Matt Lichtenberg Remembers Close Friend Michael Clarke Duncan

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Upon the departure of actor Michael Clarke Duncan, friend Matt Lichtenberg offers his final regards.

Any time an iconic performer passes away, the departure is met with a stream of remembrances from friends, colleagues, and well-wishers. This is particularly true when the deceased is someone held in high regard, not just for professional achievements but also for personal warmth and generosity. Such is the case with actor Michael Clarke Duncan, who recently died at the age of 54. Duncan has been remembered fondly in the days since his passing, with most of the tributes focusing on his robust character and gentle personality, alongside his prolific film career. Now, his long-time friend and business manager, Matt Lichtenberg, has issued a press statement, offering up some parting words of his own.

“Michael was the sweetest, the kindest, and the gentlest of all the gentle giants,” says Matt Lichtenberg, in his new remembrance. “He had a heart of gold, and losing him was like losing a member of my family.” Matt Lichtenberg also expresses his deepest sympathies to the family members Duncan left behind.

As noted in an obituary from The New York Times, Duncan’s rise to fame and success was nothing if not meteoric. He initially paid his dues not as an actor but as a ditch digger, ultimately finding work as a film star due to his “booming bass voice and immense physical presence.” Duncan is best known to many for his iconic work in the 1999 movie The Green Mile, also starring Tom Hanks.

Duncan leaves behind a fiancée, the Rev. Omarosa Manigault, who reported that Duncan’s passing came as the result of a heart attack he suffered in mid-July. Duncan was in recovery from the heart attack up until the day of his death.

Duncan’s career as a film actor peaked with The Green Mile, a role that won him nominations for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. In the movie, he portrayed John Coffey, a man convicted of the rape and murder of two young girls. His filmography includes several other noteworthy roles, however, including his work in the movies Armageddon, Planet of the Apes, Daredevil, Sin City, The Whole Nine Yards, and The Scorpion King. He also lent his voice to animated films including Brother Bear and Kung Fu Panda. His small screen appearances include guest roles on Two and a Half Men, Family Guy, and George Lopez.

Duncan’s heart problems came as a surprise to many, as they followed on the heels of his conversion to the vegetarian lifestyle. In the months leading up to his passing, he spoke openly about the positive effects that vegetarianism had on his health.

Matt Lichtenberg is a long-time advocate of the arts. In addition to his passion for film, Matt Lichtenberg is also a long-time supporter of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.


Matt Lichtenberg is a passionate advocate of the performing arts, particularly theater, film, and music. He is a donor, as well as a former member of the Board of Overseers, for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, one of the more prestigious symphonic orchestras in the world. Additionally, Matt Lichtenberg serves at the Beverley Hills Center for the Performing Arts.

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