Michael Clarke Duncan
Michael Clarke Duncan
Duncan in 2012
|Born||December 10, 1957|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||September 3, 2012 (aged 54)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, California, U.S.|
|Height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
(esp. 2010; his death 2012)
|Parent(s)||Jean Duncan (Mother)|
|Relatives||Judy Duncan (sister)|
Michael Clarke Duncan (December 10, 1957 – September 3, 2012) was an American actor best known for his breakout role as John Coffey in The Green Mile (1999), for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and other honors. He also appeared in motion pictures such as Friday (1995), Armageddon (1998), The Whole Nine Yards (2000), Planet of the Apes (2001), The Scorpion King (2002), Daredevil (2003), Sin City (2005), and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), and had voice roles in films such as Brother Bear (2003), Kung Fu Panda (2008), and Green Lantern (2011), and as Leo Knox in the TV series Bones (2011) and its spin-off series The Finder (2012).
Duncan was born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in a single-parent household with his sister, Judy, and mother, Jean Duncan (a house cleaner), after his father left. He always wanted to act, but had to drop out of the Communications program at Alcorn State University to support his family when his mother became ill.
Duncan's large frame—6 feet 4.5 inches (194.3 cm) and 315 pounds (143 kg)—helped him in his jobs digging ditches for Peoples Gas Company and being a bouncer at several Chicago clubs. Duncan also played basketball at Kankakee Community College and for one season for the Alcorn State Braves.
In 1979, he participated in the Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park, home of the Chicago White Sox, where he was among the first 100 people to run onto the field and he slid into third base. During the ensuing riot his silver belt buckle was stolen while he was stealing a baseball bat from the dugout.
Duncan took security jobs while in Los Angeles while trying to get some acting work in commercials. During this time, he worked as a bodyguard for celebrities like Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J, and The Notorious B.I.G., all the while doing bit parts in television and films. When rapper Notorious B.I.G. was killed in 1997, Duncan quit the personal-protection business.
After having begun his career with several bit parts playing bouncers in films such as Bulworth and A Night at the Roxbury, Duncan first came to prominence when he was cast as Bear in the blockbuster Michael Bay action film Armageddon (1998). During the production of the film, Duncan struck up a friendship with castmate Bruce Willis and it was Willis' influence that helped him to get his breakout role as gentle giant John Coffey in the Frank Darabont film The Green Mile (1999). Starring alongside Tom Hanks, Duncan's performance netted him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture.
Following his role as Coffey, Duncan was then cast in a string of films that helped to establish him as an actor in both action and comedy roles: The Whole Nine Yards (2000), See Spot Run (2001), Planet of the Apes (2001), The Scorpion King (2002), and Daredevil (2003), in the last of which he played The Kingpin from Marvel Comics.
When Duncan was cast as the Kingpin in 2002, he faced the dual challenge of portraying a typically white character and having to gain 40 pounds (18 kg) to fit the character's large physique. In July 2006, Duncan showed interest in returning for the role of the Kingpin, but stated that he would not be willing to regain the weight that he had lost. In 2009, he stopped eating meat and later appeared in a PETA ad campaign, touting the health benefits and his increased strength from a vegetarian diet.
In 2005, Duncan appeared in two action films, The Island and Sin City where he played Manute, a powerful mobster. Critic Roger Ebert singled out Duncan for praise for his role in The Island, writing that "[Duncan] has only three or four scenes, but they're of central importance, and he brings true horror to them." Duncan appeared in a supporting role in the 2006 comedy Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby as Lucius Washington and, in 2009, Duncan played Balrog in Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li and starred as the titular Cleon "Slammin'" Salmon in Broken Lizard's farce The Slammin' Salmon.
Famous for his deep, resonant voice, Duncan also did voice roles for films such as Brother Bear (2003) and its sequel, Brother Bear 2 (2006), Kung Fu Panda (2008) and Green Lantern (2011) playing the voice of Kilowog from DC Comics alongside Ryan Reynolds.
His other voice roles include' TV series such as Loonatics Unleashed and Operation: Z.E.R.O., Quiznos commercials, and a number of video games such as Demon Stone, SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs, The Suffering: Ties That Bind, Saints Row, Soldier of Fortune, and God of War II, where he provided the voice of the Titan Atlas. He additionally reprised his role as the Kingpin in Spider-Man: The New Animated Series.
In addition to his film roles, Duncan also guest starred in numerous television shows. Among these, he appeared in an episode of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and a first-season episode of CSI: NY. In 2008, he appeared as "Mr. Colt" in the second-season premiere of Chuck, "Chuck Versus the First Date" and as a guest star on two episodes of Two and a Half Men. Most notably, in April 2011, Duncan guest starred on an episode of TV series Bones as Leo Knox which, in 2012, led to Duncan receiving his first starring role as the same character in the spinoff series The Finder. The Bones Season 8 episode "The Partners in the Divorce", which aired three weeks after his death, was dedicated to him.
During the week of May 14, 2012, Duncan appeared as a guest on the late night talk show The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson when the show was taping for a week in Scotland. Duncan was one of the show's most frequent guests, appearing a total of 18 times, and, the day after Duncan's death in September, Ferguson began his show with a tribute to him. In January 2013 during The Late Late Show's winter break, reruns of the Scotland episodes were broadcast with a tribute to Duncan at the beginning of each of the five episodes, featuring Duncan on a pink background and the text "In memory of our friend Michael Clarke Duncan."
In 2013, Manigault appeared in the cast of The All-Star Celebrity Apprentice and played in Duncan's honor for his favorite charity and one he had benefited from himself, the Sue Duncan Children's Center. In episode 2 of the season, Manigault won $40,000 for the charity.
Death and funeral
On July 12, 2012, Duncan was taken to Cedars Sinai Medical Center after suffering a heart attack. Duncan's publicist, Joy Fehily, issued a statement on August 6 that read he was moved from the intensive-care unit but remained hospitalized following his heart attack. On September 3, Duncan died in Los Angeles at the age of 54.
Seven months after his death, his family alleged Omarosa had changed his will and testament. They also claimed Omarosa manipulated Duncan in his final days, lied about her engagement, and sold his belongings without the family's knowledge.
|1997||Back in Business||Huge Guard||N/A|
|1998||The Players Club||Bodyguard||Credited as Big Mike Duncan|
|1998||Bulworth||Bouncer||Credited as Michael "Big Mike" Duncan|
|1998||A Night at the Roxbury||Roxbury Bouncer||Credited as Michael "Big Mike" Duncan|
|1999||The Underground Comedy Movie||Gay Virgin||N/A|
|1999||Breakfast of Champions||Eli||Credited as Michael Duncan|
|1999||The Green Mile||John Coffey||Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor|
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
|2000||The Whole Nine Yards||Franklin 'Frankie Figs' Figueroa||N/A|
|2001||See Spot Run||Murdoch||N/A|
|2001||Cats & Dogs||Sam||Voice|
|2001||Planet of the Apes||Attar||N/A|
|2002||The Scorpion King||Balthazar||N/A|
|2003||Daredevil||Wilson Fisk / The Kingpin||N/A|
|2003||George of the Jungle 2||Mean Lion||Voice only|
|2003||Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time||Future Wade||Voice|
|2004||George and the Dragon||Tarik||N/A|
|2005||The Golden Blaze||Thomas Tatum / Quake||Voice|
|2005||Dinotopia: Quest for the Ruby Sunstone||Stinktooth||Voice|
|2005||The Island||Starkweather Two Delta / Jamal Starkweather||N/A|
|2005||Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story||The Stork||Voice|
|2005||The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the Tinysauruses||Big Daddy||Voice|
|2006||Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby||Lucius Washington||N/A|
|2006||Brother Bear 2||Tug||Voice|
|2006||School for Scoundrels||Lesher||N/A|
|2006||One Way||The General||N/A|
|2007||The Last Mimzy||Nathanial Broadman||N/A|
|2007||Slipstream||Mort / Phil Henderson / Patrolman||N/A|
|2008||Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins||Otis||N/A|
|2008||Kung Fu Panda||Commander Vachir||Voice|
|2009||The Slammin' Salmon||Cleon Salmon||N/A|
|2009||Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li||Balrog / M. Bison (Japan)||N/A|
|2010||Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore||Sam||Voice|
|2011||A Crush on You||Big Jim Nelson||TV movie|
|2011||Legend of Kung Fu Rabbit||Slash||Voice|
Posthumous release; English dub released in September 2013
|2012||In the Hive||Mr. Hollis||Posthumous release|
|2013||A Resurrection||Addison||Posthumous release|
|2013||From the Rough||Roger||Posthumous release|
|2015||The Challenger||Duane||Posthumous release|
|1995||The Bold and the Beautiful||Slash|
|1995||Renegade||Shake||Episode: "Living Legend"|
|1995||The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air||Tiny||Episode: "Bourgie Sings the Blues"|
|1995||Married... with Children||Bouncer||Episode: "Flight of the Bumblebee"|
|1996||Weird Science||Cardinal Carnage||Episode: "Men in Tights"|
|1997||The Jamie Foxx Show||Inmate||Episode: "Little Red Corvette"|
|1997||Sparks||Frank||Episode: "Self Defense"|
|1997||The Wayans Bros.||Big Mike||Episode: "I Do..."|
|1997||Living Single||Security Guard||Episode: "High Anxiety"|
|1997||Built to Last||N/A||Episode: "A Family Affair"|
|1998||Arliss||Lucian Balboa||Episode: "Fans First"|
|1999||Sister, Sister||Big Earl||Episode: "Before There Was Hip Hop..."|
|2001||They Call Me Sirr||Coach Griffin||Television film|
|2002||King of the Hill||Coach Webb||Episode: "The Son Also Roses"|
|The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius||Commander Baker||Voice|
Episode: "My Big Fat Spy Wedding" and "Operation: Rescue Jet Fusion"
|2003||Spider-Man: The New Animated Series||The Kingpin / Wilson Fisk||Voice|
Episode: "Royal Scam" and "Keeping Secrets"
|2003||The Proud Family||Mongo||Voice|
Episode: "Smackmania 6: Mongo vs. Mama's Boy"
|2004||Static Shock||Rashid 'The Rocket' Randall||Voice|
|2004||The Fairly OddParents||Rockwell||Voice|
Episode: "Crash Nebula"
|2004||George Lopez||Dr. Holland||Episode: "George to the Third Power"|
|2005||Teen Titans||Hayden / Krall||Voice|
Episode: "Cyborg the Barbarian"
|2005||CSI: NY||Quinn Sullivan||Episode: "The Closer"|
|Family Guy||Black Co-Worker / Boy on Mushrooms / Fozzie Bear / The Stork||4 episodes|
|2006||Minoriteam||Balactus||Episode: "Balactus: Part 1" and "Balaztus: Part 2"|
|2008–2009||Two and a Half Men||Jerome||Episode: "The Two Finger Rule" and "The Mooch at the Boo"|
|2008||The Suite Life of Zack & Cody||Coach Little||Episode: "Benchwarmers"|
|2008||Chuck||Colt||Episode: "Chuck Versus the First Date"|
|2011||Bones||Leo Knox||Episode: "The Finder"|
|2012||The Finder||Leo Knox||13 episodes|
|2012||The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange||Chunkee Cheeses / Marshmallow King||Voice|
Episode: "Guardians of the Galaxy"
|1995||Varuna's Forces||Carl Tomas||Unreleased title for 3DO Interactive Multiplayer, Atari Jaguar CD, Dreamcast, PC, PlayStation and Sega Saturn|
|1995||Panic in the Park||Security Guard||N/A|
|2000||Star Trek: Klingon Academy||Opening Movie Klingons||N/A|
|2000||Soldier of Fortune||Hawk||N/A|
|2003||SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs||SEAL Operative WARDOG||Credited as Michael Clark Duncan|
|2004||Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone||Slaad Lord Ygorl||N/A|
|2005||The Suffering: Ties That Bind||Blackmore||N/A|
|2006||Saints Row||Benjamin King||N/A|
|2007||God of War II||Atlas||N/A|
|2013||Saints Row IV||N/A||Credited as Benjamin King in the game's credits in memoriam to him, Duncan was set to reprise his role as King in IV, with some voice work already done for the game before his death. During the game's credits, the song "Just a Friend" by Biz Markie is played as all the cast members sing along, the song fades out with Duncan's track. He was replaced by Terry Crews.|
|1994||Quo||"Huh What" featuring Redman (rapper)|
|1995||R. Kelly featuring The Isley Brothers||"Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)"||Security Guard||Cameo appearance|
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