Chadwick Boseman, popularly known as Black Panther, was an American born actor. He portrayed the legendry role of Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He was born to Carolyn and Leroy Boseman and raised in Anderson, South Carolina. The American actor left his fans in tears on 28th August 2020.
Here is what you need to know about the iconic Panther.
Chadwick Aaron Boseman, born on 29th November 1976, was the youngest of three sibling brothers. His mother was a professional nurse, and his father worked for an agriculture conglomerate. His father also had a side business as an upholsterer. In a meeting with TNY Times, he told about his older brother, Kevin, who was a dancer, and it was because of him that Chadwick gained the stage confidence.
Boseman went to T.L. Hanna High School, where he graduated high schooling in 1995. During his initial years when he wrote his first play, Crossroads, which later turned into a play. Boseman was a graduate in Bachelor of Fine Arts in Directing from Howard University in Washington, D.C., in 2000.
Later, he also attended the Oxford Mid-Summer Program of the British American Drama Academy in London. Developing his interest in writing and directing, he began studying acting and graduated from Digital Film Academy.
Boseman started his career when he shifted to Brooklyn then began instructing for drama shows in the Schomburg Junior Scholars Program, which was under SCRBC in Harlem, New York. Further, the actor moved to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career.
He began acting in a television show in 2003, with the debut from an episode of Third Watch. The same year, Boseman got the opportunity to act Reggie Montgomery in the daytime soap opera All My Children, which later turned into a mess after being criticized for racism in scripts by the producers.
Boseman’s got the kick start from the series Law & Order, CSI: N.Y. and E.R. He later got a recurring role on T.V. series Lincoln Heights, further hot his first feature movie, The Express: The Ernie Davis Story. That was the time when he finally started getting regular works from both television series and movies. Again he did Persons Unknown, which boosted his career.
Despite being busy in acting, Boseman continued writing his play. One of his scripts for Deep Azure got nominated for Joseph Jefferson Award in 2006. His plays added Rhyme Deferred and Hieroglyphic Graffiti added to the Hip Hop theatre movement.
For this whole time, Boseman was portraying the side roles on screen, and due to this, he even thought to give up on acting and pursue full-time directing work. He needed a lead role, which came possible in 2013, in the movie 42. He portrayed the famous baseball star, Jackie Robinson.
His performance as Jackie Robinson was so commendable that Rachel Robinson, wife of the lt Jackie Robinson, commented, “It was like seeing Jackie again.” After receiving such appreciations, he again thought of giving a shot to acting.
Movies and Series (As lead role)
Lincoln Heights (2007-2009)
Persons Unknown (2010)
Get On Up
Captain America – Civil War
Avengers Infinity War
21 Bridges (2019)
Da 5 Bloods’ (2020)
Boseman’s life changed when he appeared as a Marvel Cinematic Universe’s face in Black Panther. He did three movies with MCU. The makers had initially announced a sequel of Black Panther, but an iconic actor’s demise erased it. MCU even announced that there wouldn’t be any other cast for Black Panther. The legacy of Chadwick Boseman will remain untouched.
Chicago Film Critics Association (2013)
Black Reel Awards (2014)
American Black Film Festival (2014)
Dublin Film Critics’ Circle (2014)
Teen Choice Awards
NAACP Image Awards
Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards (2017)
Black Reel Awards
Sturn Awards (2018)
MTV Movie & T.V. Awards
BET Awards (2018)
People’s Choice Awards
Screen Actors Guild Awards
Black Reel Awards
NAACP Image Awards
Chadwick Boseman wished to keep his personal life away from his professional and critics world. He was spotted with singer Taylor Simone Ledward and begun dating in 2015. They secretly got engaged in October 2019 and later got married before his death, his family confirmed. Religiously, Boseman was raised as a Christian and was also part of a church choir.
The Legacy Left Behind
With the remarkable words, “I am an artist. Artists don’t need permission to work. Regardless of whether I am acting or not, I write. When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, I used everything You gave me” he was such an inspiration for all of us.
He taught the world how to stand and devote everything you’ve got for your dream. The artist had stage three colon cancer since 2016, and it advanced to stage four later. He was a gentleman who loved his work and everyone around him. He silently suffered the illness without letting anybody know the fact. Only a few people had the idea of what he was going through.
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy,” his twitter stated.
He also showed the world that no racism acts as a barrier when you love your work, and later, people across the globe proved his ideology. He will always be in our hearts.
Marvel Cinematic Universe tweeted, addressing Boseman in his iconic suit of Black Panther, “our hearts are broken…Your legacy will live on forever.” Along with a series of photos with the icon.