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Actor Michael Clarke Duncan Dead at 54

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September 3, 2012 by The ReadyWriter


I remember him best from his bodyguard role in “The Players Club.” Duncan had been in a Los Angeles hospital since July 13 following a heart attack and died this morning after two months of treatment.

At 6-feet, 5-inches tall and approximately 300 pounds, Duncan is said to have become a vegetarian, and appeared in a video for animal rights organization PETA earlier this year.

Duncan was also nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for his role as gentle giant prisoner John Coffey in “The Green Mile,” also starring Tom Hanks. Duncan won the role, in part, due to a recommendation by Bruce Willis, who he worked with on 1998’s “Armageddon.” Duncan went on to appear with Willis in three more films — “Breakfast of Champions,” “The Whole Nine Yards” and “Sin City.”

Before he broke into acting, Duncan worked as a bodyguard for stars including Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J, and The Notorious B.I.G.  whose 1997 death prompted him to quit that line of work.

May he Rest in peace…

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72 thoughts on “Actor Michael Clarke Duncan Dead at 54

  1. Al-Scream says:

    Today we shed tears because he have left us. What an honor it was to have known you for a short time. Our prayers are with your family and friends at this time.

    Rest in Peace…

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  2. Omar says:

    Condolences to the Clark family for their untimely loss. He was a very good actor.

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  3. Bobby says:

    I saw him again in “Sin City”.

    May he RIP.

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  4. Kayla says:

    Sad….only 54?

    May he R.I.P.

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  5. Yasha says:

    SO YOUNG…. 😦

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  6. BBallen says:

    Rest in peace, Mr. Duncan. *praying~ for Omarosa and his family.

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  7. Lexy says:

    This is Heartbreaking. May his family be given understanding and strength to get thru this.
    My heart goes out to Omarosa, I truly believe she was in love with him.

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  8. Lexy says:

    mornin fam..hope y’all had a good loong labor day weekend 🙂

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  9. Danny says:

    I remember him from the Players Club when he punched ole boy in the back of his head

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    • Mahogany says:

      I remember him from the Players Club
      ******************
      The players club was when he really became recognized IMO.

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      • XMen says:

        and in Players Club he was Luke’s bodyguard that knocked that wack comedian Alex out in the club and then raised the roof.

        I remember him being so humble and always smiling. He did an interview with John Salley and Salley tried to jab him by suggesting he got the green mile only cuz of who he knew (Willis). Dude remained respectful with dignity and came back with “I can’t help who I know.” You know that crabs in a barrel bs amongst you people will outlive you, so I wasn’t surprised at Salley.

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  10. Daisy says:

    This is really sad. 😦 May God comfort his family during this difficult time.

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  11. Bird says:

    I was SOOO sad to hear this news. He seemed like such a sweet person and him and Omarosa were really adorable as a couple. They seemed to really enjoy each other. My heart and prayers go out to her and the rest of his loved ones.

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  12. Mahogany says:

    R.I.P. Mr. Duncan

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  13. Acquitta says:

    RIP…SUCH A SHOCKER

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  14. Jamilla says:

    he also did a bunch of VoiceOver work.
    but who did he play in Friday?

    RIP to him.

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    • gee says:

      He wasn’t in Friday….you thinking about that Debo character, that wasn’t him.

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      • Jamilla says:

        He wasn’t in Friday….you thinking about that Debo character, that wasn’t him.
        —————

        That’s right my BAD!

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      • Bird says:

        He wasn’t in Friday….you thinking about that Debo character, that wasn’t him.
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        Yes he was in “Friday” Michael Duncan was one of the guys that was shooting dice with Deebo and Smokey in Friday

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      • Tamala says:

        Gee & Jamilla,
        He was in fact in Friday…he had a small role…he was shooting dice in the movie…I think it was with Deebo or when Deebo stole that guy chain….

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      • BrownGirl says:

        Ok I was trying to figure out what part he played in Friday if any?
        @Gee, me thought they had him confused with Deebo too…

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      • Gia says:

        Tamala,
        Yes he was shooting dice with Deebo it was a small scene but he was in it nonetheless!

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      • Shawnia says:

        Oh and Yes he was in Friday…I think it was the scene when Deebo stole dude chain…Michael was one of the men shooting dice

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  15. BBallen says:

    Smh. Seems like he was really serious about the effects his size was having on his health.

    I wonder if the doctors missed some warnig signs since he was moved out of intensive care.

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  16. gee says:

    He also played in Martin’s movie…Welcome Home Roscoe…..
    “you gave mama a titty on her head” LOL!

    Rest in Peace

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    • Al-scream says:

      He also played in Martin’s movie…Welcome Home Roscoe…..
      “you gave mama a titty on her head” LOL!
      *********

      LMAO @Gee, he knocked Martin “da fuck” OUT too!

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      • Pointman says:

        Gee & Al,
        I’ma watch roscoe jenkins tonight. Remember his wife in the movie was six months pregnant and stomach was big as hell? lmao. Betty liking her cousin Clive. I thought it was going to be a silly movie but it was cool. I actually bought it.

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      • Bobby says:

        He also played in Martin’s movie…Welcome Home Roscoe…..
        “you gave mama a titty on her head” LOL!
        *********
        Loved Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins.

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  17. Adriane says:

    RIP
    So sad. Prayers for his family

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  18. Tamala says:

    Wonder what all those steroids did to his heart 😦

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  19. Keisha says:

    This just made me so upset.
    RIP..

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  20. Angelhair says:

    R.I.P. to Big Mike and God bless his family, Mom and sister in Chi-town.

    He and the Reverend Omarosa seemed to have found love during the time she was taping her reality show, the Ultimate Merger on TVone.
    — R.I.P.

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  21. KatMan says:

    R.I.P. MCD!

    I thought he and Omarosa made a cute couple, AND I thought they had a child together. What’s up with the no children?

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  22. YES says:

    I’ve never seen Green Mile

    Wait, I only seen the part when they walked him into the jail for the first time. THAT WAS IT!

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    • Pointman says:

      I’ve never seen Green Mile

      Wait, I only seen the part when they walked him into the jail for the first time. THAT WAS IT!
      ______________________________________

      Me either. I’ve only seen the part with stuff coming out of dude’s mouth.

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  23. Anonymous says:

    EVERYWHERE ELSE I HAVE READ THIS STORY STATES THAT OMAROSA WASN’T EVEN THERE, IT WAS HER MOTHER, AND SHE WAS AT HIS SIDE WHEN HE PASSED. OMAROSA HAD TRAVELED TO NORTH CAROLINA FOR THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION. I AM VERY SADDENED ABOUT HIS PASSING, I WATCHED GREEN MILE EVERY CHANCE I GOT, “I’S TIED BOSS”

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    • Bird says:

      Um @ Anonymous,
      I’m sure you mean the “republican convention” cuz the DNC is this week and Duncan passed just Monday. The DNC started yesterday.

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  24. QueenC says:

    This is so sad. Muscles and brawn doesn’t equal healthy anymore huh… I wonder was it a defect instead of like an actual clog in an artery that caused this with his heart? Sometimes with a man that size protien is required to keep muscle strength, and the heart is a muscle. Maybe vegetarian shouldn’t have been an option.. just a guess.

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  25. Nicole says:

    may he rest in peace…it’s moments like this that make you realize life is too unexpected to let bullshit control your life…live life folks, don’t let it live you

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  26. RandomChick says:

    Good Evening Friends and Family…… Missed Ya’ll

    How ya been Ms. Tracy?

    I’m very soory to hear about Mr. Duncan, I loved me some Green Mile.

    Do you think he was taking steriods? They do terrible damage to your heart. Just asking….

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  27. XMen says:

    shit is real sad.

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  28. Felicia says:

    *rubs eyes*

    😦

    Sad

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  29. Yvonne says:

    Awwww so sad. RIP!

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  30. CorporateBitch says:

    So sad R.i.p

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  31. Mrs. Hawthorne says:

    Reading some of these comments and wondering: when did omarosa become a “Rev.”?

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  32. AnnaB says:

    RIP big man.

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  33. Natasha says:

    R.I.P. Michael Clarke Duncan…he was a sexy big man to me!
    Prayers for his family and Rev. Omarosa!

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  34. BrownGirl says:

    This was so sad…I wonder what caused his heart attacks? And why he suffered another one while being IN the hospital.

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  35. Gia says:

    May his soul RIP.

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  36. applebottomgirl says:

    R.I.P Michael..My heart goes out to his family and to Omarosa. I really started to like her when she got with him.

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    • CoCo says:

      R.I.P Michael..My heart goes out to his family and to Omarosa. I really started to like her when she got with him.
      ~~~~~~~
      Cosign~ I think he redeemed her. They looked good together.

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  37. CoCo says:

    R.I.P.

    Prayers and more prayers to his family and loved ones.

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  38. Shawnia says:

    Such a great actor.. RIP.. 😦

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  39. Gabriella says:

    R.I.P. Mr.Duncan.
    Your works were truly appreciated.

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  40. Cameo1 says:

    So sad! He seemed like such a good person. Everyone had nothing but good things to say about him.

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  41. Sane says:

    This is so sad. I was hoping he’d pull through and go on to do more work.
    Dayum!!!!! praying for his family and Omarosa.

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  42. FloridaGurl says:

    i had no idea he was that old either. he looked great for his age.
    may he RIP..

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  43. Felicia says:

    i really LOVED him in the green mile. he MADE that movie. seems he & Omarosa had something special. may God comfort her & his family

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  44. Tammy says:

    Wow.. RIP.. gone way to soon… seemed like such a gentle giant…

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  45. Ionna says:

    Crazy thing is he didn’t look overweight, like the weight fit him well…When its time to go, its time to go

    Maybe it was stress?

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