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Michael Clarke Duncan was born on December 10, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. Raised by his single mother, Jean, a house cleaner, on Chicago's South Side, Duncan 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, afraid that he would get hurt. He then turned to acting, dreaming of becoming a famous actor.After graduating from high school and attending community college, he worked digging ditches at People's Gas Company in Chicago. When he quit his job and headed to Hollywood, he landed small roles while working as a bodyguard. Duncan's role in the movie Armageddon led to his breakthrough performance in The Green Mile, when his Armageddon co-star Bruce Willis called director Frank Darabont, suggesting Duncan for the part of convict John Coffey. He landed the role, getting critical acclaim as well as many other Awards and Nominations, including an Academy Award Nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.After suffering a heart attack on July 13, 2012, he was taken to a Los Angeles hospital in which his girlfriend Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth tried to save his life with CPR. Unfortunately, on September 3, 2012, Michael Clarke Duncan finally died at age 54 from the previous heart attack.  See full bio on IMDb »

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Michael Clarke Duncan -- Family Fight Over Unmarked Tomb

Michael Clarke Duncan
Family Fight Over Unmarked Tomb

Michael Clarke Duncan's body lies in an unmarked cemetery tomb -- more than a year after his death -- because of a ridiculous squabble between his family and former fiancee, Omarosa Manigault ...… READ MORE >

'Celebrity Apprentice' Alum Claudia Jordan -- Omarosa's Mom Just Punched Me

'Celebrity Apprentice' Alum
Omarosa's Mom Just Punched Me

'Celebrity Apprentice' alum Claudia Jordan says Omarosa's mother assaulted her moments ago at the BET Awards ... and claims she has filed a police report, TMZ has learned. We're told the alleged… READ MORE >

- 427 days ago
Michael Clarke Duncan's Tomb -- VANDALIZED BY RACIST ... Family Says

Michael Clarke Duncan's Tomb
VANDALIZED BY RACIST ... Family Says

Some racist jerk has desecrated Michael Clark Duncan's grave ... this according to a Duncan family rep, who tells TMZ a vandalism report has already been filed with the police. We're told ... a… READ MORE >

- 466 days ago
Michael Clarke Duncan's Family -- We Want Omarosa Investigated

Michael Clarke Duncan's Family
We Want Omarosa Investigated

Michael Clarke Duncan's family has questions about Omarosa Manigault ... specifically, whether the late actor's fiancee unduly influenced him into re-writing his will months before he died and… READ MORE >

- 511 days ago
You Gotta Hear the Story Tom Hanks Told at Michael Clarke Duncan's Funeral

Tom Hanks
Ya Gotta Hear the Story He Told at Michael Clarke Duncan's Funeral

Tom Hanks gave a GREAT speech at Michael Clarke Duncan's funeral ... retelling a story M.C.D. had told him about why the enormous actor joined (and then unjoined) a Chicago street gang when he was… READ MORE >

- 720 days ago
Michael Clarke Duncan Death Certificate -- Actor Died from Respiratory Failure

Michael Clarke Duncan
Died from Respiratory Failure

Michael Clarke Duncan died from respiratory failure, weeks after going into cardiac arrest ... this according to the actor's death certificate.According to the doc, obtained by TMZ, respiratory… READ MORE >

- 721 days ago
Michael Clarke Duncan Funeral -- Tom Hanks Says Goodbye

Michael Clarke Duncan Funeral
Tom Hanks Says Goodbye

Michael Clarke Duncan was finally laid to rest this afternoon ... surrounded by family, friends and colleagues ... including his "Green Mile" co-star Tom Hanks.Among the army of celebs who… READ MORE >

- 721 days ago
Michael Clarke Duncan -- 'Green Mile' Showing at Public Memorial

Michael Clarke Duncan
'Green Mile' Showing at Public Memorial

Michael Clarke Duncan was honored at a public memorial yesterday ... as fans and friends gathered at the Hall of Liberty in Forest Lawn for a viewing of the actor's body ... followed by a… READ MORE >

- 721 days ago
Michael Clarke Duncan -- Private Invitation-Only Memorial Scheduled

Michael Clarke Duncan
Private Invitation-Only Memorial Scheduled

A private invitation-only memorial for Michael Clarke Duncan has been scheduled for next week, the actor's rep tells TMZ.According to the rep, the memorial will take place on Monday led by famed… READ MORE >

- 726 days ago
Martin Lawrence -- Michael Clarke Duncan Will be Missed ... Tremendously

Martin Lawrence
Michael Clarke Duncan Will be Missed ... Tremendously

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… READ MORE >

- 727 days ago

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