From Janitor to Comedian…..Bernie Mac never lost his passion for comedy.
The acclaimed documentary show, “Unsung Hollywood,” is returning on TV One with all-new episodes. This season will begin with the story of beloved comedian, Bernie Mac who passed away from complications with pneumonia in 2008.
Mac is known as one of the most legendary comedians of all time. He made us laugh with his hilarious stand-up comedy and with his movies.
Bernie Mac, whose real name was Bernard McCullough, got his start in comedy when he performed routines at Chicago’s Cotton Club, where he established himself as a respectable comedian. He was a hard-working father who struggled to make ends meet. Bernie worked as a janitor and later a fry cook but never let go of his passion of becoming a comedian and still continued to make people laugh.
It was Bernie Mac’s first appearance on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam that let the entire nation know that he was something different. After this special he became one of the most recognized comedians and was soon featured in movies, including House Party 3, The Player’s Club. Mac had already gained recognition as a straightforward and hilarious entertainer, but his role in The Kings of Comedy solidified his spot as one of the greatest stand-up comedians of his era. In 2001 he went on to star in his own sitcom on Fox, “The Bernie Mac Show“
This season of Unsung Hollywood will also feature comedian George Wallace, legendary actor Billy Dee Williams, The Rat Pack crooner Sammie Davis Jr., and the 1976 film, Car Wash.
Bernie Mac’s episode will air on Wednesday night and will highlight his life until his sudden death. This is one episode you won’t want to miss.
Watch a preview of Unsung: Hollywood featuring Bernie Mac below:
Click here to watch fellow Kings Of Comedy, Steve Harvey, share a few words remembering Bernie Mac as he takes a commercial break on his show.