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Chadwick Aaron Boseman (born November 29, 1977)[3][4] is an American actor. He is known for portraying Jackie Robinson in 42 (2013), James Brown in Get on Up (2014), Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (since 2016), and Thurgood Marshall in Marshall (2017). He also had roles in the television series Lincoln Heights (2008) and Persons Unknown (2010), and the films The Express (2008), Draft Day (2014), and Message from the King (2016).

Chadwick Boseman
Chadwick Boseman by Gage Skidmore July 2017 (cropped).jpg
Boseman in 2017
Born Chadwick Aaron Boseman[1][2]
(1977-11-29) November 29, 1977 (age 40)
Anderson, South Carolina, U.S.
Education Howard University (BFA)
Occupation Actor
Years active 2003–present

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Early life

Boseman was born and raised in Anderson, South Carolina,[3] in "The Upstate" area, son of Carolyn and Leroy Boseman.[5] [6][7] His mother was a nurse and his father worked at a textile factory, keeping an upholstery business as well.[8] Boseman graduated from T. L. Hanna High School in 1995.[9] In his junior year, he wrote his first play, Crossroads, and staged it at the school after a classmate was shot and killed.[8] He studied at Howard University in Washington, DC, in 2000 with a bachelor of fine arts in directing.[10] One of his teachers was Phylicia Rashad, who became a mentor to him.[8] She helped raise funds so that Boseman and some classmates could attend the Oxford Mid-Summer Program of the British American Drama Academy in London, to which they'd been accepted.[8]

Boseman wanted to write and direct, and initially began studying acting to learn how to relate to actors.[5] After he returned to the US, he graduated from New York City's Digital Film Academy.[11] He lived in Brooklyn at the start of his career.[8] Boseman worked as the drama instructor in the Schomburg Junior Scholars Program, housed at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, New York.[12] In 2008 he moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.[13]

Career

Boseman got his first television role in 2003, in an episode of Third Watch. His early work included episodes of the series Law & Order, CSI:NY, and ER.[12] He also continued to write plays, with his script for Deep Azure performed at the Congo Square Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois; it was nominated for a 2006 Joseph Jefferson Award for New Work.[14] In 2008, he played a recurring role on the television series Lincoln Heights and appeared in his first feature film, The Express.[15] He landed a regular role in 2010 in another television series, Persons Unknown.[15]

Boseman played his first starring role in the 2013 film 42, in which he portrayed baseball pioneer and star Jackie Robinson.[15][16] Boseman had been directing an off-Broadway play in East Village when he auditioned for the role;[17] he had considered giving up acting and pursuing directing full-time at the time.[18] About 25 other actors had been seriously considered for the role, but director Brian Helgeland liked Boseman's bravery and cast him after he had auditioned twice.[19][10] In 2013, Boseman also starred in the indie film The Kill Hole, which was released in theaters a few weeks before 42.[20]

In 2014, Boseman appeared opposite Kevin Costner in Draft Day, in which he played an NFL draft prospect.[21] Later that year, he starred as James Brown in Get on Up. In 2016, he starred as Thoth, a deity from Egyptian mythology, in Gods of Egypt.[22]

He started playing the Marvel Comics character T'Challa / Black Panther in 2016, with Captain America: Civil War being his first film in a five-picture deal with Marvel.[23][24] He headlined Black Panther in 2018,[25] the story of Wakanda, which opened to great anticipation. He will reprise the role in Avengers: Infinity War, scheduled for later in the year.[26]

Personal life

Boseman was raised as a Christian. He was baptized, and was part of a church choir and youth group. His former pastor said that he still keeps his faith.[27] Boseman has stated that he prayed to be the Black Panther before he was cast as the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.[28]

Based on his father's taking a DNA ancestry test, Boseman has learned that they are descended from West African peoples: the Limba and Mende people of Sierra Leone, Yoruba of Nigeria, and Jola people of Guinea-Bissau. He has also traced his roots in America.[8]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Director Notes
2008 The Express: The Ernie Davis Story Floyd Little Gary Fleder
2013 The Kill Hole Lt. Samuel Drake Mischa Webley
42 Jackie Robinson Brian Helgeland
2014 Draft Day Vontae Mack Ivan Reitman
Get on Up James Brown Tate Taylor
2016 Gods of Egypt Thoth Alex Proyas
Captain America: Civil War T'Challa / Black Panther Anthony & Joe Russo Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Film[29]
Message from the King Jacob King Fabrice Du Welz Also executive producer
2017 Marshall Thurgood Marshall Reginald Hudlin Also co-producer
2018 Black Panther T'Challa / Black Panther Ryan Coogler
Avengers: Infinity War Anthony & Joe Russo Post-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Third Watch David Wafer Episode: "In Lieu of Johnson"
2003 All My Children Reggie Porter Recurring role: January 2 to 14, 2003
2004 Law & Order Foster Keyes Episode: "Can I Get a Witness?"
2006 CSI: NY Rondo Episode: "Heroes"
2008 ER Derek Taylor Episode: "Oh, Brother"
2008 Cold Case Dexter Collins Episode: "Street Money"
2008 – 2009 Lincoln Heights Nathaniel "Nate" Ray 9 episodes
2009 Lie to Me Cabe McNeil Episode: "Truth or Consequences"
2010 Persons Unknown Sergeant McNair 13 episodes
2010 The Glades Michael Richmond Episode: "Honey"
2011 Castle Chuck Russell Episode: "Poof, You're Dead"
2011 Fringe Mark Little / Cameron James Episode: "Subject 9"
2011 Detroit 1-8-7 Tommy Westin Episode: "Beaten/Cover Letter"
2011 Justified Ralph "Flex" Beeman Episode: "For Blood or Money"

References

  1. ^ https://michronicleonline.com/2014/08/06/star-on-the-rise-chadwick-boseman/
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  3. ^ a b "Chadwick Boseman Biography: Screenwriter, Actor, Director (1977–)". Biography.com (FYI / A&E Networks. Archived from the original on April 2, 2016. Retrieved May 9, 2016. 
  4. ^ His age is given as 29, making his birth year 1988, at Rothman, Michael (October 29, 2014). "5 Things to Know About Chadwick Boseman". ABC News. Retrieved January 11, 2018. and Feinberg, Scott (October 29, 2014). "Ocsar Contender and New Marvel Superhero Chadwick Boseman on his Journey to Stardom". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 12, 2018.  Neither source gives specific birth date.
  5. ^ a b McDonald, Soraya Nadia (October 29, 2014). "Everything you need to know about Chadwick Boseman — Marvel's new superhero, Black Panther". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on May 9, 2016. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
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  8. ^ a b c d e f Josh Eells. "The 'Black Panther' Revolution". Rolling Stone. 
  9. ^ "Hanna Grad Chad Boseman Plays Jackie Robinson in "42"" (PDF). Parent Newsletter (47). T. L. Hanna High School. April 11, 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b Jenkins, Mark (April 11, 2013). "Jackie Robinson film '42' opens, starring Howard graduate Chadwick Boseman". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on May 9, 2016. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  11. ^ Jain, Sara McDermott (March 18, 2014). "DFA Grad Chadwick Boseman to Play James Brown in Biopic". Digital Film Academy. Archived from the original on December 22, 2017. Retrieved December 22, 2017. 
  12. ^ a b Holsey, Steve (August 6, 2014). "Star On The Rise: Chadwick Boseman". Michigan Chronicle. Detroit, Michigan. Archived from the original on August 4, 2015. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  13. ^ Rose, Steve (November 20, 2014). "I got the feelin' – Chadwick Boseman on playing James Brown". The Guardian. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  14. ^ Wood, Jennifer (October 28, 2013). "10 Actors Who Have Gone From Supporting Role to Leading Man in 2013: Chadwick Boseman". Complex. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  15. ^ a b c Gregory, Sean (February 21, 2013). "Going Places With Chadwick Boseman". Time. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  16. ^ Fordin, Spencer (December 9, 2011). "Jackie Robinson movie to star Ford, Boseman". mlb.com. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  17. ^ Miller, Julie (April 12, 2013). "42 Star Chadwick Boseman on Playing Jackie Robinson, Copying His Baseball Moves, and Being Stood Up by the President". Vanity Fair. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  18. ^ Riley, Daniel (September 2014). "The Surprisingly Sudden Arrival of Chadwick Boseman". GQ. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  19. ^ Herndon, Jessica (April 8, 2013). "Chadwick Boseman: The Distinguished Rise of Cinema's Next Champion". Flaunt. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  20. ^ Yamato, Jenn (February 14, 2013). "Indie Vendetta Pic With Parallels To Christopher Dorner Saga Gets Release Date". Deadline.com. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  21. ^ Kaye, Don (April 11, 2014). "Chadwick Boseman on 'Draft Day,' Sports Legends, and Becoming James Brown". Moviefone. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  22. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (January 30, 2014). "Chadwick Boseman Set For Summit's 'Gods Of Egypt'". Deadline.com. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  23. ^ Strom, Marc (October 8, 2015). "Marvel Studios Phase 3 Update". Retrieved January 12, 2016. 
  24. ^ Strom, Marc (October 28, 2014). "Chadwick Boseman to Star in Marvel's Black Panther". Marvel.com. Archived from the original on October 28, 2014. Retrieved October 28, 2014. 
  25. ^ Strom, Marc (February 10, 2015). "Marvel Studios Schedules New Release Dates for 4 Films". Marvel.com. Archived from the original on February 10, 2015. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  26. ^ "Marvel's 'Black Panther' Will Set Up 'Avengers: Infinity War,' Says Kevin Feige". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 13, 2018. 
  27. ^ Remien, Shale. "Anderson native Chadwick Boseman stars as the Black Panther: Local pastor reacts". Retrieved February 16, 2018. 
  28. ^ Watson, Elliot. "Chadwick Boseman on Black Panther and the healing power of cinema". Retrieved February 16, 2018. 
  29. ^ McNary, Dave (March 2, 2017). "'Rogue One,' 'Walking Dead' Lead Saturn Awards Nominations". Variety. Retrieved March 3, 2017. 

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