I only recently heard about his untimely passing, and I only know of a handful of his movie roles. That said, his portrayal of John Coffey in The Green Mile still stands in my mind as one of the greatest in film history. When an actor is capable of having such a massive impact on someone despite not being all that well known by that person, surely he is worthy of great recognition.
Other than John Coffey, I also distinctly remember him in Daredevil as The Kingpin and as Bear in Armageddon, both roles which I have since deemed him to be the most suitable actor for. In each role, he manages to become one of the most memorable characters, be it through comedy, suitability or pure acting prowess.
Since doing some research after hearing of his death, I have also come to realize he has played several roles in other film favourites of mine, namely Sam in Cats & Dogs (which once upon a time was my favourite movie), that rhino commander dude in Kung Fu Panda (Michael Clarke Duncan and Jack Black in a room together? I wish I could have been there) and possibly his earliest role as an extra in Friday. Next time I watch that, I’ll be keeping an eye out for him.
I’m saddened to hear about the passing of such a great talent. The film world may never fill the gap that he left behind. R.I.P, Michael Clarke Duncan. You have truly earned it.
- ‘Green Mile’ actor Michael Clarke Duncan dead at 54 – NBCNews.com (blog) (entertainment.nbcnews.com)
- Michael Clarke Duncan, Star of ‘The Green Mile,’ Dead at 54 (celebuzz.com)
- “The best among men”: Tributes pour in for Green Mile actor Michael Clarke Duncan who has died at just 54 (mirror.co.uk)