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After touring 56 cities with the company, Duncan settled in 1995 in Los Angeles, where he again supported himself by working security jobs for several clients, including actors Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.Encouraged by his mother to pursue acting, Duncan obtained an agent and made his acting debut as a drill sergeant on a beer commercial.Duncan's performance caught on with critics and moviegoers and he quickly became a favourite in Hollywood, appearing in several films a year.He owed some of his good fortune to Bruce Willis, who recommended Duncan for The Green Mile after the two appeared together in Armageddon."Manigault is grateful for all of your prayers and asks for privacy at this time.Celebrations of his life, both private and public, will be announced at a later date." Duncan had a handful of minor roles before The Green Mile brought him an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor.After appearing in a number of regional and national TV spots, Duncan made his big-screen debut in 1995 in an uncredited walk-on role in the comedy film . As death-row inmate John Coffey, a massive but supremely gentle man imbued with supernatural healing powers, Duncan earned widespread critical acclaim, including an Oscar Award nomination for best supporting actor.He reunited with Willis in the little-seen , Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, who performed CPR on the actor, Duncan survived the attack, but never fully recovered.
His voice can be heard in films such as Brother Bear (2003), Kung Fu Panda (2008) and Green Lantern (2011).
Duncan died of heart complications (caused by theattack he had suffered two months prior) on September 3, 2012, at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Michael Clarke Duncan (December 10, 1957 – September 3, 2012) was an American actor, best known for his breakout role as John Coffey in The Green Mile (1999), for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and various similar honors.
Born in Chicago in 1957, Duncan was raised by a single mother whose resistance to his playing football led to his deciding he wanted to become an actor.
But when his mother became ill, he dropped out of college, Alcorn State University, and worked as a ditch digger and bouncer to support her. G., for whom Duncan had been hired to protect before switching assignments, led him to quit his job and pursue acting full-time.