Michael Clarke Duncan, the muscular six-foot-five character actor with the booming baritone voice who appeared in dozens of movies, including Armageddon and Planet of the Apes and who was Oscar-nominated for his role as a death-row inmate in 1999’s The Green Mile, died this morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he was being treated for a heart attack. He was 54. The former ditch-digger and bodyguard who didn’t start acting until he was in his thirties “suffered a myocardial infarction on July 13 and never fully recovered,” his wife, the reality-TV personality Rev Omarosa Manigault, said in a statement released earlier today. Duncan, affectionately called a gentle giant, was a Hollywood favorite, appearing in several movies a year, crossing genres in such features as Breakfast of Champions, The Whole Nine Yards, Sin City, Talledega Nights, School for Scoundrels, and the animated features Kung Fu Panda and Brother Bear.
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