The acclaimed documentary show, “Unsung Hollywood,” is returning on TV One with all-new episodes. This season is kicking off with the story of beloved comedian, Bernard McCullough, better known as Bernie Mac.
Bernie Mac came from humble beginnings on Chicago’s South Side. As a hard-working father, he struggled to make ends meet, working as a janitor and later a fry cook. But the funnyman never let go of his dream of making people laugh for a living as a comedian.
He first emerged as a notable act on HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam,” and was soon featured in movies, including House Party 3 and The Player’s Club. Mac had already gained recognition as a straightforward and hilarious entertainer, but his role in The Kings of Comedy solidified his spot as one of the greatest stand-up comedians of his era. He went on to star in more movies and his own sitcom, “The Bernie Mac Show.”
Mac had struggled with sarcoidosis, a disease that causes inflammation of tissues and attacks the lungs. He died of complications from pneumonia on Aug. 9, 2008.
This season of Unsung Hollywood will also feature comedian George Wallace, legendary actor Billy Dee Williams, The Rat Pack crooner Sammie Davis Jr., and the 1976 film, Car Wash.