Published on September 3rd, 2012 | by No Artificial
“The Green Mile” Actor Michael Clarke Duncan Dead at 54
Michael Clarke Duncan, the Oscar-nominated star of “The Green Mile”, has died after almost two months of treatment following a heart attack.
The actor died on Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The Oscar-nominated actor suffered a myocardial infarction on July 13 and never fully recovered.
Duncan was born in Chicago, IL on December 10, 1957. “Big Mike” grew up in a single-parent household with his sister, Judy, and hard-working mother, Jean Duncan, who encouraged him to pursue acting from an early age.
Duncan studied communications at Alcorn State University in Mississippi. He dropped out the school
(although he did later earn his GED degree) and returned to Chicago, working as a ditch digger for a gas company and as a bouncer in various South Side nightclubs. He finally landed a security position with a touring stage company production of “Beauty Shop, Part 2″. After the tour, Duncan settled in Los Angeles in 1995, where he supported himself by working security jobs for clients including actors Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.
Duncan made his acting debut, as a drill sergeant on a beer tv spot. After a number of regional and national commercials, Duncan made his big screen debut in the comedy hit Friday (1995).
The muscular, 6-foot-4 Duncan found himself typecast in the role of bouncer or “big guy” in television appearances – “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air”, “The Jamie Foxx Show, Married: with Children”, and “The Bold and the Beautiful”. He also appeared in films, including “Bulworth” and “A Night at the Roxbury” (both 1998). He was noticed in 1998 for his performance as Bear in “Armageddon”(1998), starring Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck.
Finally “The Green Mile”, directed by Frank Darabont, 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. Duncan played John Coffey, a convicted murderer with a incredibly gentle nature and extraordinary healing powers. It was reportedly Bruce Willis who suggested him to director.
He was also nominated a further 9 times, along with his Oscar nomination, receiving recognition at the Golden Globes, MTV Movie Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
He reunited with Willis in the seen “Breakfast of Champions” (1999) as well as in the comedy “The Whole Nine Yards” (2000). More recently, Duncan has appeared in several TV series. He co-starred with Geoff Stults in “The Finder”.
In the spring of 2012, Clarke had made an appearance in a video for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals organization (PETA), in which he spoke of how significantly better he felt since he chose a vegetarian lifestyle 3 years earlier.
Michael Clarke Duncan’s Exclusive Interview With PETA
As news of the tragic actor was disclosed to the public, celebrities and fans have flooded social media sites with tributes and messages of condolence to his family and friends.
Former NBA star Kenny Smith stating wrote:
‘Don’t put off tommor (sic) what you can do today!! RIP Michael Clarke Duncan!! I was suppose to go to hospital tommorow! Blessing to him and fam!!’