Michael Clarke Duncan

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Michael Clarke Duncan

Born

12/10/1957, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Died

9/3/2012

Birth Name

Michael Clarke Duncan

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Michael 'Big Mike' Duncan, Michael Duncan Clarke, Michael Duncan, Michael Clark Duncan, Michael Clarke, Michael C. Duncan
9.1
out of 10
User Rating
51 votes

Biography

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Michael Clarke Duncan was raised by his single mother on Chicago's South Side. Michael grew up resisting drugs and alcohol, instead concentrating on school. He wanted to play football in high school, but his mother wouldn't let him, fearing he would get hurt. He then turned to acting,…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Michael played Manute in the 2005 film Sin City. He's signed on to reprise the role for the two sequels in 2008.

    • Michael is often mistaken for actor Ving Rhames. He even pretended to be Ving once when he was mistaken for him by a French woman while he was in Canada.

    • During his time as a bodyguard, Michael guarded stars such as Will Smith, Martin Lawrence and Jamie Foxx. He left that line of work when Notorious B.I.G. was shot and killed after Michael let a friend guard him that night.

    • Michael is a fan of the TV show The O.C. When he appeared on Late Night With Conan O'Brien he admitted he cried when one of the main characters, Marissa, died.

    • Michael Clarke Duncan is supposedly known to give five dollars to anyone who recognizes him on the street and knows what his full name is.

    • During an interview on Kathy and Regis, Michael revealed he had considered being a policeman for the LAPD.

    • From his role in Armageddon, Michael was then noticed and was cast in the role in The Green Mile.

    • Michael got some small roles when he first arrived, which lead to him getting a minor role in Armageddon in 1998.

    • Michael worked as a body guard when he first landed in Hollywood.

    • Michael quit his job knowing it was going nowhere and headed to Hollywood.

    • Michael worked as a ditch digger for the local gas company, "Peoples Gas Company".

    • Michael attended a Community College after High School.

    • When Michael couldn't play ball he turned to acting. That became his next dream to be a famous actor.

    • Michael wanted to play football in high school. This was a passion of his, but much to his avail his mother forbid him to play fearing he might get hurt.

    • Michael was raised by his single Mom. Who struggled to keep him in line and out of the gangs and disturbances of the area.

    • Michael was one of the rare and lucky kids growing up on the South Side of Chicago. He controlled the temptation of drugs and alcohol which was common in that part of town to keep his concentration on school.

    • Though he appears to be much larger on film Michael is 6'5" tall.

    • Michael was born Michael Clarke Duncan.

    • Michael's most famous role came when he landed a part in The Green Mile, as John Coffey. He was nominated for an Oscar, as Best Supporting Actor, for this role. He was also nominated for a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role.

    • Michael played Spinks in American Crude, in 2005.

    • In another soon to be released film, in 2007, Michael will play Elder Marley's voice in Delgo.

    • Michael does the voice of the Wolf in the 2006 film Air Buddies.

    • Michael played the role of Lucius Washington in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, in 2006.

    • Michael played Lesher in the movie School for Scoundrels, in 2006.

    • Michael has various names to which he is credited for roles in acting. A few of them are Michael Duncan Clarke, Michael "Big Mike" Duncan, Michael C Duncan, Michael Clarke Duncan, and Michael Duncan.

  • Quotes

    • ( When Michael took Hanks hand in The Green Mile)

      Michael Clarke Duncan: We did one of those scenes where I take his hand and show him some things, ... and I remember Frank saying, 'Cut,' and everybody was just silent for a couple of minutes. Everybody was kind of crying. Tom was still crying. I was still crying. Frank didn't even know what to say. That was a moment I will never forget

    • ( When running into one of his fans)
      Michael Clarke Duncan: He turned around and he looked at me and he said, 'You are exactly what I pictured in my mind that John Coffey looked like,' ... All my questions went away.

    • (about keeping his emotions in between takes)
      Michael Clarke Duncan: You know, the only thing that was distracting was when you have your emotion up and they're changing the lights or they're changing the camera angles. You have to realize the emotion has to stay up. You can't go in the corner and say, "I'm gonna cool out for a minute. Let me know when you want me to cry again." I can't do that.

    • (on why his mother thought he would be an actor)
      Michael Clarke Duncan: Being stupid at home. I was very stupid. I was very clumsy. I was always joking around with my older sister and I guess what really happened... My mother wanted to be an actress when she was coming up, and nobody ever helped her. And I guess she saw something in me.

    • (on being nominated for an Oscar)
      Michael Clarke Duncan: It's just something that washes over you. It's a day by day process. It hasn't even really struck me yet. People talk about Michael Clarke Duncan and the Oscar. That's just weird to me. To me, I just hope that I'm not in some hospital somewhere, in a coma, and somebody's gonna say, man, you were in a coma for six months and I'll be like "No! I was in the Green Mile!"

    • Michael Clarke Duncan: The first thing I do is let people know I'm not Ving Rhames. Once I do that, everything else is cool. Every place I go, people think I'm Ving Rhames. They're like, "I love Pulp Fiction, I love Rosewood, I love Mission: Impossible". And I'm like, "Uh, that's not me". So if I can get people past that, the Oscar doesn't matter. If I can get them to know my name, Michael Clarke Duncan, and not Ving Rhames, man, that will be enough for me.

    • (on missing the opportunity to guest star on 24, after meeting Keifer Sutherland)
      Michael Clarke Duncan: I became this dribbling, big, black fool and he was like, 'Okay, I hope we work together'. Never heard from him since.

    • Michael Clarke Duncan: I always say YCDA: you can do anything. If you want to be a successful actor, you have to believe in yourself more than anything else, and don't let anybody tell you that you cannot do it, because you can.

    • Michael Clarke Duncan: My mother told me years ago, "You're gonna be an actor." So I could not play football, I could not wrestle, I couldn't do anything physical but play basketball. And I wasn't really that good. I'd just kind of knock people around on the court, that was my little claim to fame.

    • Michael Clarke Duncan: My sister used to say I had a frail chest and she'd beat me up all the time.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • He's one of my favorite actors

    9.0
    For an actor so easily recognized by his physical stature, I am constantly amazed at his versatility as an actor. From a drama like "The Green Mile" to comedies like his role in "Two and A Half Men" to action movies like "Daredevil", he has created a very wide ranging career.

    I hope "The Finder" TV show makes it!
  • Wow! What A Great Actor God has given us.

    10
    I have just reviewed David Morse for his part in Green Mile but the biggest star in the Green Mile was Michael, I have cried so much watching that film, the second biggest stars were of course Tom Hanks and David Morse who played their parts so sensitively, but Michael's part as John Coffey made you sit up and think, I was really surprised as well to discover that Stephen King wrote the book/novel all I have ever known him to write are horrors such as Carrie and others that I have been too scared to read or watch but what will always stand out in my mind is Michael he will always have a Fan in me.moreless
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