->"''[[KindheartedCatLover How can you not like cats?]]''"
-->-- '''MichaelClarkeDuncan'''

The prototypical (Large) ScaryBlackMan, despite the fact that he was actually a [[MeanCharacterNiceActor nice guy]]. Had a [[BadassBaritone voice]] deep enough to rival Creator/JamesEarlJones in bad-assery.

Probably most famous for his role as John Coffey in TheGreenMile, but should be noted that he was the [[AbilityOverAppearance most suitable actor]] (at the time at least) to play [[Film/{{Daredevil}} The Kingpin]], despite the character being [[RaceLift white]] in the comics. he reprised the role in ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheNewAnimatedSeries''. He was also one of the few actors to play a major character in films based on both DC & Marvel properties, with his role as Kilowog in 2011's ''Film/GreenLantern'' film.

In July of 2012, Duncan suffered a heart attack and remained hospitalized for 7 weeks. On September 3, he succumbed and died from the damage caused by said heart attack, which never fully healed. He was 54.


* {{Badass}}: His characters tend to be this.
** BadassBaritone
* BaldOfAwesome
* BoisterousBruiser: His more heroic roles usually fell somewhere under this.
* EvilSoundsDeep: In his villain roles.
* GentleGiant: RealLife.
* KindheartedCatLover
* MeanCharacterNiceActor
* NiceGuy
* PlayingAgainstType: Several roles played against his usual villainous casting. Most notable is [[TheGreenMile John Coffey]] who has all the attributes of the ScaryBlackMan and is also convicted murder but is then revealed to a GentleGiant.
** Not to mention being the voice of Future Wade in ''KimPossible: A Sitch In Time''.
** In the short-lived {{FOX}} crime drama ''The Finder'', he played the intimidating yet [[StraightMan rationally-driven]] partner to the main character, a private detective. This also happened to have been Duncan's very last role (wrapping up what turned out to be the series finale occurred just weeks before his heart attack; the actual episode aired just shortly before he ultimately died)
* RaceLift: When he played the caucasian Kingpin in ''Film/{{Daredevil}}''. Though he fit the role so well, most people didn't care.
* RealMenEatMeat: Averted. Duncan was a vegetarian but ''no one'' will dispute his manliness.
* RuleOfSeanConnery: Even if the films weren't great, he always delivered.
* ScaryBlackMan: Had quite a few of these roles under his belt. Unsurprising considering his badass voice and physique are quite imposing attributes for any villain to have from the outset. Though he did [[PlayingAgainstType play against type]] quite often.