Chadwick Boseman Biography, Age, Facts, Girlfriends, Net Worth, Movies & Shows, Awards

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Chadwick Boseman was an American actor known for portraying the Black Panther, a Marvel superhero who was also the first black actor to headline an MCU film.

Quick Facts about Chadwick Boseman

Full Name: Chadwick Aaron Boseman

Birthday: November 29, 1976

Died on: August 28, 2020

Place of Birth: Anderson, South Carolina U.S.A

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

Height: 6’0″ , 183 cm

Popular as: Actor

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Who was Chadwick Boseman?

Chadwick Boseman was an American actor who was the face of Black Panther in the MCU whose first breakthrough came from playing Jackie Robinson in the biographical film 42.

Early Life & Childhood

Chadwick Aaron Boseman was an American actor born in Anderson located in the state of South Carolina. His mother and father are both of African American descent, his mother Carolyn Boseman was a working nurse and his father Leroy Boseman was a worker at a textile factory who also managed to run a upholstery business. Boseman has two brothers named Kevin Boseman and Derrick Boseman.

Boseman was raised as a Christian and baptized, even being part of a church choir and youth group.

Boseman attended school in South Carolina at T.L Hanna High School and graduated in 1995. In his junior years staying in the school, he wrote his first ever play based on the killing of a classmate who was shot to death.

Boseman went on to graduate from Howard University in Washington in D.C, graduating in 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in directing.

Boseman used to work as the drama instructor in the Schomburg Junior Scholars Program. It was in 2008 when he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career.

Chadwick Boseman’s Senior Year Yearbook Photo, dated 1995 T.L. Hanna High School

Career

Boseman used to write and direct plays. He was part of the hip hop theater movement , his play writing included Rhyme Deferred and Hieroglyphic Graffiti . He directed a number of theater productions as well even going on to direct, write and produce the short film, Blood Over a Broken Pawn in 2007, which was honored at the 2008 Hollywood Black Film Festival.

His first role as an actor came when he was cast for his first TV role in 2003, for an episode of Third Watch, an American crime drama TV series. The very same year he portrayed Reggie Montgomery in the daytime soap opera All My Children, but he was fired after he voiced concerns over racist stereotypes of black people in the script and the role was re-casted and given to Boseman’s future Black Panther co-star Michael B. Jordan. Boseman went on to star in other TV series such as Law & Order, Cold Case, CSI: NY and ER. His first regular role for a TV series was as Graham McNair in the American mystery series Persons Unkown.

In 2008, Boseman appeared in his first feature film portraying the running back Floyd Little in the movie The Express: The Ernie Davis Story. However, his first breakthrough role came in 2013 when he portrayed Jackie Robinson, the first ever African American to play in the American Major League Baseball, in the biographical sports movie 42. Boseman was competing with 25 other actors who were considered for the role but was chosen by the movie’s director Brian Helgeland because Brian liked Boseman’s ‘bravery’ and cast for the role after Boseman auditioned twice.

In 2014, Boseman played legendary American singer songwriter James Brown in the biographical movies Get on Up. The same year he played a NFL draft prospect in the movie Draft Day, which also starred Kevin Costner.

In 2016, Boseman appeared in the fantasy action film Gods of Egypt, playing Thoth, an Egyptian deity. The movie drew controversy for depicting a white actor dominated cast playing Egyptian characters in the movie, agreeing with the criticism Boseman said it motivated him to star in the movie in order to ensure that at least one of the film’s Egyptian deities would be of African descent. The same year, Boseman was cast as T’Challa/ Black Panther with him starring first in Captain America: Civil War in a five-film deal with Marvel.

Boseman in the movie Get On Up

In 2017 Boseman would play the role of American lawyer and civil rights activist Thurgood Marshall in yet another biographical film called Marshall. The movie was premiered at Howard University, the very same university which he graduated from.

In 2018, Boseman frontlined the American superhero movie Black Panther. The movie was highly anticipated and was one of the highest-grossing movies in America that year, the popularity of his role as T’Challa earned him a spot in Time’s 100 as one of the world’s most influential people. Boseman subsequently went on to reprise T’Challa in both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame with Endgame becoming the highest grossing film of all time.

In 2019, he played an NYPD detective in the movie 21 Bridges directed by Brian Kirk. Boseman was also cast in Spike Lee’s Netflix war drama Da 5 Bloods in which he played a divine-like character of “Stormin” Norman.

Boseman also worked in the American drama film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom in 2020, a movie about the “Mother of the Blues” Ma Rainey, set in 1927 Chicago. Due to Boseman’s unfortunate death to colon cancer during the movie’s post-production stage, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom would be his last film appearance.

Chadwick Boseman Movies & Shows

Major Films

  • The Express: The Ernie Davis Story (2008)
  • 42 (2013)
  • Get on Up (2014)
  • Captain America: Civil War (2016)
  • Marshall (2017)
  • Black Panther (2018)
  • Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
  • Avengers: Endgame (2019)
  • 21 Bridges (2019)
  • Da 5 Bloods (2020)
  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)

TV Series

  • All My Children (2003)
  • Third Watch (2003)
  • Law & Order (2004)
  • CSI: NY (2006)
  • ER (2008)
  • Cold Case (2008)
  • Lincoln Heights (2008-2009)
  • Lie to Me (2009)
  • Persons Unknown (2010)
  • The Glades (2010)
  • Castle (2011)
  • Fringe (2011)
  • Detroit 1-8-7 (2011)
  • Justified (2011)
  • Saturday Night Live (as the host) (2018)
  • What If? (posthumous release) (2021)

Major Awards & Achievements ( Awards Won)

  • Won Best Supporting Actor in a Drama for Urban Transitions – AUDELCO Awards (2002)
  • Won Best Short Film for Deep Azure – Hollywood Black Film Festival (2008)
  • Won Virtuosos Award for Get On Up Santa Barbara International Film Festival (2015)
  • Won Best Performance in a Movie and Best Hero for Black Panther – MTV Movie & TV Awards (2018)
  • Won Best Actor for Marshall and Black Panther – BET Awards (2018)
  • Won Male Movie Star of the Year for Black Panther – People’s Choice Awards (2018)
  • Won Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture for Black Panther – Screen Actors Guild Awards (2019)
  • Won Outstanding Actor for Black Panther – Black Reel Awards (2019)
  • Won Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for Black Panther – NAACP Image Awards (2019)
  • Boseman has a Honorary Degree in Doctorate of Humane Letters from Howard University.
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Personal Life & Family

Boseman had begun dating his long time girlfriend Taylor Simone Ledward in 2015 and secretly married her in October 2019 before his untimely death in 2020.

Boseman and Simone were spotted for the first time when they were seen together at the Los Angeles International Airport in 2015. At the premiere of his movie “21 Bridges”, Simone Ledward was seen donning what seemed as an engagement ring, which confirmed that the couple had gotten engaged in 2019. Simone was always with Boseman during his battle with colon cancer. They were last seen in public attending an NBA All-Star game in Chicago in 2020 before his untimely death in August.

Boseman and Simone Ledward

Chadwick Boseman Net worth

Chadwick Boseman had a net worth of $12 million at the time of his death in August 2020.

His sources of income were mainly from acting in various TV series and films, with his most notable earnings being from Black Panther which was one of the highest-grossing films of 2018.

Chadwick Boseman Facts

  • According to Boseman, his DNA tests from ‘African Ancestry’ revealed that some of his ancestors were the Krio people from three ethnic groups from Africa, namely the Krio and Limba people from Sierra Leone and Yoruba people from Nigeria.
  • Initially, Boseman wanted to write and direct, he even went on to graduate from New York City’s Digital Film Academy.
  • Boseman had not auditioned for the role Black Panther, he was instead offered the role for T’Challa by MCU president Kevin Feige over a phone call based on his performances in previous films
  • Before his untimely death, Boseman had wanted to add legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix into the list of people he had portrayed in biopics.

Death

Unfortunately, Boseman passed away on August 28, 2020 after a six year battle with colon cancer at the age of 43.

He had been diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016 which eventually progressed to stage IV before 2020. His battle with colon cancer was a topic he never publicly spoke about, but despite all the odds Boseman would work and completed production for several movies including Marshall, Da 5 Bloods and others. He eventually lost the battle to colon cancer on August 28,2020, he is survived by his wife and family.

Boseman died without a will and his estate is now being governed by California law.

The statement posted on his social media accounts read :

“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman. Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV. A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much.”

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