Bernie Mac as Uncle Bernie

The Bernie Mac Show | By Jordan "YR" Yue | 07/31/2013 | 11:36 AM EDT

As a stand-up comedian he was known for his unflinching honesty about family, marriage and race. As the lead character on his sitcom, he expanded upon his material in the Original Kings of Comedy and became the tough-loving uncle, treating his nieces and nephew like they were his own when their mother was not there.

As a stand-up comedian he was known for his unflinching honesty about family, marriage and race. As the lead character on his sitcom, he expanded upon his material in the Original Kings of Comedy and became the tough-loving uncle, treating his nieces and nephew like they were his own when their mother was not there. 

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