Michael Clarke Duncan and Omarosa Manigault Newman were once the perfect couple to the press. But now the late actor’s relatives are claiming that the pair’s relationship wasn’t so rosy when the cameras weren’t around. They’re even hitting out at Newman in the hope that their side of the story will finally be heard.
By all accounts, Duncan had his family to thank for his film success. Originally a security guard by trade, Duncan was actually protecting celebrities such as Will Smith when his mom, Jean, convinced him to give acting a try. In a case of “mother knows best,” it proved to be a very smart decision for the budding star.
And while some actors take time to truly flourish, Duncan’s journey to stardom was relatively short. After making his first major film appearance in 1995’s Friday, in fact, he landed a much larger gig in Armageddon just three years later. Duncan’s performance in that film so impressed co-star and friend Bruce Willis that Willis recommended him for a part in smash hit The Green Mile.