Jay Leno and Stephen King Speak At Michael Clarke Duncan's Funeral: [ send to a friend ]
As Michael Clarke Duncan was laid to rest Monday, many friends and fans came out to pay their respects to the actor described almost universally as having a "big heart."
"In this cynical world of Hollywood, here was a guy who was happy for every job he got," said friend Jay Leno. "Just to see such a pure heart and pure kindness and to see him taken so early, there really are no sadder words than what might have been."
'The Green Mile' star suffered a heart attack July 13, and died a few weeks later on Sept. 3.
Frank Darabont, who directed Duncan in the breakout role, was also in attendance and said that "no one had a more positive spirit."
He also read a letter from Stephen King, in which the 'Green Mile' author wrote praised Duncan and wrote "no one has ever done a character I wrote more justice."
The actor's fiance Omarosa Manigault, famously remembered for 'The Apprentice', recalled their first meeting: "'Aren't you that mean girl from The Apprentice?', he asked," she said. "And then he worked every single day of our relationship to change that perception of me. The man you knew as an actor was my best friend."
Other attendees included Tom Hanks, Holly Robinson Peete, David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Geoff Stults, Angie Stone, and Kenny Lattimore.