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The Last Movie Michael Clarke Duncan Was In Before He Died

On September 3, 2012, the entertainment industry lost one of its true titans: Michael Clarke Duncan. At the age of 54, the legendary actor suffered a massive heart attack and passed away due to complications from it shortly thereafter, spending his final days in Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. While that day will live in infamy as the one in which Hollywood's resident gentle giant took his last breath, on a lighter note, it also encouraged everyone to look back on who Duncan was, as both a man and an on-screen talent — two areas that he thrived in by all accounts.

Beginning his big-screen run in 1995's Friday, Duncan quickly became a household name throughout the latter half of that decade and into the early 2000s. Titles like Armageddon, Daredevil, and the borderline unfinishable Green Mile all include him on the cast list, and they were better for it. Despite his active career lasting just under two decades, he never seemed to have trouble finding work, even up until the very end, resulting in a handful of productions releasing posthumously. However, only one can stake claim to containing Michael Clarke Duncan's final performance, and while it's not a major blockbuster by any means, it'll live on as a part of the late actor's legacy.

The Challenger hosts Michael Clarke Duncan's last film performance

Released in 2015, the sports drama The Challenger holds the distinct honor of being Michael Clarke Duncan's last performance on the big screen. The film stars Kent Moran — who also wrote, directed, and produced alongside Ellyett Eleni — as down-on-his-luck Bronx mechanic Jaden Miller, who dives head-first into the boxing world as a last-ditch effort to keep him and his mom (S. Epatha Merkerson) from going homeless. Duncan plays fictional yet successful trainer Duane Taylor, who guides Jaden through the complex and dangerous nuances of competitive fighting all the way up to the championship gold.

To put it lightly, critics didn't take to kindly to The Challenger, and for fairly understandable reasons. Common complaints levied on Rotten Tomatoes (where it currently holds a 53 percent audience score and no critic score) are that it falls flat as a Rocky retread that lacks any unique qualities. However, a constant point of praise is Duncan's performance, which, despite being trapped in a middling compilation of boxing movie clichés, doesn't disappoint in the least. 

Not every project he worked on was a big winner, but he always brought his A-game, regardless of the circumstances, thus contributing to his legacy as a solid and consistently reliable supporting cast member. In simplest terms, there will never be another Michael Clarke Duncan.