Remembering Actor Michael Clarke Duncan

After suffering a massive heart attack back in July, actor Michael Clarke Duncan lost his life on Monday morning. He was 6-feet-5-inches tall, but he always seemed even larger than that, a hulking figure who commanded everyone's attention every time he appeared on screen. He was one of a kind, able to play both villains and heroes, with a deep voice, a twinkle in his eye, and an almost ever-present smile. Even though he is no longer with us, he played some amazing roles in his career that will live on in our memories.

Here are some of my favorite characters that he brought to life...

John Coffey in The Green Mile - He was rightfully nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in this excellent adaptation of the serialized Stephen King story. Coffey was a great part that showcased Duncan's talent as both a foreboding figure and as a truly gentle giant.

"Kingpin" Wilson Fisk in Daredevil - Duncan really captured the essence of the Man Without Fear's greatest enemy, the larger-than-life criminal mastermind. The movie had its flaws and there is talk of rebooting it soon, but I wonder if anyone else can bring that character to the screen as believably as Duncan did.

Attar in Planet of the Apes - Tim Burton's reimagining of the Apes saga may have its detractors, but one of its finest moments was the small role played by Duncan. It might have been a better film if we had the chance to see more of Attar.

Kilowog in Green Lantern - The movie itself was disappointing, but Duncan's work in it was spectacular. The scenes with Kilowog were fun to watch. I wish they had let Duncan play the role physically on screen instead of having the character be computer-generated with only Duncan's voice -- I think he could have pulled it off!

Leo Knox in The Finder - Michael Clarke Duncan was still working right until his heart attack this summer, but his last memorable role was on television in this series that was a spinoff of Bones. It was cancelled, but his performance in it was top-notch.

Bear in Armageddon - This movie is still a guilty pleasure and Duncan was an excellent part of the ensemble.

Manute in Sin City - The adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel was great and Duncan's role in it was brilliant as expected.

So many great roles! Only 54 years old, he was taken away from us too soon. May he rest in peace.

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