'The Green Mile' Star Michael Clarke Duncan Has Passed Away at 54
Sad news came almost out of nowhere on this Labor Day as NY Daily News reports that Michael Clarke Duncan, nominated for his star-making turn in The Green Mile has passed away at only 54-years old. The actor had been hospitalized for the past couple months after suffering a heart attack in July, and today Clarke's fiancee Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth (of "The Apprentice") released a statement saying he passed away sometime this morning in Los Angeles while still undergoing treatment at the hospital. The hulking, deep-voice actor became a mainstay after stunning the industry (and holding his own against Tom Hanks) with his turn as man accused of child murder and rape, who has a mysterious and miraculous gift. Read on.
Though The Green Mile really launched Duncan's career, he already had sizable roles in Bulworth and Armageddon the year before (and a great bit part in A Night at the Roxbury). But his career flourished after the 1999 Best Picture nominee with large roles in films like The Whole Nine Yards, Planet of the Apes, The Scorpion King and Daredevil. Though he also continued to show his action chops in films like Sin City and The Island (reateaming him with director Michael Bay), he also took time out for family programming doing voices for cartoons like "The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron" and "Teen Titans."
Duncan eventually also showed a penchant for comedy with several guest turns on "Family Guy" as well as supporting roles in School for Scoundrels, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and The Slammin' Salmon. More recently he combined his tastes for action and voicework by playing Commander Vachir in Kung Fu Panda and Kilowog in Green Lantern. Duncan also had a regular role on the Fox series "The Finder" this year, and still has two more films, In the Hive and The Challenger coming down the road. The actor was a unique talent with a memorable presence and voice who will truly be missed. RIP.