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Also Known As: Died: September 3, 2012
Born: December 10, 1957 Cause of Death: Respiratory Failure
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, bouncer, ditch digger

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At 6'5" and in excess of 300 pounds, Michael Clarke Duncan cut an imposing figure, but with his breakout performance as the hulking, child-like prisoner in director Frank Darabont's "The Green Mile" (1999), Duncan proved there was more to him than his fearsome physicality. After years of working as a bouncer and bodyguard, aspiring actor Duncan could only manage to land roles of the same ilk after arriving in Los Angeles. That all changed when Duncan impressed pyrotechnic auteur Michael Bay enough to cast him alongside Bruce Willis in "Armageddon" (1998). It was Willis who suggested Duncan for the role of John Coffey in "The Green Mile," and after garnering rave reviews, as well as an Oscar nomination, acting neophyte Duncan suddenly found the doors of Hollywood wide open to him. Duncan paired with Willis again for the comedy "The Whole Nine Yards" (2000), then donned sword and sandals alongside The Rock for the fantasy adventure "The Scorpion King" (2002). He proved versatile enough impress as the iron-fisted underworld boss, Kingpin, in "Daredevil" (2003), the frightened, bio-engineered organ donor in Bay's "The Island" (2005), and a brutish cop in "Sin City" (2005), all with the ease of a seasoned...

At 6'5" and in excess of 300 pounds, Michael Clarke Duncan cut an imposing figure, but with his breakout performance as the hulking, child-like prisoner in director Frank Darabont's "The Green Mile" (1999), Duncan proved there was more to him than his fearsome physicality. After years of working as a bouncer and bodyguard, aspiring actor Duncan could only manage to land roles of the same ilk after arriving in Los Angeles. That all changed when Duncan impressed pyrotechnic auteur Michael Bay enough to cast him alongside Bruce Willis in "Armageddon" (1998). It was Willis who suggested Duncan for the role of John Coffey in "The Green Mile," and after garnering rave reviews, as well as an Oscar nomination, acting neophyte Duncan suddenly found the doors of Hollywood wide open to him. Duncan paired with Willis again for the comedy "The Whole Nine Yards" (2000), then donned sword and sandals alongside The Rock for the fantasy adventure "The Scorpion King" (2002). He proved versatile enough impress as the iron-fisted underworld boss, Kingpin, in "Daredevil" (2003), the frightened, bio-engineered organ donor in Bay's "The Island" (2005), and a brutish cop in "Sin City" (2005), all with the ease of a seasoned thespian. Duncan also frequently lent his distinctive bass voice to family-friendly animated films like "Kung Fu Panda" (2008) and "Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore" (2010). While perfectly happy to play a villain or an action hero, Duncan's innate gentle nature and good humor were traits which allowed him to expand his repertoire beyond the role of mere muscle. Sadly, his career and life were cut short by dying from heart problems at the age of 54.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Resurrection, A (2013)
2.
 In the Hive (2012)
3.
 Green Lantern (2011)
4.
 Redemption Road (2011)
6.
8.
 Kung Fu Panda (2008)
10.
 Kung Fu Panda (2008)
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Participated in the Disco Demolition Night at Chicago's Comiskey Park
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Worked as a bodyguard for celebrities like Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, and rapper Notorious B.I.G.; was off the night that Notorious B.I.G. was killed
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Played a drill sergeant in a beer commercial
1995:
Made film debut as a bouncer in "Friday"
1995:
Made primetime TV debut in a guest role on the NBC sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air," starring Will Smith
1998:
Earned attention as Bear in the action adventure flick "Armaggedon"; first collaboration with Bruce Willis
1999:
Landed breakthrough role as a death row inmate John Coffey in "The Green Mile"; earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination
2000:
Re-teamed with Bruce Willis for "The Whole Nine Yards"
2001:
Portrayed a football coach in the Showtime biopic "They Call Me Sirr"
2001:
Co-starred with Mark Wahlberg in the remake of "Planet of the Apes"
2002:
Cast as Balthazar in "The Scorpion King"
2003:
Appeared as the comic book villain The Kingpin in the superhero film "Daredevil"
2005:
Cast in "Sin City," co-directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller
2005:
Starred in the Michael Bay thriller "The Island"
2006:
Played a pit crew captain in the Will Ferrell comedy "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby"
2006:
Played Lesher, a cohort of Billy Bob Thornton in Todd Phillips' "School For Scoundrels"
2007:
Cast in the family adventure film "The Last Mimzy"
2008:
Voiced the character of Commander Vachir in the animated feature "Kung Fu Panda"
2009:
Co-starred in the action film "Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li"
2010:
Voiced the character of Sam the bearded collie in "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore," the sequel to the 2001 family film "Cats & Dogs"
2011:
Guest starred on the episode titled "The Finder" on Fox's "Bones"
2012:
Reprised role as attorney and bar-owner Leo Knox on the "Bones" spin-off series "The Finder"
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Education

Alcorn State University: Lorman , Mississippi -

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companion:
Alicia Harrison. Former security guard. Met on the set of "Armageddon".

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mother:
Jean Duncan. Encouraged him to be an actor.
sister:
Judith Duncan. Born c. 1952.

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