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Martin Lawrence

Michael Clarke Duncan Will be Missed ... Tremendously

9/4/2012 2:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Martin Lawrence has issued a statement on the death of his friend Michael Clarke Duncan ... telling TMZ he had the privilege of working with the big man WAY before MCD became an actor.

Lawrence tells us, "From the days of him doing security on the 'Martin' show, to us working together on 'Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins,' I enjoyed working with him.  He will be missed."

Martin adds, "My condolences go out to his family and loved ones."

FYI -- Duncan was a bigtime private security guard in Hollywood before he made it big as an actor ... working for stars like Will Smith, LL Cool J, Jamie Foxx and Christopher Wallace (aka Biggie Smalls).

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Everyones~A~Star    

Talented wonderful man will be missed

758 days ago
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Melissa1987    

:'(

758 days ago
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hi    

The like button doesn't work!

758 days ago
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flora68    

"Michael Clarke Duncan Will be Missed ... Tremendously"

Totally PATHETIC attempt at humor re: Duncan's size.

But yes, of course he WILL be missed. He was wonderful.

758 days ago
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Zaidi    

His 'goodness' came through the projected light, darkness, and shadow of his films. His spirit was enormous.

758 days ago
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BarrysConspiracyWorld    

The stress of being involved with Omarossa is what did him in. He was a gentleman and unfmiliar with the ways of her abuse. Such stress can certainly take its toll on your heart.

758 days ago
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Vernon P. Alarcon    

RIP MCD.....a truely wonderful man and a perfect neighbor too

758 days ago
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nof    

Not "on" TMZ at all...


Not TMZ's problem or fault.


But it's always bothered me ...


Regarding Martin Lawrence, Eddie Murphy, et al.


Arsenio Hall.


That the moment they cool off a bit -


They're perceived as "over."


Martin Lawrence is about as gifted a performer that's ever worked out here.


Eddie Murphy's the greatest of them all, period.


And Arsenio Hall should have gotten another shot WAY before 2012.


Just sayin.

758 days ago
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nof    

They say Hollywood's a cold, brooding and calculating place.


This can be true at times.


But MCD's legacy is really about the stars:


That gave MCD a leg up when he was nobody.


Bruce Willis, Martin Lawrence, Tom Hanks, et al.


Jamie Foxx, Will Smith, the Green Mile producers.


It proves Hollywood will help you if they see you're for real -


But phony they see right through, trust me on this.

758 days ago
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SherriWINS    

I will never forget several of his wonderful portrayals, especially in "Green Mile". I so appreciated this accomplished actor and his talent. So sorry, entirely too young to go. My sincere condolences to Amorosa.

758 days ago
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kake79    

It's not really important but I find it interesting that TMZ wrote Christopher Wallace (a.k.a. Biggie Smalls) but failed to use The Notorious B.I.G. which is what he was best known as.

758 days ago
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bkwardstraveler    

Loved him in Armageddon and a few episodes of Two and a Half Men. He will be missed.

RIP Mr Duncan and Mr Roundtree.

758 days ago
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GaboonViper67    

One less vote for Obama.

758 days ago
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Polish Pete    

May your soul find love, peace and respect in the heavens above. You are already being missed... God bless your soul...

758 days ago
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758 days ago
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