Actor and friend Bruce Willis and director Michael Bay have joined celebrities in paying tribute to Michael Clarke Duncan.
The Oscar nominated actor died yesterday (03.09.12) two months after suffering a heart attack, and the actor and director who worked on his big break, 1998's 'Armageddon', have remembered him.
Bruce told E! news: ''Michael Duncan was a great actor, a great human being, and he was my very dear friend. I will miss Big Mike in a Big Way.''
Later in their careers the two actors worked again, appearing in three further films together: 'Sin City', 'Breakfast of Champions' and 'The Whole Nine Yards'.
Bay, director of 'Armageddon' - about an oil drilling team sent to space to break up an asteroid which threatens to destroy the earth - also had fond memories of Duncan.
He said: ''I gave him his first big movie role in 'Armageddon' as Bear. We found him in a gym. He cried at the first audition because he was so proud to audition for a Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer movie, he just wanted to make his mom proud. We gave him the role in the room. ''His first day on 'Armageddon' he sucked. I remember looking to [co-star] Ben Affleck and thinking we might need to fire him,'' although he also added Michael's subsequent efforts led him to be the ''most improved actor on set.''
He added in a post on his blog: ''Everyone loved him, his infectious spirit and great belly laugh. I'm really sad to lose him. Rest in peace buddy.''
Duncan is survived by his fiancee, Omarosa Manigault.