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BERNIE MAC (Frank Catton) has risen from the small comedy clubs of Chicago to become one of today's most popular comedy actors and stand-up comedians. In addition to starring in both films and television shows, he continues to sell out arenas and theatres across the country.

Mac recently signed a first-look deal with Lionsgate Entertainment, along with partner Steven Greener. Through his production company, MacMan Entertainment, Mac will produce and star in feature films for the studio, as well as develop four Dean Martinstyle celebrity roasts that will go directly to DVD.

He can currently be seen in the Lionsgate feature "Pride,” based on the true-life story of determined swim coach Jim Ellis (Terrence Howard) who starts a swim team for troubled teens at the Philadelphia Department of Recreation. Mac plays the janitor who with Ellis fights to keep the recreation center open for the kids. This summer, Mac stars in the much-anticipated action adventure "Transformers,” directed by Michael Bay.

Mac previously starred in Steven Soderbergh's ensemble caper comedies "Ocean's Eleven” and "Ocean's Twelve.” He has also recently starred in the feature films "Head of State,” directed by and starring Chris Rock; the sequel "Charlie's Angels 2: Full Throttle”; the holiday hit "Bad Santa,” with Billy Bob Thornton; the baseball comedy "Mr. 3000”; and "Guess Who,” a comedy loosely based on the classic film "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.”

In 2001, Mac created the family television comedy series "The Bernie Mac Show,” which he also starred in and produced. He received Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 2002 and 2003, and the show won an Emmy for "Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series” in 2003. The show also received the Peabody Award, two Television Critics Association Awards for Best Comedy Series and Best Comedy Performance, and an NAACP Image Award for Best Comedy Series and Best Actor.

A founding member of the "Kings of Comedy,” Mac displayed his trademark rapid-fire wit and hard-hitting delivery on the show's sell-out tour. The success of the tour spawned Spike Lee's 2000 hit 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,” which led to his being cast in the Damon Wayans feature "Mo' Money,” which marked Mac's feature film debut. His other film credits include the Eddie Murphy/Martin Lawrence comedy "Life,” "House Party 3,” "How to Be a Player” and "What's the Worst That Could Happen?”

Never one to focus on any single medium, Mac wrote his first book, entitled I Ain't Scared of You, which was published in Fall 2001. In it, he rips through such topics as sex, religion, hygiene, celebrity and more, without missing a beat. In his second book, a more traditional autobiography entitled Maybe You Never Cry Again, Mac tells of growing up in Chicago and the hardships and obstacles in his path to success.


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