Chadwick Boseman has unfortunately lost his four year battle with colon cancer on August 28th at the age of 43. Best known by many for his role as King T’Challa / Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Chadwick’s career saw him appear in many fantastic films. Most recently he appeared in Spike Lee’s Da Five Bloods.
His next film, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, is due for release later this year with many tipping it as an awards contender.
In a statement on Twitter it was confirmed that Chadwick passed away in his home with his wife and family by his side. You can read the full statement from his Twitter below.
Chadwick was born on November 29th, 1976 in South Carolina. He went on to attend Howard University and graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in directing. His acting career started, like it did for many, in television. Appearing in shows like Law and Order and All My Children.
He continued to work, mainly in television, with reoccurring roles in Lincoln Heights and Persons Unknown, with a few film appearances along the way.
In 2013 Chadwick appeared in the superb 42 as one of the most important players in baseballs history, Jackie Robinson. A year later, in 2014, he portrayed The Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown in Get on Up.
Tributes poured in for Chadwick on social media from people that had known him, had worked from him and had admired him. The outpouring of tributes for him shows how important he was to a lot of people.
If you’d like to find out more about the career of Chadwick Boseman then you can see his credits here. Although best known for his acting he’s also produced multiple feature films and directed and wrote short films. He will leave behind a legacy of performances that meant so much to a lot of people. As Martin Luther King III says in the below tweet. “He brought history to life on the silver screen” and “he was a superhero to many.”
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