Watch Tom Hanks' heartwarmi​ng tribute to Michael Clarke Duncan

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Dec 17, 2012

Actor Michael Clarke Duncan was buried on Monday in Los Angeles, where his mourners included a number of other well-known actors and celebrities.

Among those who showed up at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood to pay their final respects to Duncan, who passed away on Sept. 3 at the age of 54, were Tonight Show host Jay Leno, musician Stevie Wonder and filmmaker Frank Darabont, who directed Duncan in his breakout role in 1999's The Green Mile.

Yet it was fellow Green Mile star Tom Hanks who delivered perhaps the day's most memorable speech. Telling his favorite Michael Clarke Duncan story, about how the actor's one-time desire to join a gang as a kid was foiled by a frying pan, Hanks got the grieving audience laughing.

Speaking of Darabont, he read a letter from Green Mile author Stephen King, who wrote about Duncan's portrayal of the supernaturally gifted John Coffey, "No one has ever done a character I wrote more justice."

Duncan's other films included Sin City, Daredevil, Planet of the Apes, Green Lantern and more. "Big Mike," as Hanks called him, will be missed indeed.

(Via Bleeding Cool)