Michael Clarke Duncan, star of such films as The Green Mile and Daredevil, has passed away at the age of 54 in a Los Angeles-based hospital. While no cause of death is being revealed at this time, his fiancée Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth has confirmed the news.
Clarke Duncan was hospitalized in early July for a myocardial infarction, and it appears that he never truly recovered from that terrible incident. Stallworth’s rep says that she only briefly exited his hospital room before returning to find the actor had passed.
Michael Clarke Duncan is probably best known for the part of John Coffey in the aforementioned Green Mile, a role that earned him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination. While it wasn’t Clarke Duncan’s first major role – that credit goes to Michael Bay’s Armageddon – it was certainly the one that put him on the map.
Duncan’s presence in Hollywood stretches back further than even his film and TV roles, as he was a bouncer and bodyguard for some of the ’90s more popular celebrities. It was surely his personality, demeanor, and his imposing 6’5” frame that helped Clarke Duncan transition into roles in front of the camera.
After Armageddon and The Green Mile, Michael Clarke Duncan went on to star in a variety of films – playing his fair share of bad guys and heroes – and more importantly solidifying his place as a major presence in Hollywood films. Despite frequent typecasting as the villain, Clarke Duncan was able to use roles in films like Talladega Nights to prove he wasn’t just a menacing presence with a deep voice, but had a penchant for comedic timing as well. Still, that voice was unmistakable, and helped him find an illustrious career breathing life to CGI characters like Commander Vachir in Kung Fu Panda and Kilowog in The Green Lantern.
Ducan’s most recent onscreen credit was for FOX’s The Finder, a spin-off of the popular series Bones. Unfortunately The Finder was cancelled in early May, but Clarke Duncan had already lined up several more projects since then.
If there’s one thing that can be said about Michael Clarke Duncan it’s that he was a dedicated actor with a one-of-a-kind screen presence. A long list of films, TV, and video game credits are merely testaments to a man who was taken from this earth too soon.He may have played his fair share of villains and menacing characters, but outside of the filmmaking world his interviews presented him as a kind-hearted soul who was grateful for his opportunities. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
R.I.P. Michael Clarke Duncan