Actor Michael Clarke Duncan passed away Monday morning at the age of 54. The sad news comes over a month after The Green Mile star suffered a myocardial infarction, which left him in the Intensive Care Unit.
The 6’4” Golden Globe and Oscar-nominated actor was born in Chicago and moved to Los Angeles in 1990 to pursue an acting career, while making a living as a bodyguard. His first few roles mirrored his real life as he picked up acting gigs playing bodyguards and bouncers.
His first major role was in 1998′s blockbuster hit Armageddon, in which he played Bear. He later starred in The Green Mile as death row inmate/healer John Coffey, the role for which he earned an Oscar nomination. He has also appeared in works such as The Whole Nine Yards, Sin City, Daredevil, and many television shows, including Chuck and The Finder.
Duncan’s passing has sparked an outpouring of love and support from Hollywood stars and fans alike. Actor Tom Hanks said, “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.”
The actor’s fiancée, Reverend Omarosa Manigault is grateful for prayers but is asking for privacy at this time. Celebrations of his life, both private and public, will be announced later on.