Towering US actor Michael Clarke Duncan, best known for the movies The Green Mile, Armageddon and TV series The Finder, has died, aged 54.
Considered a “gentle giant,” Duncan suffered a myocardial infarction in July but never fully recovered.
His first significant movie role came in 1998’s Armageddon with Bruce Willis but he rose to fame playing a hulking death row inmate with a special psychic gift in the 1999 film, The Green Mile, adapted from the novel by Stephen King. Playing opposite Tom Hanks, he earned Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations.
He had appeared on television series including Chuck, Two and a Half Men, CSI: NY, Married with Children, and lent his voice to such animated movie and TV projects as Family Guy, King of the Hill, Cats and Dogs, and Kung Fu Panda.
A guest role in Bones led to a series spin-off in The Finder which ran for one season.
Other film roles includes Planet of the Apes, Breakfast of Champions, The Whole Nine Yards, Bulworth, A Night at the Roxbury, The Players Club and Sin City.
Duncan was engaged to former Apprentice star Rev. Omarosa Manigault.
Source: LA Times