'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.
sad. and while he was outstanding in "green mile", i LOVED him in "slammin salmon"! he was hilarious as the ex heavyweight champ!
beevis on Sep 3, 2012
He was awesome in the whole nine yards and the tv show The finder as well....way too young....RIP
Cody W on Sep 3, 2012
Definitely will be missed. RIP.
Xerxexx on Sep 3, 2012
I loved that man. I imagine him being a lovable, kind hearted teddy bear, until someone I knew ran into him in real life...They told me my imagination was reality, and his deep voice was well balanced by a lovable presence. Blessings to you Mr. Duncan. Blessings.
Quanah on Sep 3, 2012
R.I.P. Poppa Bear.
Akirakorn on Sep 3, 2012
This is really awful to hear 🙁 Seemed like a really genuine guy.
Nick Sears on Sep 3, 2012
Life is too short.
DP on Sep 4, 2012
Definitely one of the most likable actors out there. RIP
Davide Coppola on Sep 4, 2012
He will be missed! Rest in peace my friend...
Avi Smulders on Sep 4, 2012
This is so sad...bad news about great men's of cinema in recent days..."Tony Scott"...and now "Michael clarke duncan"...Rest in peace big man.we missed you.
Bob on Sep 4, 2012
Thought you should mention Alex he also did the voice for "Atlas" in God of War II. Out of nowhere is right, this is hard to believe.
Reznik on Sep 4, 2012
Really very sad to hear his demise. A great fan of his screen presence and voice.
Prudhvi on Sep 4, 2012
Came across as one of the nicest guy. Always smiling and full of joy. A life cut short but by the look on his face he enjoyed every second of it RIP big fellow
rocky728 on Sep 4, 2012
Very upsetting loss.
tzarinna on Sep 4, 2012
Dude, actually thinking about him last week.
mooreworthy on Sep 4, 2012
Too sad. He'll be sorely missed. May you find your blessings in whatever awaits us beyond.
Thexn on Sep 4, 2012
Big loss. Was great in Daredevil and in Planet of the Apes. RARE character in movies.
Hope on Sep 4, 2012
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