Michael Clarke Duncan

Michael Clarke Duncan

Michael Clarke Duncan was born on December 10, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois and has achieved considerable success as an actor.

Duncan grew up in a single-parent household with his sister and mother, and was forced to learn to become a man early in life. He always had dreams of becoming an actor, and enrolled at Alcorn State University under a communications degree program. Unfortunately, his mother became ill, and Duncan had to drop out of school to support his family. He worked a number of odd jobs to make ends meet, many involving his large 6 feet 5 inch, 315 pound frame including being a bouncer and digging ditches at the People's Gas Company.

Duncan moved to Los Angeles to try and become an actor, and worked a variety of security jobs during that time. He worked as a bodyguard for many celebrities including Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J, and Notorious B.I.G while getting bit parts in movies and television.

In 1998, Duncan was cast as Bear in the smash hit Armageddon, where he became friends with cast mate Bruce Willis. Willis' influence helped Duncan land his breakthrough role in 1999.

Duncan's breakout performance came in 1999, where he played the wrongfully imprisoned John Coffey in the classic The Green Mile. This role granted him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture.

Duncan was cast in a number of movies afterwards which would establish his stardom including The Whole Nine Yards, Planet of the Apes, The Scorpion King, The Island, and Daredevil where he played the role of the Kingpin.

His most recent film was Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, where he played the role of Balrog, a hulk of a boxer. Duncan has appeared as a voice actor in many different settings, including The Land Before Time, Brother Bear, and many video games, as well Quiznos commercials.

Michael Clarke Duncan has achieved much success as an actor, and is satisfied with his career. He wishes that he could have completed his education at Alcorn state, rather than transferring to Kankakee Community College in Illinois.

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