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At 6-foot-5 and more than 300 pounds, Michael Clarke Duncan played scores of bouncers and bodyguards before getting Hollywood to look beyond his imposing physical presence and begin casting him in parts that required brains as well as brawn.

Born Dec. 10, 1957, in Chicago, Duncan arrived in Tinseltown as the security guard for a traveling theater company and quickly found work reprising that role in films such as The Players Club and Bulworth (both 1998). But in Armageddon, he was at last given a substantive part -- that of an oil driller set on stopping an asteroid headed for Earth.

A year later, Duncan found himself receiving Oscar and Golden Globe nods for his portrayal of a convicted murderer in The Green Mile. His subsequent movies include Sin City (2005), Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) and Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins (2008). Duncan died Sept. 3, 2012, at the age of 54.

Michael Clarke Duncan in The Green Mile

The Green Mile

1999 R

On death row in a Southern prison, gentle giant John Coffey possesses the mysterious power to heal people's ailments. When the cellblock's head guard recognizes Coffey's miraculous gift, he tries desperately to help stave off the man's execution.

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