Michael Clarke Duncan passes away at 54

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We start today off on a somber note, with news of the passing of one of Hollywood’s truly much-loved actors, Michael Clarke Duncan. The larger than life actor suffered a myocardial infarction on July 13 and struggled with recovery, passing away on the 3rd of September.

There is a very large hole in all our hearts here at The Movies today, as this is sad news indeed. 6-foot-5-inch actor Duncan made his claim to fame with roles in films like Armageddon, Sin City and one of my all-time favourites, The Whole Nine Yards, but it was his turn as John Coffey in the Green Mile that landed him an Acadamy Award nomination, and Hollywood’s attention. Equally comfortable in dramatic, soulful roles as in blockbuster action films and comedies, Duncan managed to charm his way into all our hearts and I think any of us would be hard-pressed to find someone that didn’t love him as an actor.

As many other Hollywood stars have done of late, he also turned his attention to the small screen and was recently seen in Fox’s The Finder. IMDB states he has two completed works that has yet to hit the silver screens and I am sure both will stand, as with the rest of his starring roles, as a testament to an actor that will be sorely missed.

Michael Clarke Duncan, we will remember you fondly! “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. He had a heart as big as the world.” stated long-time manager Dan Spilo. If I may speak for all of us at The Movies once again, we would have stood in a queue for a bear-hug from the Kingpin himself.

Last Updated: September 4, 2012

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  • Darryn_Bonthuys

    Damn, now I has a sad. I loved him as the Kingpin as well in Daredevil, and of course, Armageddon.

    • It is sad that he died. It’s also sad that he’ll be remembered for stuff like Daredevil and Armageddon. He was good on those, but they were such awful movies… Sadly, looking at MCD’s resume, he’s better known for him that his movies.

      • Wtf101

        Y’know, there are some of us that loved Armageddon and Daredevil, and loved MCD in those movies as well. So no, it is NOT sad that he will be remembered for those movies. He will always be remembered as an actor that entertained, and had the balls to not let himself be type cast as anything.

        • Hey, I enjoyed him in both. But they were shit movies. Armageddon only works if you enjoy doing air guitar on power ballads while sober. And Daredevil? Hell, even Stan Lee said it was crap.

          • Wtf101

            Yes, okay. Armageddon and Daredevil were shit movies just because you said so. Yup. Now it is a fact.

          • Good, now you understand how this works.

          • I’ll settle this.

            Daredevil was terrible, a relic from a time where the actors had the dedication to try and make comic book movies but studios didn’t take it very seriously.

            Armageddon was the opposite. Studios threw money at it by the millions, and the actors solidly lined their pockets by standing in front of the Star-spangled Banner looking patriotic.

            Both should be ashamed of themselves, for different reasons.

  • Incredibly sad news. The guy just seemed like such a nice person all around, and you never heard anything but good things about him.

    • Erwin Kempff

      I hope that one day when I am no longer here, people will be able to say that about me as well. MCD will be missed

  • CaptainNemo42

    I’m a sad panda because of this. Liked his roles. he also had the bestest voice!

    Rest in Peace MCD.

  • Wtf101

    Weird fact: This morning, in between my alarm going off and me actually getting up, I thought about The Green Mile, and how John’s healing abilities gave those he healed a very long life indeed.
    Then I logged onto Twitter and saw the news on Eliza Dushku’s feed…
    RIP Big Man. You will be missed.

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