Michael Clarke Duncan Dies at 54

September 4, 2012


Physically and vocally-imposing actor Michael Clarke Duncan, who received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for his role in The Green Mile, died Monday at the age of 54.

The six-foot-five actor had suffered a heart attack back in July, and reportedly died due to complications from that, said Ducan's fiancée, former The Apprentice contestant Omarosa Manigault.

Born in the lower-class South Side of Chicago, Duncan preceded his career as an actor with turns at ditch digging, bouncing, and stripping before moving to Los Angeles, where his impressive proportions got him work as a bouncer for the likes of Will Smith and Jamie Foxx. His big acting break came when he scored a part in Armageddon that had him strutting in slow-motion alongside Bruce Willis, who took a shine to Duncan and got him a meeting with Frank Darabont, leading to his casting and later acclaim in The Green Mile.

Though he'd never again receive the sort of accolades he earned for showing up Tom Hanks, his role as The Green Mile's gentle, innocent, magical death row inmate cemented his status as a Hollywood's premier enormous, bald, African-American talent (sorry, Tom Lister, Jr.). Following his turn in the Stephen King adaptation, he again worked with Willis in The Whole Nine Yards and later in Robert Rodriguez's Sin City. He also lent his iconic, booming voice to a wide variety of animated projects, and selflessly served the fanboy community with parts in Daredevil, The Green Lantern, and Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li. Duncan is survived by his mother and sister.

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