Published On: Tue, Sep 4th, 2012

‘Sin City’ and ‘Daredevil’ star Michael Clarke Duncan dead at age 54

The larger than life, iconic actor Michael Clarke Duncan has passed away at age 54.

Michael Clarke Duncan as Kingpin in “Daredevil” photo/20th Century Fox

Deadline confirmed that the actor has passed away Monday after a long battle of complications from a July heart attack. After undergoing CPR, Duncan was taken to a hospital in Los Angeles and admitted to the ICU.

“According to doctors, Michael Clarke Duncan suffered a myocardial infarction early this morning,” his publicist told TMZ back on July 13. “He is now stable and we look forward to his full recovery.”

Duncan’s girlfriend Omarosa Stallworth was credited with performing CPR to resuscitate him when he was undergoing cardiac arrest. The actor remained in the hospital in August and the family asked for prayers.

The Chicago born actor earned an Oscar nomination as the gentle giant alongside Tom Hanks in the adaptation of the Stephen King novel, “The Green Mile,” after a role in 1998’s “Armageddon.”

Duncan was cast as Wilson Fisk, The Kingpin in “Daredevil,” gaining weight and working out regularly to grow up to 340 pounds for the role, but was concerned about playing the mobster.

“I never doubted that Ben could pull off Daredevil, or Jennifer could pull off Elektra, or Colin could be Bullseye. I was always worried about my character, because you have so many people that really watch this — some of them like it’s their job. They watch movies to say, ‘Hey, that’s not like the comic book.’ But I want them to get past that and just see the movie for what it is and see me for what I am — an actor.” (MTV interview back in 2003.)

In 2005, he was reunited with Bruce Willis in the film “Sin City” as Manute, a powerful mobster and added one last comic book movie credit as the voice of Kilowog in last summer’s “Green Lantern.”

Some of his other other film credits include: “The Whole Nine Yards,” “Cats and Dogs,” “The Scorpion King,” “Brother Bear,” “The Planet of the Apes,” ‘Kung Fu Panda” and his last film “The Challenger due sometime this year.

Michael Clarke Duncan was age 54.


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