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Chadwick Boseman was an American actor. He is known for his portrayal of T’Challa / Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from 2016 to 2019, particularly in Black Panther (2018), and for his starring roles as several pioneering Americans, Jackie Robinson in 42 (2013), James Brown in Get on Up (2014), and Thurgood Marshall in Marshall (2017). He also had choice parts in The Express (2008), Draft Day (2014), and Message from the King (2016). Born in Anderson, South Carolina, he attended Howard University and studied at the Oxford Mid-Summer Program for acting, before moving to Los Angeles in 2008 to pursue his craft on the big screen. He died in 2020, after a four year bout with colon cancer, during which time he had starred in several of the biggest movies ever made.
Interesting Facts about Chadwick Boseman
- At the time of Boseman’s death, Black Panther was the only movie with a black leading, first billed actor (or with a primarily black cast), to exceed $1 billion in paid box office, and also at the time of his death, Black Panther (2018) was eleventh on the all time list of highest grossing films, having earned $1,346,900,000 in total gross revenue.
- The final film, Yasuke, in which Chadwick Boseman was cast and contracted to appear in, was only in pre-production at the time of Chadwick’s death, and as of September 1, 2020, the producers of that film have not announced whether the film production will continue with another actor, or whether the production will be terminated or significantly delayed.
- Black Panther (2018) was the first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to have an opening weekend’s domestic box office receipts surpass the production cost of that movie. In the case of ‘Black Panther,’ cost $200 million to make, and its Thursday night, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday opening weekend domestic box office was $202 million.
- Chadwick’s friend, Denzel Washington was one of the producers of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020), the last film Chadwick completed before his death in August 2020. Coincidentally, the original play upon which the film of ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ was based, was written by the legendary and multiple award winning black playwright (who had the same first name as the month in which Chadwick died), August Wilson, who famously wrote a cycle of ten plays based on black lives and experiences during ten separate decades of the twentieth century, several of which Washington had previously either acted in, directed, produced, or a combination, both on stage, and in the only previous Wilson work to be produced and released as a feature film before Ma Rainey, Fences (2016), which Washington directed, produced, and acted in, and which was released in 2016, the same year in which Chadwick was first diagnosed with colon cancer. In both Ma Rainey and ‘Fences,” Todd Black was one of Washington’s producing partners, and Viola Davis is the female lead actor (different characters) in both films.
- Son of Carolyn (née Mattress), a nurse, and Leroy Boseman, who managed an upholstery business and worked at a textile factory.
- After graduating from high school in 1995, he enrolled at Howard University in Washington, District of Columbia, USA, where he graduated (Class of 2000) with a bachelor of fine arts in directing. One of his instructors at Howard was Phylicia Rashad, who became one of his mentors, and also contacted some of her friends (including the largest contributor, Denzel Washington, who also became Boseman’s friend) and other faculty members, who contributed to a travel and tuition fund which allowed Boseman and a few of his classmates to attend the British American Drama Academy’s Midsummer at Oxford Program at Oxford University, Oxford, England, UK.
- A graduate of both Howard University in Washington, District of Columbia, USA, and the British American Dramatic Academy midsummer at Oxford program, Oxford, England, UK.
- Attended the The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (an internationally renowned educational library and research division of the New York Public Library) in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA, where he studied African (and African American) history.
- Passed away on Jackie Robinson day at the age of 42.
- Battled Stage 3 Colon cancer for 4 years until his timing death.
- Black Panther (2018) was the first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to have an opening weekend’s domestic box office receipts surpass the production cost of that movie. In the case of ‘Black Panther,’ which cost $200 million to make, and its Thursday night, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday opening weekend domestic box office came to $202 million.
- After his death on August 28, 2020, Marvel Studios publicly announced that his role of Black Panther would not be recast for future films, meaning that Boseman would be the one and only actor to be cast as Black Panther, thereby canceling the previously announced Black Panther sequel (heretofore known only as ‘Black Panther II’), and also foreclosing the possibility of any new cast member portraying the Black Panther role in future installments of the Avengers franchise..
Personal Quotes by Chadwick Boseman
When you play characters, you shouldn’t just be putting on their characteristics – you should be finding it inside yourself.- Chadwick Boseman
People have said, ‘You don’t need to do any more biopics. You don’t need to play any more real people.’ I don’t agree with that.- Chadwick Boseman
There’s nothing more stressful than your stomach growling. But interestingly enough, some of my best writing came when I was poor and hungry – living off water and oatmeal, mind clear.- Chadwick Boseman
As an African-American actor, a lot of our stories haven’t been told.- Chadwick Boseman
You have to cherish things in a different way when you know the clock is ticking, you are under pressure.- Chadwick Boseman