Wednesday, September 05, 2012
Michael Clarke Duncan, 1957-2012
Actor Michael Clarke Duncan passed away on Monday, September 5th. He was 54, and died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to a statement from his publicist, Joy Fehily. He had suffered a heart attack in July and did not recover.
Duncan had always aspired to be an actor, and his dreams were made into a reality. He appeared in numerous films, including The Green Mile, Sin City, and Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes, among many others.
Growing up on Chicago's South Side, he harbored dreams of becoming an actor.
"Of course, people told me, 'Mikey, you will never be an actor. You don't have the look. You're ugly,'" he recalled in a 2003 Chicago Sun-Times interview.
But Duncan made his dreams a reality, and portrayed unforgettable characters that will live on.