Chicago will officially honor Bernie Mac – Bernard Jeffrey McCullough – with a street named for the nationally-known comedian, movie star, and television star.
Bernie Mac, as he was known to millions of fans, was born on the South Side of Chicago on October 5, 1957 and passed away on August 9, 2008.
Mac became an extremely positive influence on the Chicago Public Schools and his community via public service to the city he called home.
While he began his career as one of ‘The Original Kings of Comedy,’ his career flourished into a successful television and film career. He was best known as the star of the Bernie Mac Show in which he was nominated for two prestigious Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. His movies included Ocean’s Eleven, Mr. 3000, Booty Call, Friday, The Players Club, Head of State, and Soul Men.
Though Mac’s cause of death was due to complications from pneumonia, he reportedly suffered from sarcoidosis which is a disease that attacks nodules in multiple organs including the lungs and lymph nodes. He was said to have been in remission from his health concerns when the pneumonia struck and took his life in 2008.
The ceremony honoring Bernie Mac is taking place at the corner of West 69th Street and Sangamon Street in the Englewood neighborhood where Mac was raised. The ceremony begins at 10:00AM on Tuesday, February 28, 2012.
The primary source of this article is NBC News
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