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Chadwick Aaron Boseman[1] (born November 29, 1977[2] or 1976)[3] (sources differ) is an American actor known for his portrayals of real-life historical figures such as Jackie Robinson in 42 (2013), James Brown in Get on Up (2014), and Thurgood Marshall in Marshall (2017) and has appeared as the superhero Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Captain America: Civil War (2016), Black Panther (2018), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and the upcoming Avengers 4 (2019). He has 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 San Diego Comic-Con
Born Chadwick Aaron Boseman
(1977-11-29) November 29, 1977 (age 40)
or 1976/1977 (age 40–41) (sources differ)
Anderson, South Carolina, U.S.
Alma mater Howard University, B.F.A. 2000
British American Drama Academy
Occupation Actor, director, producer
Years active 2000–present

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Early lifeEdit

Boseman was born and raised in Anderson, South Carolina,[2] the only child of Carolyn[4] and Leroy Boseman, both African American.[5] According to Boseman, DNA testing has indicated that his ancestors were Yoruba people from Nigeria and Limba people from Sierra Leone.[6] His mother was a nurse and his father worked at a textile factory, keeping an upholstery business as well.[7] Boseman graduated from T. L. Hanna High School in 1995.[8] In his junior year, he wrote his first play, Crossroads, and staged it at the school after a classmate was shot and killed.[7] He studied at Howard University in Washington, DC, graduating in 2000 with a bachelor of fine arts in directing.[9] One of his teachers was Phylicia Rashad, who became a mentor.[7] 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.[7]

Boseman wanted to write and direct, and initially began studying acting to learn how to relate to actors.[10] 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.[7] 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.[1] In 2008 he moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.[12]

CareerEdit

 
Boseman at the Deauville Film Festival in September 2014.

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.[1] 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.[13] In 2008, he played a recurring role on the television series Lincoln Heights and appeared in his first feature film, The Express.[14] He landed a regular role in 2010 in another television series, Persons Unknown.[14]

Boseman had his first starring role in the 2013 film 42, in which he portrayed baseball pioneer and star Jackie Robinson.[14] He had been directing an off-Broadway play in East Village when he auditioned for the role.[15] He had considered giving up acting and pursuing directing full-time at the time.[16] 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.[17][9] In 2013, Boseman also starred in the indie film The Kill Hole, which was released in theaters a few weeks before 42.[18]

In 2014, Boseman appeared opposite Kevin Costner in Draft Day, in which he played an NFL draft prospect.[19] 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.[20]

He started portraying 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.[21][22] He headlined Black Panther in 2018,[23] which focused on his character and his home country of Wakanda, in Africa. The film opened to great anticipation, becoming one of the highest-grossing films in the United States. He reprised the role in Avengers: Infinity War, which was released in April 2018, and will return in the Avengers 4 which is scheduled to be released in May 2019.[24]

Personal lifeEdit

Boseman was raised 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.[25] Boseman has stated that he prayed to be the Black Panther before he was cast as the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.[26]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Director Notes
2008 The Express 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[27]
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 MTV Movie Award for Best Actor in a Movie
MTV Movie Award for Best Hero
Nominated – Best On-Screen Team (with Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira and Letitia Wright)
Nominated – Best Fight (with Winston Duke)
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actor in a Film
Avengers: Infinity War Anthony & Joe Russo
2019 Avengers 4 Post-production

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2003 All My Children Reggie Porter Recurring role
2003 Third Watch David Wafer Episode: "In Lieu of Johnson"
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 Beeman Episode: "For Blood or Money"
2018 Saturday Night Live Himself Episode: "Chadwick Boseman/Cardi B"

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ His age is given as 37, making his birth year c. 1976, 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.
  4. ^ Alexander, Bryan (January 31, 2018). "The best things you missed at the 'Black Panther' party (Usher dancing on the tables!)". USA Today. Archived from the original on March 6, 2018. Retrieved March 6, 2018. 
  5. ^ Barrow, Jerry L. (February 2018). "Father Stretch My Hands: 'Black Panther' & Raising Our Sons To Shine". BET. Archived from the original on February 15, 2018. Retrieved March 6, 2018. 
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  8. ^ "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. 
  9. ^ 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. 
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  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. ^ Rose, Steve (November 20, 2014). "I got the feelin' – Chadwick Boseman on playing James Brown". The Guardian. UK. Archived from the original on June 12, 2017. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
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  14. ^ a b c Gregory, Sean (February 21, 2013). "Going Places With Chadwick Boseman". Time. Archived from the original on March 2, 2016. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  15. ^ 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. 
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  17. ^ Herndon, Jessica (April 8, 2013). "Chadwick Boseman: The Distinguished Rise of Cinema's Next Champion". Flaunt. Archived from the original on March 7, 2018. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  18. ^ Yamato, Jenn (February 14, 2013). "Indie Vendetta Pic With Parallels To Christopher Dorner Saga Gets Release Date". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  19. ^ Kaye, Don (April 11, 2014). "Chadwick Boseman on 'Draft Day,' Sports Legends, and Becoming James Brown". Moviefone. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  20. ^ Fleming, Mike, Jr. (January 30, 2014). "Chadwick Boseman Set For Summit's 'Gods Of Egypt'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on September 25, 2017. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
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