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Actor Bernie Mac (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — The late Bernie Mac is getting a special honor in Chicago.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Felicia Middlebrooks reports, Mac died on Aug. 9, 2008, at the age of 50.

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Now, his legacy will be celebrated with an honorary street name. The block of West 69th Street where Mac grew up in the Englewood neighborhood will gain the additional name of “Bernie Mac Street.”

The dedication ceremony is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday at 69th and Sangamon streets.

Mac was born Bernard Jeffrey McCullough in Chicago in 1957. He began his career as a comedian on the South Side in 1977, when he was just 19.

He gained notoriety as a standup comic in Chicago, making appearances at the Regal Theater, and notably at the famed All Jokes Aside African-American comedy club in the South Loop.

He later became known for his stand-up performance in the Original Kings of Comedy, a tour that showcased some of the most popular contemporary black comedians – Mac, Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, and D.L. Hughley.

Mac’s first film appearance was a small in the 1992 movie “Mo’ Money.” But his brash stage performances led to appearances in films such as “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.”

He also starred in the hit Fox TV comedy series “The Bernie Mac Show” from 2001 to 2006.

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