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