Michael Clark Duncan Birthday December 10

 

Michael Clarke Duncan

Michael Clarke Duncan (born December 10, 1957) is an American actor, best known for his breakout role as John Coffey in The Green Mile, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.

Trivia:

Supposedly gives five dollars to anyone who recognizes him on the street and knows what his full name is.

Considered becoming a police officer with the LAPD, which was revealed during an interview on “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee” (1989).

Attended Alcorn State University in Mississippi, but dropped out to support his family when his mother became ill. Has an older sister, Judith. Worked as a security guard for a theatre troupe.

Played basketball at Kankakee Community College. After college, spent several years digging ditches for the gas company in Chicago.

Did bodyguard work for Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J, and The Notorious B.I.G.; he let a friend take over for him the night Notorious B.I.G. got shot, which prompted him to quit that line of work.

For his role as the criminal mastermind behemoth Kingpin in Daredevil (2003), Clarke put on 40 lbs. to his already largely built physique.

While filming The Scorpion King (2002), was accidentally hit by Dwayne Johnson during a fight sequence. He leaned in too far for a hit, and his chin connected with The Rock’s elbow.

Michael Clarke Duncan as Attar in Planet of the Apes

He tried out for the Chicago Bears in the mid 1980s. He wanted to try out at for one of the linebacker postions, but the coaches chose to see how he would be perform at Tightend.

Has appeared in 4 films with Bruce Willis Armageddon (1998/I), Breakfast of Champions (1999), The Whole Nine Yards (2000) and Sin City (2005).

Narrates the 2005 Major League Baseball World Series Film, featuring the 2005 World Champion Chicago White Sox.

Ran onto the field and slid into third base during the Disco Demolition Night fiasco at Comiskey Park on July 12, 1979.

His Daredevil character, Wilson Fisk/Kingpin, first appeared as an enemy of Spiderman until Frank Miller made him a major enemy of Daredevil. Duncan has played him opposite both characters, and as both a white man in the animated series “Spider-Man” (2003) and a black man in Daredevil (2003).

Has five cats.

Has one chinchilla, “Chucky”.

Is a blue belt in Brazilian JuJutsu.

Moonlighting as a bouncer and guard at various clubs on Chicago’s South Side, he met one of the producers of the touring stage show, “Beauty Shop, Part 2″ and was hired as the producer’s personal security. Although he often asked for the opportunity to act in the play, the producer never gave him the chance.

 

Making Movie Magic: K.N.B. EFX Group

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K.N.B. EFX Group background:

In 1988, Robert Kurtzman along with Gregory Nicotero and Howard Berger, formed K.N.B. EFX Group, a special effects studio which has gone on to work on over 600 film and television projects. K.N.B. has won numerous awards, including an Emmy Award in 2001 for their work on the 2000 Sci Fi Channel miniseries Frank Herbert’s Dune.  They were awarded an Academy Award in 2006 for achievement in makeup for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

In 2002, Kurtzman left K.N.B. EFX Group. Kurtzman and his wife, relocated their family to Crestline, Ohio, and started their own production company, Precinct 13 Entertainment. Founded in 2003, Precinct 13 is described as a Film/Television and Radio Commercial/Visual Effects production facility.

From the current K.N.B. website: http://www.knbefxgroup.com/

Transformers, Pulp Fiction, Dances with Wolves, Land of the Dead, The Green Mile, Sin City, Spy Kids, The Chronicles of Narnia, Army of Darkness; The Island….These aren’t merely the names of great genre films; they’re iconic interpretations of some of the most imaginative and groundbreaking special makeup effects ever created.  KNB EFX Group is the force behind some of the most memorable effects put on film.  With work on over 600 films, including 5 Oscar winners, and dozens of awards; including an Oscar of their own, one Emmy, one BAFTA award, and a whole host of Saturn’s, KNB is the culmination of two decades of creative passion for making real what was previously unreal and unimagined.  Over the last 20 years, Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger’s company has grown and matured within the ever changing landscape of makeup and creature effects.  KNB’s principal philosophy has remained consistent: deliver ground breaking visually spectacular EFX while breathing life into the illusion of what is seen on the screen.

K.N.B. EFX Group Howard Berger and Gregory Nicotero

K.N.B. EFX Group Howard Berger and Gregory Nicotero

 

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