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Michael Clarke Duncan 1957 - 2012

By Dustin Rowles | Miscellaneous | September 3, 2012 | Comments ()


Michael Clarke Duncan, the 6'5 305 pound hulking teddy bear of a man, has died of complications related to a heart attack he had two weeks ago. He was 54, which is way too young.

Duncan, who was nominated for an Oscar in his breakout role, The Green Mile, was a fascinating man. In his early life, he turned to acting after his mother refused to let him play football. Before earning his first significant acting role in Armageddon, he had worked as a ditch digger before providing his services as a bodyguard for the likes of Will Smith and The Notorious B.I.G. Bruce Willis actually helped him to land the part in The Green Mile.

Over the course of his career, Duncan has also starred in The Whole Nine Yards, Planet of the Apes, The Scorpion King and The Island, in addition to a cool guest turn on "Chuck." He also did voice work in films and television, including The Green Lantern and Kung Fu Panda.

Duncan was dating to Omarosa Manigault, best known from the reality show, "The Apprentice."

So long, big fella. May the afterlife have lots of leg room. You'll sorely be missed.

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  • denesteak

    Wow, this is upsetting.

    He was dating Omarosa????

  • denesteak

    ok, i need to clarify my above comment. it is not upsetting that he was dating omarosa -- i was merely surprised by this fact. It is upsetting that he died. He also does not look 54.

  • Aaron Anthony

    A great many celebrity deaths don't bother me much when I read about them or are even not surprising (either due to age or drug use) but this one shocked me. What bothers me most about it, perhaps, is the fact that he apparently had a heart attack 2 weeks ago and this is the first I'm hearing of it. I'm sure he wanted it that way and I'm glad he had his privacy but in this age of knowing every inane tidbit about talentless celebutantes like the Kardashians, Lohans, Cyrus', and so on an actual worthwhile bit of info gets lost. I could care less which one of them has flashed their crotch lately but I damn well want to know when a talented and likeable actor has a heart attack!

  • Slash

    This is indeed a bummer. One of the reasons I liked that show "The Finder" (now not being found, since its cancellation) was his performance in it.

  • Maguita NYC

    I unfortunately got hooked on Two-and-a-Half Men because of Michael Clarke Duncan (The Charlie years).

    My first episode ever of that show was a rerun, and Duncan played the father of the girl Alan's son was dating. The over-protective father that just by being, made you notice how imposing he was... And surprisingly hilarious. Especially when he revealed during a "male-bonding" moment that his ex-wife used to call his penis "Mr. Roundtree".

    And like most have said, some just by looking at them, translate kindness and a natural good-heartiness that simply shines through their eyes. And Michael Clarke Duncan was one of the finer examples.


  • Snath

    I just watched the film version of Green Lantern yesterday (don't ask why, just go with it), and was pleasantly surprised to find him as Kilowog.

    This really sucks, he was an awesome actor with fantastic presence.

  • hapl0

    *Sigh* R.I.P. Mr. Duncan.

  • Green Lantern

    "Duncan was dating to Omarosa Manigault"

    Well, Jeebus, THAT'S what killed him!

    RIP, Mr. Duncan. You were always solid onscreen. Even as The Kingpin.

  • Melody Be

    On the bright side, Andre the Giant just made a new best friend. :'(

  • snapnhiss

    He was also in "The Finder", I show I thought was much better than many people gave it credit for and he was very good in it.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Fucking hell...

  • Sandrine

    Since I saw Armageddon, I always think of him when I hear Leaving on a Jet Plane. He and his big bassy voice shall be missed.

  • zeke_the_pig

    I've nowt eloquent to say. RIP.

  • ,

    I really don't need to be coming home to find that men born the same year as I are kicking it. I just don't.

  • Rocabarra

    This news was genuinely shocking and upsetting for me as well. Certain actors seem to occupy a space in your life, and even though you know that you don't *actually* know them, you can't seem to shake the familiarity you feel towards them. I think that is a great testament to both their skill as actors and their own genuine personalities shining through.

    Thanks for being in my life, Mr. Duncan, even if you didn't know it.

  • Aaaaww, man. He was always my favorite part of "Armageddon". That scene where he jumps on the bed and he's writhing around in his speedo? PRICELESS. Who else would do that?? And he just always seemed like the nicest guy. I'll miss him.

  • e jerry powell

    Not dating, engaged to Omarosa Famewhore, I was stunned.

  • Replica

    Some people just have loveliness that shows and I think he was one of those. He was very magnetic to watch, and I'm sorry that we'll be missing out on a future with him in it. And if you need a smile, google:image him - wow.

  • Bandit

    Aye. I had such a crush on him because he seems like such a nice guy, with a great smile and a lot of charm. Its impossible to watch him and not become totally enamored. RIP Sir.

  • Guest

    I agree. There are few celebs snarked on by nobody, and as far as I know, Duncan was one of them. IMO this is only partly due to the fact that he was never overexposed. I think most comes down to personality--at least the one he projected to us. RIP popular one!

  • Jerce

    Thank you for that wonderful photo. It captures what was so lovable about him. Way too damn young to be gone already...

  • Clancys_Daddy

    “I always say YCDA: you can do anything. If you want
    to be a successful actor, you have to believe in yourself more than
    anything else, and don't let anybody tell you that you cannot do it
    because you can.”

  • Alex Kuhn

    Usually celebrity deaths get a passing "Oh. That's sad..." from me, but this one makes me genuinely upset. Maybe because I was still crying like a baby for probably a good hour after "The Green Mile" was over.

    The only thing that makes me feel better is imagining him as a big goofy angel up there. RIP.

  • ditdut

    Always thought I wanted to squish him silly if I ever get to meet this guy.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    I will forever love him for his conversations with Craig Ferguson. Talk about overload of adorable men. He will be very missed.

  • annie

    Agreed. You always got the sense that he was a good guy who really really had fun living his life.

  • Corey

    Agreed, his appearances, along with his visit with Craig in Scotland this year really left an impression of how fun it must have been just to be around the guy. RIP.

  • junierizzle

    I always liked him R.I.P.

  • Cree83

    This is sad. My Dad died of a heart attack at 52, and these sort of things always remind me of him. Always rough.

  • I know exactly what you mean

  • Mr_Zito

    That's really sad news. We didn't know him, but if he was half the nice guy he seemed to be that's a big loss. Just look at the guy's smile.

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