Michael Clarke Duncan Dead at 54

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 24th, 2014 at 11:15 am,

 Michael Clarke Duncan Dead at 54

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.

Michael Clarke Duncan in The Green Mile Michael Clarke Duncan Dead at 54

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

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  1. Wow, I usually don’t get that upset when an entertainer dies. For some reason this one hits a little closer to home. This gentle giant was always positive, always seemed happy. This truly is a sad day. RIP MCD. You will be missed.

  2. Really sad wow. I knew he had a heart attack but last i read he was doig fine then just like that gone. RIP MCD

  3. r.i.p m.c.duncan.

  4. Very sad news about his passing, R.I.P. Michael you will be missed :(. My condolences go out to his family and friends.

  5. This is sad. He was one of my favorite actors and starred in some of my favorite movies. He will be missed.

  6. He cant be dead =( he was so young and he just started that new show the finder….. Not right

  7. To be honest I’m not surprised this guy died so young. To put on that much muscle you’d need to eat an incredible amount of food. People who fast live way longer than the rest of us who eat everyday. All that food we consume ages us and gives us a plethora of problems. That’s the price you pay when you get that big……

  8. 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.

  9. He may not always have been in the greatest movies, but one thing is for sure. Whether the TV show or movie he was in was less than stellar, his performance was always a highlight of the movie. Michael Clark Duncan was a joy to watch on the screen. He has made me laugh in so many movies and also made me cry in others. The Green Mile to this day is one of my favorite movies.

    There will never been another actor like him. You will be missed severely Michael Clark Duncan. You are gone all too soon.

  10. Truly shocked at his passing. The man had such a great energy on screen and he pretty much stole the show in any scene he was in. I loved The Green Mile, yet I still can picture him in Armageddon where he just seemed to really be having fun. R.I.P. sir, you will be missed.

  11. I can’t believe it. May he R.I.P..

  12. He’ll always be John Coffey from The Green Mile to me.

    Like the drink, only ‘spelt different.

    He was born to play that role. Great performance in a great movie.

    Michael I’m sure someone left a light on for you, ‘cuz we all get a little scart in the dark.’

  13. R.I.P Michael Clarke Duncan, unforgettable great actor

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