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Date of Birth : Dec 10th 1957

Raised by his single mother on Chicago’s South Side, Michael grew up resisting drugs and alcohol, instead concentrating on school. He wanted to play football in high school, but his mother wouldn’t let him, fearing he would hurt himself. He then turned to acting, dreaming of becoming a famous actor. After graduating from high school and attending community college, he worked digging ditches at Peoples Gas Company in Chicago. 

When he quit his job and headed to Hollywood, he landed small roles while working as a bodyguard. Michael’s role in the movie Armageddon led to his breakthrough performance in The Green Mile, when his Armageddon co-star Bruce Willis called director Frank Darabont, and suggested Michael for the part of convicted killer John Coffey. He landed the role, and has received critical acclaim for his performance.


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