Vale: Michael Clarke Duncan

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 ChampionsThe Whole Nine Yards, BulworthA Night at the Roxbury, The Players Club and Sin City.

Duncan was engaged to former Apprentice star Rev. Omarosa Manigault.

Source: LA Times


  1. Craig Ferguson did a brief tribute to Michael Clarke Duncan on last night’s show. It included unseen footage from the Scotland trip. It should be on the Eleven site, as part of the intro to yesterday’s show.

    Ten should consider screening the remaining episodes of The Finder, so his fans can enjoy one of his final performances and make up for Paul Henry.

  2. RIP. I think the Green Mile is one of the great performances – I cried so much – a compassionate and sensitive portrayal. Yet in Armageddon he was really funny and witty. A loss to the film industry.

  3. Paul Henry disgusts me. Does he find it difficult people who have actual talent rather than making their living being an obnoxious, arrogant and ignorant jerk?!?!

  4. Ah damn – I liked that guy so much.
    A really good, ‘sympatico’ actor. Geez 54 is too young.
    Surely Paul Henry’s comment is out of context?

  5. He was great in The Green Mile and he was always a great interview on Craig Fergusons show.The episodes done from Scotland,where Michael was taken as a guest,were hilarious.

    R.I.P John Coffey

  6. Brilliant actor with some great roles. Some not mentioned on this article/comments include Talledega Nights and The Green Lantern (the voice of Kilowog). Sad to see such a notable actor pass away at such a young age.

  7. When Henry gets his can kicked back to Nz,would hope that David might wonder whether his tv demise would be worth reporting.Doubt it..David has class..something Paul Henry has none of.54 is way too young.

  8. Awww … Vale Michael Clarke Duncan … going to miss him not being on the Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson every few months … the shows with him and Craig in Scotland recetly were fantastic.

  9. Hie death was announced on the Breakfast show this morning – and then Paul Henry queried whether the man was famous enough for them to be talking about him. Jerk!

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