Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe To Empire!
Save up to 69%
Empire
Film Studies 101
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
New Magic Mike XXL Trailer Struts Onstage
It's not bro time, it's showtime
Jon Hamm Plans High Wire Act
Brad Anderson directing the '80s-set thriller
Rosamund Pike, Jack O'Connell And More Board HHHH
Jason Clarke, Jack Reynor and Mia Wasikowska also join up
Kevin James Finds True Memoirs Of An International Assassin
Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow will call the shots
New Poster For Marvel's Ant-Man Lands
Upping the ante
Aardman Announces Stop-Motion Caveman Movie Early Man
Nick Park's ugg life
Martin Freeman Joins Captain America: Civil War
But which side will he be on?
Jason Momoa In Talks For The Magnificent Seven
While Byung-hun Lee is now aboard
Emily Blunt Will Be A Bronco Belle
Saddle up!
First Pic Of Chloë Sevigny And Kate Beckinsale In Love & Friendship
Whit Stillman reunion klaxon!
Alec Baldwin And More Voicing Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad
James Franco, Anjelica Huston, Heidi Klum and Omar Sy also aboard
New Trailer For David O. Russell's Accidental Love
Or, rather, Stephen Greene's Accidental Love
Mark Strong, Jamie Bell And Abbie Cornish On For 6 Days
They'll star in the Iranian Embassy siege film
Jon M. Chu Plans An Escape
Producing Tze Chun's action adventure
Hercules Writer Heads For The Infinite Horizon
Ryan Condal adapting Odyssey comics
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
31 March 2011
Geoffrey Rush Added To Green Lantern
He's voicing Tomar-Re
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
School For Scoundrels (2007)
Empire Star Rating
The Island (2005)
Empire Star Rating
Sin City
Empire Star Rating
Racing Stripes
Empire Star Rating
Daredevil
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Michael Clarke Duncan Has Died
Much-loved actor was 54

04 September 2012  |  Written by James White  

submit to reddit


Michael Clarke Duncan with Tom Hanks in The Green Mile

The world has a very big hole in it today, as actor Michael Clarke Duncan has died at the age of 54.

A man with towering stature, a bigger personality and charm to match, Clarke was beloved by his fans and collaborators alike. Though he always wanted to act, he put his ambitions on hold for years to care for his family. He took early work digging ditches and working as a bouncer before finally leaving for Los Angeles in his 20s to pursue his dream.

Once there, he looked for acting gigs in adverts and also worked as a bodyguard for the likes of Will Smith, Jamie Foxx and LL Cool J. But the death of rapper Notorious B.I.G. led him to quit the protection life and concentrate full time on his acting career.

He landed bit parts here and there before his big break in Michael Bay’s Armageddon in 1998. It was on the set of that film that he forged a close friendship with Bruce Willis, who recommended him for other movies and eventually he got a real chance to demonstrate what he could do in The Green Mile as John Coffey, a role that earned him an Oscar nomination and a reputation for someone who could deliver unexpected, soulful performances.


Michael Clarke Duncan as Kingpin in Daredevil

He’d go from there to the likes of Daredevil (where he proved to be a commanding, effective Kingpin), Sin City (as the tough Manute, who seemed likely to be returning for the sequel) and Talladega Nights, where he showed off his straight man comedy chops alongside Will Ferrell and John C Reilly.

Though he’d appeared in guest parts on TV shows in the past, he recently tried his hand at a series regular role in comedy drama The Finder.

Duncan was rushed to hospital in July after suffering a heart attack, and never recovered from the complications. “He was the only actor I ever knew that more often than not when fans came up to him, of any age or race or gender, they wouldn't ask for an autograph, they'd want a hug,” said his long-time manager Dan Spilo in a statement confirming news of his death. “He had a heart as big as the world."

Indeed he did. Goodbye, Big Mike.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Ben Wheatley Claims A Field In England
The Kill List director's new project
Arrested Development S4 Extended?
Update: More episodes will be shot!

Your Comments

RE: Big Bear hugs
Sad news this morning. He was a likeable actor, always seemed really nice in interviews and was generally over the moon when he was Oscar nominated. I remember him talking about how he loves it when people come asking for an autograph. Just came across as a really decent fella. I was looking forward to see him return in the Sin City sequel.   R.I.P. More

Posted by Beetlejuice! at 11:24 on 04 September 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Big Bear hugs
This is terrible news. His presence tended to elevate the quality of even the worst films that he appeared in, and his performance in The Green Mile remains one of my favourites of all time. More

Posted by AxlReznor at 10:35 on 04 September 2012 | Report This Post

RE: :(
What a shock.... More

Posted by Discodez at 09:49 on 04 September 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Shocked
Sad news RIP. More

Posted by NCC1701A at 08:17 on 04 September 2012 | Report This Post

RE: So Long Bear
He was in The Island, so there is a high possibility you're correct!... spooky. More

Posted by londondillon at 05:02 on 04 September 2012 | Report This Post


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
General Election 2015 Photoshop Special: Empire's Movie Cabinet
Vote for Smaug!

Chris Rock: Role By Role
The comedian talks us through his hits and misses

Film Studies 101: Being A Location Manager
Avengers: Age Of Ultron's Jamie Lengyel shares the tricks of the trade

10 Avengers: Age Of Ultron Secrets
Exclusive: Joss Whedon spills the beans on Empire's spoiler podcast

Updated! Stan Lee’s Marvel-lous Cameos – Now With Even More Cameos
From Daredevil to... Daredevil?

11 Of The Silliest Sesame Street Film Parodies
From Aveggies: Age Of Ultron to Big Birdman (and back again)

Richard Armitage Bids Farewell To The Hobbit
On goat-riding, keepsakes and saying goodbye to Thorin

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Subscribe now and save up to 70%

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire Digital Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Subscribe now and save up to 69%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)