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After his appearances on "Def Comedy Jam," Hollywood took note of Macs in-your-face comedy. His first film role was in 1992, a bit part in Mo Money. In 1995, Mac scored the role of Pastor Clever in what would become a cult favorite, Friday. More movies followed, including Spike Lees Get on the Bus (1996).
Pictured: Bernie Mac, left, Chris Tucker and Ice Cube in "Friday."