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Michael Clarke Duncan
1957-2012

Michael Clarke Duncan has died due to complications from a heart attack that he suffered in July.

The role that he'll likely be remembered for the most is John Coffey in Frank Darabont's THE GREEN MILE, for which he received an Oscar nomination.  But he's always been good in all his roles - from Michael Bay's ARMAGEDDON, to playing the villainous Kingpin in DAREDEVIL, to Ricky Bobby's pit crew boss in TALLADEGA NIGHTS - "Don't you put that evil on me Ricky Bobby!" - and Tim Burton's PLANET OF THE APES reboot.  He brought a warmth and a charm to each and every role he played.

It was Coffey that brought him the most acclaim, and Duncan was masterful in the part.  I can't imagine a dry eye in the house at the end of that movie.  Here he is in THE GREEN MILE:

Michael Clarke Duncan is survived by his fiancee.  We here at Ain't It Cool offer our deepest condolences to his friends and family.

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  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:11 p.m. CST

    this is really sad news

    by saintsaucey

    He was way too young.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:11 p.m. CST

    MAN! He was BORN to play Darkseid in the upcoming Superman movies...

    by Judge Briggs

    Love this guy and really sad to see him go so young ... : /

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST

    sad

    by Dawth Vadew

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Yeah this feels extra tragic

    by Rebel Scumb

    We can only go by the impression we get of these actors from their work and public appearances, but he just always seemed to be a genuinely nice guy who was enthusiastic about his work and appreciative of the success he'd had I remember an interview he gave a few years ago he said he was a big fan of 24 and would do just about anything to land a role on that show. I always thought the producers were bonkers for not taking him up on that. RIP Michael Clarke Duncan, you will be missed.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:15 p.m. CST

    RIP

    by shutupfanboy

    Terrible news. A very underrated actor.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:15 p.m. CST

    well damn....

    by adml_shake

    Theres the rain on my pretty decent day. Another one lost before their time.

  • He sold me on the horror of that moment to the core of my being.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:16 p.m. CST

    RIP Big Dog RIP this is bummed my day!!!

    by Professor_Bedlam

    Rest In Peace MCD you will be missed!!!!!

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:16 p.m. CST

    R.I.P. Michael

    by Adam Stephen Kelly

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:16 p.m. CST

    tang, you're right!

    by Rebel Scumb

    He would have been great as Rhino.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:17 p.m. CST

    What in the hell???

    by MCVamp

    This one was definitely out of left field. Extremely sad news. Much love to MCD and his family.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:21 p.m. CST

    aw man... Ricky Bobby and fantasy

    by awardgiver

    Where he was imagining himself as Diana Ross that caused Ricky Bobby to break out of his coma and start laughing was the funniest thing in the film. I wanted to see him in a fantasy like Game of Thrones (Strong Belwas or something) or a future Conan film. how sad!

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Great Loss of a Great Man

    by hellsheartstab

    I personally feel his comedic side is what I enjoyed the most, The whole nine yards (don't hate), and Armageddon great one liners.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Really sad news

    by Prooth

    He was really special. He had one of a kind screen presence. I'll miss his superb work.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Hearing this just got my bawling

    by DookieMercury

    It was crazy I was just on his IMDB a second ago then it just changed the second he died. Man. From Friday & Players Club to Green Mile & Armageddon to Daredevil & Green Lantern. Big fella will be missed.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:23 p.m. CST

    What a shock!

    by GeorgieBoy

    RIP to a great guy. I'll miss him!

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:24 p.m. CST

    What Marcellus Wallace Looks Like...

    by Squashua

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCrDuGyZ6FA

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Yeah, this just sucks. RIP MCD.

    by kstewandthecuntsman

    How long before someone starts bashing Planet of the Apes. I have never gotten the hate for that flick. Solid re-imagining. Fun stuff, with Tim Roth absolutely CHEWING the scenery. Wonder where a sequel to that one would have gone. Anyway, RIP John Coffey. Coffey, like the drink.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:25 p.m. CST

    a powerful actor

    by oisin5199

    he will be missed

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Marcellus Wallace?!

    by tailhook

    Thats Ving Rhames man.

  • I cleared out my refrigerator, about $5,000 worth of meat," he said. "I'm a lot healthier than I was when I was eating meat.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:27 p.m. CST

    RIP, Mr. Duncan.

    by ugh

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:28 p.m. CST

    WTF this sucks

    by Budkilmer

    Seemed like a good guy

  • We just watched Talladega Nights yesterday. Dude was awesome, whether he was playing funny or serious.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:28 p.m. CST

    Actually.. I figured it was Omarosa-related.

    by tailhook

    But thats just me. I know having her as a fiance would give me a heart attack.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:29 p.m. CST

    ksteward re: PotA & hellsheartstab re: whole 9 yards

    by Rebel Scumb

    Whatever people may think of the film itself, it had a remarkable cast as the Apes, MCD included. Roth, Giametti, Bonham-Carter all great too. And yeah Whole 9 yards was a lot of fun!

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:30 p.m. CST

    agh it cut off half my post! stupid quotations

    by zom-bot.com

    what i'd said was, even as a vegetarian myself, I truly believe a vegetarian diet isn't proper for every blood and body type, such as someone with his frame. In the spring of 2012, Clarke had appeared in a video for PETA, the animal rights organization, in which he spoke of how much better he felt since becoming a vegetarian three years earlier. -I cleared out my refrigerator, about $5,000 worth of meat, he said. I'm a lot healthier than I was when I was eating meat. ---that reads like perfect ammo for people to preach the risks of such a diet. but then again, the man had $5000 of meat in his fridge, he probably had a lot of damage to undo

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST

    zombot

    by Rebel Scumb

    I'm a vegetarian too, but I agree there are circumstances where it's not a good idea for a persons health (had a girlfriend who was severely anemic for example) Still though, heart attack isn't something I would connect with not enough meat. MCD was 300+ lbs that puts anyone at risk, unfortunately, no matter what you're eatting. Tragic regardless.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST

    HOLY SHIT!!! NO!!!!

    by MainMan2001

    This is shocking!

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:34 p.m. CST

    He was Kingpin, to me.

    by Mahaloth

    How can one of Hollywood's nicest be attached to such a terror as Omorosa?

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:35 p.m. CST

    I can't believe it

    by SQUIDDLY

    So sad. RIP sir.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:35 p.m. CST

    I'm deeply saddened

    by Flutchy

    such an amazing presence gone too soon. Life is unfair.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Sad...A lot of serious weightlifters end up having heart trouble.

    by blackmantis

    Too much strain put on the heart muscle...The guy who played Bane in that shitty Batman movie also died of heart trouble.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:36 p.m. CST

    One of the best actors in Hollywood

    by Jimbo Jones

    And by far the best "big" actor. This really blind-sided me today, was hoping for more superhero type roles for him.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:37 p.m. CST

    This is fucking sad.

    by Randy

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:37 p.m. CST

    the guy who played Bane in schumacher's batman was also a 'Roid head

    by zom-bot.com

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:38 p.m. CST

    R.I.P

    by Odog

    He was great and will be sorely missed.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:39 p.m. CST

    He seemed like a good man on the camera and off.

    by pizzatheface

    His talent will be missed. God speed, MCD. May your family be comforted.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:40 p.m. CST

    ha- the other MCD RIP TB, is that Harry?

    by zom-bot.com

    because the FIRST LINE is 'i met MCD...' how typical. always making a story about himself

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Sad...

    by MCVamp

    Anyway, sorry for snapping, rashomon. MCD was one of those rare actors who brightened everything he popped up in. As horrible a rep as Planet of the Apes is saddled with, when MCD did the DirecTV commercial in full gorilla makeup, I was happy to see it. His attitude, his talent, his enthusiasm; all of these things seem unmatched in today's Hollywood. He was often a scene stealer in good movies and very often the very best thing about some bad ones. Even tripe like Whole Nine Yards ("I can't think of nothing finer than a fine nekkid woman holding a gun.") was elevated by his presence. World's greatest actor? Of course not. One of entertainment's great personalities? Most definitely. Michael Clarke Duncan's death will be felt far and wide.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:45 p.m. CST

    check out the other memorial for MCD that is actually about Harry.

    by zom-bot.com

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:46 p.m. CST

    what a tragic day.....for harry

    by zom-bot.com

    I first met Michael Clarke Duncan on the set of ... I was a huge fan of Stephen King's THE GREEN MILE... When I had a chance to meet Michael and he opened his mouth... I've met Michael many times. His mother once gave me a hug in the 6 or 7 times I've had the great fortune of meeting Michael, I was always taken with his spirit. When we spoke, I was entranced. One of the sweetest humans I've gotten to meet. I didn't love every movie he was in, nor did I love him in everything he did. But I always looked forward to his next work. I love him so much in THE GREEN MILE. ---i barely had to delete anything.

  • He was the best part of that movie.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:50 p.m. CST

    RIP Michael Clarke Duncan

    by Ollie Dickens

    He's really not dead... as long as we remember him.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Too bad

    by Cymbol

    Great actor.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Very sad news. Rest in peace.

    by adeceasedfan

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:53 p.m. CST

    This guy made every film he was in better.

    by CimmerianWarrior

    I loved me some MCD!! This sucks.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:54 p.m. CST

    In the words of General Attar...

    by MC Lovecraft

    Bow your heads!

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Sometimes, when it's late at night, I dress up like Donna Summers.

    by BD Mahony

    I put on the skirt, and the four inch heels...I love it. Last chance, for romance, for love...

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:59 p.m. CST

    He made a great Gorilla and would have made a great King Kong

    by BoRock_A_Boomer

    He was the best of the Apes (2001)

  • ;)

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 6:02 p.m. CST

    No more Kilowag in the GL sequel..

    by darthwaz1

    oh wait.. that movie sucked ass. There won't be a sequel anyway.

  • That would have been great. I also hadn't realized until looking through his imdb page just now just how much voice work he had done for cartoons and videogames!

  • RIP, the other is Adam Sandler

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 6:04 p.m. CST

    He was funny in Slammin Salmon.

    by DarthBlart

    Rest in Peace.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 6:05 p.m. CST

    How long

    by Chairman_Kaga

    until __emperor__ comes in and states MCD was "one of the good ones" ?

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 6:10 p.m. CST

    time to see what MCD's I can netflix tonight

    by zom-bot.com

    I imagine many of you will be doing the same. good night

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 6:10 p.m. CST

    He had a cool take on Kingpin. RIP

    by Autodidact

    .

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Craig Ferguson's Late Show in Scotland has MCD

    by Matthew

    Look up Craig in Scotland on youtube. MCD and Craig visited some school kids who where excited to meet MCD. Michael came off as a real nice guy down to earth great sense of humor and smile. Wasn't the typical talk show so you got to see a different side to MCD as he joked around and visited sites in Scotland with Craig. He will be missed

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 6:17 p.m. CST

    RIP

    by TheMcflyFarm

    terrible news

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Truly someone who many would know...

    by MovieDeal

    Iconic in the roles he played. As it was written, maybe it was forgettable. But, he made it WORK. Godspeed, Mr. Duncan. Godspeed.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 6:25 p.m. CST

    MC Rainbow Unicorn - Play him out with a funky beat!

    by vic twenty

    That's How We Dooooooooooooooooooooo! That was from the last thing I saw him in, Annoying Orange. RIP Big Man, you were one of a kind.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 6:29 p.m. CST

    He was funny on Two and a Half Men

    by Kyle DeMattio

    And I liked his work on Armageddon. R.I.P. Michael!

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 6:33 p.m. CST

    RIP Big Man.

    by notcher

    I enjoyed his movie roles very much. Another loss this year, damn.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Hated "The Green Mile," but loved Duncan in it.

    by notcher

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 6:37 p.m. CST

    He was the best part of Daredevil

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    And the only reason I watched the movie.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 6:58 p.m. CST

    RIP Mr. Duncan

    by bat725

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 7 p.m. CST

    I'm tired, boss.

    by JohnWayneWasGay

    Tired of bein' on the road, lonely as a sparrow in the rain. I'm tired of never having me a buddy to be with, to tell me where we's going to or coming from, or why. Mostly, I'm tired of people being ugly to each other. I'm tired of all the pain I feel and hear in the world every day. There's too much of it. It's like pieces of glass in my head all the time. Can you understand?

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Yo Michael... you the man.

    by theonecalledshoe

    R.I.P. This guy seemed pretty cool onscreen and off imho.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 7:04 p.m. CST

    That's about as sudden as it gets.

    by Yelsaeb

    Never would've expected him to die so young. RIP.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Death sucks...

    by Ryan

    ..especially when they go far too soon.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Talladega was the fun surprise for me! (video below)

    by Donald Trump

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9h7083aYzho

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 7:19 p.m. CST

    So sad.

    by jackofhearts29

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Just to clarify...

    by jackofhearts29

    That's "sharing grief" sad, not "contempt" sad. I will really miss this guy. RIP MCD.

  • He was very good as The Kingpin despite the fact that Fisk is supposed to be Caucasian. (Angry Fanboi purists, I swear.) Anyway, John Coffy you played an Angel in GM and I wish you Godspeed upstairs.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 7:32 p.m. CST

    MCD RIP

    by Stalkeye

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 7:54 p.m. CST

    I don't think it was diet-related, but...

    by Chief Joseph

    ...I DO think it was Omarosa related.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Well, that's a real punch in the gut. Damn.

    by Steve Lamarre

    Can't think of anything I didn't like him in. Yup, even Daredevil. And of course, Green Mile rules. I don't watch that movie unless I'm ready to cry. MCD is incredibly moving in that. Big guy, big heart. We'll miss ya Mike!

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 8:08 p.m. CST

    why, he's jus like an angel..... an angel up in heab'n....

    by Arcadian

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 8:12 p.m. CST

    should have been MCG

    by DocOpticus

    RIP good man. I'm surprised nothing was said about Neil Armstrong, ya know, the Guy who brought us the best televised science nonfiction ever!!! Billy Mays got a send off....weak.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 8:17 p.m. CST

    55 is still too young to die

    by Bass Ackwards

    But I would have not guessed him being anywhere near 55 years old.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Don'tchoo put that hex on me Ricky Bobbie!!!

    by UltraTron

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 8:26 p.m. CST

    He was great in EVERY role I watched him in..

    by gotilk

    and every one I missed. Of that I'm sure. But what I will miss the most are his appearances on Craig Ferguson. Man, one of the funniest, warmest repeat guests the show has ever had. There's been just too much death lately. This one was a HUGE shock to me. He will be missed.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Holy crap!

    by Tom Fremgen

    That does suck! :( RIP

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 8:45 p.m. CST

    This is most certainly NOT cool news...and on my birthday

    by wcolbert

    I certainly didnt see this coming. I hadn't even been aware that he'd had heart issues bofore. He always seemed like he was in quite good shape - sure he was a little heavier at times than others, but he'd lost a lot of weight...so it puzzles me. I guess once the damage is done, it's done, no matter if you change your diet or not. I think that his dietary change did buy him an extra 3 years he would otherwise not have had, so I am glad for that. What is it with my birthday and people I admire and love passing? Steve Irwin, now Michael Clark Duncan. Guys like him also showed how far most people have come - he became more than just "that black guy" even to those of us of European ancestry. He took roles that were GOOD - and not scripted around his ethnicity or size - he didnt play drug dealers and thugs in every role - and that seems to be what hollywood execs think anyone of color aside from Will Smith was good for - criminal roles. That was disturbing. But not Michael. He had this warmth to him that made him unbelievable as a criminal scumbag (even when PLAYING a convict, you didnt THINK of him as a bad guy). He's the kind of guy you don't want to shake hands with - you want to give him a hug. Just had that thing about him that made people instantly like him. I never wanted to wake up today to read this news. And I'm really going to miss that voice - I always smiled when I'd watch an animated feature and immediately recognize that baratone. None other like it. I'm so glad we had the time with him that we did. He will be missed, but the greatest thing about film...aside from the ability to inspire and awe...is that it is forever. Had he just gone to college and become an engineer or something, we'd never have heard of this wonderful man. And our lives would be less enriched for it. Because he chose to become an actor, we all got a little taste of what he was like - and that will remain even though he has passed. Rest in peace, Mr. Duncan. Far too soon.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 8:45 p.m. CST

    RIP

    by harp121

    He rocked in everything I've seen him in. I expected to see him in stuff for many years to come. Rest In Peace, and know that you influenced many people with your performances.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 8:57 p.m. CST

    He'll always be Bear from Armageddon to me

    by slone13

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Sad.

    by Keith

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 9:12 p.m. CST

    What a terrible loss. Heartbreaking.

    by ChesterCopperpot

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 9:14 p.m. CST

    NO!!!!! So sad!!! RIP Michael.

    by William Foley

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Damn he was too young to die.

    by Norman Colson

    he was like a boss in daredevil... I'm damn sure gonna miss him, he make all the movies he was in better...

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Was wondering why we hadn't heard an update about his condition...

    by chaburchak

    Tragic news. Loved GREEN MILE, though he was good in just about everything, including THE SCORPION KING. Would've liked to see him get a better role in the Marvel universe to make up for that misbegotten Daredevil movie... Speaking of no updates, does anyone know the condition of Daniel Von Bargen after his suicide attempt several months back? Heard that chilling 911 tape, but nothing since then. So sad.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 9:55 p.m. CST

    This fucking sucks!

    by Balkin Flabgurter

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 10:02 p.m. CST

    What is going on?

    by Christian Sylvain

    This is absolutely horrible. How could this happen? Duncan was one of the most beloved actors out there and he's gone. Such a heartfelt man with boundless soul. This is a truly shocking tragedy. May he rest in peace. I can only wish the best for his family.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 10:05 p.m. CST

    I remember him . . .

    by gregg benac

    best from the time he appeared on the Oscars.They were honoring Toy Story, and here was this big hulking guy giggling and playing with toys. He always seemed to enjoy whatever he was doing. We need more Michaels.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 10:06 p.m. CST

    Krypton Kid,once again we agree.

    by gregg benac

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 10:09 p.m. CST

    Damn, what a tragedy

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Duncan was one of those actors who just lit up any movie he was in, radiating good cheer. The Green Mile makes me weep every time, and Duncan is a big part of the reason why. With some actors, you can see them "acting" when they cry, but Duncan's weeping in Green Mile seems right from the heart. Someone above mentioned his performance as Manute in Sin City, and it's kind of weird that two major characters from the film will have to be re-cast in the sequel because their actors died in the eight-year gap between them (the other being Brittany Murphy, of course). Hey Rodriguez, how about getting cracking on that before another cast member dies, hmmmm?

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 10:35 p.m. CST

    I proper obit

    by MovieManStill

    With nary an "RIP", but then....... Anyway, children die, baby's die...."too young to die" has its limitations...considering the average age that modern medicine has unmercifully extended most humans to endure. Loved him in "Green Mile" - did see it again about two months ago.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Oh man, terrible news. He was great in THE FINDER last season!

    by Admonisher

    I was pissed when they cancelled THE FINDER, in part because of his great performance as Leo. He played it with a lot of heart and humor; some great moments both serious and comic. I'd been hoping they'd bring his character back on BONES (from which it spun off) so we could get some closure. Very sad that this is no longer possible. We've been denied many wonderful performances from a wonderful human being (by all accounts). What a tragedy.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 10:57 p.m. CST

    I wanted him casted as Cole Train in Gears of War

    by CimmerianWarrior

    Can you imagine that? WHOOOOO!!! "Can't stop the train baby!!!" Perfect casting in a video game movie. He had the size, the chops, the voice. That golden, perfect voice. DAMN! Of Course I wanted this years ago. I don't know if it would work with him in his 50's. I am a body builder of sorts and this is bad news for me and my other friends that lift heavy. I don't do the dead lift or free squats simply because of things like this. He was a giant in many ways.

  • Admittedly I was taken a back a little at how I'd obviously forgotten how unbelievably awful that it was. Hardly the fault of Mr. Duncan, of course.<br> <br> Honestly, how do all of the people that work at the studio, both creatives and execs, take one last look at that completed work just before it's about to get fully unleashed upon the public, and obviously the overwhelming opinion was "alright, we've got a solid completed film on our hands, let's let this bad boy out there!" And not be aware it's an incredibly flawed film? Or, maybe it's that many of them in fact DO have more awareness of this fact than they'd care to own up to, and they're just doing the proverbial closing your eyes and grimace, let's not talk about the elephant in the room... ?

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 11:06 p.m. CST

    RIP man

    by kabookieslap

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 11:20 p.m. CST

    RIP Michael Clarke Duncan

    by not_the_real

    To me, he'll always be Bear from Armageddon. Every role I ever saw him in, even as Kingpin in Daredevil. There was always the sense of an imposing, yet gentle giant of a man. "When this is over, can I, like, get a hug from you or something?" Rest in peace, sir.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 11:21 p.m. CST

    Rest In Peace

    by Optimus Prime

    A soft spoken truly great person- a rarity in both Hollywood and most of the world. You will be greatly missed Michael!

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 11:47 p.m. CST

    Why am I so bummed about this?

    by HonestAbe

    I'm not usually personally affected by the passing of celebrities, and I have to admit I never gave much thought to Michael Clarke Duncan when I wasn't watching one of his movies. But this is really affecting me for some reason. He just seemed like such a real, good soul from the parts and interviews I've seen him in. RIP, Michael.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 12:12 a.m. CST

    Gone too soon

    by Richard L. Rhodes

    Rest in Peace Michael

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 12:22 a.m. CST

    Sad

    by disfigurehead

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Yeah this is pretty sad...

    by ganymede3010

    What a tragic loss, he'll be sorely missed.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 1:48 a.m. CST

    Speechless

    by Violator90

    Saw TALLADEGA NIGHTS just a few nights ago and I always crack up on that "Don't you put that evil on me Ricky Bobby!" line. He really made the movie that much more enjoyable. What else can be said about a guy that gave every role he played something special to it. And as many have said already, he was a great Kingpin in the DAREDEVIL movie and would have love to have seen him come back as the Kingpin. MCD, you will be missed greatly. My deepest and sincerest condolences to his family and friends.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 2:30 a.m. CST

    That is a damn shame

    by Righteous Brother

    couldn't believe it when I read the headline. Very sad.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 2:36 a.m. CST

    RIP

    by Rakesh Patel

    relatively young age. awful news. just awful. Rest in peace sir.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 2:44 a.m. CST

    Very sad, tears in my eyes..

    by jack Bauer

    I never met MCD, I most likely never would have so I can't say I knew him BUT I felt like I did, I felt like he was a good friend. That was what MCD radiated, a magical feeling of happiness and friendship. You could not help but to love this guy, my wife called him the big bear and cried every time Green Mile was on, even I have to admit to a tear in the corner of the eye watching it. So I say goodbye my friend as with my mother, you are never gone as long as someone remembers you..

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 2:46 a.m. CST

    Oh for fucks sake........

    by sam jacksons wig

    ...this is so fucking saddening. Goodbye Big Man, and thank you!!

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 3:09 a.m. CST

    RIP

    by Bop N Rumble

    I couldn't believe it when I read it. Way too young.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 3:20 a.m. CST

    Fine actor...

    by Truxton Spangler

    and seemed like a genuinely nice and happy man who was truly grateful for his place in life. Life is cruel sometimes.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 3:25 a.m. CST

    @theseeker7

    by bdc777

    What you described happens a lot. There are times when everyone knows the movie sucks, but no one says a thing because you don't want to be the guy who never had faith in the project if it does end up making money. As with any job, there is a lot of CYA.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 3:31 a.m. CST

    What??? I can't believe it!! This is so sad. So sad.

    by albert comin

    Fairwell to the gentle giant. He will be missed.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 3:54 a.m. CST

    Awww, man. This sucks. Peace & condolences.

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 3:55 a.m. CST

    "Bow Your Heads!"...

    by Darkness

    Vary sad news about the big guy. To me he was the best thing about Burton's, "Planet Of The Apes". Did not expect that. R.I.P Mike.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 4:37 a.m. CST

    sad news.

    by papabendi

    He was a genuinly warm presence for such a big guy. He could pull off comedy as well which is hard as hell. Heart attacks seem to happen a lot to guys who pump heavy iron. Even Arnie had a bypass.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 4:39 a.m. CST

    R.I.P Big Fella

    by 5secondfuse

    He was a fine actor who had a great screen presence and never put in a bad performance. He even made an average movie better like Daredevil. He's great in The Scorpion King too and the best thing in The Green Mile. He's awesome as Atta in Planet of The Apes. Off screen he always came across as a big friendly giant that made people smile easily. That is how he'll be remembered.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 5:10 a.m. CST

    55 sounds about right

    by David Duchovny

    65 is pushing it. I'm 43 and feel like I've been here forever. People are greedy. RIP sir.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 6:16 a.m. CST

    This sucks but he left his mark for generations to come

    by nephilim138

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 6:37 a.m. CST

    Rebel Scumb.....

    by westie

    ....I'd forgotten about that scene from the island. Man, that was rough to watch. He did an excellent job.

  • That sucks ass. Really sad. An actor you couldn't help but enjoy. RIP

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 7 a.m. CST

    LOLZ!

    by FadedLineVigil

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Too soon. Too tragic.

    by the_rising

    An amazing talent, MCD deserves the praise he is receiving from everyone torn up by his departure to the afterlife. That guy could do anything. Comedy, drama, action, you name it. He was just damn good.

  • Or fuck it, I'll easily give him the role as Thanos over Ahhnulld. Something about that thick accent still gets in the way. i wouldn't want Thanos sounding as if he's some Space Nazi, yanno.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 7:53 a.m. CST

    RE: "I wanted him casted as Cole Train in Gears of War "

    by Stalkeye

    That's a great casting suggestion. Too bad the Movie may still be in development hell. Besides, I don't really think Wiseman has it in him to make a good GOW Movie. Just my $500.00 and 2 cents.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Abe Vigoda adds another skull to his throne.

    by TheNotoriousDRB

    He waits for yours as well, and he shall have it.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Armagedeon was my fav role for him

    by Darr Furr

    Pork Rind this....!!!!

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 9:16 a.m. CST

    RIP to the Gentle Giant.

    by kindofabigdeal

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Maybe in a different Hollywood

    by Samuel Fulmer

    This guy could've been in better movies. Had a talent and a presence that post-Green Mile was sadly never utlized by other filmmakers.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 10 a.m. CST

    I was hoping for a Green Mile 2

    by darthwaz1

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Who wrote this article?

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 10:11 a.m. CST

    God DAMNIT!

    by D.Vader

    =(

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Sad News. RIP.

    by BilboRing

  • The look of pure unbridialed joy on John Coffy's face as he gets to watch his first (and last) "moving picture" was my favorite part of the whole movie, and Duncan NAILS IT! The tears of joy and child-like laughter were pitch perfect and he conveyed more awe with his face that just about anyone else ever filmed. RIP, Michael.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 11:39 a.m. CST

    that is BULLSHIT! he was such a great guy....FUCK

    by cgih8r

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 1:07 p.m. CST

    by Ryan Barajas

    Michael Clarke Duncan rest in peace. "Yeahhhh, Miami style!" - Bodyguard, The Players Club

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Gut punch with this one...RIP MCD

    by Darth Macchio

    Not that any body departing before their time is ever not a punch to the gut but this one was quite the blow. Sad day..sad day...guy was like a giant walking smile and I bet he lit up every room he walked into (never met him or saw him in person, it just seemed like he would). Sad day indeed.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 5:08 p.m. CST

    sad

    by David

    after hearing this news i must admit its a sad day R.I.P. MCD

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Fine actor and seemed like a genuine person all around...

    by matineer

    Sorry to hear this.

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 7:47 a.m. CST

    BOW YOUR HEADS!

    by ClancyWiggum

    Man, this is messed up. I watched him in The Finder recently, and I was thinking what a warm and friendly screen presence he is, even on the smaller screen. And he had a fantastic moment in that show where his character was angered and he punched an evil lawyer right in the chest, reminding us that he was a big guy and as such had the ability to be quite intimidating as well. That was awesome, a really great MCD moment. I will remember him for his great chemistry with Bruce Willis in The Whole Nine yards (the film sort of sucks, though), his Oscar-nominated turn in the Green Mile, The Finder, Armageddon, Daredevil, Scorpion King... Not all great films, but he was NEVER the issue I had with them. He will be missed. A lot.

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 2:16 p.m. CST

    He was Awesome in 'Slammin Salmon'

    by ionmike

    He showed his range as a comic actor