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Michael Clarke Duncan

Real name: Michael Clarke Duncan
Birthdate: December 10, 1957
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Michael Clarke Duncan (born December 10, 1957) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor who has starred in a number of successful films.

Duncan took other security jobs while in Los Angeles while trying to get some acting work in commercials. During this time, worked as a bodyguard for celebrities like Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Jamie Foxx and LL Cool J, all the while doing bit parts in television and films. He was also the bodyguard for Notorious B.I.G. for some time, although he let a friend take over for him the night that Notorious B.I.G. was shot. This was the event that made him decide to get out of the bodyguarding business.

In 1998, Duncan was cast as Bear in the film Armageddon, where he struck up a friendship with castmate Bruce Willis. It was Bruce Willis' influence that helped him to get his breakout role in the Frank Darabont-directed, The Green Mile, a role which netted him an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination.

Duncan then was cast in a string of films that helped to establish him as a star: The Whole Nine Yards, Planet of the Apes, The Scorpion King (where he starred alongside his friend, The Rock), Daredevil (as The Kingpin) and The Island. Duncan has also provided his voice for a number of roles including Brother Bear, The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the Tinysauruses, and the video games Demon Stone, SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs, The Suffering: Ties That Bind, Saints Row, and Soldier of Fortune, with his most recent role being God of War II, where he provides the voice of Atlas, the Titan condemned by Zeus to stand at the western edge of the earth and hold up the sky on his shoulders. In 2005, he starred in the film Sin City as Manute, a powerful mobster. Duncan appeared in a minor role in the 2006 movie Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. In 2006, he voiced the role of Numbuh 26 in the animated movie Codename: Kids Next Door: Operation ZERO. He reprised his role as the Kingpin on the MTV Spider-Man series.

Duncan made an uncredited appearance in the film Friday playing in a dice game along side Chris Tucker and guest-starred in a first-season episode of CSI: NY alongside Gary Sinise.

Duncan is a life long fan of the Chicago White Sox and was at the historical Disco Demolition Night. He also supports the UFC and is frequently seen in attendance in UFC broadcasts. Occasionally, he is asked to give his opinion on upcoming fights. He holds a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is good friends with Daredevil and Armageddon co-star Ben Affleck as well as The Rock.

Duncan is a fan of The O.C. on FOX and he admits he cried when Marissa Cooper, one of the main characters on the show, died. (This was admitted on a recent appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien) He is also a fan of the television series 24.

Many people confuse him with fellow actor Tommy "Tiny" Lister Jr. On an appearance on the Tonight Show, he stated that he has never had an alcoholic drink.



 


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