Some sad and shocking news here today at Electroshadow.
Michael Clarke Duncan, the star of such films as “The Green Mile”, “Armageddon”, “Daredevil” and “The Whole Nine Yards”, has passed away. According to his fiancée Omarosa Stallworth and news reports, Duncan suffered a heart attack on July 13 and according to his publicist, he never fully recovered from it. He finally succumbed to complications related to the heart ailments last night. He was 54.
Duncan was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his sensitive, moving portrayal of the death row inmate with healing powers in director Frank Darabont’s 2000 film “The Green Mile”. He was 43 at the time. This came following several years of doing television and small movie roles.
6′ 5″ Clarke Duncan was always an imposing physical presence onscreen, and offscreen, fellow actors and crew who’d worked with him before described him as a gentleman.
He also appeared in Tim Burton’s remake of “Planet of the Apes”, Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’s “Sin City”, Michael Bay’s “The Island”, “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chu-Li”, “The Scorpion King”, as well as providing his voice in “Green Lantern” (as Kilowog).
I was just re-watching “Daredevil” recently, and while the film has not aged well, I wondered if Duncan would be given a chance to reprise his role as the Kingpin. He struck me as one of the more compelling aspects of that movie.
Rest in peace, Mr Duncan. You’ve given us some memorable performances, and for that we thank you.