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Michael Clarke Duncan
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Raised by his single mother on Chicago's South Side, Michael 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, fearing he would hurt himself. 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 Peoples Gas Company in Chicago. When he quit his job and headed to Hollywood, he landed small roles while working as a bodyguard. Michael'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, and suggested Michael for the part of convicted killer John Coffey. He landed the role, and has received critical acclaim for his performance.
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Trivia

Supposedly gives five dollars to anyone who recognizes him on the street and knows what his full name is.

Almost considered becoming a police officer with the LAPD, which was revealed during an interview with Regis and Kathie Lee.

Attended Alcorn State University in Mississippi, but dropped out to support his family when his mother became ill. Has an older sister, Judith Worked as a security guard for a theatre troupe

Played basketball at Kankakee Community College. After college, spent several years digging ditches for the gas company in Chicago.

Did bodyguard work for Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Jamie Foxx, Cool J, LL, and Notorious B.I.G.; he let a friend take over for him the night Notorious B.I.G. got shot, which prompted him to quit that line of work.


Michael Clarke Duncan stared in:

Title Year Saw with/at: Own On? Rating
Armageddon 1998 Hoyts Branford opening night DVD ***
Bulworth 1998 Suzy on DVD ***
The Green Mile 1999 Hoyts Branford with Jean Balay DVD **** 1/2
The Whole Nine Yards 2000 Showcase Orange with Cher DVD *** 1/2
Cats & Dogs 2001 w/ Kendra on DVD DVD ***
Planet of the Apes 2001 Southington Drive-In w/ Suzy, Kedra & Allisa ** 1/2
Daredevil 2003 w/ Suzy & Kendra DVD ***
Brother Bear 2003 family on DVD Digital ** 1/2
The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the Tinysauruses 2004 kids on DVD Digital *
Sin City 2005 Digital 1/2 *
The Island 2005 ** 1/2
Racing Stripes 2005 family on DVD **
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby 2006 family on DVD * 1/2
Brother Bear 2 2006 Hanna on DVD * 1/2
Air Buddies 2006 family on DVD * 1/2
School for Scoundrels 2006 Family Digital **
The Last Mimzy 2007 family on DVD **
Kung Fu Panda 2008 Kendra, Hanna & Lauren at Destina Middletown Digital ** 1/2
Delgo 2008 Hanna and Suzy Digital ** 1/2
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore 2010 Suzy, Hanna and Aleah Digital * 1/2