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Bernard Jeffrey McCollough

Born: 1957 in Chicago, Illlinois
Pen Name: Bernie Mac

Connection to Illinois: Bernie was raised on the south side of Chicago and always called it home.

Biography: Besides his work in film and television Bernie Mac also authored two books. His second book described his impoverished childhood, strict upbringing and his mother's belief in him.In 1977 at age 19, Mac married his high school sweetheart, Rhonda, whom he credits with much of his success, particularly as the young couple struggled through the early years of Mac's fledgling career. They had a daughter, Je'Niece, and a granddaughter. Bernie was in many television and movie productions and he was a comedian that refused to change his image for Hollywood and said that his life in Chicago was who he was and there was nothing that could change that. He was a mature comedian who was very intelligent and very engaging in his TV, movie and stand-up appearances.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Bernard Jeffrey McCollough on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

I ain't scared of you :
ISBN: 0743428226 OCLC: 52210740

MTV Books/Pocket Books, New York, N.Y. : 2003.

Maybe you never cry again /
ISBN: 0060529288 OCLC: 52039570

Regan Books, New York : ©2003.

"Bernie recounts his slow rise to stardom, from doing stand-up at a church dinner at age eight to performing in amateur open-mike nights to earning a regular gig at Chicago's Cotton Club, and eventually to entertaining huge audiences on stage and in film and on television" (dust jacket).