Hollywood's Gentle Giant: Michael Clarke Duncan Passes Away at Age 54

Ranjit Rodricks , 04 Sep 2012
Michael Clarke Duncan
Michael Clarke Duncan

Just last night, I watched two films on TV which coincidentaly, had Michael Clarke Duncan in them – Armageddon and Kung Fu Panda. And this morning, we wake up to the sad news that he passed away in Los Angeles due to a heart attack, at only fifty-four years old. Reports have it that Hollywood’s Gentle Giant (he was an imposing 6.4 feet tall) was hospitalized in July due to a heart attack and he never fully recovered.

Michael Clarke Duncan with co-star Tom Hanks
Michael Clarke Duncan with Tom Hanks in The Green Mile

The actor’s most memorable role is definitely The Green Mile (1999) with Tom Hanks, which was based on the Stephen King book of the same name. His heart-warming role as a prisoner on death row earned him an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor. He would go on to star in other memorable films like The Whole Nine Yards, Planet of the Apes and The Scorpion King, along with numerous voice-over roles showcasing his unforgettable deep bass voice.

Sadly, the world of cinema has lost yet another stalwart and Team MissMalini sends our prayers and respect to his family.

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