THE GREEN MILE
MICHAEL CLARKE DUNCAN (John Coffey) appeared opposite Bruce Willis in the
1997 summer blockbuster "Armageddon" as Bear, one of a group of
roughneck oil drillers. Recently, he reteamed with Willis for the gangster
comedy "The Whole Nine Yards," set to be released next year.
Duncan also appeared as a bouncer in
Warren Beatty's acclaimed satire, "Bulworth," and had featured roles
in such movies as "The Player's Club" and "A Night at the
His television credits includes guest
roles on "The Jamie Foxx Show," "The Fresh Prince of Bel
Air," "Weird Science," "Married...With Children,"
"The Wayans Bros.," "Sparks" and "The Bold and the
Born-and-raised in Chicago, Duncan
studied communications at Alcorn State University in Mississippi. Returning to
his hometown, he landed work with Peoples Gas Company while moonlighting as a
bouncer at various Southside clubs. A chance encounter with a stage producer won
him a security job for the road company of "Beauty Shop, Part 2,"
which brought the 6'5," 315 lb. talent to Los Angeles after a 56-city
Although down to his last $20, he again
found security work before obtaining his first agent, at a now-defunct talent
shop. He finally won a role as a drill sergeant in a beer commercial. He
continued doing national and regional TV spots before winning a walk-on role in
F. Gary Gray's hit comedy, "Friday," his film debut.
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