Michael Clarke Duncan’s Most Memorable Roles

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‘The Green Mile’ (1999)
‘The Green Mile’ (1999)
Warner Bros.
Thanks to a friendship with ‘Armageddon’ star Bruce Willis, Duncan bagged a role as innocent death row inmate John Coffey in ‘The Green Mile.’ Duncan may have played opposite superstar Tom Hanks, but it was the newbie actor who garnered the most headlines for his performance, eventually earning Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for the role.
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‘The Whole Nine Yards’ (2000)
‘The Whole Nine Yards’ (2000)
Warner Bros.
The newly A-list actor reteamed with old A-list friend Willis for the crime caper about a hitman who moves next door to a dentist. Playing again to his appearance, Duncan played an enforcer — and did enough to force audiences to the theaters to see the hit comedy.
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‘Planet of the Apes’ (2001)
‘Planet of the Apes’ (2001)
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
In Tim Burton’s critical and commercial thud, Duncan played gorilla military officer Col. Attar. Likely not a film he ever wanted to ape in his future, but ‘Planet’ managed to help cement Duncan as one of Hollywood’s best casting gets.
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‘The Scorpion King’ (2002)
‘The Scorpion King’ (2002)
Universal Pictures
Fans of muscles found a royal treat in ‘The Mummy’ spin-off, featuring strongmen (and close friends) Duncan and The Rock. Critics might have dismissed the film, but audiences crawled to the theater in droves, earning the film $36 million its first weekend in theaters.
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‘Daredevil’ (2003)
‘Daredevil’ (2003)
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Unfortunately, Duncan followed up ‘Scorpion’ with a film that was a flop both critically and commercially. But as the Kingpin, Duncan was the one bright light that ‘Daredevil’ fans could see. Impressive, considering Duncan’s nerves surrounding taking the role as the villain, who was white in the original comic.
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‘Kung Fu Panda’ (2008)
‘Kung Fu Panda’ (2008)
Paramount Pictures
The actor has the unique distinction of being immediately recognizable by his physical appearance AND his voice. Duncan took advantage of the latter by accepting numerous voiceover roles in video games like ‘God of War II’ and projects like ‘Brother Bear,’ ‘Codename: Kids Next Door: Operation ZERO,’ and DreamWorks’ successful ‘Kung Fu Panda,’ in which he plays a rhinoceros prison commander.
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‘Green Lantern’ (2011)
‘Green Lantern’ (2011)
Warner Bros.
Duncan bagged another big voiceover role — and dipped into comics fare once again — in superhero adaptation ‘Green Lantern,’ playing drill sergeant Kilowog.
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‘The Finder’ (2012)
‘The Finder’ (2012)
FOX
After a healthy career on the big screen, Duncan found his way onto the small screen, starring in ‘Bones’ spin-off, ‘The Finder’ with Geoff Stults. The series, however, couldn’t find enough fans, and was canceled four months after its run. Still, Duncan devotees can continue to look forward to his appearance in projects like ‘In the Hive’ and ‘The Challenger.’

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