September 4, 2012

Vale – Michael Clarke Duncan

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 9:33 am
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Michael Clarke Duncan – 1957-2012

Michael Clarke Duncan, the Academy Award nominated actor and star of films such as The Green Mile, passed away today. Duncan, who appeared in a number of bit-roles during his early career, staked a claim as a serious actor in Frank Darabont’s film adaptation of Stephen King’s death-row set story. Prior to The Green Mile, Duncan had appeared in films such as Armageddon and Bulworth, usually in supporting roles. After his breakout role in Green Mile, Duncan made a name for himself co-starring in a number of live action films as well as providing voices for many aniumated projects (including computer games). Among the live action films he appeared in were The Whole Nine Yards, Planet of The Apes (2001), Daredevil, Sin City, The Island, The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby, The Last Mimzy, The Slammin’ Salmon, and most recently, in The Finder, The Sibling, and From The Rough. His animated voice efforts included Brother Bear for Disney, God OF War II, Kung Fu Panda and Green Lantern.

Duncan’s imposing physique and deep, booming voice made him immediately recognizable. My most abiding non-film memory of Mr Duncan was his appearance earlier this year on Craig Ferguson’s The Late Late Show, where he accompanied Ferguson to his old high school in Scotland; he simply towered over the students. It was a hilarious moment.

Michael Clarke Duncan suffered a heart attack on July 13th, and passed away from complications on September 3rd. He was 54.

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Rodney is the Editor-In-Chief of Fernby Films, and has been appreciating films seriously since 1993. Rodney’s first foray into online reviews was for a now-defunct online Australian DVD store, before starting up fernbyfilms.com when that enterprise fell through, in 2007. Rodney lives in the South Australian city of Adelaide, with his wife and two young children, whom he loves very much.

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4 Comments »

  1. A very sad day indeed!! :-(
    My recent post Weekend Round Up – Film Club and Total Recall Review

      Custard — September 4, 2012 @ 5:04 pm

  2. …The Green Mile just got a whole lot more sadder. I dare anyone to watch that and not be gushing tears by the credits.
    My recent post Tribute: Michael Clarke Duncan 1954 – 2012

      Dan Stephens — September 4, 2012 @ 11:18 pm

  3. Yeah, that film always makes me tear up too, Dan!

      Rodney Twelftree — September 5, 2012 @ 2:00 pm

  4. Agreed.

      Rodney Twelftree — September 5, 2012 @ 2:00 pm

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