By the Mad Woman with a Box
Whether you knew him as John Coffey (like the drink, only not spelled the same) or the Kingpin, or even as widowed attorney Leo Knox in the recently canceled Fox series The Finder, Michael Clarke Duncan has been a presence to be reckoned with in Hollywood since his Oscar-nominated performance as the gentle giant with a healing touch in The Green Mile. His passing earlier this month due to complications from a heart attack he suffered in July was a shock that saddened his fans across the globe. It was a loss to the entertainment industry as well as a worldwide audience who enjoyed his stirring performances and versatile talent, and we in the Corsair’s Closet wish to take a moment and remember the man who brought his gifts, his charm, and many iconic characters to the world.
Though he is probably best recognized in 1999 for his performance in The Green Mile, it was Michael’s first big role one year prior in the science fiction action film Armageddon that brought him to the eyes of the world. From there, he springboarded into the Oscar spotlight with his performance alongside Tom Hanks, and later went on to play the Kingpin in Marvel’s Daredevil against Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, and Colin Farrell.
Duncan went on to reprise the role on Spider-Man: The New Animated Series, as well as innumerable other roles in films such as Planet of the Apes, The Scorpion King, and Sin City. He also favored the small screen with countless appearances in various television shows, including his final run on Fox’s The Finder. Duncan also lent his voice to many animated shows such as Teen Titans, as well as various video games where his trademark deep timbre served him well. Proving himself a versatile actor with a wealth of talent artistically as well as physically, off screen Duncan was well known for his good humor, his kind nature, and his infectious charm.
We at the Corsair’s Closet wish to extend our condolences to his family and friends in this period of mourning. Please tune in to the next edition of the Corsair’s Closet, today at 4PM Pacific, where we take a moment to pay tribute to Duncan’s work, his spirit, and his influence in the world of entertainment.
Duncan died September 3 of complications following a heart attack he suffered. He was 54.
Corsair’s Chronicles, features articles and fandom news coverage from Elizabeth Carlie as the Mad Woman With A Box and Kristine Cherry as Time Siren; hosts of one of the most insane podcasts on Krypton Radio, The Corsair’s Closet. Two fan-girls getting their geek on by squeeing about Doctor Who, cosplay and pop culture fan creativity.
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