September 3, 2012 at 3:06 pm #68898
Duncan died today at the age of 54. This is so sad. His girlfriend, The Apprentice’s Omarosa, left his hospital bedside for a brief moment and when she returned Duncan had died. Sad.September 3, 2012 at 3:17 pm #68900
Very sad. He’ll be missed. Loved watching his larger than life presence in films and television.September 3, 2012 at 3:18 pm #68901
Aww. He was actually quite good in The Green Mile. It’s a travesty that he passed so relatively young.
He will be missed. RIP.September 3, 2012 at 3:20 pm #68902
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Clarke Duncan, the hulking, prolific character actor whose dozens of films included an Oscar-nominated performance as a death row inmate in “The Green Mile” and such other box office hits as “Armageddon,” ”Planet of the Apes” and “Kung Fu Panda,” is dead at age 54.
Clarke died Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he was being treated for a heart attack, said his fiancée, Reverend Omarosa Manigault, in a statement released by publicist Joy Fehily.
The muscular, 6-foot-4 Duncan, a former bodyguard who turned to acting in his 30s, “suffered a myocardial infarction on July 13 and never fully recovered,” the statement said. “Manigault is grateful for all of your prayers and asks for privacy at this time. Celebrations of his life, both private and public, will be announced at a later date.”
In the spring of 2012, Clarke had appeared in a video for PETA, the animal rights organization, in which he spoke of how much better he felt since becoming a vegetarian three years earlier.
“I cleared out my refrigerator, about $5,000 worth of meat,” he said. “I’m a lot healthier than I was when I was eating meat.”
Duncan had a handful of minor roles before “The Green Mile” brought him an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor. The 1999 film, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, starred Tom Hanks as a corrections officer at a penitentiary in the 1930s. Duncan played John Coffey, a convicted murderer with a surprisingly gentle demeanor and extraordinary healing powers.
Duncan’s performance caught on with critics and moviegoers and he quickly became a favorite in Hollywood, appearing in several films a year. He owed some of his good fortune to Bruce Willis, who recommended Duncan for “The Green Mile” after the two appeared together in “Armageddon.” Clarke would work with Willis again in “Breakfast of Champions,” ”The Whole Nine Yards” and “Sin City.”
His industrial-sized build was suited for everything from superhero films (“Daredevil”) to comedy (“Talledega Nights,” ”School for Scoundrels”). His gravelly baritone alone was good enough for several animated movies, including, “Kung Fu Panda,” ”Delgo” and “Brother Bear.” Among Clarke’s television credits: “The Apprentice,” ”The Finder,” ”Two and a Half Men” and “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.”
Born in Chicago in 1957, Duncan was raised by a single mother whose resistance to his playing football led to his deciding he wanted to become an actor. But when his mother became ill, he dropped out of college, Alcorn State University, and worked as a ditch digger and bouncer to support her. By his mid-20s, he was in Los Angeles, where he looked for acting parts and became a bodyguard for Will Smith, Jamie Foxx and other stars. The murder of rapper Notorious B.I.G., for whom Duncan had been hired to protect before switching assignments, led him to quit his job and pursue acting full-time.
Early film and television credits, when he was usually cast as a bodyguard or bouncer, included “Bulworth,” ”A Night at the Roxbury” and “The Players Club.”September 3, 2012 at 3:25 pm #68903
I watched his PETA video, and loved him even more.
RIP MCD. Wish you could let us know about the Rainbow Bridge.September 3, 2012 at 3:28 pm #68904
RIP Michael Clarke Duncan!September 3, 2012 at 4:26 pm #68905
Very sad to hear of this. I will never forget my viewing experience of The Green Mile. Unforgettable performance in a really good film. Thoughts and prayers to his family and loved ones.September 3, 2012 at 5:16 pm #68906
That’s terrible news to hear. Duncan was very good in “The Green Mile.” RIP.September 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm #68907
Met him once whilst pumping iron at a gym in downtown Toronto. Simply wondrous (and tall!) person it seemed to me from my brief connection. RIP indeed.September 3, 2012 at 5:21 pm #68908
That’s so sad. May he RIP.September 3, 2012 at 6:02 pm #68909
Also met him, at an industry event where The Green Mile was just shown. I loathed the movie – for me, one of the worst BP nominees ever – yet immediately was charmed by him. He had an infectious smile, clearly was quite both well and soft spoken, had a real dignity about him.September 3, 2012 at 6:21 pm #68910
This is incredibly sad!! Every time I saw him in interviews he seemed like such a sweet and very positive person, like the type who could walk in and just light up the room. I give my sincerest condolences to his friends and family.September 3, 2012 at 6:37 pm #68911
I could not have less interest in seeing “The Green Mile,” but I was always charmed by him in interviews, etc. I will remember his acting most fondly for a one-line voiceover in The Family Guy as Fozzie Bear saying, “Wokka Wokka, Who wants to hear a funny ass joke?”September 3, 2012 at 7:10 pm #68912
Such a talented actor. Really enjoyed Michael Clarke Duncan in The Green Mile.
R.I.P.September 3, 2012 at 8:43 pm #68913
I could not have less interest in seeing “The Green Mile,” but I was always charmed by him in interviews, etc. I will remember his acting most fondly for a one-line voiceover in The Family Guy as Fozzie Bear saying, “Wokka Wokka, Who wants to hear a funny ass joke?”
Bwahahahaha! Yes!! I was just thinking about that too! 🙂
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