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Michael Clarke Duncan passed away today

Sep. 3, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

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Michael Clarke Duncan was 6'5 and 300 pounds, and every inch and ounce of that was made up of the kind of heart, charm, and talent that will be sorely missed in the coming years.

Clarke Duncan's publicist Joy Fehily released a statement today on behalf of his fiancee, the Rev. Omarosa Manigault, "saying the 54-year-old actor died Monday morning in a Los Angeles hospital after nearly two months of treatment following [a] July 13 heart attack."

Clarke Duncan worked first to support his family in a variety of jobs including ditch digger and male stripper, then moved on to working security jobs as he tried to find acting gigs while living in Los Angeles.  After serving as a bodyguard for the likes of Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, and LL Cool J, he quit that kind of work completely upon the Notorious B.I.G. being shot the same night Clarke Duncan let a friend take over for him.  After landing a part in ARMAGEDDON, Clarke Duncan's co-star Bruce Willis was so impressed that he promptly recommended the actor to Frank Darabont for the part of John Coffey in THE GREEN MILE

The man was promptly nominated for Best Support Actor, and the rest, as they say, is a string of striking roles and a solid place in film history.

Our thoughts go out to Michael Clarke Duncan's family and friends in this difficult time.

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Extra Tidbit: Michael Clarke Duncan's filmography includes: ARMAGEDDON, THE GREEN MILE, THE WHOLE NINE YARDS, PLANET OF THE APES, THE SCORPION KING, DAREDEVIL, SIN CITY, THE ISLAND, TALLADEGA NIGHTS, KUNG FU PANDA, and GREEN LANTERN.

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9:24AM on 09/05/2012
sad face :(
sad face :(
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2:03PM on 09/04/2012

RIP

Gone to soon.
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Gone to soon.
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1:27PM on 09/04/2012
you will be missed, big guy
you will be missed, big guy
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9:38AM on 09/04/2012
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9:14AM on 09/04/2012
It's unfortunate to hear this news. He was a talented man.
It's unfortunate to hear this news. He was a talented man.
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8:16AM on 09/04/2012
Really tragic. He was one of my favorites, and gave stellar performances in The Green Mile, as well as many others. I have to say, his performance in The Slammin' Salmon still gets me in hysterics every time I see it. I also heard an awesome rumor that if you approached him as a fan on the street, and knew his entire name, he would give you five dollars and a hug. He left us far too young, and he will most certainly be missed.
Really tragic. He was one of my favorites, and gave stellar performances in The Green Mile, as well as many others. I have to say, his performance in The Slammin' Salmon still gets me in hysterics every time I see it. I also heard an awesome rumor that if you approached him as a fan on the street, and knew his entire name, he would give you five dollars and a hug. He left us far too young, and he will most certainly be missed.
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6:16AM on 09/04/2012
i love Michael Clarke Duncan, and now i am so fu**ing pissed and shocked co mingled with true sadness because he passed away. I took full notice of him in the movie The Green Mile and instantly fell in love with his ability to invoke such sadness and remorse that it killed me at the end of that movie. He will be GREATLY missed. fuck!!!!! RIP MCD
i love Michael Clarke Duncan, and now i am so fu**ing pissed and shocked co mingled with true sadness because he passed away. I took full notice of him in the movie The Green Mile and instantly fell in love with his ability to invoke such sadness and remorse that it killed me at the end of that movie. He will be GREATLY missed. fuck!!!!! RIP MCD
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6:13AM on 09/04/2012

Fuck you world

Seriously, fuck you world. Fuck you for taking a genuine guy from this Earth. Yet, thug-ass rappers and gangsters roam the world and you decide on MCD. An awesome guy, Too young to die.
Seriously, fuck you world. Fuck you for taking a genuine guy from this Earth. Yet, thug-ass rappers and gangsters roam the world and you decide on MCD. An awesome guy, Too young to die.
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5:24AM on 09/04/2012
Great actor gone to soon. Rest in movie heaven.
Great actor gone to soon. Rest in movie heaven.
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4:00AM on 09/04/2012
wow, this was a shock!
the world has lost someone great :(
wow, this was a shock!
the world has lost someone great :(
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3:31AM on 09/04/2012
Yet another great actor gone too soon. RIP, Michael Clarke Duncan. Thank you for every good performance you gave us.
Yet another great actor gone too soon. RIP, Michael Clarke Duncan. Thank you for every good performance you gave us.
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2:30AM on 09/04/2012

Thank you for all the kindness

I guess it is true, the good really do die young. Your heartbreaking performance in "The Green Mile" had me crying, probably the hardest I've ever cried in the movie theater. Thank you, you will be missed Papa Bear.
I guess it is true, the good really do die young. Your heartbreaking performance in "The Green Mile" had me crying, probably the hardest I've ever cried in the movie theater. Thank you, you will be missed Papa Bear.
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12:24AM on 09/04/2012
I didn't fully appreciate his talent while he was alive. Damn good actor who deserved to be great and I have no doubt that he would have become just that. Sometimes you don't realize what you have till its gone. Good job Michael Clarke Duncan. Rest in peace good sir.
I didn't fully appreciate his talent while he was alive. Damn good actor who deserved to be great and I have no doubt that he would have become just that. Sometimes you don't realize what you have till its gone. Good job Michael Clarke Duncan. Rest in peace good sir.
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11:48PM on 09/03/2012
Loved his voice....this is sad.
Loved his voice....this is sad.
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11:42PM on 09/03/2012

Bow your heads!

A great actor that deserved more recognition and more roles. What a tremendous loss.
A great actor that deserved more recognition and more roles. What a tremendous loss.
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10:00PM on 09/03/2012
Damn it, we have lost another great. Michael Clarke Duncan had such wonderful screen presence, he was able to portray both warmth and sheer intimidation effortlessly (not a lot of actors can do that), and simply lit up the screen whenever his giant build would come into frame. He surely will be missed. So very, very sad. RIP Kingpin!
Damn it, we have lost another great. Michael Clarke Duncan had such wonderful screen presence, he was able to portray both warmth and sheer intimidation effortlessly (not a lot of actors can do that), and simply lit up the screen whenever his giant build would come into frame. He surely will be missed. So very, very sad. RIP Kingpin!
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9:30PM on 09/03/2012

SHOCKED! is the only expression for me right now....

Rest in peace Mr. Duncan.....I'll REALLY miss you seeing on screen.
What a bad fucking news to start the day with :(
Rest in peace Mr. Duncan.....I'll REALLY miss you seeing on screen.
What a bad fucking news to start the day with :(
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9:17PM on 09/03/2012

I can't believe this

I just fucking watched Daredevil last night. This is such a tragity to the endustry. I loved his performance in the green mile. This has definitely been an upsetting past few weeks.
I just fucking watched Daredevil last night. This is such a tragity to the endustry. I loved his performance in the green mile. This has definitely been an upsetting past few weeks.
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9:14PM on 09/03/2012

RIP

This is awful news. Even though he mainly had supporting roles, he always made them count and he was always a welcome addition to any movie, whether it be action, drama, or comedy. I wish his family and friends the best.
This is awful news. Even though he mainly had supporting roles, he always made them count and he was always a welcome addition to any movie, whether it be action, drama, or comedy. I wish his family and friends the best.
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9:12PM on 09/03/2012
This is just depressing. Talk about a guy who stood out in Hollywood. I swear, it seems lately there have been a lot of unexpected (by the masses) deaths of people who were not necessarily that old.







Now I'm going to do something I hate, and wonder online about what it means for Sin City 2.
This is just depressing. Talk about a guy who stood out in Hollywood. I swear, it seems lately there have been a lot of unexpected (by the masses) deaths of people who were not necessarily that old.







Now I'm going to do something I hate, and wonder online about what it means for Sin City 2.
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8:53PM on 09/03/2012

I can't believe this

I just fucking watched Daredevil last night. This is such a tragity to the endustry. I loved his performance in the green mile. This has definitely been an upsetting past few weeks.
I just fucking watched Daredevil last night. This is such a tragity to the endustry. I loved his performance in the green mile. This has definitely been an upsetting past few weeks.
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8:43PM on 09/03/2012
Very sad news. I wish he'd gotten more a-list gigs the last 6/7 years.

R.I.P.
Very sad news. I wish he'd gotten more a-list gigs the last 6/7 years.

R.I.P.
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8:29PM on 09/03/2012
a sad day, indeed. Rest in peace, sir.
a sad day, indeed. Rest in peace, sir.
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8:00PM on 09/03/2012
He died too young, RIP.
He died too young, RIP.
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7:54PM on 09/03/2012
Rest In Piece Big Man
Rest In Piece Big Man
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7:48PM on 09/03/2012
Rest in piece Mr. Duncan.
Rest in piece Mr. Duncan.
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7:43PM on 09/03/2012
I'm sad. This is a big shock. He looked very healthy. He was probably the best thing in Daredevil movie - a superb Kingpin. You gone too soon, Mr. Duncan. You will truly be missed from all your fans. Rest in peace, sir.
I'm sad. This is a big shock. He looked very healthy. He was probably the best thing in Daredevil movie - a superb Kingpin. You gone too soon, Mr. Duncan. You will truly be missed from all your fans. Rest in peace, sir.
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7:39PM on 09/03/2012
When I read about his heart attack last month I was so bummed. This is even worse. RIP big guy.
When I read about his heart attack last month I was so bummed. This is even worse. RIP big guy.
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7:36PM on 09/03/2012

Oh my God!

I am deeply shocked by this. If you were in any doubt of his charm and good sense of humour, check out his guest appearances on Craig Ferguson's show (you can find them on youtube of course). Damn.
I am deeply shocked by this. If you were in any doubt of his charm and good sense of humour, check out his guest appearances on Craig Ferguson's show (you can find them on youtube of course). Damn.
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7:34PM on 09/03/2012

Holy shit! :(

RIP Mike, you kicked ass!
RIP Mike, you kicked ass!
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7:28PM on 09/03/2012

No way !

That really caught me off guard.
Amazing actor gone too soon.
RIP big guy. You will be missed.
That really caught me off guard.
Amazing actor gone too soon.
RIP big guy. You will be missed.
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7:27PM on 09/03/2012

Very Sad...

A very good actor and gentle giant. Such a shame.
A very good actor and gentle giant. Such a shame.
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7:21PM on 09/03/2012
This news hit me in the face like one of the worst sucker punches ever. 2012 has turned into a terrible year for the deaths of people I was not ready to say good bye to.
This news hit me in the face like one of the worst sucker punches ever. 2012 has turned into a terrible year for the deaths of people I was not ready to say good bye to.
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7:21PM on 09/03/2012
I had heard about his first heart attack a few months back and that it was his girlfriend that saved his life that time by performing CPR. I thought he was getting better. Very sad, he seemed like a really nice guy.
I had heard about his first heart attack a few months back and that it was his girlfriend that saved his life that time by performing CPR. I thought he was getting better. Very sad, he seemed like a really nice guy.
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7:16PM on 09/03/2012

He was brilliant

In everything from voice overs (Green Lantern, Kung Fu Panda) to live action. Loved him as King Pin, and of course in the Green Mile and Talledega Nights
In everything from voice overs (Green Lantern, Kung Fu Panda) to live action. Loved him as King Pin, and of course in the Green Mile and Talledega Nights
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7:14PM on 09/03/2012
This sucks. Why can't one of the Kardashians or Snookie be the one to have the heart attack. Besides, didn't this guy work out? I remember him being pretty ripped in Daredevil and that Martin Lawrence movie. RIP big guy.
This sucks. Why can't one of the Kardashians or Snookie be the one to have the heart attack. Besides, didn't this guy work out? I remember him being pretty ripped in Daredevil and that Martin Lawrence movie. RIP big guy.
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7:09PM on 09/03/2012

God I can't take this...

The past few weeks have been horrible in terms of Hollywood passings. First Tony Scott, arguably one of my favorite all-time directors, and now the big teddy bear himself. There really isn't a bad role or movie he was ever in and though Green Mile probably gave him the most critical acclaim I loved the other films in which he always has one of if not the best one-liners of it. I'll bet him and Bernie Mac will have each other in stitches in heaven...
The past few weeks have been horrible in terms of Hollywood passings. First Tony Scott, arguably one of my favorite all-time directors, and now the big teddy bear himself. There really isn't a bad role or movie he was ever in and though Green Mile probably gave him the most critical acclaim I loved the other films in which he always has one of if not the best one-liners of it. I'll bet him and Bernie Mac will have each other in stitches in heaven...
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7:03PM on 09/03/2012
I literally screamed out "No!" when I saw the news. I'm just gutted right now. Really loved him in The Green Mile. I feel like he doesn't get the rep that he deserves, even after The Green Mile, but now he's gone.

R.I.P.
I literally screamed out "No!" when I saw the news. I'm just gutted right now. Really loved him in The Green Mile. I feel like he doesn't get the rep that he deserves, even after The Green Mile, but now he's gone.

R.I.P.
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7:01PM on 09/03/2012
I literally screamed out "No!" when I saw the news. I'm just gutted right now. Really loved him in The Green Mile. I feel like he doesn't get the rep that he deserves, even after The Green Mile, but now he's gone.

R.I.P.
I literally screamed out "No!" when I saw the news. I'm just gutted right now. Really loved him in The Green Mile. I feel like he doesn't get the rep that he deserves, even after The Green Mile, but now he's gone.

R.I.P.
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7:00PM on 09/03/2012
Shitty news. Too early. R.I.P
Shitty news. Too early. R.I.P
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6:55PM on 09/03/2012

shit...

that's a fucking bad news... :c(
that's a fucking bad news... :c(
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6:54PM on 09/03/2012

RIP

He was so amazing in everything he was in. But he really got to shine in The Green Mile. His monologue that he had with Tom Hanks breaks my heart every time.
Paul Edgecomb: On the day of my judgment, when I stand before God, and He asks me why did I kill one of his true miracles, what am I gonna say? That it was my job? My job?
John Coffey: You tell God the Father it was a kindness you done. I know you hurtin' and worryin', I can feel it on you, but you oughta quit on it now. Because I want
He was so amazing in everything he was in. But he really got to shine in The Green Mile. His monologue that he had with Tom Hanks breaks my heart every time.
Paul Edgecomb: On the day of my judgment, when I stand before God, and He asks me why did I kill one of his true miracles, what am I gonna say? That it was my job? My job?
John Coffey: You tell God the Father it was a kindness you done. I know you hurtin' and worryin', I can feel it on you, but you oughta quit on it now. Because I want it over and done. I do. I'm tired, boss. Tired of bein' on the road, lonely as a sparrow in the rain. Tired of not ever having me a buddy to be with, or tell me where we's coming from or going to, or why. Mostly I'm tired of people being ugly to each other. I'm tired of all the pain I feel and hear in the world everyday. There's too much of it. It's like pieces of glass in my head all the time. Can you understand?
We lost a great man today.
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6:51PM on 09/03/2012

Only actor whose performance has brought me to tears

A wonderful talent who will be missed. RIP
A wonderful talent who will be missed. RIP
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6:48PM on 09/03/2012
RIP Michael Clarke Duncan...way too young to go...
RIP Michael Clarke Duncan...way too young to go...
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6:39PM on 09/03/2012

R.I.P

Loved him in The Green Mile
Loved him in The Green Mile
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