Michael Clarke Duncan… 1957 to 2012

I know I haven’t been blogging that long, in fact it has only been three days, but I hope if have begun to cement myself as a writer with humors aspects to my observations.  With that being said this post will contain no humor and instead portray a somber feeling.  Now that’s out of the way I can now move on.

Yesterday, September 3rd 2012, 54 year old actor Michael Clarke Duncan died yesterday.  He acted in an assorted amount of movies such as Armageddon, The Green Mile, and Sin City.  He died in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and his publicist released a statement saying that he had suffered a heart attack in July that he did not recover from.  Michael was born on December 10th, 1957, and grew up on the south side of Chicago.  His father left when he was six, and was raised by his mother who helped to keep him away from drugs and alcohol.  He is survived by his sister, Jean, mother, Judith, and his fiancée, actress Omarosa Manigault.

Michael was an amazing man, he lived the dream every American should hope to have.  He had dreams of acting as a kid, but was discouraged by everyone but his mother.  Duncan attended Alcorn State University in Mississippi but left before graduating to help support his ill mother.  He then began to work for a gas company as a ditch digger.  He later quit his job and security guard for a traveling show, but once he got to Los Angeles he chose to stay.

He started as a body-guard for Martin Lawrence, Will Smith and other stars.  He then began receiving small parts in films and television, but in 1998 he got his big break as Bear in Armageddon.  While filming he became friends with Bruce Willis who later helped to land him his role as John Coffey in Darabont’s adaptation of Stephen King’s serial novel “The Green Mile.”

I was actually shocked to hear this news and was greatly saddened by it.  I found him to be a phenomenal actor not only for his amazing role in The Green Mile but also because he was able to play comedic roles and make me laugh a significant amount.  The world is a bit darker now that this star has burnt out.  Even though he had acted in over 30 television movie parts I wish he would have been able to continue his work.

Rest in peace Michael Clarke Duncan… You will be greatly missed dearly.

 

~ by finnobannion on September 5, 2012.

6 Responses to “Michael Clarke Duncan… 1957 to 2012”

  1. It’s always sad when good actors die kind of young. He was kind of young, at least too young to die of a heart attack, anyway. It was just his time, I guess.

  2. Does no one else find it weird that his affianced was Omarosa?

    What kind of scares me is that he’s only a year older than my dad.

    i was shocked to hear about when he passed away, too, and I’ve always liked him as an actor.

    • I can honestly say that involving Omarosa Manigault I have no idea who she is. I had never heard her name until I was doing some research for this post, and I had certainly never had seen what she looked like until I had Googled her name not 5 minutes ago.

      • She was a somewhat infamous contestant on the first season of “The Apprentice.” (No, I don’t watch that. I’ve never seen an episode of it in my life. I just remember it.)

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