For his part as a man who had been given the death penalty in the film “The Green Mile,” actor Michael Clarke Duncan won acclaim on a global scale.
But few people are aware of the struggles he dealt with personally.
Michael’s mother raised him alone, and their family was in financial difficulty. Prior to quitting both institutions due to personal reasons, he played basketball at an institution for African Americans.
He became the family caregiver after his mother developed a serious illness. Because of his amazing physique and height, he eventually transitioned from security guard to bodyguard in order to make ends meet.
Duncan decided to pursue an acting profession when he was 30 years old.He met Bruce Willis while working on the 1998 movie “Armageddon,” and Willis later assisted him in getting a part in “The Green Mile.”
He was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for this performance. Later, he performed voice acting for video games, cartoons, and commercials in addition to making appearances in films like “Sin City” and “Planet of the Apes.”
Duncan experienced a heart attack in 2012, followed by a cardiac arrest. His life was saved thanks to the assistance of his lover, but tragically, he passed away in the hospital two months later.