Academy Award nominee Michael Clarke Duncan dies at 54

Sad news in the movie industry today, as actor Michael Clarke Duncan has died at the age of 54.

Michael Clarke Duncan

Entertainment Weekly reports that Duncan was never able to fully recover from a heart attack he suffered in July that caused him to remain in an intensive care unit for weeks afterwards.

Photo: ‘The Green Mile,’ Warner Bros./PolyGram Films (1999)

Duncan earned an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for The Green Mile (1999), and has played many memorable roles since. Here are a few notables you may have seen (or heard) him in:

The Finder TV series (Leo Knox) 2012
Green Lantern (voice of Kilowog) 2011
Kung Fu Panda (voice of Commander Vachir) 2009
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (Lucius Washington) 2006
The Island (Starkweather Two Delta/Jamal Starkweather) 2005
Sin City (Manute) 2005
The Whole Nine Yards (Franklin “Frankie Figs” Figueroa) 2000
The Green Mile (John Coffey) 1999
Armageddon (Bear) 1998

EW also provides a statement that was given by his rep today:

Michael Clarke Duncan passed away this morning in Los Angeles, said his fiancée, Reverend Omarosa Manigault. The Oscar-nominated actor suffered a myocardial infarction on July 13 and never fully recovered. Manigault is grateful for all of your prayers and asks for privacy at this time. Celebrations of his life, both private and public, will be announced at a later date.

I will certainly miss that smiling face and deep voice of his, and will fondly remember his great performance as Bear from Armageddon, singing “Leaving on a Jet Plane” with the rest of the crew:

What are some of your favorite Michael Clarke Duncan performances? (Don’t worry, I won’t judge you if you say George of the Jungle 2.)


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