September 5th, 2012
Michael Clarke Duncan passes away at age of 54
Michael Clarke Duncan (December 10, 1957 – September 3, 2012)
Michael Clarke Duncan (December 10, 1957 – September 3, 2012) was an American actor, best known for his breakout role as John Coffey in The Green Mile, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. He is also recognized for his appearances in motion pictures such as Armageddon, The Whole Nine Yards, Sin City and Daredevil, as well as voice acting roles in works such as Brother Bear and Kung Fu Panda.
Duncan started out taking security jobs in Los Angeles while trying to get acting work in commercials. During this time, he worked as a bodyguard for celebrities like Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J, and Notorious B.I.G., all the while doing bit parts in television and films. When the Notorious B.I.G. was killed in 1997, Duncan quit this line of work.
In 1998, Duncan was cast as Bear in the film Armageddon, where he struck up a friendship with castmate Bruce Willis. It was Willis’ influence that helped him to get his breakout role as John Coffey in the director Frank Darabont’s The Green Mile, a role which netted him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture.
Duncan then was cast in a string of films that helped to establish him as a star, including The Whole Nine Yards (where he starred alongside Willis), Planet of the Apes, The Scorpion King (with his friend, The Rock), Sin City and Daredevil (reuniting him with Armageddon co-star Ben Affleck) as Wilson Fisk, aka The Kingpin.
He also guest starred in numerous television shows. He appeared in an episode of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, titled “Benchwarmers”, as Zack’s basketball coach, Coach Little. He appeared as “Colt” in the second-season premiere of Chuck, “Chuck Versus The First Date”. In November he appeared as a guest star on the CBS show Two and a Half Men. In April 2011 Duncan guest starred on an episode of TV series Bones as Leo Knox. In 2012, Duncan got his first starring role as the same character in the spin-off series The Finder. In the same year, he appeared in a public service announcement advertising the importance of knowing early-onset symptoms of strokes.
On July 13, 2012, Duncan was taken to a hospital after suffering from a heart attack. Duncan’s publicist, Joy Fehily, issued a statement on August 6th that read he was moved from the intensive care unit but remained hospitalized following his heart attack.
On September 3rd, Michael Clarke Duncan died at the age of 54. Celebrations of Duncan’s life will be announced at a later date.