The last mile

Sep 06, 2012, 08:44 IST | Special Features

Actor Michael Clarke Duncan, star of the acclaimed film The Green Mile, passed away on September 3, 2012 at the age of 54. According to Michael's fiancee reality TV personality Reverand Omarosa Manigault, he died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he was being treated for a heart attack. CS gives you trivia about his life:

>> 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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