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Michael Clarke Duncan

Highest Rated:   87% Kung Fu Panda (2008)
Lowest Rated:   0% Caught Up (1998)
Birthplace:   Chicago, Illinois, USA
Standing 6'5" and weighing over 300 pounds, African American actor Michael Clarke Duncan inarguably possesses one of Hollywood's more unforgettable figures. A former bodyguard and bouncer, Duncan first gained attention when he appeared as one of a group of oil drillers sent to stop an asteroid from annihilating the Earth in the 1998 blockbuster Armageddon. A year later, Duncan's career got another significant boost when the actor earned lavish critical plaudits for his portrayal of a wrongfully convicted death row inmate in The Green Mile.Born in Chicago on December 10, 1957, Duncan was raised on the city's south side by his single mother. A serious student, Duncan decided that he wanted to play football in high school; after his mother refused to let him, fearing he would get hurt, he developed an interest in acting instead. Following his graduation from high school, the aspiring actor studied communications at Mississippi's Alcorn State University. His studies were cut short when he returned to Chicago to attend to his mother, who had fallen ill. He subsequently found work digging ditches with the Peoples Gas Company and moonlighted as a club bouncer. His work led to a chance encounter with a stage producer who hired him as a security guard for a traveling theatre company, which eventually brought Duncan to Hollywood. Upon his arrival in L.A., Duncan, who was hovering dangerously close to bankruptcy, secured further work as a security guard and found his first agent. He got his professional start on television, appearing in commercials, sitcoms, and on the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. He started his film career playing -- surprisingly enough -- bouncers in such films as The Players Club and Bulworth (both 1998), finally getting his big break -- and the first role that didn't require him to boot people out of clubs -- in Armageddon. Thanks to the great commercial success of Armageddon, Duncan was able to find subsequent employment in a number of productions, most notably The Green Mile. He earned overwhelmingly strong reviews for his portrayal of doomed, saintly John Coffey, a man whose conviction for a brutal double murder seems at odds with his exceedingly gentle, almost child-like demeanor. Duncan garnered Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for his work in the film. He next switched genre gears, re-teaming with Armageddon co-star Bruce Willis to star in the comedy The Whole Nine Yards, which cast him a brutish thug who terrorizes mild-mannered dentist Matthew Perry. Once again utilizing his massive girth to maximum effect in the following year's The Planet of the Apes Duncan followed up the big budget remake with the made-for-television They Call Me Sirr before once again flexing formidably, this time opposite The Rock, in The Scorpion King. Later turning up as the villainous Kingpin in the comic book superhero film Daredevil (2003), Duncan would also loan his voice to the same character in Spider-Man: The Animated Series later that same year. A string of vocal performances in such animated efforts as Kim Possible: A Stitch in Time, The Proud Family, and Crab Nebula found Duncan's vocal chords in increased demand in television, films, and even videogames, yet by 2005 the hard-working actor was back on the big screen with roles in both Robert Rodriguez's Sin City, and Michael Bay's The Island. Though action may have always been the best genre for the physically imposing actor to make an impression on the big screen, fans would take note that the hulking Duncan also had a keen sense of humor, a point made all the more evident by his role in the 2006 Will Ferrell NASCAR laugher Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Duncan continued to work in television in the following years, making appearances on popular shows including Chuck, Two and a Half Men, and Bones. In 2012, Duncan landed a starring role in The Finder, a short-lived series in which he once again took on the role of former lawye


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Challenger
  • Executive Producer
  • Duane
No Score Yet From The Rough
  • Roger
No Score Yet A Resurrection
  • Addison
No Score Yet In The Hive
  • Mr. Hollis
57% Redemption Road
  • Augy
$26.3k 2011
26% Green Lantern
  • Kilowog
$116.7M 2011
No Score Yet Cross
  • Erlik
No Score Yet Tu Xia Chuan Qi (Legend of Kung Fu Rabbit)
  • Actor
13% Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
  • Sam
$43.5M 2010
No Score Yet Beyond Limits
  • Narrator
No Score Yet For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots
  • Actor
No Score Yet March On!... and More Stories About African American History
  • Actor
35% The Slammin' Salmon
  • Cleon Salmon
$26.7k 2009
6% Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li
  • Balrog
$8.7M 2009
No Score Yet March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World
  • Actor
12% Delgo
  • Elder Marley
$0.6M 2008
87% Kung Fu Panda
  • Commander Vachir
$215.4M 2008
No Score Yet American Crude
  • Spinks
23% Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins
  • Otis
$42.2M 2008
25% Slipstream
  • Mort
54% The Last Mimzy
  • Nathaniel Broadman
$21.5M 2007
No Score Yet One Way
  • The General
25% School for Scoundrels
  • Lesher
$17.8M 2006
50% Brother Bear 2
  • Tug
71% Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
  • Lucius Washington
$148.3M 2006
No Score Yet Air Buddies
  • The Wolf
No Score Yet The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the Tinysauruses
  • Big Daddy
40% The Island
  • Starkweather
$35.9M 2005
No Score Yet Dinotopia: En Busca de la Piedra del Sol Escarlata
  • Stinktooth
No Score Yet The Golden Blaze
  • Thomas Tatum/Quake
77% Sin City
  • Manute
35% Racing Stripes
  • Clydesdale
$49.2M 2005
No Score Yet Martin's Big Words ... and More Stories from the African-American Tradition
  • Actor
No Score Yet George and the Dragon (Dragon Sword)
  • Tarik
38% D.E.B.S.
  • Mr. Phipps
No Score Yet Pursued
  • Franklin
No Score Yet Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time
  • Future Wade
38% Brother Bear
  • Tug
$85.1M 2003
17% George Of The Jungle 2
  • Mean Lion
44% Daredevil
  • Kingpin/Fisk
$102.5M 2003
41% The Scorpion King
  • Balthazar
$90.4M 2002
No Score Yet They Call Me Sirr
  • Griffin
45% Planet of the Apes
  • Colonel Attar
$178.1M 2001
53% Cats & Dogs
  • Sam
23% See Spot Run
  • Agent Murdoch
$32.5M 2001
45% The Whole Nine Yards
  • Frankie Figs
$57.3M 2000
80% The Green Mile
  • John
33% The Underground Comedy Movie
  • Gay Virgin
11% A Night at the Roxbury
  • Security
39% Armageddon
  • Jayotis 'Bear' Kurleenbear
76% Bulworth
  • Bouncer
31% The Players Club
  • Bodyguard
0% Caught Up
  • BB
No Score Yet Back in Business
  • Huge Guard
No Score Yet Sin City 3
  • Actor


No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2012
57% The Finder
  • Leo Knox
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Talk
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet Bones
  • Leo Knox
  • 2011
No Score Yet Two and a Half Men
  • Jerome
  • 2009
  • 2008
90% Chuck
  • Colt
  • 2008
No Score Yet Family Guy
  • Voice
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet CSI: NY
  • Quinn Sullivan
  • 2005
No Score Yet George Lopez
  • Dr. Holland
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
  • Tiny
  • 1995

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