"An era can be said to end when its basic illusions are exhausted." - Arthur Miller

Monday, September 03, 2012

RIP Michael Duncan Clarke (1957-2012)

Today Michael Duncan Clarke passed at the age of 54 way before his time. This mountain of a man was never considered A-list by Hollywood standards but that was due to lack of vision, not his lack of ability or skill. He had many memorable roles such John Coffey in The Green Mile, receiving a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination. He was also The Kingpin in Daredevil, Manute in Sin City, Bear in Armageddon, and so many more roles. His distinctive voice brought to life the characters of Kilowog in the Green Lantern series, Commander Vachir in Kung Fu Panda, and Atlas in God of War II.

Honestly I rarely care when a celebrity dies. It’s why most of the RIPs get jammed into one of my link fests. But there are exceptions and Mr. Clarke was one of them. I am truly upset at his passing. Hollywood and film has lost an icon.

I watched the TV series The Finder simply because he was in it. He brought a level of joy to his roles that few actors do. You could tell he loved what he was doing and took pleasure doing it. Something it seems few in Hollywood are capable of. I never read a bad thing about him from his peers. He seemed like a kind soul and it was because of him that I know what the phrase "a kind face" really means. I enjoyed what he brought to every role, and believe every moment he acted in. He was an immense talent and Hollywood will likely never see his like again. He will be missed by his legions of fans. Condolences to his family and friends.

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