The last mile

>> 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.

Michael Clarke Duncan

>> 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. 

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