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HEAD OF STATE

BERNIE MAC (Mitch Gilliam) has risen from the small comedy clubs of Chicago to emerge as one of today's most popular comedians. In addition to playing to sell-out crowds at arenas and theatres across the country, he stars in his own hit sitcom, "The Bernie Mac Show," which debuted in the fall of 2001 to critical acclaim and stellar ratings. Mac's work on the show has brought him Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor in a Comedy Series, and a Television Critics Association Award for Best Comedy Performance. The series has also received a prestigious Peabody Award, as well as a Television Critics Association Award for Best Comedy Series.

Following "Head of State," Mac will co-star with Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu in the much-anticipated sequel "Charlie's Angels 2: Full Throttle," in which he takes over the role of Bosley, actually Bosley's brother, the liaison between the Angels and their mysterious employer. Later this year, he will appear in the comedy "Bad Santa," in which he stars with Billy Bob Thornton, and he also lends his voice to the animated feature "Lil' Pimp."

Mac was most recently seen in Steven Soderbergh's hit remake of "Ocean's 11," alongside George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon. He was a founding member of the "Kings of Comedy" tour, which showcased Mac's trademark rapid-fire delivery and incisive wit that helped make the show such a monumental hit. The success of the tour spawned Spike Lee's widely acclaimed concert film "The Original Kings of Comedy."

Born and raised in Chicago, Mac made his television debut on the landmark HBO comedy series "Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam." That led to him being cast in the Damon Wayans feature "Mo' Money," marking his feature film debut. In addition to acting and performing, Mac wrote a book entitled I Ain't Scared of You: Bernie Mac on How Life Is, which was published last fall by MTV/Pocket Books.

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