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TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY

MICHAEL CLARKE DUNCAN (Lucius Washington) came to prominence as the convicted killer John Coffey in 1999's The Green Mile, a role that earned the actor nominations for an Academy Award® and a Golden Globe as Best Supporting Actor.

Duncan was born in Chicago and attended Alcorn State University. He tried his hand at professional football with the Chicago Bears, but turned to acting after a series of odd jobs including digging ditches for the gas company. He traveled to Los Angeles and became a club bouncer and bodyguard, studying acting on the side and occasionally landed small roles in television series such as "Married With Children" and "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air." Warren Beatty cast him as a bouncer in the film Bulworth in 1998, leading the actor to success in larger roles in films such as Armageddon, A Night at the Roxbury, The Whole Nine Yards, See Spot Run, Planet of the Apes, The Scorpion King, Daredevil, D.E.B.S., American Crude, Sin City and The Island.

He also is a much in demand voiceover actor, lending his distinctive baritone to such films as Cats & Dogs, Brother Bear and Racing Stripes.

He will next appear opposite Billy Bob Thornton in School for Scoundrels, which will be released in September 2006.

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