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Michael Clarke Duncan

Duncan in January 2009
Born December 10, 1957 (1957-12-10) (age 52)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995–present

Michael Clarke Duncan (born December 10, 1957) is an American actor, best known for his breakout role as John Coffey in The Green Mile, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.

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Early life

Duncan was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in a single-parent household with his sister, Judy, and mother, Jean Duncan (a house cleaner), after his father left.[1][2] He always wanted to act, but had to drop out of the Communications program at Alcorn State University to support his family when his mother became ill. Duncan's large frame—6 feet 5 inches (196 cm)[3] and 315 pounds (142 kg)—helped him in his jobs digging ditches for the People's Gas Company and being a bouncer at different Chicago clubs. On September 24, 2008, he appeared on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. During his interview with Ferguson, Duncan admitted that one of his many jobs had been a stripper "back in the day" and his stage name was Black Caesar.

In 1979, he participated in the Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park, home of the Chicago White Sox: he was among the first 100 people to run onto the field and he slid into third base. During the ensuing riot his silver belt buckle was stolen[4] while he was stealing a baseball bat from the dugout.[5]

Career

Duncan took other security jobs while in Los Angeles while trying to get some acting work in commercials. During this time, worked as a bodyguard for celebrities like Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J, and Notorious B.I.G. all the while doing bit parts in television and films. A friend was covering for Duncan the night that Notorious B.I.G. was killed. This was the reason for Duncan to quit this line of work.[3] In 1998, Duncan was cast as Bear in the film Armageddon, where he struck up a friendship with castmate Bruce Willis. It was Bruce Willis' influence that helped him to get his breakout role as John Coffey in the Frank Darabont-directed The Green Mile, a role which netted him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture.[6][7]

Duncan then was cast in a string of films that helped to establish him as a star: The Whole Nine Yards, Planet of the Apes, The Scorpion King (where he starred alongside his friend, The Rock), The Island and Daredevil as Wilson Fisk, aka The Kingpin. The Kingpin is, by appearance, an overweight corporate head that takes the name Wilson Fisk, but in fact he is the sole person running organized crime. Duncan signed on for the role in January 2002, though he had been attached far earlier.[8] When Duncan was cast, he weighed 290 pounds. He was asked to gain 40 pounds for the role in order to fit the physique of Kingpin. In order to do this, he would lift weights for 30 minutes a day, and power-lifted with one or two reps a day, as well as eating whatever he wanted. Despite this, Duncan's biggest concern was that he is black, whilst Kingpin has always been portrayed as white.[9] He spoke on the fan's loyalty to the source material by saying "they watch movies to say, 'Hey, that's not like the comic book.' But I want them to get past that and just see the movie for what it is and see me for what I am—an actor."[10] In July 2006, Duncan showed interest in returning for the role of the Kingpin, but stated that he would not be willing to gain weight as he felt "comfortable" being down to 270 pounds. However, he jokingly showed willingness to change his mind if he was offered $20 million. Duncan suggested that the character is portrayed to have been training a lot in jail in order to become faster in combat against Daredevil, also working as a way to fit his weight loss into the story.[11]

Duncan has also provided his voice for a number of roles including Brother Bear, The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the Tinysauruses, Quiznos commercials, and the video games Demon Stone, SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs, The Suffering: Ties That Bind, Saints Row, and Soldier of Fortune, with his most recent role being God of War II, where he provides the voice of Atlas, the Titan condemned by Zeus to stand at the western edge of the earth and hold up the sky on his shoulders. He reprised his role as the Kingpin in Spider-Man: The New Animated Series.

In 2005, he starred in the film Sin City (again alongside Bruce Willis) as Manute, a powerful mobster. Duncan appeared in a minor role in the 2006 movie Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby as Lucius Washington, and he voiced the role of the villain Massive in the Loonatics Unleashed. In 2006, he voiced the role of Numbuh 26 in the animated movie Codename: Kids Next Door: Operation ZERO. He played Balrog in Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li and voiced the prison commander in Kung Fu Panda.

He has also guest starred in numerous television shows. He appeared in an episode of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody "Benchwarmers" as Zack's basketball coach, Coach Little. In 2005, Duncan guest-starred in a first-season episode of CSI: NY.[12] He appeared as "Colt" in the second-season premiere of Chuck, "Chuck Versus The First Date".[13] In November he appeared as a guest star on the CBS show Two and a Half Men.

Filmography

Year Movie Role Notes
1995 Friday Craps Player (uncredited)
1997 Back in Business Huge Guard
1998 Caught Up BB
The Players Club Bodyguard
Bulworth Bouncer
Armageddon Bear
A Night at the Roxbury Bouncer
1999 Breakfast of Champions Eli
Underground Comedy Movie Gay Virgin
The Green Mile John Coffey
2000 The Whole Nine Yards Franklin 'Frankie Figs' Figueroa
2001 See Spot Run Murdoch
Cats & Dogs Sam
They Call Me Sirr Coach Griffin
Planet of the Apes Attar
2002 The Scorpion King Balthazar
2003 Daredevil Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin
Brother Bear Tug
Spider-Man: The New Animated Series Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin Reprised his role from Daredevil
2004 D.E.B.S. Mr. Phipps
George and the Dragon Tarik
The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the Tinysauruses Big Daddy
Pursued Franklin
2005 The Golden Blaze Thomas Tatum/Quake
Racing Stripes Clydesdale
Sin City Manute
The Producers Accountant (Scene later cut.)
Dinotopia: Quest for the Ruby Sunstone Stinktooth
The Island Starkweather
2006 Air Buddies The Wolf
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Lucius Washington
Brother Bear 2 Tug
School for Scoundrels Lesher
2007 The Last Mimzy Nathaniel Broadman
American Crude Spinks
One Way The General
God of War II Atlas Video game, voice
Slipstream Mort / Phil
2008 Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins Otis
Kung Fu Panda Commander Vachir
Delgo Elder Marley
2009 The Slammin' Salmon Cleon 'Slammin' Salmon
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li Balrog
2010 The Story The Dealer

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Michael Clarke Duncan
Born Michael Clarke Duncan
December 10, 1957 (1957-12-10) (age 53)
Chicago, Illinois
Years active 1995 - present

Michael Clarke Duncan (born December 10, 1957) is an American actor who has starred in numerous movies and has been a guest on numerous television shows including: Two and a Half Men, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, CSI: NY and Chuck.

Before Films

Before he became an actor, Duncan was a bodygaurd for numerous celebritys such as: LL Cool J, Jamie Foxx, Martin Lawrence, Will Smith and The Notorious B.I.G. but quit because when his friend covered for him while watching Notorious B.I.G., Biggie died that night.

Movies

Duncan became friends with Bruce Willis while he was starring with him in the movie Armageddon, This helped him get the role of John Coffey in The Green Mile. After getting that role he became a breakout star.








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