The man came to act. Michael Clarke Duncan, who nearly stole the movie "The Green Mile" has died at the age of 54.

Duncan had been in very poor health since suffering a heart attack on July 13. He never really recovered and Monday he passed away from complications.




Duncan died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he was being treated for a heart attack, said his fiancée, reality TV personality Rev. Omarosa Manigault, in a statement released by publicist Joy Fehily.

Tom Hanks, star of 1999's "The Green Mile" —  said he was "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."

Hanks is far from alone in his praise and grief over the death of Duncan.  Everyone who worked with the man was shocked by his death and praised him both as an actor and a friend.

Duncan was nominated to an Academy Award for his role as John Coffey in "The Green Mile". While he didn't win the Oscar, many people felt that his brilliant performance was timeless. As I said at the beginning of the article, he just about ran away with that movie.

There are very few brilliant actors there is one less.