- Published on Tuesday, September 04 2012
- Written by YH STAFF
Labor Day took quite a sad turn for Hollywood yesterday... Michael Clarke Duncan, Academy Award-nominated actor best known for his supporting role in the film The Green Mile, passed away in a Los Angeles area hospital after not fully recovering from a cardiac arrest he experienced back in July of this year.
A bodyguard-turned-film star, Duncan parlayed his imposing stature and booming voice into many "heavy" roles, but in reality, most people knew him as a warm, gentle soul who transcended his physical appearance, making him one of the most beloved people in the biz. He amassed many acting credits to his name during his illustrious career, including Armageddon, The Whole Nine Yards, Daredevil, and even animated hits such as Kung Fu Panda and Brother Bear. His role as the gentle giant John Coffey in The Green Mile earned him a well-deserved Oscar nomination, bringing tears to the eyes of all who watched his performance as a falsely-accused man-child who possesses magical healing abilities. The role epitomized Michael as a human being in real-life -- a huge, intimidating man on the outside, but nothing but goodness on the inside.
Of course, someone with a career as renowned as Duncan’s was bound to make some famous friends, friends who – along with many fans – have joined in on celebrating his life.
“Had the pleasure of working on 2 things with Michael Clark Duncan. The Green Mile, & as guest star on CSI: NY. A real gentleman. R.I P my friend,” said Duncan’s Green Mile co-star Gary Sinise on Twitter.
Sparkle star Jordin Sparks tweeted, “RIP Michael Clarke Duncan. Thank you for being so kind to me & for sharing your talent with the world. You will be truly missed.”
"Michael Clarke Duncan always had a smile on his face & a big bear hug ready for you. My thoughts & prayers are with his family&friends. RIP,” tweeted actress Olivia Munn.
Movie legend Tom Hanks even went on the air with "Entertainment Tonight" to pay his tribute to the actor.
And here at Young Hollywood, all of our condolences go out to Duncan’s family and friends. We are already missing the impact he had on the film community, and that smile and laugh that could light up the darkest room. But we can definite celebrate his amazing career and how he touched fans and colleagues alike. R.I.P.
- Raffy Ermac, YH Staff; additional reporting by Katie Marzullo, YH Staff Editor