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MICHAEL CLARKE DUNCAN (Attar) received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actor for his outstanding performance as enigmatic Death Row inmate John Coffey in "The Green Mile," starring with Tom Hanks. Exhibitors named him Male Star of Tomorrow at the 2000 ShoWest convention.

Duncan starred opposite Bruce Willis in "The Whole Nine Yards" and co-starred in the 1998 summer blockbuster "Armageddon." Duncan 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 Roxhury."

He next stars, opposite The Rock, in the action-adventure film "The Scorpion King," based on the character created in "The Mummy Returns."

His television credits include 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 Beautiful."

Born and raised in Chicago, Duncan studied communications at Alcorn State University in Mississippi. Returning to his hometown, he landed work with People's 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 Duncan to Los Angeles after a 56-city tour. Down to his last twenty dollars, Duncan 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. Duncan continued doing national and regional TV spots before winning a walk-on role in F. Gary Gray's hit comedy "Friday," Duncan's film debut.


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