Monday, September 3, 2012

Michael Clarke Duncan Dead: 'Green Mile' Actor Dies At 54 (RIP Mr. Duncan)

LOS ANGELES -- Michael Clarke Duncan's fiancee says the Oscar nominee for "The Green Mile" has died while being hospitalized following a July heart attack.

Publicist Joy Fehily released a statement from Clarke's fiancée, 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 the July 13 heart attack.

The 6-foot-5, 300 pound Duncan appeared in dozens of films, including such box office hits as "Armageddon," "Planet of the Apes" and "Kung Fu Panda,"

Duncan had a handful of minor roles before "The Green Mile" brought him an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor. The 1999 film, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, starred Tom Hanks as a corrections officer at a penitentiary in the 1930s. Duncan played John Coffey, a convicted murderer.

Michael Clarke Duncan Dead

Five Things You did not know About Michael Clarke Duncan:

1.) Duncan was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 10, 1957. He grew up in a single-parent home with his sister Judy, and mother, Jean Duncan. (

2.) Duncan attended Alcorn State University in Lorman, MS, majoring in communications, but was forced to drop out when his mother became ill. (

3.) He worked as a ditch-digger for People’s Gas Company n Chicago and as a bodyguard for various celebrities such as Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Jamie Foxx and LL Cool J. He also provided security for Hip-Hop legend Notorious B.I.G., but quit that line of work after the rapper was murdered in 1997. (

4.) His first major role was as “Bear” in the Bruce Willis film ‘Armageddon.’ It was Willis who recommended him for his break-out role as John Coffey in “The Green Mile,” co-starring beside Tom Hanks. (

5.) A practitioner of yoga and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (TV Guide), Duncan became a vegetarian and spokesperson for PETA after experiencing health risks and illness. (

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