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On this Day in Movie History, September 3, 2012: Michael Clarke Duncan Dies

On this Day in Movie History, September 3, 2012: Michael Clarke Duncan Dies of Heart Attack
On this Day in Movie History, September 3, 2012: Michael Clarke Duncan Dies of Heart Attack
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Michael Clarke Duncan, an Oscar nominee for “The Green Mile” died on this day, September 3, 2012 at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Duncan died after nearly two months of hospitalization following a July 13 heart attack. The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Duncan “suffered a myocardial infarction on July 13 and never fully recovered. He was 54.

Duncan, who was nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actor and a Golden Globe for his portrayal of death-row inmate John Coffey in 1999’s “The Green Mile,” most recently starred as Leo Knox in the Fox series “The Finder.” He also appeared in the film hits “Armageddon,” “The Whole Nine Yards,” “Planet of the Apes” and “Kung Fu Panda.”

Clarke served as a spokesman for a number of causes. Earlier this year, he appeared in a video for PETA, the animal rights organization, in which he spoke of how much better he felt since becoming a vegetarian three years earlier. Duncan also starred in a public service announcement for the American Stroke Association to raise awareness of strokes.

Birthdays
1910 – Kitty Carlisle (Catherine Conn) (actress: A Night at the Opera; panelist: To Tell the Truth; died Apr 17, 2007)

1913 – Alan Ladd (actor: The Carpetbaggers. 13 West Street, Duel of Champions, One Foot in Hell, All the Young Men, Guns of the Timberland, The Man in the Net, The Badlanders, The Proud Rebel, The Deep Six, Boy on a Dolphin. The Big Land, Santiago, Hell on Frisco Bay, The McConnell Story, Drum Beat, The Black Knight,Saskatchewan, Hell Below Zero, Paratrooper, Shane, Desert Legion, Botany Ba, Thunder in the East, The Iron Mistress, Red Mountain)

1926 – Anne Jackson (actress: Lovers and Other Strangers, Lost in Yonkers, A Woman Called Golda, Funny About Love)

1943 – Valerie Perrine (actress: Lenny, W.C. Fields and Me, Superman, Boiling Point, Sweet Bird of Youth, Leo & Liz in Beverly Hills)

1953 – Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Director: A Very Long Engagement, Amélie, Alien: Resurrection, The City of Lost Children, Delicatessen)

1963 – Holt McCallany (Actor: Bullet to the Head (completed), Hijacked, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV series), Nick the Doorman (TV movie), Lights Out (TV series), The Losers, Toxic, Night and Day (TV movie), A Perfect Getaway, Mental (TV series), Burn Notice (TV series), Stolen, Bound by a Secret (TV movie), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV series), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV series, Vote and Die: Liszt for President, Vantage Point, Heroes (TV series), The Academy (TV series), Rise: Blood Hunter, Rourke, Criminal Minds (TV series), Medium (TV series), Underfunded (TV movie), Alpha Dog, CSI: Miami (TV series), Against the Ropes, Monk (TV series), L.A. Sheriff’s Homicide (TV movie)

1965 – Charlie Sheen (Carlos Irwin Estevez) (actor: Two and a Half Men, Wall Street, Platoon, Hot Shots, The Chase, Men at Work, Young Guns, Major League, Major League II, Being John Malkovich, Spin City; brother of actor Emilio Estevez, son of actor Martin Sheen)

1965 – Costas Mandylor (Actor: Should’ve Been Romeo, Hyenas, Saw 3D: The Final Chapter, Sinners and Saints, An Affirmative Act, Toxic, The Cursed, Torn, Saw VI, In the Eyes of a Killer, Immortally Yours, Golden Goal!, Saw V, The Drum Beats Twice, Emma Blue, Primal Doubt (TV movie), Beowulf, Saw IV, Nobody, Made in Brooklyn. The Wedding Bells (TV series), Payback, Saw III, Disaster Zone: Volcano in New York (TV movie), 7th Heaven (TV series), The Game of Their Lives, Just Desserts (TV movie))

1969 – Noah Baumbach (Writer/Dirctor: Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (screenplay), The Corrections (TV movie) (adaptation), Greenberg (screenplay / story), Fantastic Mr. Fox (screenplay), Margot at the Wedding (written by),The Squid and the Whale (written by), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (written by), Thirty (TV movie), Conrad & Butler Take a Vacation (short), Mr. Jealousy (written by), Highball (as Jesse Carter), Kicking and Screaming (story / written by))

1974 – Clare Kramer (Actress: Hard Love, Goodnight Burbank (TV series), The Dead Ones, Endure, Road to Hell, The Grift, The Thirst, House M.D. (TV series, The Gravedancers, Guy in Row Five, L.A. D.J., The Skulls III (video), Tru Calling (TV series), Mummy an’ the Armadillo, D.E.B.S. (short), Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (TV series), The Rules of Attraction, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV series), The Random Years (TV series), The Mallory Effect, Bring It On, Ropewalk, Dodge’s City (TV movie), Outreach (TV series), Vig (TV movie), In & Out)