Transformers and Oceans 11 actor dies


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May 6, 2007
Only 50:

Bernie Mac, the actor and comedian who teamed up in the casino heist caper Ocean's Eleven and gained a prestigious Peabody Award for his sitcom The Bernie Mac Show, has died aged 50.

"Actor/comedian Bernie Mac passed away ... from complications due to pneumonia in a Chicago area hospital," his publicist, Danica Smith, said in a statement from Los Angeles.

She said no other details were available and asked that his family's privacy be respected.

The comedian suffered from sarcoidosis, an inflammatory lung disease that produces tiny lumps of cells in the body's organs, but the condition went into remission in 2005. He was recently hospitalised and treated for pneumonia, which his publicist said was not related to the disease.


he was a very decent actor, mostly did the comic roles. Sad news.
quite sad... I used to watch the Bernie Mac show quite a lot... RIP
He was a funny guy, sad to see this happen.
But Pneumonia is the most common cause of death for HIV / AIDS sufferers isnt it?
I was really shocked to hear about this, i used to watch his tv show and those movies he was in. He was one on of the better comedians around.
RIP Bernie Mac
I watched one of his stand up routines, from his earlier days.. he was brilliant, always funny. This is really sad news.
I used to watch the bernie mac show a bit. seemed a nice guy. Sad news...
One of the best comics in the US. Really enjoyed his movies and his show "The Bernie Mac Show" was a huge hit here.
I thought I misheard it last night. But looks likes its indeed Bernie Mac. RIP
First time i seen this guy was the Kings of Comedy Stand Up show and he was brilliant on it - a natural comedia who will be missed

RIP Bernie
Carl Reiner, who helped create The Dick Van Dyke Show and acted in films like Ocean's Eleven, has died aged 98.

The prolific writer, comedian, director and actor also directed several films including Steve Martin vehicles The Jerk (1979) and All of Me (1984).

He was in 2001's Ocean's Eleven and its two sequels as conman Saul Bloom, and had a double act with Mel Brooks.

He died of natural causes on Monday at his home in Beverly Hills, his assistant Judy Nagy confirmed.

Reiner also acted in films such as The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming (1966).

He was a close friend of fellow sketchwriter Brooks, and the pair found a new audience with their 2000 Year Old Man routines, which spawned books and an animated TV special.

Reiner's agent recently posted a picture of the pair supporting the Black Lives Matter movement along with Reiner's daughter.

In his 90s, virtually every day in Beverly Hills, Reiner met with Brooks, after they both lost their wives, and they would sit on Reiner's sofa watching movies, telling jokes and recalling a lifetime of comedy.

Reiner started acting in the US army during World War Two. In the 1950s, fellow writers on Your Show of Shows included Brooks and Neil Simon, creating a combination of silliness and satire.

He won several Emmys writing and producing the Dick Van Dyke Show, in which he played temperamental variety show host Alan Brady, the boss of Van Dyke's character, Rob Petrie.

A reprisal of his Alan Brady role three decades later, for a guest turn on the 1990s sitcom Mad About You, earned Reiner another Emmy.

His directing credits included 1977 comedy film Oh God!, starring George Burns, and more Steve Martin films including Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid and The Man with Two Brains.

Reiner also starred on Broadway and wrote many books, including several for children.

He was still doing voice roles in his 90s and had a key role in a documentary about people who keep busy into their tenth decade, titled If You're Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast.

Reiner once wrote in his book My Anecdotal Life: "Inviting people to laugh at you while you are laughing at yourself is a good thing to do. You may be the fool but you are the fool in charge."

Tributes have been paid by stars including William Shatner and Rosanna Arquette.

He leaves three children, artist Annie, artist Lucas and actor and director Rob Reiner - behind the likes of This is Spinal Tap, The Princess Bride, Stand By Me, A Few Good Men and When Harry Met Sally.

Reiner's wife of 64 years, Estelle, died in 2008.