Michael Clarke Duncan


Michael Clarke Duncan

Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 3 Sep 2012 (aged 54)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Courts of Remembrance section, Sanctuary of Treasured Love, Map #ELC0, Companion Wall Crypt 2949
Memorial ID 96465305 View Source
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Actor. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he was raised by a single mother whose resistance to his playing football led to his decision to become an actor. When his mother became ill, he dropped out of Alcorn State University in Mississippi and worked as a ditch digger and bouncer to support her. He eventually landed a security position with a touring stage company production of "Beauty Shop, Part 2". After touring 56 cities with the company, he settled in Los Angeles, California, where he again supported himself by working security jobs for several clients, including actors Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. At his mother's encouragement he began to pursue acting. He was soon discovered, which led to his casting in television roles on episodes of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air", "Married with Children" and "The Jamie Foxx Show". After hiring an agent, he made his motion picture debut in 1995 in an uncredited walk-on role in the comedy film "Friday". He later appeared in the role of "Bear" in "Armageddon" in 1998. Actor Bruce Willis, star of "Armageddon", introduced Michael Clarke Duncan to director Frank Darabont, who cast the actor in his film adaptation of Stephen King's serial novel "The Green Mile". The film, released in 1999, cast him as a death-row inmate 'John Coffey', a massive but, gentle man imbued with supernatural healing powers. His performance in the role earned Duncan widespread critical acclaim, including an Oscar Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He would reunite with Willis in the "Breakfast of Champions" in 1999, as well as in the comedy movie "The Whole Nine Yards" in 2000. On July 12, 2012, he suffered a heart attack, which he survived. However, he would not fully recover, and would die two months later of heart complications.

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