Michael Duncan Clarke, the hulking, prolific character actor who starred in dozens of films, died Monday morning, Labor Day at age 54.
Michael Clarke Duncan, nominated for an Academy Award for his role as a prisoner on death row in the 1999 movie “The Green Mile” died Monday morning after failing to recover from a heart attack he suffered on July 13, 2012. His fiancé Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth is credited with saving his life with CPR at the time of the myocardial infarction, which eventually took his life at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood.
Duncan, a native Chicagoan, worked as a ditch digger for People’s Gas Company and as a bouncer at several Chicago night clubs. He attended King College Prep High School on South Drexel on Chicago’s South Side.
He was also one of the first 100 people to run on to Steve Dahl’s Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park.
He also starred in Armageddon, Kung Fu Panda, Planet of the Apes, The Scorpion King, and The Whole Nine Yards.