Michael Clarke Duncan

Biography

Date of Birth 10 December 1957, Chicago, Illinois, USA Date of Death 3 September 2012, Los Angeles, California, USA (cardiac arrest) Birth Name Michael Clarke Duncan Height 6' 5" (1.96 m) Michael Clarke Duncan is an Oscar-nominated American actor who has starred in a number of successful films. Duncan grew up in a single-parent household in Chicago. He always wanted to act, but had to drop out of the Communications program at Alcorn State University to support his family when his mother became ill. Duncan's large frame — 6' 5" (196 cm) and 270 lb (122 kg) — helped him in his jobs digging ditches for the People's Gas Company and being a bouncer at different Chicago clubs. Through working at the clubs, he was able to get a security job and ended up in Los Angeles. In 1985, he tried out for the Chicago Bears and never played a down; however, he was still given a Super Bowl ring. He took other security jobs while in Los Angeles while trying to get some acting work in commercials. During this time, worked as a bodyguard for celebrities like Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Jamie Foxx and LL Cool J, all the while doing bit parts in television and films. He was also the bodyguard for Notorious B.I.G. for some time, although he let a friend take over for him the night that Notorious B.I.G. was shot. This was the event that made him decide to get out of the bodyguarding business. In 1998, Duncan was cast as Bear in the film Armageddon, where he struck up a friendship with castmate Bruce Willis. It was Bruce Willis' influence that helped him to get his breakout role in the Frank Darabont-directed, The Green Mile, a role which netted him an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination. Duncan then was cast in a string of films that helped to establish him as a star: The Whole Nine Yards, Planet of the Apes, The Scorpion King (where he starred alongside his friend, The Rock), Daredevil (as The Kingpin) and The Island. Duncan has also provided his voice for a number of roles including Brother Bear, The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the Tinysauruses, and the video games Demon Stone, SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs, The Suffering: Ties That Bind, Saints Row, and Soldier of Fortune, with his most recent role being God of War II, where he provides the voice of Atlas, the Titan condemned by Zeus to carry the world on his shoulders. In 2005, he starred in the film Sin City as Manute, a powerful mobster. Duncan appeared in a minor role in the 2006 movie Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. In 2006, he voiced the role of Numbuh 26 in the animated movie Codename: Kids Next Door: Operation ZERO. He reprised his role as the Kingpin on the MTV Spider-Man series. In July, 2012, Michael was admitted to the hospital suffering from a myocardial infarction, from which he never recovered; three weeks later, he was moved out of ICU but remained hospitalized. He passed away on Monday, September 4, 2012.

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Birth Name

Michael Clarke Duncan

Birth Place

Chicago

Birth Date

12/10/1957

Death Date

9/3/2012
Known For
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The Green Mile

John Coffey

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The Scorpion King

Balthazar

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Planet of the Apes

Attar

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Cats & Dogs

Sam (voice)

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The Whole Nine Yards

Franklin 'Frankie Figs' Figueroa

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Racing Stripes

Clydesdale (voice)

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Cats & Dogs: The Revenge Of Kitty Galore

Sam (voice)

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See Spot Run

Murdoch

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Cross

Erlik

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The Land Before Time: Invasion of the Tinysauruses

Big Daddy (voice)

Starring In
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The Challenger

Duane

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From the Rough

Roger

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A Resurrection

Addison

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The Discarded Boys

Mr. Hollis

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The Epic Journey of Dwayne 'the Rock' Johnson

Self (archive footage)

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Cross

Erlik

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Green Lantern

Kilowog (voice)

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Redemption Road

Augy

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Tu Xia Chuan Qi

Slash (voice)

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Mystery Girl

'Big Jim' Nelson

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Cats & Dogs: The Revenge Of Kitty Galore

Sam (voice)

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Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li

Balrog / Bison (Japan)

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The Slammin' Salmon

Cleon Salmon

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Kung Fu Panda

Commander Vachir (voice)

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Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins

Otis

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Delgo

Elder Marley (voice)

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The Last Mimzy

Nathanial Broadman

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Slipstream

Mort / Phil Henderson / Patrolman

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American Crude

Spinks

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School for Scoundrels

Lesher

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Brother Bear 2

Tug (voice)

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Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Lucius Washington

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Air Buddies

The Wolf (voice)

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One Way

The General

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Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story

The Stork (voice)

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The Island

Starkweather Two Delta / Jamal Starkweather

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Dinotopia: Quest for the Ruby Sunstone

Stinktooth (voice)

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Sin City

Manute

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Racing Stripes

Clydesdale (voice)

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Loonatics Unleashed: Complete Second Season

Massive (4 episodes, 2005-2007)

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The Land Before Time: Invasion of the Tinysauruses

Big Daddy (voice)

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D.E.B.S.

Mr. Phipps

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George and the Dragon

Tarik

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Pursued

Franklin

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Ultimate Fighting Championship, Vol. 47/Vol. 48

Himself

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Brother Bear

Tug (voice)

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George of the Jungle 2

Mean Lion (voice)

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Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time

Future Wade (voice)

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Daredevil

Wilson Fisk / The Kingpin

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The Scorpion King

Balthazar

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The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Attack of the Twonkies

Commander Baker (2 episodes, 2003-2005)

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Planet of the Apes

Attar

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Cats & Dogs

Sam (voice)

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See Spot Run

Murdoch

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The Whole Nine Yards

Franklin 'Frankie Figs' Figueroa

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WWE: WrestleMania 2000

Self

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WWE WrestleMania April 2, 2000

Himself

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The Green Mile

John Coffey

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Breakfast of Champions

Eli (as Michael Duncan)

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Armageddon

Bear

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Night at the Roxbury

Roxbury Bouncer (as Michael 'Big Mike' Duncan)

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Armageddon

Bear

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Bulworth

Bouncer (as Michael 'Big Mike' Duncan)

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The Players Club

Bodyguard

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Caught Up

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