Saturday, 8 September 2012

In Memory of Michael Clarke Duncan (1957-2012) (Updated)

Michael Clarke Duncan (1957-2012)

Greetings, movie lovers, as
you know, actor Michael
Clarke Duncan who was
notable in movies such as
'Armageddon' and 'The Green 
Mile' has died after having complications from a heart attack at age of 54 on September 3rd 2012.

He once took other jobs that involves security in Los Angeles while trying to get some work of acting in commercials. During this time, he worked as a bodyguard for celebrities like Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J and the late Notorious B.I.G., all the while, he started doing bit parts in films and television. When B.I.G was killed in 1997, Duncan quit his line of job and then in 1998, he was cast as Bear in a Michael Bay movie 'Armageddon' opposite Ben Affleck and Bruce Willis who Duncan had struck a friendship with the action star. It was then Willis influence that helped him to get his breakout role as John Coffey in a film directed by Frank Darabont and starred Tom Hanks, called 'The Green Mile' which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

After his dramatic turn in 'The Green Mile', Duncan was then cast in a string of features that helped to establish him as a star in action or comedy including 'The Whole Nine Yards', 'The Scorpion King' and 'Daredevil' where he played the main villain The Kingpin and again with 'Armageddon' co-star Ben Affleck. In 2005, he starred in movies like 'The Island' and 'Sin City'. Known for his deep baritone voice, Duncan did mostly vocal parts for films and TV series such as 'Brother Bear', 'Kung Fu Panda' and others. He is survived by his girlfriend, TV personality Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth.

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