Michael Clarke Duncan, the striking actor best known for portraying gentle giants, died in a Los Angeles hospital Sept. 3 after two months of treatment for a severe heart attack. He was 54. The 6-ft. 5-in., 300-lb. Chicago-born actor got his big break opposite Tom Hanks in the 1999 adaptation of Stephen King's The Green Mile. Duncan's performance earned him an Academy Award nomination and led to a successful career in television and film. "I am terribly saddened at the loss of Big Mike," Hanks said Monday. "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." Duncan is survived by his fiancee, former Apprentice star Omarosa Manigault.