Michael Clarke Duncan was a 'treasure', says Tom Hanks

Michael Clarke Duncan was a 'treasure', says Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks today paid tribute to actor Michael Clarke Duncan, the hulking character actor whose dozens of films included an Oscar-nominated performance as a death row inmate in The Green Mile.

Hanks, co-star in the 1999 film, said: "I am terribly saddened at the loss of Big Mike. He was the treasure we all discovered on the set of The Green Mile. He was magic. He was a big love of man and his passing leaves us stunned."

Duncan, the star of such other box office hits as Armageddon, Planet of the Apes and Kung Fu Panda, died of a heart attack yesterday aged 54. The former bodyguard, who was 6'4", only turned to acting in his thirties. He died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and was accompanied by his fiancée, reality TV personality Rev. Omarosa Manigault.

The Chicago-born star owed some of his good fortune to Bruce Willis, who recommended Clarke for The Green Mile after the two appeared together in Armageddon. Duncan would work with...
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