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Michael Clarke Duncan ACTOR

Michael Clarke Duncan was born December 10, 1957 in the Kenwood neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois to mother Jean Duncan and had one sister named Judy in a single parent home.  He attended Alcorn State University studying Communications but had to drop out prior to attaining a degree due to financial needs at home.

Duncan worked for People's Gas Company and also was a bouncer at several Chicago clubs as his 6'5" frame 315 pound frame gave him obvious advantages in preventing physical altercations.  His nickname at adult clubs was 'Black Caesar'.

Michael took other security jobs while in Los Angeles while trying to get some acting work in commercials. During this time, he worked as a bodyguard for several African American celebrities such as LL Cool J, Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Martin Lawrence and Notorious B.I.G., which upon the latter's death he opted to chose a different occupation.
Duncan was cast as Bear in the film "Armageddon" (1998) starring alongside Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler, Owen Wilson, Will Patton, Peter Stormare, William Fichtner, Marshall Teague, Keith David, Lawrence Tierney and Steve Buscemi and narrated by Charlton Heston, where he struck up a kinship with fellow actor Bruce WillisBruce Willis' connections and influence helped Duncan get his breakout role as John Coffey in the Frank Darabont-directed film, "The Green Mile", starring Tom Hanks, Bonnie Hunt, David Morse, Harry Dean Stanton, Dabbs Greer, Gary Sinise and James Cromwell, the role that garnered 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.

Michael appeared in films such as "The Whole Nine Yards" (2000) starring with Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet, Rosanna Arquette, Kevin Pollak, Harland Williams and Natasha Henstridge, "Planet of the Apes" (2001) co-starring Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter, Kris Kristofferson, Paul Giamatti and Estella Warren with a cameo appearances by Charlton Heston, "The Scorpion King" (2002) starring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Kelly Hu, Branscombe Richmond and Grant Heslov and "The Island" (2005) starring Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson. He also did voiceovers in films and television, including "Brother Bear" (2003) and "Kung Fu Panda" (2008).

Duncan also appeared in a few television series including "Bones," "Chuck" and "Two and a Half Men" and lent his voice to such animated movie and TV projects as "Family Guy" and the movie "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore".

Michael Clarke Duncan passed away at the age of fifty four on Monday, September 3, 2012 after suffering a heart attack in July.


1997 Friday 
1997 Back in Business   
1998 Caught Up  
1998 The Players Club 
1998 Bulworth   
1998 Armageddon   
1998 A Night at the Roxbury 
1999 Breakfast of Champions  
1999 Sister, Sister  
1999 Underground Comedy Movie   
1999 The Black and the White 
1999 The Green Mile
2000 The Whole Nine Yards
2001 See Spot Run
2001 Cats & Dogs
2001 They Call Me Sirr
2001 Planet of the Apes
2002 The Scorpion King
2003 Daredevils
2003 Brother Bear
2003 Spider-Man: The New Animated Series
2003 George of the Jungle 2
2004 D.E.B.S.
2004 George and the Dragon
2004 The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the Tinysauruses
2004 Pursued
2005 The Golden Blaze
2005 Racing Stripes
2005 Sin City
2005 The Producers
2005 Dinotopia: Quest for the Ruby Sunstone
2005 The Island
2005 2005 World Series Highlight Film
2006 Air Buddies
2006 Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
2006 Brother Bear 2
2006 School for Scoundrels
2007 The Last Mimzy
2007 American Crude
2007 One Way
2007 God of War II
2007 Slipstream
2008 Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins
2008 Kung Fu Panda
2008 Chuck
2008 The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
2008 Delgo
2009 The Slammin' Salmon
2009 Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li
2010 The Story
2010 Redemption Road
2010 The Club
2011 Cross
2011 Green Lantern
2012 The Finder
2012 The Sibling
2012 From the Rough
2012 The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange
2012 Into the Hive
2012 The Challenger
2012 Criminal Empire of Dummies

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