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MICHAEL CLARKE DUNCAN’s (Otis) performance as the gentle giant in The
Green Mile received massive critical acclaim. This unforgettable performance has led to
a career of diverse roles and worldwide praise. Recently, he co-starred in Anthony
Hopkins’ directorial debut, Slipstream, and Bob Shaye’s directorial debut, The Last
Mimzy. Duncan was also recently seen in the comedy School for Scoundrels, with Billy
Bob Thornton and Jon Heder.
Duncan also starred in the mega-hit Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,
with Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and Sacha Baron Cohen, which tells the hilarious story
of NASCAR drivers. He was seen in Michael Bay’s action-thriller The Island, with
Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson; in Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City as Manute; and
the dark comedy D.E.B.S. Prior to that, Duncan starred in several blockbuster films
including Daredevil, opposite Ben Affleck; The Scorpion King, opposite The Rock;
Planet of the Apes, opposite Mark Wahlberg; See Spot Run, opposite David Arquette; and
The Whole Nine Yards, opposite Bruce Willis.
Duncan has also worked with Bruce Willis on the mega-hit film Armageddon. It
was Willis who placed the call to director Frank Darabont to suggest Duncan for the
critical role of John Coffey in The Green Mile. Darabont had conducted a nationwide
casting call searching for the perfect actor to portray this beloved character in the Stephen
King adaptation. Duncan’s keen acting prowess and exceptionally kind demeanor won
him this crucial role. Portraying John Coffey won Duncan numerous accolades including
an Academy Award® nomination, Golden Globe nomination, SAG nomination,
Broadcast Film Critics Award, Saturn Award and Black Reel Award, to name a few. In
addition, Duncan was recognized as the ShoWest Male Star of Tomorrow.
Duncan’s previous film credits include Bulworth, The Players Club and A Night
at the Roxbury. He has had guest roles on the hit television shows The Jamie Foxx Show,
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Weird Science, Married with Children and The Wayans
Bros. With an unmistakable deep voice, Duncan has thrived as a voiceover actor as well.
His most recent voiceover film credits include the upcoming film Delgo, Racing Stripes,
and Dinotopia: Quest for the Ruby Sunstone. Previously, he voiced characters in Brother
Bear, George of the Jungle 2 and Cats & Dogs.
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