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'Green Mile' actor Michael Clarke Duncan dead at 54 (photos)



Actor Michael Clarke Duncan in a scene from the film
Actor Michael Clarke Duncan in a scene from the film "The Green Mile" for which he received a Best Supporting Actor nomination.
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Actor Michael Clarke Duncan in a scene from the film
Michael Clarke Duncan (L) and TV personality Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth attend the premiere of Relativity Media's "Act of Valor" at ArcLight Cinemas on Feb. 13, 2012 in Hollywood.
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Actor Michael Clarke Duncan in a scene from the film
Michael Clarke Duncan a swing at the plate during the 2005 Celebrity Softball Game on June 11, 2005 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, wearing Dodger blue.
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Actor Michael Clarke Duncan in a scene from the film
(L-R) Michael Clarke Duncan, Kobe Bryant and Bryant's wife Vanessa seen in the crowd during the 2004 World Music Awards at the Thomas and Mack Center on September 15, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Actor Michael Clarke Duncan in a scene from the film
Actor Michael Clarke Duncan attends the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs at the Staples Center on Nov. 5, 2004 in Los Angeles.
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Actor Michael Clarke Duncan in a scene from the film
Michael Clark Duncan (L) and ultimate fighter Chuck Liddell attend the Ultimate Fighting Championship 60: Hughes vs. Gracie at Staples Center on May 27, 2006 in Los Angeles.
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Actor Michael Clarke Duncan in a scene from the film
Michael Clark Duncan (L) and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson attend the Ultimate Fighting Championship 60: Hughes vs. Gracie at Staples Center on May 27, 2006 in Los Angeles.
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Actor Michael Clarke Duncan in a scene from the film
Michael Clarke Duncan arrives at the premiere of Dreamworks "Kung Fun Panda" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on June 1, 2008 in Hollywood.
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Actor Michael Clarke Duncan in a scene from the film
Michael Clarke Duncan appears on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" at NBC Studios on Oct. 29, 2003 in Burbank. Leno holds a letter from the Chicago Cubs inviting Duncan to sing during the 7th inning stretch at a future Cubs game.
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Actor Michael Clarke Duncan in a scene from the film
Michael Duncan Clark attends the premiere of "Elektra" at the Palms Casino on Jan. 8, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Actor Michael Clarke Duncan in a scene from the film
Tom Hanks (L) and Michael Clarke Duncan (R) at the after party following the world premiere of the movie 'Ladykillers' at the El Capitan Theatre March 12, 2004 in Hollywood.
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Actor Michael Clarke Duncan has died at 54, his fiancee, reality star Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, says. He died while in a Los Angeles hospital following a July 13 heart attack.

Publicist Joy Fehily released a statement from Manigault-Stallworth, saying the 6-foot–5, 300 pound actor died Monday morning in an L.A. hospital after nearly two months of treatment following his July heart attack.

Known for his wide smile and larger-than-life persona — and body — the actor made his biggest impact with a memorable performance in the film “Green Mile,” where he starred alongside Tom Hanks.

Duncan had a handful of minor roles before “The Green Mile” brought him an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor. The 1999 film, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, starred Tom Hanks as a corrections officer at a penitentiary in the 1930s. Duncan played John Coffey, a convicted murderer.

Duncan appeared in dozens of films, including such box office hits as "Armageddon," "Planet of the Apes" and "Kung Fu Panda." He also appeared on television, recently starring in the Fox series "The Finder," which aired this past season.

He was a regular at L.A. athletic events, from baseball to basketball, UFC to pro wrestling.

This story has been updated.