Born on Chicago’s south side, Bernard Jeffrey McCullough (October 5, 1957), better known as Bernie Mac, was an actor and stand-up comedian. Influenced by comedians Red Foxx and Richard Pryor, he got his start appearing at Chicago’s Cotton Club. His popularity began to grow when he won the Miller Lite Comedy Search at 32 years of age. His popularity continued growing until he joined fellow Black comedians Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, and D. L. Hughley in the film “The Original Kings of Comedy.”
Briefly hosting the comedy show Midnight Mac, he appeared in several minor film roles. His most noted roles included Frank Catton in the 2001 remake of Ocean’s Eleven and as the title character of Mr. 3000, a 2004 sports comedy directed by Charles Stone III in which he played the part of a retired Major League Baseball player who comes out of retirement to attain a goal of 3000 hits.
As the star of the American sitcom series the Bernie Mac Show, he earned two Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. This series ran from 2001 to 2006.
In the summer of 2004, when Mac was filming both Ocean’s Twelve and Guess Who while also promoting Mr. 3000, set to film the remainder of Season 4 of The Bernie Mac Show in October of that year, he contracted pneumonia in both lungs and suffering from exhaustion, Fox halted production for four weeks so Mac could recover.
On August 1, 2008, Mac was admitted to the Northwestern Memorial Hospital in his hometown of Chicago. Suffering from sarcoidosis, a disease of unknown origin that causes inflammation in the tissue, after a week of unsuccessful medical treatment, Mac went into cardiac arrest. He died during the early morning hours on August 9, from complications of pneumonia at the age of 50.
Recently, after 13 years, the Walker-Bryce Creative LLC with the help of Mac’s widow Rhonda McCullough released the book “I Don’t Care If You Like Me, I Like Me: Bernie Mac’s Daily Motivational,” a daily motivational book in the voice of the late Bernie Mac. It’s a humorous but poignant page-a-day prescription for a better life and career.
This book has a foreword by Sinbad, an afterword by Lil Rel Howery, and early endorsements from Sherri Shepherd (“It’s the perfect combination of comedy and truth, just like you’d expect from Bernie Mac.”) and other celebrity endorsements from Kym Whitley, Courtney B. Vance, and Damon Williams, and a funny but poignant audiobook voiced by celebrity impersonator and comedian Reggie Reg!
MMW.News. How is the promotion of the book going?
MelindaNew book shares wisdom, and advice from late Chicagoan and comedian Bernie Mac.I’m sending links!
MMW.News, Anything in the Motor City?
Melinda, We had some talks with Fox 2 but we are still waiting to hear back as far as scheduling something.
Denise, Yes! You will be breaking the story in Motor City
Denise, That is so true!
Melinda, It’s funny as heck, but the advice is real. One page a day, a quote from someone famous, advice to take into your day… And while you’re reading, you can really hear Bernie’s voice and imagine him sitting on his chair talking to America. Talking straight to you. It’s no-holds-barred, just like he was.
Melinda, And, I don’t anticipate the success of this book tapering off too quickly! Our agent and publisher feel like this book will be a bookstore shelf staple, and its popularity will rise as more people find it. It’s always good for a Father’s Day gift or a graduation gift. It’s a nice hardcover, so it’s perfect really for any gifting.
Denise, The good thing about the book is that it’s applicable for any year. It doesn’t have a specific start date and you can pick up the book to read on whatever day you wish to start. The only challenge is reading just one page a day!
Denise, Our audiobook will be released after June 21st. Celebrity impressionist Reggie Reg voiced the entire book in Bernie Mac’s voice.
MMW.News, On a final note regarding the book..
Melinda, Denise, and I co-created this book alongside Rhonda, who contributed many stories and valuable information about her late husband. We are co-writers on the book and our company, WBC, LLC, holds the copyrights. We are not just a publicity team… I’ve had several people ask (a little confused) because the book does not show our names on the cover, but we’re in the back of the book in the writer’s acknowledgments!
About Denise Jordan Walker and Melinda Doan Bryce
Walker-Bryce Creative, LLC: Denise Jordan-Walker is a celebrity publicist, manager, radio personality, voice talent, producer, and writer. Denise was Bernie’s Chicago publicist and is Rhonda’s publicist.
Melinda K. Bryce is an accomplished writer with multiple books and screenplays to her credit.
MEDIA CONTACT: Denise Jordan Walker email@example.com (708) 733-6132
You can view a lengthy sample of the book here! pages!