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Broadway Star: Hollywood Ended My Career for Not Getting Vaccine

Clifton Duncan shares how pandemic rules crushed his entertainment dreams

Clifton Duncan calls himself a “pot-smoking, pro-choice atheist.”

The versatile actor suggested his recent appearance at The Mises Institute made little sense on those terms alone. The non-partisan group promotes individual freedom and Austrian-style economics in the style of Ludwig von Mises and Murray N. Rothbard.

Audiences might expect a Tucker Carlson or Ben Shapiro, not a man steeped in Hollywood culture.

We’re living in times that upend traditional alliances, something Duncan alluded to during his July 24th speech at the group’s campus in Auburn, Alabama.

Duncan’s creative resume is impressive, but he didn’t travel South to recite his bona fides. He came because his beliefs effectively ended his entertainment career.

He refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine as his bosses demanded. Now, he’s forging a new life outside of Hollywood’s ecosystem.

An Evening with Clifton Duncan

The classically trainer actor began by sharing his professional accomplishments, from graduating with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from New York University’s Graduate Acting Program to earning praise from Broadway legends like Joel Grey and Stephen Sondheim.

Duncan made frequent guest appearances on broadcast TV shows, too, part of a profitable, fulfilling career.

“I don’t say all of that to brag,” Duncan said. “On a deeper level, I’m bringing up these achievements…as a source of great pain and resentment.”

The professional life he worked so hard to achieve may be over for good.

Duncan, who said he’s “staring down the barrel of 40 years of age,” is waiting tables for a living again, much like he did nearly 20 years ago.

“I no longer have a powerful manager … I no longer have the prospect of earning a five-figure weekly salary…working on TV or on Broadway,” he said, adding he is “shut out” of Hollywood.

“Why have I gone from having a billboard with my likeness on it in the middle of Times Square, winning stand-out notices in the New York Times and guest starring on network television…. to where I am now?

“I refuse to allow any employer or, by extension, the government to act as my health care provider and to dictate what I inject into my body,” he said. “I refused to be bullied or coerced or shamed into taking a medical product I neither want or need.”


Duncan called vaccine mandates a “grotesque and egregious state overreach,” adding the pandemic changed the way he saw his country.

“I’m greatly disturbed by the precedent which has been set wherein government officials and bureaucrats can take it upon themselves to determine who is essential, and who is not … who can operate his business, and who cannot,” he said. “And in some cases, decide who is allowed to travel, and who is not.”

Duncan admits he paid a steep price for refusing the vaccination, from losing “many friends and former colleagues” to his career’s unofficial termination.

He would do it all over again if he could.

“I’ll never regret standing up and forcibly saying no to a repressive, nonsensical, unethical and ultimately unnecessary encroachment on our freedoms,” he said, adding he’s forged powerful connections with new people over the past few months and now hosts a popular podcast.

The Truth About McCarthyism in Hollywood. | THE CLIFTON DUNCAN PODCAST 28: RazorFist.

“Once I began saying what I really think, my reach quickly exploded far beyond what I had achieved chasing a career as an actor … and I found new relationships with some truly incredible and interesting people.”

Andrew Klavan‘s Daily Wire podcast played clips from Duncan’s speech, noting how important pop culture is to the world around us. 

The Silencers | Ep. 1090

The vaccines, Klavan accurately noted, didn’t live up to the pre-release hype. So when someone like Duncan shares that reality, the progressive powers-that-be make sure his voice, his perspective, are punished.

“You have to censor anyone who points out the truth,” Klavan said.


  1. I think the pronouns are tongue-in-cheek, meant to poke the left. I just watched his speech and he refers to himself as straight, he is introduced using male pronouns and in his interview with Klavan, he talks about being a quiet conservative.

  2. Another freed negro from the leftist plantation. Clifton, you will find your talent will carry you back to the successful career you had before., With a bigger audience who respects you for who you are and not what you are.

  3. I love it when the libs turn on other libs. She (it says she/her on the tweety bio) goes by all the lib rules and even calls herself a “pot-smoking, pro-choice atheist.” Then gets her career ended because of one little faux pax of refusing to take a series of shots that has been proven to change your DNA and possibly cause death all to be ‘vaccinated’ against something that 99.99% of the people in her age group recover from. What a bunch of idiots the left are.

    I miss cheap gas and mean tweets.

    1. Clifton Duncan calls himself a “pot-smoking, pro-choice atheist.”

      Seems he would be the perfect hollywood anti american.. good riddance to bad influence

    2. Hahahaha! “Proven to change your DNA” You. Are. Hilarious. Proven by whom? Change DNA how? And why do you assume changing DNA is a bad thing? My parents, via their DNA, handed down to me their high cholesterol, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, chronic kidney disease and type 2 diabetes. If a vaccine can change that…bring on the needles! You should try it yourself. Maybe it would give you an IQ that can be measured in positive integers.

      1. Sounds like you should eat right, get some exercise and quit blaming everything on your parents. Did they make you stupid too? I’ll bet they still love you though (if you know who they are). Oh and do some research, it’s out there.

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