AP PHOTOS: The many roles of Michael Clarke Duncan

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In this undated movie still provided by Twentieth Century Fox, the crime lord Kingpin, played by Michael Clarke Duncan, left, hires Bullseye, played by Colin Farrell, in a scene from the movie "Daredevil", based on a popular comic book published by Marvel. Duncan, the hulking, prolific character actor whose dozens of films included an Oscar-nominated performance as a death row inmate in "The Green Mile" and such other box office hits as "Armageddon," ''Planet of the Apes" and "Kung Fu Panda," is dead at age 54. (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Zade Rosenthal)

Michael Clarke Duncan, who died in a Los Angeles hospital Monday at age 54, played many roles in his life — on screen and off. His sheer physicality could be intimidating — that is, until he flashed that super-sized smile.

He played bodyguards and murderers, kingpins and nice guys. His large, husky voice brought gravitas to cartoon characters and heavies, action films and comedies.

In real life, he was a bodyguard, too — for such celebrities as Will Smith and Jamie Foxx. But he could also turn on the charm as an award-show presenter, reality-show participant and fiance of reality-show starlet Rev. Omarosa Manigault.

"Michael has left us far, far too soon," said Frank Darabont, who directed Duncan in "The Green Mile." ''We lost a great man and a great spirit today."