The tragic early death of Oscar nominee Michael Clarke Duncan, who died Sept; 3, reminds us of the impressive supporting roles he had in numerous movies.
His most memorable and Oscar-nominated performance came early in his acting career, playing death-row inmate John Coffey in the 1999 screen version of Stephen King's "The Green Mile."
Here's a rundown of five of his memorable films.
"The Green Mile": As John Coffey, a death-row inmate convicted of raping and murdering two white girls, the then-relatively unknown Duncan gave a wrenching, shattering performance. The three-hour-plus drama was well-directed by Frank ("The Shawshank Redemption") Darabont, but would have been better served with some nips and tucks. Regardless, this is one powerful story anchored by Duncan's unforgettable acting might, along with Tom Hanks impressive turn as a guard.
"Sin City": Frank Miller's gory, noir graphic novel series comes boldly to life thanks to the fancy handiwork of director Robert Rodriguez, who co-directed, co-wrote and co-produced with Miller. (Quentin Tarantino hops in to direct one part as well). The lurid tales realized here catapult us into another dimension, wowing us with flashy edits and striking, startling visuals. Duncan impresses as a mercenary in "The Big Fat Kill" sequence. One to watch and re-watch.
"Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby": This 2006 box-office winner is one of Will Ferrell's peppiest comedies
"Kung Fu Panda": The combo of Jack Black lending his voice to the main character coupled with the wildly colorful animation turned this crowd-pleasing fable into a monster-sized 2008 hit. Duncan voices the role of a rhino commander.
"The Island": Overstuffed and over long, this futuristic Michael Bay production is nevertheless addictive visual eye candy, especially with Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson scurrying about in tight clothing. And it's slightly better than "Armageddon" (another Duncan flick). The 2005 blockbuster fizzled at the U.S. box office. Sill if it's on late-night cable, you'll likely get suckered into watching it even if you're astonished by how derivative it all seems. Duncan has a supporting part as a clone.