Michael Clarke Duncan Died (1957 – 2012)

September 4th, 2012 // 67 Comments
Michael Clarke Duncan

Michael Clarke Duncan died yesterday from complications of a heart attack he suffered in July and apparently never fully recovered from. He was 54. The Huffington Post reports:

“I am terribly saddened at the loss of Big Mike. He was the treasure we all discovered on the set of `The Green Mile.’ He was magic. He was a big love of man and his passing leaves us stunned.” – Tom Hanks.
“I’m devastated at the loss of Michael Clarke Duncan, one of the finest people I’ve ever had the privilege to work with or know. Michael was the gentlest of souls – an exemplar of decency, integrity, and kindness. The sadness I feel is inexpressible.” – Frank Darabont, director of “The Green Mile.”

In honor of Michael Clarke Duncan’s memory, I’ll now tell anyone that tries to say he was in Green Lantern and/or Daredevil to shut their mouth, that was Ving Rhames, but I guess they all look the same to you, don’t they? You make me sick.

Rest In Peace, Big Mike.

Photo: WENN


  1. EricLr

    It’s always a shame when we lose a cast member from Armageddon. I’ll never forget at horrible day when Owen Wilson was ripped to pieces by that angry mob coming out of a screening of Marley & Me.

    • Trek Girl

      Ha! Laughing takes the pain away; thank you for that.

    • CindyJo

      Eric this is not to you but to who made the comment that he was not in the green lantern, or daredevil, that …anyway yes he was in both films he was the voice of ‘KILOWOG’ on ‘Green Lantern’ and he was the crime boss on ‘DareDevil’ and he was loved on both films and every film I saw him in for that matter. I’m not sure “The Finder’ and all his friends t the ‘Ends of the Earth’ will know what to do without him. Know your facts and films before you spout off hateful remarks to people.

      • JPC

        “but to who made the comment that he was not in the green lantern, or daredevil, that …anyway yes he was in both films”


  2. “Awful tired now, boss. Dog tired.”

    RIP big guy,

  3. wtf

    the v.r. joke was a little off – what else is new.

  4. Inner Retard

    Absolutely loved him. Great actor and a great guy. I will miss him.

  5. Emma Watson's Vagina


  6. “Don’t you put that evil on me Ricky Bobby!” RIP good sir. You were awesome.

  7. El Jefe


    A truly nice guy and an excellent actor.

  8. Hey, crap on Daredevil all you want, but I always thought casting him as the Kingpin was an inspired choice.

    But wait—Green Lantern? He played a Marvel character and a DC character? Is that legal?

  9. You know, this is one of the few celebrity deaths that I’ve responded to with something other than sadness or apathy.

    My exact reaction to seeing the headline was: “Oh, son of a BITCH!” I got weird looks. I’m genuinely angry about this.

  10. Beaver Underground

    I wish there was a clone of him like in “The Island” so he could live on. Sir, you were the best!

  11. Smacktard

    HEY HEY HEY!!! This guy was great in ‘What’s Happening’. Didn’t know he went on to more serious roles after that series ended. Good to see he kept that trademark purple beanie hat right to the end though. RIP, ‘Rerun’!

  12. Yes, It's True

    MCD was a staple of my movie watching life for the past 15 years or so. He will always be remembered fondly. And he even appeared in Two and Half Men no less!!! Other movies off the top of my head: Sin City, Planet of the Apes, Green Mile, Armageddon, The Island, Scorpion King, Daredevil. He was no doubt going to appear in a lot more movies had he lived.

  13. Dan Quayle


  14. Absolutely shocked… that he and Ving Rhames aren’t the same person. I am deeply saddened by this news.

  15. Seriously, I loved this guy. He came across as such a warm human being. Sorry you had to go so soon. RIP

  16. kimmykimkim

    How you get Ving Rhames and Michael Clarke Duncan mixed up? Ving Rhames was Marsellus Wallace, people! Michael Clarke Duncan is the bad ass that took away Courtney Stodden’s husband’s “essence” in The Green Mile and he cured Patricia Clarkson of dementia. And he had a smile that just warms your soul. Why couldn’t Lindsay Lohan have died of a heart attack instead? *sigh*

    • kimmykimkim

      The obligatory thumb down. I fucking love it. Do it again.

      • kimmykimkim

        You wanna know what’s really comical? I use different names saying the exact same shit that I would under “this” name and don’t get nearly as many thumbs down as I do using this name.

        Who’s your mama
        You’re my bitch

        …all me. And those are just the names I can remember.

      • Honestly, while you’re certainly right about people being more predisposed to react a certain way to information depending on the source, I think a lot of how and why things get down-thumbed really depends on a myriad of factors.

        As for me, I can’t be bothered to remember people on random sites, so in general (unless I’m reading a lot of back log), I tend to view most people’s comments in a vacuum. I’m familiar with certain names (you, justifiable, McBeef, etc), but not what positions they hold or what demeanor they have.

      • Yeah, kimmy, I’m pretty sure there’s at least one person out there who thumbs down anything with my name on it. And that may or may not be the same guy who was furiously thumbing down everything I said 20-30 times a few months back.

    • FWIW, kimmy, my mini-rant at Smacktard doesn’t apply to you. Yours was funny. I’m only offended when someone tries to be funny and fails.

      As for you Tom, I generally thumb you up. You are funny, too. Who the heck has time to come back to a site 20 times to thumb someone down?

      Anyone else need reassurance of their funny-worthiness while I’m here?

      • kimmykimkim

        But I wasn’t trying to be funny. What I said about both Ving Rhames and MCD was 100% accurate. I’m referring to Pulp Fiction and The Green Mile, respectively. What I said about Lohan, also true. My point in the thumbing down and the social experiment of changing my name periodically was solely to prove that people thumb down names without even reading comments. Not that these little thumbs mean anything. It’s just another way for people to be assholes in the most pussified way possible.

  17. “Why couldn’t Lindsay Lohan have died of a heart attack instead? *sigh*”

    This year has been a really awful one of tragic losses, but that soulless cunt keeps chugging along.

  18. cc

    I suspect he died because he spent time in the company of that cunt Omarosa.

  19. Kodos

    He didn’t know how to work his thruster suit, so he floated away.

    Sorry to see this.

  20. Bionic_Crouton

    He is a talent that is gone too soon. R.I.P.

  21. O.o

    And another good one bites the dust


  22. dooood

    i had a dream last night he was still alive..
    then you always gotta wake up and realize that the world is now significantly more empty.

    if i remember correctly, he was also a bad ass president in
    ‘the fifth element’.
    the big guy has been in almost as many films as gary busey.

    who else wants a piece of devo?!

  23. JK

    A big shame he died so young, amazing actor who didn’t act like the usual slime of hollywood as he had class.

    • JK

      Also, is it related or coincidence a man who has been a bodybuilder for a very long time and maintained himself during acting too switches off a high protein meat loaded died to a cold turkey no meat eating sort that PETA touted and then has a heart attack shortly after?

      • It’s probably coincidence. If anything I’d expect malnourishment to be the consequence of switching to a vegetarian diet. African-Americans tend to have a higher risk factor for heart disease; plus, while he was a very muscular individual, he was carrying around a lot a weight, which can be taxing on the heart. Granted, this is all armchair quarterbacking, but I highly doubt that switching to a standard vegetarian diet would precipitate heart attack.

        If anyone has actual data on the subject I’d be glad to hear it, although pictures of boobs would be nice too.

  24. mel

    that’s a damn shame. this guy had tons of personality and (for all i know) seemed like one of the few, decent and authentic dudes in hollywood. he was terrific in, “the slammin’ salmon” as the boss of a restaurant. once again, a damn shame. WHY THE SHIT COULDN’T IT HAVE BEEN LOHAN INSTEAD!!

  25. I saw “The Green Mile” when it first came out in the theater.
    Tom Hanks WHO?!!
    Duncan was the star of that movie.
    Always struck me as one of the sweetest, “non-hollywood” guys around. RIP dear one.
    Oh. And to throw my part into the consensus -


  26. skunk

    Slammin Salmon

  27. I loved him in every movie of his I’ve seen. From Green Mile to Street Fighter, he stole scenes and his lovable personality shone through the screen.

    A truly great man is lost and the world just got even emptier. R.I.P. MCD, thank you for everything.

  28. So damn sad to see. :(
    He always seemed like a genuinely nice person.

  29. tlmck

    Woke up one night and realized he was engaged to Omarosa, so he took the only way out open to him.

    RIP Big Mike. Enjoyed you work immensely.

  30. Elliott

    What I found most shocking about this whole situation was that he was engaged to that bitch Omarosa. Now, that caught me off guard.

  31. I was just watching this gorgeous clip of Michael and Craig Ferguson. :)


  32. See Alice

    Is that Devo ? or Tiny Lister ? I cant tell the difference . Which one is still alive ?

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