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Green Mile star Michael Clarke Duncan dies at 54
BBC News ^ | 4th September 2012 | BBC News

Posted on 09/03/2012 7:31:22 PM PDT by the scotsman

'Actor Michael Clarke Duncan, who rose to prominence playing a death row inmate in the acclaimed film The Green Mile, has died at the age of 54.

Duncan suffered a heart attack in July and died at a hospital in Los Angeles after failing to recover.

A former bodyguard, the 6ft 4in (1.93m) Duncan was an imposing figure who played a wide variety of screen roles.

He was nominated for an Oscar in 1999 for The Green Mile, but also played action roles and voiced animated parts.

His versatility saw him team up with Bruce Willis to save the Earth in Armageddon, play it for laughs in the Will Ferrell racing car comedy Talladega Nights, and take a succession of roles in TV sitcoms, including Two and a Half Men.

He will be remembered primarily for his role alongside Tom Hanks in the adaptation of Stephen King's novel The Green Mile.

Duncan played convicted murderer John Coffey, a man possessed of a gentle demeanour and extraordinary healing powers.

His unexpected performance won him a nomination as best supporting actor and kick-started an acting career that only began once he gave up bodyguard work in his 30s.'

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: michaelclarkeduncan; obit; obituary; rip

1 posted on 09/03/2012 7:31:30 PM PDT by the scotsman
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To: the scotsman

That sucks! I liked him. RIP big man.


2 posted on 09/03/2012 7:33:46 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: the scotsman

Prayers for his friends and family


3 posted on 09/03/2012 7:33:50 PM PDT by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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To: the scotsman

Too young!!! Gifted actor!!! Loved him!!! Rest in Peace, gentle giant!!! We’ll miss you!!!


4 posted on 09/03/2012 7:43:52 PM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX ( My only objective is defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!)
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To: the scotsman
The world is a little less of a happy place tonight.

Prayers up. RIP Michael.

5 posted on 09/03/2012 7:45:22 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Had enough of the freaks running the show yet?)
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To: the scotsman

I’m devastated. He seemed like a down to earth type of guy and a fantastic actor. He will be greatly missed. RIP.


6 posted on 09/03/2012 7:46:37 PM PDT by Nitehawk0325 (ALL THINGS BEING EQUAL, THE SIMPLEST SOLUTION IS THE BEST.)
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To: the scotsman

Rest in peace, gentle soul.......


7 posted on 09/03/2012 7:47:04 PM PDT by Red Badger (Anyone who thinks wisdom comes with age is either too young or too stupid to know the difference....)
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To: the scotsman

Oh no. Rest in peace Mr. Duncan.


8 posted on 09/03/2012 7:47:43 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: the scotsman

Terrible, he was a great character actor and seemed like a great person.


9 posted on 09/03/2012 7:50:52 PM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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His life’s story seemed to reach for “The American Dream”. And he did it.......despite his circumstances.

Rest in peace!


10 posted on 09/03/2012 7:54:33 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Bocephus hits a home run! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt_vjPqAVzI)
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To: the scotsman

Well just damn. Mr Duncan, RIP, you will be missed.


11 posted on 09/03/2012 7:57:23 PM PDT by Conservative4Ever (The Obamas = rude, crude and socially unacceptable)
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To: the scotsman

Fabulous actor. RIP


12 posted on 09/03/2012 7:59:04 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: EEGator

Huge bummer.....:(


13 posted on 09/03/2012 8:08:29 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep, the clowns will eat me)
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To: the scotsman

Liked him in Armageddon, but his performance in The Green Mile just about made me cry. I can’t imagine anyone else playing a finer John Coffey.

“I helped it.”

Just...dang.

Prayers for his family and friends. He will be missed.


14 posted on 09/03/2012 8:09:07 PM PDT by TXBlair (Don't stop at Hasan's beard; shave off his entire head.)
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I am sorry about Michael’s death. He was too large and it killed him. He needed to eat arugula and run 75 miles a month. Many do.


15 posted on 09/03/2012 8:21:40 PM PDT by marygonzo
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agreed...


16 posted on 09/03/2012 8:23:20 PM PDT by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: TXBlair

The Green Mile just about made me cry. I can’t imagine anyone else playing a finer John Coffey.
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Agreed.

The local NBC 11PM news mentioned it, cited “The Green Mile”, “Armageddon” and while his picture was up said “Planet of the Apes”, I can just imagine the ‘hell’ Fox would have caught for the same.

He definitely was a real life “Gentle Giant”.

RIP


17 posted on 09/03/2012 8:48:56 PM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 "It is virtually impossible to clean the pond as long as the pigs are still crapping in it")
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To: the scotsman

There is just not enough of some people.


18 posted on 09/03/2012 9:14:14 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (CREDO QUIA ABSURDUM)
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To: the scotsman

I loved him in Armageddon. RIP.


19 posted on 09/03/2012 9:23:55 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Obama should change his campaign slogan to "Yes, we am!" Sounds as stupid as his administration is.)
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To: xrmusn

“Gentle Giant” was exactly the way I thought of him, too. Perfect description.


20 posted on 09/05/2012 8:04:42 PM PDT by TXBlair (Don't stop at Hasan's beard; shave off his entire head.)
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To: xrmusn

“Gentle Giant” was exactly the way I thought of him, too. Perfect description.


21 posted on 09/05/2012 8:06:34 PM PDT by TXBlair (Don't stop at Hasan's beard; shave off his entire head.)
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