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Duncan, Michael Clarke Biography




biography of Duncan, Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke Duncan
Hollywood Big Mike Papa Bear
10 December 1957, Chicago, Illinois, USA
3 September 2012, Los Angeles, California, USA (respiratory failure)
6' 4 1/2"
Michael Clarke Duncan was born on November 10, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. Raised by his single mother on Chicago's South Side, Duncan grew up resisting drugs and alcohol, instead concentrating on school. He wanted to play football in high school, but his mother wouldn't let him, afraid that he would get hurt. He then turned to acting, dreaming of becoming a famous actor. After graduating from high school and attending community college, he worked digging ditches at People's Gas Company in Chicago. When he quit his job and headed to Hollywood, he landed small roles while working as a bodyguard. Duncan's role in the movie _Armageddon (1998)_ (qv) led to his breakthrough performance in _The Green Mile (1999)_ (qv), when his Armageddon co-star 'Bruce Willis' (qv) called director 'Frank Darabont' (qv), suggesting Duncan for the part of convict John Coffey. He landed the role, getting critical acclaim as well as many other Awards and Nominations, including an Academy Award Nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. After suffering a heart attack on July 13, 2012, he was taken to a Los Angeles hospital in which his girlfriend Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth tried to save his life with CPR. Unfortunately, on September 3, 2012, Michael Clarke Duncan finally died at age 54 from the previous heart attack.
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-   Deep commanding voice

-   Towering height and muscular frame


-   Supposedly gave five dollars to anyone who recognized him on the street and knew what his full name was.

-   Considered becoming a police officer with the LAPD, which was revealed during an interview on _"Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" (1988)_ (qv).

-   Attended Alcorn State University in Mississippi, but dropped out to support his family when his mother became ill. Has an older sister, Judith. Worked as a security guard for a theatre troupe.

-   Played basketball at Kankakee Community College. After college, spent several years digging ditches for the gas company in Chicago.

-   Did bodyguard work for 'Will Smith (I)' (qv), 'Martin Lawrence (I)' (qv), 'Jamie Foxx' (qv), 'LL Cool J' (qv), and 'The Notorious B.I.G.' (qv); he let a friend take over for him the night Notorious B.I.G. got shot, which prompted him to quit that line of work.

-   For his role as the criminal mastermind behemoth Kingpin in _Daredevil (2003)_ (qv), Clarke put on 40 lbs. to his already largely built physique.

-   While filming _The Scorpion King (2002)_ (qv), was accidentally hit by 'Dwayne Johnson (I)' (qv) during a fight sequence. He leaned in too far for a hit, and his chin connected with The Rock's elbow.

-   He tried out for the Chicago Bears in the mid 1980s. He wanted to try out at for one of the linebacker positions but the coaches chose to see how he would perform at tight end.

-   Had appeared in 4 films with 'Bruce Willis' (qv): _Armageddon (1998)_ (qv), _Breakfast of Champions (1999)_ (qv), _The Whole Nine Yards (2000)_ (qv) and _Sin City (2005)_ (qv).

-   Narrated the 2005 Major League Baseball World Series Film, featuring the 2005 World Champion Chicago White Sox.

-   Ran onto the field and slid into third base during the Disco Demolition Night fiasco at Comiskey Park on July 12, 1979.

-   His Daredevil character, Wilson Fisk/Kingpin, first appeared as an enemy of Spiderman until 'Frank Miller (II)' (qv) made him a major enemy of Daredevil. Duncan has played him opposite both characters, in the animated series _"Spider-Man" (2003)_ (qv) and in _Daredevil (2003)_ (qv).

-   Had five cats and one chinchilla, "Chucky".

-   Was a blue belt in Brazilian JuJutsu.

-   Moonlighting as a bouncer and guard at various clubs on Chicago's South Side, he met one of the producers of the touring stage show, "Beauty Shop, Part 2" and was hired as the producer's personal security. Although he often asked for the opportunity to act in the play, the producer never gave him the chance.

-   Was hospitalized on July 13, 2012 in Los Angeles after suffering cardiac arrest. His fiancée, 'Omarosa Manigault' (qv), applied CPR and resuscitated him. Almost two months later, Michael died on September 3, 2012 from complications following the cardiac arrest.

-   Engaged to 'Omarosa Manigault' (qv) from February 2012 until his death in September 2012.

-   He is survived by his mother, Jean; his sister, Judith; and by his fiancée, actress 'Omarosa Manigault' (qv).


-   TV commercial for Lincoln Town Car (2002)

-   TV commercial for Kellogg's Granola Munch'ems (2006)

-   TV commercial for Quiznos (2007) (voice)

-   (2009) Commercial for DirecTV satellite TV service

-   (July 2011) Did commercial for Zaxby's chicken restaurants.


-   My sister [Judith] used to say I had a frail chest and she'd beat me up all the time.

-   [on _The Green Mile (1999)_ (qv)] I think the toughest scene for me to film was the two dead girls, simply because I had a lot of crying to do, a lot of howling to do, and it really drained me.


-   "Hoop" (USA), May 2003, Vol. 31, Iss. 6, pg. 6, by: Darryl Howerton, "Celebrity Row: The Best Seat In The House"

-   "NW" (Australia), 3 April 2000, Vol. 1, Iss. 1, pg. 60, by: Pip Harry, "The hot seat"


-   "Entertainment Weekly" (USA), 21 December 2012, Iss. 1238, pg. 39, by: Frank Darabont, "Late Greats: Michael Clarke Duncan"

-   "Entertainment Weekly" (USA), 14 September 2012, Iss. 1224, pg. 32, by: Chris Nashawaty, "A Bighearted Giant of an Actor"

-   "The Washington Post" (USA), 4 September 2012, Vol. 135, Iss. 274, pg. B6, by: Steve Loeper, "Michael Clarke Duncan, 54: 'Green Mile' actor left risky bodyguard job to pursue on-screen success"

-   "The New York Times" (USA), 4 September 2012, pg. A28, by: Douglas Martin, "Michael Clarke Duncan, Actor, Dies at 54."

-   "Parade" (USA), 14 May 2000, pg. 15, by: Jane Ciabattari, "Gentle Giant" Honors His Mom"

-   "Total Film" (Hungary), April 2000, Vol. 1, Iss. 13, pg. 26, by: Joshua Mooney


-   "Vox" (Hungary), September 2001, Iss. 53

-   "American Cinematographer" (USA), August 2001, Vol. 82, Iss. 8

-   "Entertainment Weekly" (USA), 10 December 1999, Vol. 1, Iss. 516

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Acting in movies

  1. "The Directors" (1999) {The Films of Frank Darabont (#2.23)}
  2. "The Directors" (1999) {The Films of Michael Bay (#2.26)}
  3. 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013) (TV)
  4. "Ultimate Spider-Man" (2012) {(#2.10)}
  5. "Ultimate Spider-Man" (2012) {(#2.18)}
  6. "Ultimate Spider-Man" (2012) {(#2.5)}
  7. "Ultimate Spider-Man" (2012) {(#2.7)}
  8. "Ultimate Spider-Man" (2012) {(#2.8)}
  9. "Ultimate Spider-Man" (2012) {(#2.9)}
  10. "Ultimate Spider-Man" (2012) {Sinister Six (#2.6)}
  11. From the Rough (2012)
  12. In the Hive (2012)
  13. The Challenger (2012)
  14. The Sibling (2012)
  15. "Family Guy" (1999) {Ratings Guy (#11.2)}
  16. "The Finder" (2011) {A Cinderella Story (#1.3)}
  17. "The Finder" (2011) {An Orphan Walks Into a Bar (#1.1)}
  18. "The Finder" (2011) {Bullets (#1.2)}
  19. "The Finder" (2011) {Eye of the Storm (#1.7)}
  20. "The Finder" (2011) {Life After Death (#1.8)}
  21. "The Finder" (2011) {Little Green Men (#1.6)}
  22. "The Finder" (2011) {Swing and a Miss (#1.4)}
  23. "The Finder" (2011) {The Boy with the Bucket (#1.13)}
  24. "The Finder" (2011) {The Conversation (#1.10)}
  25. "The Finder" (2011) {The Great Escape (#1.5)}
  26. "The Finder" (2011) {The Inheritance (#1.11)}
  27. "The Finder" (2011) {The Last Meal (#1.9)}
  28. "The Finder" (2011) {Voodoo Undo (#1.12)}
  29. "The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange" (2012) {Marshmalia (#1.3)}
  30. "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (2005) {(#8.225)}
  31. "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (2005) {(#8.227)}
  32. "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (2005) {(#8.229)}
  33. "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (2005) {(#8.99)}
  34. "The Talk" (2010) {(2012-01-25)}
  35. "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992) {(#20.92)}
  36. "The Wendy Williams Show" (2008) {(2012-01-11)}
  37. A Crush on You (2011) (TV)
  38. Cross (2011) (V)
  39. Green Lantern (2011)
  40. Tu Xia Chuan Qi (2011)
  41. "Bones" (2005) {The Finder (#6.19)}
  42. "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (2005) {(#7.147)}
  43. Beyond Limits (2010)
  44. Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (2010)
  45. For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots (2010) (TV)
  46. Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief (2010) (TV)
  47. Redemption Road (2010)
  48. The Story (2010) {{SUSPENDED}}
  49. "The Brian McKnight Show" (2009) {(2010-02-20)}
  50. "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (2005) {(#6.130)}
  51. "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (2005) {(#6.131)}
  52. "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (2005) {(#6.195)}
  53. "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (2005) {(#7.75)}
  54. "The Mo'Nique Show" (2009) {(2010-10-14)}
  55. Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009)
  56. The Slammin' Salmon (2009)
  57. "Chelsea Lately" (2007) {(2009-02-17)}
  58. "The Bonnie Hunt Show" (2008) {(2009-02-24)}
  59. "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (2005) {(#5.102)}
  60. "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (2005) {(#6.60)}
  61. "Two and a Half Men" (2003) {The Two Finger Rule (#6.19)}
  62. American Crude (2008)
  63. Delgo (2008)
  64. Dreaming Slipstream Dream (2008) (V)
  65. Kung Fu Panda (2008)
  66. Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins (2008)
  67. "Chuck" (2007) {Chuck Versus the First Date (#2.1)}
  68. "HBO First Look" (1992) {Prepare for Pandamonium... The Making of 'Kung Fu Panda' (#15.6)}
  69. "The Bonnie Hunt Show" (2008) {(2008-09-26)}
  70. "The Girls Next Door" (2005) {She Got Game (#5.3)}
  71. "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (2005) {(#4.215)}
  72. "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (2005) {(#4.275)}
  73. "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (2005) {(#5.18)}
  74. "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody" (2005) {Benchwarmers (#3.19)}
  75. "Two and a Half Men" (2003) {The Mooch at the Boo (#6.9)}
  76. "Up Close with Carrie Keagan" (2007) {(2008-02-07)}
  77. "Up Close with Carrie Keagan" (2007) {(2008-06-16)}
  78. An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Aretha Franklin (2007) (TV)
  79. God of War II (2007) (VG)
  80. Slipstream (2007)
  81. The 100 Best Black Movies (Ever) (2007)
  82. The Last Mimzy (2007)
  83. "Family Guy" (1999) {The Tan Aquatic with Steve Zissou (#5.11)}
  84. "Loonatics Unleashed" (2005) {The Hunter (#2.7)}
  85. Air Buddies (2006) (V)
  86. Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters (2006)
  87. Brother Bear 2 (2006) (V)
  88. Miracles and Mystery: Creating 'The Green Mile' (2006) (V)
  89. One Way (2006/II)
  90. Saints Row (2006) (VG)
  91. School for Scoundrels (2006)
  92. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
  93. "Family Guy" (1999) {Stu & Stewie's Excellent Adventure (#4.30)}
  94. "Family Guy" (1999) {You May Now Kiss the... Uh... Guy Who Receives (#4.25)}
  95. "Last Call with Carson Daly" (2002) {(2006-10-06)}
  96. "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1993) {(2006-09-26)}
  97. "Loonatics Unleashed" (2005) {Acmegeddon: Part 1 (#1.12)}
  98. "Loonatics Unleashed" (2005) {Acmegeddon: Part 2 (#1.13)}
  99. "Minoriteam" (2005) {Balactus: Part I (#1.19)}
  100. "Minoriteam" (2005) {Balactus: Part II (#1.20)}
  101. "Reel Comedy" (2002) {Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby}
  102. "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (2005) {(#2.195)}
  103. "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (2005) {(#2.196)}
  104. "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (2005) {(#2.198)}
  105. "The Megan Mullally Show" (2006) {(#1.14)}
  106. "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992) {(#14.180)}
  107. "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992) {You Make the Call (#14.161)}
  108. Dinotopia: Quest for the Ruby Sunstone (2005)
  109. Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story (2005) (V)
  110. Infiltrating D.E.B.S. (2005) (V)
  111. Racing Stripes (2005)
  112. Sin City (2005)
  113. Sin City: The Premiere (2005) (TV)
  114. Starz on the Set: Sin City (2005) (TV)
  115. The Future in Action (2005) (V)
  116. The Golden Blaze (2005) (V)
  117. The Island (2005)
  118. The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the Tinysauruses (2005) (V)
  119. The Suffering: Ties That Bind (2005) (VG)
  120. "106 & Park Top 10 Live" (2000) {(2005-07-21)}
  121. "Beyond the Glory" (2001) {The Ultimate Fighting Championship (#5.13)}
  122. "Biography" (1987) {Bruce Willis}
  123. "CSI: NY" (2004) {The Closer (#1.22)}
  124. "Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show" (2003) {(2005-04-07)}
  125. "George Lopez" (2002) {George to the Third Power (#4.13)}
  126. "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1993) {(2005-07-20)}
  127. "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" (1988) {(2005-07-20)}
  128. "Loonatics Unleashed" (2005) {Stop the World I Want to Get Off (#1.8)}
  129. "Tavis Smiley" (2004) {(2005-03-31)}
  130. "Teen Titans" (2003) {Cyborg the Barbarian (#4.2)}
  131. "The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius" (2002) {My Big Fat Spy Wedding (#3.15)}
  132. "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (2005) {(#1.58)}
  133. "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992) {(#13.117)}
  134. "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992) {(#13.58)}
  135. "The Ultimate Fighter" (2005) {Ultimate Finale (#1.13)}
  136. Crash Nebula (2004) (TV)
  137. D.E.B.S. (2004)
  138. Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone (2004) (VG)
  139. George and the Dragon (2004)
  140. Pursued (2004)
  141. UFC 47: It's On! (2004) (TV)
  142. World Music Awards 2004 (2004) (TV)
  143. "Biography" (1987) {The Rock}
  144. "Celebrities Uncensored" (2003) {(#2.3)}
  145. "Last Call with Carson Daly" (2002) {(2004-06-10)}
  146. "Static Shock" (2000) {Linked (#4.10)}
  147. 9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2003) (TV)
  148. Beyond Hell's Kitchen: Making 'Daredevil' (2003) (V)
  149. Brother Bear (2003)
  150. Daredevil (2003)
  151. George of the Jungle 2 (2003) (V)
  152. Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time (2003) (TV)
  153. R. Kelly: The R. in R&B - The Video Collection (2003) (V)
  154. Socom II: U.S. Navy Seals (2003) (VG)
  155. UFC 44: Undisputed (2003) (TV)
  156. "Beat Seekers" (2002) {(#2.9)}
  157. "HBO First Look" (1992) {'Daredevil': From the Comic to the Big Screen (#10.2)}
  158. "MADtv" (1995) {(#8.15)}
  159. "Player$" (2002) {Daredevilin' (#2.1)}
  160. "Spider-Man" (2003) {Keeping Secrets (#1.2)}
  161. "Spider-Man" (2003) {Royal Scam (#1.5)}
  162. "The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius" (2002) {Operation: Rescue Jet Fusion (#2.3)}
  163. "The Daily Show" (1996) {Michael Clarke Duncan (#7.98)}
  164. "The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn" (1999) {(2003-02-20)}
  165. "The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn" (1999) {(2003-03-27)}
  166. "The Proud Family" (2001) {Smackmania 6: Mongo vs. Mama's Boy (#3.6)}
  167. "The Sharon Osbourne Show" (2003) {(2003-10-29)}
  168. "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992) {(#11.182)}
  169. "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992) {(#11.23)}
  170. "Tinseltown TV" (2002) {(2003-12-13)}
  171. "Secrets of Superstar Fitness" (2002)
  172. 2002 ABC World Stunt Awards (2002) (TV)
  173. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Tom Hanks (2002) (TV)
  174. Spotlight on Location: The Making of 'The Scorpion King' (2002) (V)
  175. The Rock and Michael Clarke Duncan: 'The Scorpion King' (2002) (V)
  176. The Scorpion King (2002)
  177. "King of the Hill" (1997) {The Son Also Roses (#7.6)}
  178. "The Daily Show" (1996) {Michael Clarke Duncan (#6.127)}
  179. "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992) {(#10.61)}
  180. 2001 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (2001) (TV)
  181. 32nd NAACP Image Awards (2001) (TV)
  182. Cats & Dogs (2001)
  183. Hollywood Digital Diaries (2001)
  184. Planet of the Apes (2001)
  185. Planet of the Apes: Rule the Planet (2001) (TV)
  186. See Spot Run (2001)
  187. The 27th Annual People's Choice Awards (2001) (TV)
  188. The Making of 'Planet of the Apes' (2001) (TV)
  189. They Call Me Sirr (2001) (TV)
  190. "E! True Hollywood Story" (1996) {Joan Rivers}
  191. "HBO First Look" (1992) {The Making of 'Cats & Dogs' (#8.8)}
  192. "HBO First Look" (1992) {The Making of 'Planet of the Apes' (#8.9)}
  193. "MADtv" (1995) {(#6.25)}
  194. "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992) {(2001-07-24)}
  195. "WWF Raw Is War" (1997) {(2001-12-10)}
  196. 2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (2000) (TV)
  197. 2000 MTV Movie Awards (2000) (TV)
  198. 31st NAACP Image Awards (2000) (TV)
  199. 6th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2000) (TV)
  200. ESPY Awards (2000) (TV)
  201. Soldier of Fortune (2000) (VG)
  202. Star Trek: Klingon Academy (2000) (VG)
  203. The 2000 World Music Awards (2000) (TV)
  204. The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2000) (TV)
  205. The 72nd Annual Academy Awards (2000) (TV)
  206. The Whole Nine Yards (2000)
  207. Walking the Mile (2000) (V)
  208. WrestleMania 2000 (2000) (TV)
  209. "Biography" (1987) {Stephen King: Fear, Fame and Fortune}
  210. "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" (1996) {(2000-02-15)}
  211. "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992) {(2000-02-22)}
  212. Breakfast of Champions (1999)
  213. The Green Mile (1999)
  214. The Miracle of 'The Green Mile' (1999) (TV)
  215. The Underground Comedy Movie (1999)
  216. "Sister, Sister" (1994) {Before There Was Hip Hop... (#6.19)}
  217. "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" (1996) {(1999-12-08)}
  218. A Night at the Roxbury (1998)
  219. Armageddon (1998)
  220. Bulworth (1998)
  221. Caught Up (1998)
  222. The Players Club (1998)
  223. "Arli$$" (1996) {Fans First (#3.3)}
  224. "Gomorron" (1992) {Om filmen 'Armageddon'}
  225. Back in Business (1997)
  226. "Built to Last" (1997) {A Family Affair (#1.3)}
  227. "Living Single" (1993) {High Anxiety (#5.3)}
  228. "Sparks" (1996) {Self Defense (#1.17)}
  229. "The Jamie Foxx Show" (1996) {Little Red Corvette (#1.15)}
  230. "The Wayans Bros." (1995) {I Do... (#3.18)}
  231. "Skwids" (1996)
  232. "Weird Science" (1994) {Men in Tights (#4.2)}
  233. Friday (1995)
  234. Panic in the Park (1995) (VG)
  235. "Married with Children" (1987) {Flight of the Bumblebee (#10.7)}
  236. "Renegade" (1992) {Living Legend (#3.18)}
  237. "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (1990) {Bourgie Sings the Blues (#6.4)}

Movies Produced

  1. Redemption Road (2010) (co-producer)
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