Hanks, Sinese & More React to Passing of Michael Clarke Duncan on Twitter
Actor Michael Clarke Duncan has passed away at age 54. According to a statement released by publicist Joy Fehily, Duncan died Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he was being treated for a heart attack. The Academy Award-nominated actor, "suffered a myocardial infarction on July 13 and never fully recovered."
The actor was born in Chicago in 1957, and raised by a single mother whose refusal to allow him to play football led him to become an actor instead. By his mid-20s, he had come to Los Angeles and became a bodyguard for Will Smith, Jamie Foxx and other stars.
The husky 6 foot 4 actor was often cast as a bodyguard or bouncer, particularly in his earliest roles including "Bulworth," 'A Night at the Roxbury" and "The Players Club." He went on to star in his Oscar-nominated role as a death row inmate in "The Green Mile" as well as in the blockbusters "Armageddon," 'Planet of the Apes" and a voiceover in the animated, "Kung Fu Panda."
Today, friends, colleagues and fellow actors expressed their sadness at the passing of the beloved actor on Twitter:
"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."
Yvette Nicole Brown
":( I worked with Michael on the film, #TheIsland. He was a cool dude. #RIP"
"As all of his fans know, Michael had a smile that would light up the screen. His presence was commanding due to his large stature and even larger biceps... I'm sad we lost a big teddy bear who cared so greatly for animals of all sizes… and he loved them so sweetly. I feel honored to have worked with him. My thoughts go out to his family and friends and all those who will miss him. RIP Michael Clark Duncan."
"Such a sweet, kind man :("
" R.I.P. Michael Clarke Duncan #Sadtimes"
"Rest In Peace Michael Clarke Duncan, Prayers out to his family."
"Was fortunate to work with Michael Clarke Duncan on Sin City. A very kind and generous actor. He'll be greatly missed."
"Ahhh... #michaelclarkeDuncan I loved you! Green Mile was epic. RIP #gentlegiant"
"One of the best among Men on earth. A gentle Giant. Loved him. Pure class and grace. RIP my friend. #MichaelClarkeDuncan"
"Damn. Just read about the death of #MichaelClarkeDuncan /He was really a nice guy. I pray 4 his loved ones. Damn. #rip"
"So sad to hear about Michael Clarke Duncan. A great friend, and a GREAT guy! He always had the best stories... RIP"
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