Michael Clarke Duncan Dies at 54, “Green Mile” Actor

    September 3, 2012
    Chad Sweely
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If you have ever seen the epic movie “The Green Mile,” one of the break-out characters from that movie was John Coffey, played by the talented actor of Michael Clarke Duncan, who unfortunately died on September 3rd, 2012, at the age of 54.

Michael Clarke Duncan was an outstanding actor; however, life was not always that great for him. Duncan, a Chicago native, was raised in a single-parent household, and dropped out of his college career to take care of his ill mother. At this time, thanks to Duncan’s body size, he landed a job working as a bodyguard for various celebrities, such as: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, and Jamie Foxx.

What was your favorite Michael Clarke Duncan character? Let us know in the comments!

In 1998, Duncan tried out for and acquired the role as “Bear” in the movie Armageddon, and then later landed the role of “John Coffey” in The Green Mile (1999). Duncan then earned an Academy Award nomination for “John Coffey” under the “Best Actor in a Supporting Role” category. This role also landed Duncan a Golden Globe nomination under the “Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture” category as well.

Michael Clarke Duncan was also known for acting in other various supporting roles, such as: “Attar” in Tim Burton’s adaption of Planet of the Apes (2001), “Balthazar” in The Scorpion King (2002), “Manute” in Sin City, and other roles in well-known blockbuster movies as well.

On September 3rd, 2012, Michael Clarke Duncan died of a myocardial infarction (sudden heart attack) at the age of 54. This comes after a minor heart attack that he suffered back in July.

Various fans of Duncan have left their condolences via Twitter:

  • Daniel Towle

    my condolences to your family. wow iam side swiped by this news. WHAT AN ACTOR. impressive. loved his work. the world will cry 1 tear for this monumental man. R.I.P. GO WITH GOD

  • Sue Guaderrama

    He will be Missed. Why do all the good ones die young? Rest In Peace!!!!!!!!!

  • Michael P Russell

    WOW OMG NWIH (No Way In Heaven)

    (:-O) I Do Not Believe Michael Clarke Duncan Has Passed (:-O)

  • lupepita2011@yahoo.com

    I am truly sad for his passing,may he RIP and may the Lord give his family strength through this time. I will pray for them.

  • Teresa Colvin

    Gentle Giant, He will be missed.



  • Doreen

    Rest in peace Michael. What an impressive life you led. Your performance of John Coffey affected me greatly. Something about your eyes I suppose. Such a gentle soul and gentle giant of a man. You will truly be missed by all of your fans. My heart goes out to your family and friends during this dreadful time in their lives. God Bless your family and friends as they try to come to grips with your tremendous loss. You are resting in the arms of the angels now…

  • Holly

    So very sad..he was like a huge teddy bear and such a beautiful smile! I LOVED him in “The Green Mile”. He stole my heart.

    I truely believe the good ones die young (as someone said above), because they have good kind souls and don’t deserve this world. The Lord sent him home. May God give his family peace.

  • Steven

    sorry to hear as he will be missed, i guess steroid abuse takes its toll

    • michael

      steroids will kill you and shrink you nuts.

    • Tdogg

      True dat bro..

  • Tdogg

    Hgh enlarged his heart, lead to more heart problems, then the attacks.

  • Cheryl Taggesell

    I think he was a great actor. I wish I could have met him in person. I think he is a GREAT person. I just wish I could have met him before he died. My heart will always be with him!

  • http://MichaaelClarkeDuncan c. smith

    You will be missed The Finder was one of my favorite shows

  • Michael P Russell

    May The Good GOD Bless Him… What A Marvelous Actor He Was, Especially “The Green Mile”.

    M.C.D. & Tom Hanks Made A GREAT Movie, Bravo Zulu For The Movie.