Michael Clarke Duncan’s performance as the gentle giant in “The Green Mile” received massive critical-acclaim. His unforgettable performance has led to a career of diversified roles and worldwide praise.
Duncan recently wrapped the independent film “Black, White and Blues,” which he co-produced as well as played the lead. Prior to that he was seen on the big screen in the summer actioner “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li.” Duncan starred opposite Martin Lawrence in the comedic film, “Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins.” Previously, Duncan was part of the ensemble drama “Slipstream,” which is Anthony Hopkins’s directorial debut. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and opened in select markets in 2007. He also appeared in Bob Shaye’s “The Last Mimzy” for New Line Cinema.
In 2006, Duncan starred in the blockbuster comedy about Nascar drivers, “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” alongside Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and Sacha Baron Cohen. He also starred opposite Billy Bob Thorton and Jon Heder in the comedy, “School for Scoundrels.”
Duncan was seen in 2005 in Michael Bay’s action-thriller “The Island,” with Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson, in Robert Rodriguez’ “Sin City” as Manute, and the dark comedy “D.E.B.S.” Prior to that, Duncan starred in several blockbuster films including “Daredevil,” opposite Ben Affleck, “The Scorpion King” opposite The Rock, “Planet of the Apes” opposite Mark Wahlberg, “See Spot Run” opposite David Arquette, and “The Whole Nine Yards” opposite Bruce Willis.
Duncan has also worked with Bruce Willis on the mega-hit film “Armageddon.” It was Willis who placed the call to director, Frank Darabont to suggest Duncan for the critical role of John Coffey in “The Green Mile.” Darabont had conducted a nationwide casting call searching for the perfect actor to portray this beloved character in the Stephen King adaptation. Duncan’s keen acting prowess and exceptionally kind demeanor won him this crucial role. Portraying John Coffey won Duncan numerous accolades including an Academy Award nomination, Golden Globe nomination, SAG nomination, Broadcast Film Critics Award, Saturn Award and Black Reel Award, to name a few. In addition, Duncan was recognized as the ShoWest Male Star of Tomorrow.
Duncan’s previous film credits include “Bulworth,” “The Player’s Club” and A Night at the Roxbury.” He has had guest roles on the hit television shows “The Jaime Foxx Show,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” “Weird Science,” “Married…With Children,” “The Wayan Bros.,” “Chuck
and most recently, “Two and a Half Men.”
With an unmistakable deep voice, Duncan has thrived as a voiceover actor as well. His most recent voiceover film credits include “Kung Fu Panda,” “Racing Stripes,” “Delgo” and “Dinotopia: Curse of the Ruby Sunstone.” Previously he voiced characters in “Brother Bear,” “George of the Jungle 2,” “Cats & Dogs” and “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore.”