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Michael Clarke Duncan

Michael Clarke Duncan


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Birth Date :

December 10, 1957

Birth Place :

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Claim to fame :

As John Coffey in "The Green Mile" (1999)


Persistently worked his way in the film industry from a very small role, Michael Clarke Duncan probably is one good example of the rags-to-riches story in Hollywood who has overcome all the barriers to proudly emerge as a hugely respected actor of his generation. Raised solely by his mother, Jean Duncan, since the departure of his father, Michael was born on December 10, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois and grew up with an initial interest in sports, particularly football that later led him to an intention to jump deeper in this branch of sports during his high school year. Not approving the idea, his mother thus encouraged him to be an actor instead, yet the thought of becoming so was never seriously considered by the boy at that time. Fate then began interfering when he dropped his study of communications at Mississippi's Alcorn State University to support his family after his mother had fallen ill. Through his night work as a bouncer at different clubs in his hometown, the big guy unexpectedly was offered security job for a traveling theater company which eventually brought him to Los Angeles.

Decided to use the chance to give acting a try, Michael subsequently embarked on a journey to look for any performing parts from one audition to another and managed to earn brief one-time appearances in a handful of popular TV series like "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (1995), "Weird Science" (1996), plus "Living Single" (1997). Things delightfully started to run in better direction for him when he was able to gain a supporting role in box-office hit "Armageddon" (1998) which not only brought him to larger public attention but also introduced him to Bruce Willis whom he established more than good relationship with. This turned out to play an important part in Michael's next step as it was under Willis' recommendation that he later was given chance by director Frank Darabont to audition for the role of John Coffey in his 1999 film feature of "The Green Mile." Without much difficulty, he successfully convinced the filmmaker to entrust the part in his hand and so, joyously found himself billed alongside Tom Hanks, David Morse, Sam Rockwell, also James Cromwell altogether.

Latest News

Michael Clarke Duncan's Grave Vandalized With Racist Image

May 25, 2013 06:18:21 GMT

's tomb has been vandalized with a racist caricature and his family wants people who did it to take responsibility. A representative for the family told TMZ that a family friend went to Forest Lawn Cemetery in the Hollywood Hills to deliver some flowers. However, she was shocked seeing a cartoon image of a black face was painted on the center of the tomb.

Michael Clarke Duncan's Family Contests His Will That Names Omarosa Main Beneficiary

April 09, 2013 09:06:42 GMT

's family doesn't trust his fiancee Omarosa Manigault. The late actor's sister is questioning whether he was unduly influenced by Omarosa into changing his will months before his death and leaving most of his assets to the former contestant of "".

Pictures: Tom Hanks and More Pay Final Respect to Michael Clarke Duncan

September 11, 2012 06:34:01 GMT

One day after a public memorial was held at the Hall of Liberty of Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks and Mortuaries in Hollywood Hills, a private event to remember was conducted at the same place. , along with , was among the speakers celebrating the life and legacy of the Gentle Giant.

Michael Clarke Duncan's Public Memorial Includes 'Green Mile' Screening

September 10, 2012 01:16:20 GMT

was remembered in a public memorial on Sunday morning, September 9. His fans and friends alike gathered at the Hall of Liberty of Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks and Mortuaries in Hollywood Hills to pay their final respect to the late actor.

Details of Michael Clarke Duncan's Funeral Ceremonies Unveiled

September 06, 2012 04:31:23 GMT

Details of 's funeral have been revealed. A representative for the recently deceased actor has confirmed to E! News that a public viewing of Duncan's casket is set to be held from 9 A.M. to 2 P.M. on Sunday, September 9. The event will take place at the Hall of Liberty in the Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks and Mortuaries in Hollywood Hills.

Confirmed: Michael Clarke Duncan Died of Natural Causes

September 05, 2012 03:20:12 GMT

There's no foul play in 's death, it was confirmed by the Coroner Office. Assistant Coroner Chief Ed Winter announced the actor's personal doctor confirmed he died of natural causes. There's no plan to investigate the case further since they found no contradicting report.

Michael Clarke Duncan's Fiancee: He Was the Love of My Life

September 04, 2012 08:24:32 GMT

's fiancee Omarosa Stallworth was left grief-stricken by his death. In a statement to Radar Online, the former member of "" said, "I am devastated." She added, "He was the love of my life."

Michael Clarke Duncan Dies at 54, Celebrities Pay Tribute

September 04, 2012 01:33:31 GMT

passed away roughly two months after suffering a heart attack. His fiancee Omarosa Stallworth announced via a representative that the "Green Mile" actor died at the age of 54 at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Monday, September 3.

Michael Clarke Duncan Leaves ICU, Still Stays in Hospital

August 07, 2012 06:57:37 GMT

remains hospitalized three weeks after suffering a heart attack. Although the former star of "" hasn't been allowed to return home, his condition appears to be improving as he has been transferred out of Intensive Care.

Michael Clarke Duncan Visited by Former Co-Star in Hospital

July 14, 2012 03:13:34 GMT

, who was hospitalized after having a heart attack, got a visit from his co-star in FOX's procedural drama "". came to visit shortly after news about Duncan's hospitalization broke out.

Michael Clarke Duncan Hospitalized After Heart Attack

July 13, 2012 18:16:03 GMT

"The Green Mile" star has been hospitalized in Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack. A spokeswoman for his reality TV star girlfriend, Omarosa Stallworth, confirmed the hospitalization on Friday, July 13 but did not provide details of what really happened.

Michael Clarke Duncan Dating 'The Apprentice' Alum

August 17, 2010 06:37:00 GMT

"The Green Mile" star has found love with a U.S. reality TV star who found fame on Donald Trump's "". The heavyweight actor recently began dating Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, a participant on the 2004 season of Trump's hit program, after meeting her at a grocery store.