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. his greatest performance was The Slammin Salmon! Man this really upsets me…damn.

  2. Man this was a total shock for me. Rip michael the world has lost a great actor

  3. RIP. He was great in everything he was in, IMO.

  4. Such a shame. And too think Daredevil was on tv today and I saw him without knowing he has passed. RIP Michael Clarke Duncan

  5. Just read about it in the news, very sad to see him go, you always knew it was him by that distinctive voice.


  6. I really enjoyed his performances! I’ll bet he was great to work with. Sad, sad news.

  7. RIP, sad news indeed

  8. The Green Mile has come to a sad long end…R.I.P Michael Clarke Duncan
    Now I feel more sad for not watching The Green Lantern….

    • Don’t forget ‘The Green Hornet’ 😀

  9. Holy…

  10. RIP Michael Clarke Duncan. Man this has been a crappy couple months for celebrity deaths.

  11. Omg cannot believe this such sadness and shock

  12. How terribly sad. :(
    It always made me smile seeing Michael Clarke Duncan on the credits of a movie, knowing that he would always bring that great on-screen presence and wonderful voice.

  13. Truly, this is a sad day.

  14. I loved you in Green Mile, Michael. Oscar deserved! RIP and my condolences

  15. it’s sad that he passed of possibly heart trouble, especially since he had slimmed down so much, as was evident in The finder, another good show cancelled by fox, but thats a rant for a different thread.

  16. RIP Michael Clark Duncan The Green Mile is still one of my favorite movies

  17. Unbelievable. He was such a great guy. Craig Ferguson will be heartbroken. You could tell that there were big buddies when he was a guest on the Late Late Show or on the recent Scotland trip. A really sad day.


    p.s.: I can’t believe that some people use this to spew their racist crap around in the comments.

    • But only if your mom lets you out of the basement.

    • Racist trolls will use anything to try to give voice to their racist, hateful nonsense. But just know, their posts reflect badly on them… no one else.

    • Don’t worry, everyone. It’s a holiday. Vic will take care of this individual in the morning.

      • No worries folks – they’ve been banned already.

  18. Look at the troll’s name, JerseyBoy. That should tell you all you need to know about him and his racist post.

  19. Wretched, slimy, disgusting coward. Hiding your racist vileness behind a keyboard? Too cowardly to say this in real life, I’ll bet. Scum.

  20. Rest well.

  21. RIP he was an amazing actor. great talent like his are hard to come by.

  22. Can somebody ban this wretched little shitstain on the underpants of humanity? This impotent loser in real life is making himself feel good by making cowardly and racist remarks on the Internet. Not brave enough to put his real name to them, of course.

  23. He’s so young, and he was an incredible actor.

  24. There is a typo for Duncans name,you wrote Ducan’s, in the sentence

    “Ducan’s most recent onscreen credit was for FOX’s The Finder,”

    But yes,Rest in Peace,and thanks for the hours of enjoyment you brought us!
    You will be missed !

  25. So very unexpected. i would have never guessed he’d die this early in his life. Seeing MCD in a film always brought a smile to my face, he seemed like a lovable dude. As Kevin Smith would say, “Huge bucket of WIN!”

  26. I don’t see any racist comments… did it get removed, or did I just miss it?

    • They were removed.

  27. Everyone, we just did find out this idiot was posting crap on our site. I’ve dropped the banhammer on him in a mighty way but if for some reason he manages to get back on the site please contact us via the Contact Us page and I’ll get it on right away.

    MCD passing is tragic. I really liked him as an actor,

    Paul Young – Moderator

    • Thank you, Paul. His ilk was really dirtying up what should be (and now is) a wall of comments honoring Michael Clarke Duncan.

  28. just goes to show that no matter how fit one becomes he cannot escape life inevitable fate :(

    but then the saying ‘it’s not the end that matters, rather the journey you took to get there’ puts my mind at ease… i always liked him in whatever i saw, he had this feel he gave off whenever he was on screen that instantly allured me into watching him (and the movie).

    RIP big guy :(

  29. This is very sad, he seemed like such a likable and respectable guy. Rest in peace…