Michael Clarke Duncan: Birthday

American actor
Born: December 10, 1957
Died: September 3, 2012

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 (1998) led to his breakthrough performance in The Green Mile (1999), when his Armageddon co-star Bruce Willis called director Frank Darabont, suggesting Duncan for the part of convict John Coffey. He landed the role, receiving 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, where his girlfriend, Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, tried to save his life with CPR. Unfortunately, on September 3, 2012, Michael Clarke Duncan died at age 54 from respiratory failure.

Michael Clarke Duncan

Michael Clarke Duncan’s 5 most popular quotes

  • Know what you want to do, because if you don’t know what you want to do, you’ll get stuck.
  • When something happens, we always say it happens for a reason.
  • Always wake up with a smile on your face, because a lot of people who went to sleep last night are not with us this morning.
  • People always have an opinion. Doesn’t mean it’s right, doesn’t mean it’s wrong, but we have to respect their opinion.
  • I believe that teachers committed to the community are the ones who deserve to earn the top dollar, a starting salary of a quarter million dollars a year.
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