2012-09-04 00:22:44 UTC
Michael Clarke Duncan -- best known for his Oscar-nominated role as a
death row inmate who possessed magical healing powers in the 1999 film
"The Green Mile" -- died on Monday at the age of 54, according to his
fiancee Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth.
Duncan had been in a Los Angeles hospital since July 13 following a
heart attack and died on Monday morning after close to two months of
At 6-feet, 5-inches tall and approximately 300 pounds, Duncan was
nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for his role as
gentle giant prisoner John Coffey in "The Green Mile," also starring
Tom Hanks. Duncan won the role, in part, due to a recommendation by
Bruce Willis, who he worked with on 1998's "Armageddon." Duncan went
on to appear with Willis in three more films -- "Breakfast of
Champions," "The Whole Nine Yards" and "Sin City."
Before he broke into acting, Duncan worked as a bodyguard for stars
including Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J, and The
Notorious B.I.G. -- whose 1997 death prompted him to quit that line of
Duncan's career spanned three decades and included roles in other
television and film titles including "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,"
"Married with Children," "The Jamie Foxx Show," "Living Single,"
"Bulworth," "Arli$$," "A Night at the Roxbury," "Sister, Sister,"
"Cats & Dogs," "Planet of the Apes," "King of the Hill," "CSI: NY,"
"Talladega Nights," "Kung Fu Panda," "Two and a Half Men," "Bones,"
and most recently "The Challenger," which is yet to be released. The
African American actor also played The Kingpin in 2003's "Daredevil,"
starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner -- a notable achievement
seeing as the character in the comics, on which the film is based, was
always depicted as being white.
"The Green Mile" was nominated for four Oscars in 2000 and won 15
other awards including best supporting actor trophies for Duncan from
the Black Reel Awards and the Broadcast Film Critics Association
Born and raised on Chicago's South Side and brought up by a single
mother, Duncan is said to have resisted temptations of drugs and
alcohol, instead focusing on school and acting. He worked digging
ditches after attending community college, according to his biography
on IMDb.com, then quit his job and moved to Hollywood, launching his
acting career while in his thirties. More than three years ago, Duncan
is said to have become a vegetarian, and appeared in a video for
animal rights organization PETA earlier this year.
It is a shame.
I have always liked his acting career.