Michael Clarke Duncan: 'The Green Mile' and 11 Other Memorable Roles
5:58 PM PDT 9/3/2012 by THR Staff
The Oscar-nominated actor died Monday, Sept. 3, nearly two months after being hospitalized
for a myocardial infarction, from which he never fully recovered. THR takes a look back at some of his most well-known films and TV shows, from "Armageddon" to "The Finder."
The actor is best known for his role in this 1999 movie, which was directed by Frank Darabont and was adapted from the Stephen King novel. Duncan earned Oscar and Golden Globe noms for his role as soft-spoken death-row inmate John Coffey, who has extraordinary healing powers. Tom Hanks also starred as a corrections officer.
The 1998 movie, directed by Michael Bay, centered on a group of blue-collar deep-core dillers, led by Bruce Willis, who are tasked by NASA with stopping a gigantic asteroid from hitting Earth. Duncan played "Bear," one of the drillers. Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler also starred.
Mario Van Peebles directed the 2010 movie, a drama about redemption that was set in Tennessee. Duncan received top billing in the movie, which also starred Luke Perry, Tom Skerritt, Taryn Manning, Kiele Sanchez and Melvin Van Peebles.
'Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins'
Duncan played Otis, the older brother of Roscoe (Martin Lawrence), a successful talk show host who returns to his small Southern hometown for his parents' 50th wedding anniversary. The ensemble cast of the 2008 movie also included Joy Bryant, James Earl Jones, Margaret Avery, Mike Epps, Mo'Nique, Cedric the Entertainer, Liz Mikel, Brooke Lyons and Louis C.K.
The 2005 movie was written, produced and directed by Frank Miller, based on his graphic novel series, and Robert Rodriguez.Duncan played Manute, a mercenary who kidnaps Rosario Dawson's Gail, the leader of a group of prostitutes.
'Talledega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby'
Duncan co-starred with Will Ferrell in the 2006 film, playing Lucius Washington, the pit crew chief and close friend of NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby (Ferrell).
Duncan most recently starred in this Fox series, a spinoff of the network's long-running Bones. He played Leo Knox, a widower and former attorney, opposite Geoff Stults, who portrayed Iraq veteran Walter Sherman. The short-lived procedural premiered in January as a backdoor pilot during Bones' sixth season and was canceled in May.
Duncan reunited with director Michael Bay for this 2005 sci-fi thriller, which starred Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson. Of his role as Starkweather Two Delta, a clone of a football player, film critic Roger Ebertwrote: "[He] has only three or four scenes, but they're of central importance, and he brings true horror to them."
'The Whole Nine Yards'
The 2000 movie starred Matthew Perry as a dentist who gets involved with infamous contract killer (Bruce Willis), given amnesty after rattting out Lazlo Gogolak and other members of his gang. Duncan played Frankie Figs, one of Lazlo's son Janni's (Kevin Pollak) enforcers.
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