Bernie Mac, comedian and actor, Aug. 9

Bernie Mac, a comedian-actor who blended style, authority and a touch of self-aware bluster to make audiences laugh, died on Aug. 9 of complications from pneumonia. He was 50. Mac's abilities were a winning mix, delivering him from a poor childhood to stardom as a stand-up comedian, in films including the casino heist caper "Ocean's Eleven" and his acclaimed sitcom, " The Bernie Mac Show."
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