With a towering physique and heavy barritone, Michael Clarke Duncan instantly turned heads whenever he entered a room. After a heart attack this past July hospitalized him, Duncan passed this afternoon in a Los Angeles hospital. He was 54.

The 6’5″, 300 pound actor had starred in minor roles before breaking through with the 1999 film “The Green Mile”. Directed by Steven Spielberg the film starred Tom Hanks as a prison guard who befriended convicted murderer John Coffey, played by Duncan. His performance earned him an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor. Following The Green Mile, Duncan starred in such films as Armageddon, Daredevil, Planet Of The Apes and more.

[via LA Times]