Duncan was an unmistakable presence, standing six feet, five inches tall and weighing more than 300 pounds. After a landing series of film roles that took advantage of his massive size, Duncan exploded into stardom with his turn as John Coffey in Frank Darabont's The Green Mile. It was that Oscar-nominated performance that would change our perception of Duncan as a burly bouncer and behemoth bodyguard to gentle giant with a booming laugh and joyous smile.
After several roles on the big screen, Duncan, like many other movie stars, moved to television with last season's new Fox drama The Finder. Duncan played Leo Knox, the sidekick to the series' protagonist. The show was canceled after one season.
In July, Duncan had to be revived by his fiancée Omarosa Manigault after suffering a heart attack. Duncan died yesterday in a Los Angeles hospital while being treated for difficulties stemming from that previous heart attack.