BERNIE MAC has gone from the small comedy clubs of Chicago to become the highest grossing comedian today, selling out arenas and theatres all across the country. Mac has recently signed a first look deal with Lions Gate Entertainment. His production company MacMan Entertainment, along with partner Steven Greener, will produce/star in feature films for the studio as well as develop four Dean Martin-style celebrity roasts that will go directly to DVD. Bernie Mac can currently be seen in the Lions Gate feature “Pride.” The film is based on the true life story of determined swim coach Jim Ellis (Terrance Howard) who starts a swim team for troubled teens at the Philadelphia Department of Recreation. Mac plays the janitor who with Ellis fights to keep the recreation center open for the kids. In May, Mac re-teams with the original cast for the Warner Brothers feature “Ocean’s Thirteen.” In 2002, Bernie Mac created the family comedy “The Bernie Mac Show” which he also starred in. He received Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 2002 and 2003 and the show won an Emmy for “Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series” in 2003. The show also received the Peabody Award; two Television Critics Association Awards for Best Comedy Series and Best Comedy Performance; and a NAACP Image Award for Best Comedy Series and Best Actor. Bernie Mac was seen in the feature films “Head Of State”; the highly anticipated sequel “Charlie’s Angels 2: Full Throttle”; the holiday hit “Bad Santa”; the Disney feature “Mr. 3000” and the remake of “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner.” Never one to focus on any one medium, Mac wrote his first book, entitled I Ain’t Scared of You, which was published in Fall 2001. In it, he rips through such topics as sex, religion, hygiene, celebrity and more without missing a beat. This past April saw the release of his second book, a more traditional autobiography, Maybe You Never Cry Again in which Mac expounds upon growing up in Chicago and the hardships and obstacles in his path to the top. As a founding member of the “Kings of Comedy” comedy tour, Bernie Mac displayed his trademark rapid fire and hard-hitting delivery. The success of the tour spawned Spike Lee’s 2000 concert film “The Original Kings Of Comedy,” which has grossed nearly $40 million dollars. Born and raised in Chicago, Bernie Mac made his television debut on the landmark HBO comedy series, “Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam” which led to him being cast in the Damon Wayans feature “Mo’ Money,” which marked his feature film debut. Other film credits include the Eddie Murphy/Martin Lawrence comedy “Life,” “House Party 3,” “How To Be A Player” and “What’s The Worst That Could Happen.” Bernie Mac currently lives in Chicago.