Oscar-Nominated Actor Michael Clarke Duncan Dead At 54


I have some incredibly sad news to report today, as actor Michael Clarke Duncan has passed away at the all too young age of 54.

The Oscar-nominee suffered a severe heart attack back on July 13th, in an instance that saw his own fiance (Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, who you may remember from her time on The Apprentice) work to save his life by performing CPR on him until the ambulance arrived. Duncan's publicist released a statement on August 6th saying that the actor had been moved out of the intensive care unit, but was remaining at the hospital for further treatment. Duncan's death was officially confirmed by both his fiance and publicist earlier today, and he is said to have died suddenly in his hospital room this morning. Sadly, Duncan never fully recovered from the heart attack, and complications from that event are said to be the cause of death.

The 6'5'" Duncan was first exposed to the entertainment world while working as a bodyguard for stars such as Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J, and the Notorious B.I.G. After B.I.G.'s tragic death in 1997, Duncan got out of that business, and became an actor himself. His first notable film role was as Bear in the Michael Bay blockbuster Armageddon. While on set, Duncan struck up a friendship with star Bruce Willis, and Willis' recommendation led to Duncan's breakout role as wrongfully-convicted killer John Coffey in Frank Darabont's The Green Mile. He would receive an Oscar-nomination for his work in the film, but ended up losing out to Michael Caine.

Duncan has had an active career ever since, appearing in films as varied as Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, The Whole Nine Yards, Planet Of The Apes, The Scorpion King, Daredevil, Sin City, The Island, Talladega Nights, and Kung Fu Panda.

Duncan most recently starred in FOX's The Finder, a short-lived spin-off of Bones. While the show didn't last long, Duncan's performance was praised. In addition to that series, Duncan has had memorable guest appearances on shows such as The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, The Wayans Bros., Sister Sister, King Of The Hill, MTV's 2003 Spider-Man cartoon, CSI: NY, Family Guy, and Two and a Half Men. He was also a recurring presence on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, and accompanied Craig on his trip to Scotland a few months ago.

On behalf of TV Rage, I would like to offer my condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Michael Clarke Duncan. He left us all too soon.

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- The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
- The Finder
- Michael Clarke Duncan

Written by: msd85
Sep 3rd, 2012, 4:22 pm


Message Posted On Sep 4th, 2012, 8:32 am
Rest In Peace big man. You'll be missed.

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Message Posted On Sep 4th, 2012, 7:06 am

Very sad, he was truly a great talent, and much too young to go. Memorable in every role he ever played, be it an Oscar-nominated one, or one in a cheap C-movie, he always brought a powerful presence and personality. And he was one of the very few actors that could get me to watch something I otherwise wouldn't have. He will be remembered as one of the best actors of our day, I'm sure.


I loved him in The Finder too, and to be honest I might not have sticked through that series if it wasn't for his portrayal of Leo Knox. I always thought he was the true main character of the show, he had such an intriguing mystery about him that you just wanted to solve, and I don't know who could have pulled that off better than Duncan. I was mainly disappointed at the show's cancellation because it meant that I would get to see less Michael Clarke Duncan.


I will be watching The Green Mile this weekend, and probably tear up.


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Message Posted On Sep 3rd, 2012, 10:28 pm

That is so sad and so young.

I will always remember him most for the superb part he played in The Green Mile. Rest in peace.



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Message Posted On Sep 3rd, 2012, 9:26 pm

No worries man.


Message Posted On Sep 3rd, 2012, 8:51 pm
Oh wow, my bad. Ya he did. It threw me because I was was browsing the passed away section here yesterday and he popped up. I didnt realize the year. Just that it was Sept 3rd. My apologies again. I was just surprised. And further so at this actors death here.I just finished watching the finder and really liked the series. Too bad it was canceled. R.I.P. And thank you for the years of entertainment that you gave us.


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Message Posted On Sep 3rd, 2012, 7:59 pm

Didn't Robert Schimmel die back in 2010? Or are you talking about someone else?



Message Posted On Sep 3rd, 2012, 7:43 pm
You missed Robert Schimmel.

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