Monday, September 3, 2012

In Memoriam: Michael Clarke Duncan (1957 - 2012)

Oh no!

Celebrity deaths are usually meaningless, but every now and again, they hit hard and the whole world mourns. I'm not going to say that Michael Clarke Duncan was up there with Laurence Olivier or Richard Burton, but his talent was undeniable, presence on screen was magnetic, and his charm and spirit were even more gigantic than his six foot five, three hundred pound frame. Michael Clarke Duncan was one of those rare actors about whom I can honestly say I've never heard a single slur, insult, or negative piece of news. For somebody in the public eye, that's pretty amazing.

He died today after complications from a cardiac arrest at the young age of 54. He will be missed, not only by his friends and family, but by the millions of people who will never get to see another film starring Michael Clarke Duncan.


Justin Garrett Blum said...

Wow--that's crazy. I hate when cool actors die young. I'm going to have to go home and watch Armageddon now.

Donald said...

This may be the saddest celebrity death ever. Maybe because he was so young. Maybe because he was so good and we'll never see him on screen again. Or maybe just because he seemed like such a nice guy.

I remember seeing him on talk shows and he was always one of those guys who just spent all his time saying nice things about the people with whom he worked on whatever film he was plugging. Of course, even that isn't rare. What's rare is how sincere he always seemed.

R.I.P. to a great movie star.

And for whatever it's worth, I don't believe in god and I don't believe in any kind of after life, but I'll make an exception just this once so Michael Clarke Duncan can read all the nice things people are saying about him.

Max said...

Agreed. Damn shame. First Ernest Borgnine, then Neil Armstrong, and now Mr. Duncan. RIP

Donald said...

The holy trinity

Mugato said...

He was seriously amazing in the Green Mile. When you see him, you immediately think "action star type that most likely can't act". Not true.