Tom Hanks Cracks Up Mourners at Michael Clarke Duncan Memorial Service

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Surrounded by family, friends and more than a few famous guests, Michael Clarke Duncan was laid to rest in Los Angeles this week.

And while it was a somber occasion - with loved ones mourning the loss of an Oscar-nominated actor who died from respiratory failure brought on by a heart attack a couple weeks ago - for all who knew Duncan, Tom Hanks found a few moments of humor at the memorial service.

The star, who acted opposite Duncan in The Green Mile, shared a story about a young "Big Mike" and how his attempt to join a local gang was thwarted by his mother. It's great, moving stuff.

Watch Hanks deliver the tale now:

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ours prayers go out to the family & friends that new the best of him. He seemed like a truely kind man, its a big loss.

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R.I.P big guy xxx
Your a amazing gentle giant who will be sadly missed, tom did a wonderful job what a lovely way to remember some one with tears of love and happiness for sine one so brilliant

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True or not, what a lovely anecdote. RIP, big fella. Gone too soon.

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nice
They wre obviously cool together on the set !

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RIP Mike - what a great tribute Tom - Mike is smiling his big beautiful smile up in heaven.

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To laugh about someone at a funeral is a lovely memorie should be named the big gentle. There was respect
In that house.

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I feel in love with Mike after watching the Green Mile. I thought he was wonderful and beautiful! What a glorious performance by this bigger than life man! He went far too soon! The world has a huge empty spot in it now...but the heavens received a magestic light to shine down! R.I.P Mike you will be missed!

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That was straight up awesome. RIP Big Mike

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Tom Hanks is such a funny man.
R.I.P. Big Mike we all will miss you.

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