>> Born in Chicago on December 10, 1957, Michael was raised by a single mother whose resistance to playing football led to his deciding he wanted to become an actor.
>> The murder of rapper Notorious B.I.G. in1997, for whom Michael had been hired to protect before switching assignments, led him to quit his job and pursue acting full-time.
>> 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 as John Coffey in the Frank Darabont-directed The Green Mile, a role which netted 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.
>> Michael was 6 feet 5 inches (196 cm) tall and weighed approximately 315 pounds (142 kg).
>> In 2009, he stopped eating meat and later appeared in a PETA ad campaign, touting the health benefits and his increased strength from a vegetarian diet.
Photos: 'Godmen' who courted controversy
Photos: Kajol with mother, sister Tanishaa at Dadar Durga Puja pandal
Kareena Kapoor Khan snapped with baby Taimur at mom Babita's house
Photos: Amruta Fadnavis at a fashion and lifestyle exhibition
Photos: Sushmita Sen stuns in a black dress with thigh-high slit