Michael Clarke Duncan – 1957-2012

Michael Clarke Duncan as John Coffey in “The Green Mile” . This was Duncan’s most famous role in which he was nominated for the Oscar.

We received some very sad news today. Michael Clarke Duncan died this afternoon while recovering from a heart attack in LA.  He was stricken on July 13 and never recovered.  Duncan is a Chicago native who is known for his television and movie roles . Some of his most famous ones include “Bear” in “Armageddon” , “Frankie Figgs Figueroa” in “The Whole Nine Yards.” and his most current work in the series , “The Finder.”  Duncan had two dreams in his life , to be an actor and to play football. His mother did not want him to play as a child, but as an adult, he tried out for the Chicago Bears in the mid eighties. Duncan may have dug ditches in Chicago, but in LA he fulfilled his other dream. Michael  started in show business as a body guard to such luminaries as Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Jamie Foxx, and the late Notorious B.I.G. Starting in small roles, he worked his way up until he gained critical acclaim and an Oscar nomination for “Green Mile.” Just proves that actors all pay their dues.

Michael is survived by his girlfriend, Omarosa and a sister.  We at chitownstarconnections want to give our sympathy to the family.

Here is Michael in the 1998 hit movie “Armageddon” Duncan  would do a total of four movies with fellow actor , Bruce Willis. Willis also recommended Duncan for the role of “Bear” in the movie.

Here he is as hilarious hit man , Frankie “Figgs” Figueroa in “The Whole Nine Yards” He is pictured with “Go On” star Matthew Perry.

Go in peace, Michael Clarke Duncan  Dec 10, 1957 – Sept 3, 2012

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Melanie Christy is am actress/singer who came to Chicago to pursue her dreams of acting. Coming from a small town in Ohio she has been enjoying the things that city life has to offer like great cuisine from all parts of the globe, parties with great people including celebrities, gorgeous fashions and of course fun! Follow her, read her blog and learn about all the amazing adventures you can be a part of throughout Chicagoland! Jennifer Hedrick is the photographer and techie for our blogs. She was born and raised here in Chicago. Her love of photography started when she was a child. She has photographed many celebs, events, fashion shows and more. She also considers herself a bit of a foodie and loves food porn. Her other loves include her nieces and nephews, animals and the shows Castle, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.
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