you brougt so much joy to my family,when we needed an picker up you were alwalys there.You will be greatly missed.

  • LAURA

    I’M FROM CHICAGO, HE HOLDS A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART. WHEN KINGS OF COMEDY CAME OUT I HAD JUST BURIED MY ONLY CHILD MY NEPHEW PHONE ME TO SAY I NEEDED A GOOD LAUGH, I WAS HESITANT HOWEVER I LET HIM COME OVER THINKING WE WERE GOING TO WATCH SOME MOVIES ABOUT COMEDY WHEN HE TOLD ME TO SIT BACK AND RELAX LITTLE DID I KNOW I WOULD LAUGH TILL I CRY SO WHEN I’M FEELING SAD I BREAK OUT KINGS OF COMEDY AND HAVE A GOOD LAUGH. THANKS BERNIE MAC YOU WILL NEVER EVER BE FORGOTTEN.

  • Kalisha

    My family are also great fans of the man, the legend, Bernie Mac. I feel He was more than a comedian he was an artist because what he created was original there was no style like his. I personally llove movies that really first put him on the scene like House Party 3 and How to be a player, and Life thos are all movies where he shows his uniqueness and mad you laugh until you couldn’t anymore but you could understand where he was coming from he always gave a message. He will be greatly missed and is very much loved by alot of people so all in all I say R>I>P> Bernie Mac hope to see you when we all get to that better place.

  • Dana

    It is always hard for us to lose a love one.Bernie Mac will always be remember and loved.Just believe and all hurt is possible to get through,remember God loves us better than anyone and if Bernie could just come back for a minute he would tell us to keep pressing forward because there no other place to be but with God .We know he’s up there just cracking everyone up in heaven.Our prays are with his wife and children just hold to the love you will see him again.Love a Forever Fan

  • Marie Mallett

    Bernie Mac was a top performer and he will be greatly missed. to his family,live on and stand tall. We love and care for you all.

  • pauline a pitts

    ACCEPT MY FAMILY CHURCH NCCF SA. TX DEEPEST CONDOLENCES. MAY GOD GIVE YOU SWEET REST AND PEACE IN THIS TIME HAVE A BLESSED WEEK.
    BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED
    MISSIONARY PAULINE PITTS

  • E M Richardson

    Mac Man was a natural. Had his own style.Both as a Comedian and as an Actor. His T.V show was up there with Bill Cosbys Show. So much wisdom.and marvelessly ,a Black man heading the household.I know Bernie insisted that would be the way the show would would roll.
    My prayers are with Mrs M and Daughter and family in their loss.

  • nevette darden

    I was more than saddened to hear about the passing of, in my opinion one of the smoothest comediens in our time and he will truly be missed. My heart goes out to his family, although a lot of us did not know him personally, we still feel the impact of the passing of a truly good friend, a lot of us were there right with him at the very beginning of his career, I know me and my family was.I just want the Mac Mans family to know that I hope it lightens your burden to know the world is here for you, and we feel you pain. Take care and God bless.

  • Nell Minow

    Thanks to all of you for these moving tributes. It means so much to share the loss and hold on to the memories. I very much appreciate the way we have come together as a caring community to combine our sorrow and remember that which endures.

  • Carrie Howard

    Bernie was the most enjoyable comeadin i have ever seen, I just cant exciept his passing a way I miss him already.
    May god bless all of you his familey and all who played a part in his life
    God Bless

  • Vickie H

    To the family of Bernie Mac
    God be with you, know that HE will comfort and keep you!

  • Christie R Crumbie

    My sincere condolences to the entire family of Bernie Mac. His sudden desth was a great shock to myself as well as others, I’m sure. “The Mac Man” was a legend in his own time. A true ‘King of Comedy’! He felt like family to me with his screen family on the Bernie Mac show and his seemingly real epilogue into MY family life. God bless his family & everyone that actually was apart of his life.

  • Linda Landowski

    I was Very Saddened by his passing! I lost many Freinds & Loved ones this year! He felt like A Freind I’d loved to have had! He’s just my Husband’s Age!! Heaven is Roaring with more Laughter now! My Symapthies go to all that love & Miss him as well~~!

  • Marilyn

    Bernie Mac will truly be missed,may God Bless him and his family

  • Marilyn

    Bernie Mac will truly be missed,may God Bless him and his family

  • Stacie

    My sincere condolences, to Bernie Mac’s family. He was truely a
    great actor and will be missed by many. May God be with you all.

  • KATHLEEN MATHIES

    BERNIE MAC YOU MADE THE WORLD LAUGH WHEN WE NEEDED TO I LOVED YOUR WORK AND YOU WILL BE MISSED THE WORLD WILL MISS YOU AND I WILL KEEP YOUR FAMILY IN MY PRAYERS

  • Livi Morris

    Bernie Mac was one of my most best ever comedians.May God keep and guide his family and baby girl through this bad time.
    God bless you all he will be greatly missed

  • Freedom

    Bernie Mac You were THE GUY!!!! Yeah man “Listen Up America” WE ALL will miss U, even those who don’t even know they will miss U, they will because YOU Bernie Mac brought Great Love and Laughter to our world.
    Thank You Bernie Mac for being the great humor messenger that U were to all of us.

  • Rosalind

    I will forever miss his way of making the whole world smile. Be blessed Mac family my prayers are with you….

  • B. Venson-Holly

    I would like to say May God be with the entire Mac family. Think of the good times you had with Bernie and god will guide you through the rest. It will be a long struggle but you can make it. Listen Up America
    we lost a good one. GOD BLESS

  • Ve

    I had an opportunity to meet Bernie and he stated, “What are you?” with laughter. I am 6’2″ fair skin with hazel blue-green eyes. He had a way of making a person laugh when they did not want too. he also had a positive way of encouraging others to reach out of their box(es). He did and i am glad he did I watch his television presentation with haste and pleasure. I will truly miss him on this earth. But we will ALL remember he came this way to share Laughter, Love and encouragement.

  • Gail

    WHEN GOD MADE YOU,”GOD”KNEW YOU WOULD DO YOUR JOB HERE VERY WELL.MAY GOD KEEP YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS IN THIS VERY DIFFICULT TIME.FROM ALL THE BERNIE MAC FANS FROM OHIO,YOU ARE TRULY MISSED.WE LOVE YOU BERNIE!!!

  • Minnie Patton

    I watched Bernie Mac five nights a week,every week.Even if I had seen it before.He would always may me laugh.He always ended the show with some great wisdom.I feel like a member of my family is gone.The world is a sadder place.
    My heart goes out to the family.

  • carolyn mitchell

    i loved bernie mac he made me laugh ever time i watched him he will truly be missed my prayers are with him and his family at this time rest in peace my brother.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for being a fine human being excatly what GOD made you!!!!!!

  • TESSA

    I loved to watch anything that Bernie Mac appeared in. My daughter and I would watch his television show and she would refer to him as “Uncle Bernie” also. May God’s hand be upon his family and close friends through this time of bereavement.

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