Chadwick Boseman: Learn Everything There Is To Know About The Actor

Chadwick Boseman became known as the superhero in Black Panther for many children, but there is much more to be known about the actor who recently passed away. Did you know he never initially wanted to be an actor?! Keep reading to find out more about this hero, from his childhood to his final days.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Kevin Mazur | Actor Chadwick Boseman attends the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards on March 3, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Kevin Mazur | Actor Chadwick Boseman attends the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards on March 3, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.


CHILDHOOD: FROM THE WORLD TO SOUTH CAROLINA

It all started when Leroy and Carolyn Boseman, at the time living in the small town of Anderson, in South Carolina, welcomed their child Chadwick on November 29th, 1976. Carolyn worked as a nurse, and Leroy worked in a textile factory, running an upholstery business on the side.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Gareth Cattermole | Chadwick Boseman attends the European Premiere of Marvel Studios' "Black Panther" at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith on February 8, 2018 in London, England.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Gareth Cattermole | Chadwick Boseman attends the European Premiere of Marvel Studios' "Black Panther" at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith on February 8, 2018 in London, England.

Even though it was clear to Boseman that he was of African-American descent, it wasn’t until he did a DNA test that he confirmed where ancestors came from. In an interview with Stephen Colbert, he confessed that some of his ancestries came from the Krio people and the Limba people from Sierra Leone, and the Yoruba people from Nigeria.

Image Credits: Shutterstock / Kathy Hutchins | Chadwick Boseman at the 10th Annual Governors Awards at the Ray Dolby Ballroom on November 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA.

Image Credits: Shutterstock / Kathy Hutchins | Chadwick Boseman at the 10th Annual Governors Awards at the Ray Dolby Ballroom on November 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA.


EDUCATION: FOLLOWING HIS DREAM

In 1995, Boseman graduated from T. L. Hanna High School, but his interest in the dramatic arts started before that. During his junior year, Boseman wrote his first-ever play, titled “Crossroads”, based on a tragic incident that happened to one of his classmates.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Leon Bennett | Actor Chadwick Boseman attends GQ Celebrates The 2018 All-Stars In Los Angeles at Nomad Hotel Los Angeles on February 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Leon Bennett | Actor Chadwick Boseman attends GQ Celebrates The 2018 All-Stars In Los Angeles at Nomad Hotel Los Angeles on February 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

Chadwick began his attendance at Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he studied directing, and eventually graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. During his time at university, Boseman met Phylicia Rashad, who together with Denzel Washington raised funds for students to be able to go to school.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Brad Barket | Chadwick Boseman poses for a photo at The Fulton on November 19, 2019 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Brad Barket | Chadwick Boseman poses for a photo at The Fulton on November 19, 2019 in New York City.


LIVING IN LONDON: HOW HE STUDIED TO UNDERSTAND ACTORS

Even though Boseman’s dream was to be a writer and director, he took the opportunity in the United Kingdom to learn more about the art of acting itself. During an interview, he confessed that “I actually started out wanting to direct, wanting to write,” but quickly explained why it changed.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Axelle / Bauer-Griffin / FilmMagic | Actor Chadwick Boseman attends The 2018 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Axelle / Bauer-Griffin / FilmMagic | Actor Chadwick Boseman attends The 2018 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

“I really only started acting because I wanted to know what the actors were doing, how to communicate with the actors. And then I realized I’m supposed to do all of it. I studied. I studied at Howard. I studied at Oxford,” he said during an interview with New York’s Power 105.1.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Kevin Mazur | Chadwick Boseman (L) and Taylor Simone Ledward attend the 69th NBA All-Star Game at United Center on February 16, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Kevin Mazur | Chadwick Boseman (L) and Taylor Simone Ledward attend the 69th NBA All-Star Game at United Center on February 16, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois.


DIGITAL FILM ACADEMY: HOW BOSEMAN IS REMEMBERED

After completing his summer program in London, Chadwick returned to the U.S., where he completed his studies at New York City’s Digital Film Academy. "He came here talented, focused, sharp," Patrick DiRenna, the Academy’s president, said."You can make it big," he continued. "That’s what Chadwick did."

Image Credits: Getty Images / Matt Winkelmeyer | Chadwick Boseman speaks onstage at CinemaCon 2019 The State of the Industry and STXfilms Presentation at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, on April 2, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Matt Winkelmeyer | Chadwick Boseman speaks onstage at CinemaCon 2019 The State of the Industry and STXfilms Presentation at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, on April 2, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"I remember his face and the level of concentration in his eyes. You could see internal processes working," DiRenna recalls about some of the first times he met Boseman at the Digital Academy. "At that time he was building himself. I could see he was putting the pieces together," DiRenna continued.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Sarah Morris | Taylor Simone Ledward and Chadwick Boseman attend the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Sarah Morris | Taylor Simone Ledward and Chadwick Boseman attend the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.


BROOKLYN: THE START OF HIS CAREER

Once school was over, Boseman took his first professional steps while living in Brooklyn. He was a drama instructor at Schomburg Junior Scholars Program, housed at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, in New York. Soon after, in 2008, he decided to move to Los Angeles and pursue his acting career.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Dia Dipasupil | Chadwick Boseman attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Dia Dipasupil | Chadwick Boseman attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.


THEATER: HOW HIS CAREER BEGAN ON STAGE

Starting by performing in stage productions, such as “Breathe”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Bootleg Blues”, and “Willie’s Cut and Shine”, Boseman developed his skills and ability. His role in “Urban Transitions: Loose Blossoms”, a play about a struggling family, won him an AUDELCO award.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Kevin Mazur / WireImage | Michael B. Jordan and Chadwick Boseman attend the 2018 State Farm All-Star Saturday Night at Staples Center on February 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Kevin Mazur / WireImage | Michael B. Jordan and Chadwick Boseman attend the 2018 State Farm All-Star Saturday Night at Staples Center on February 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

Aside from his acting, Boseman also took part in the Hip Hop Theatre Festival, for which he wrote the plays “Hieroglyphic Graffiti”, “Deep Azure”, and “Rhyme Deferred”. His studies in directing also allowed him to direct a series of stage productions, and even a short film titled “Blood Over a Broken Pawn”.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Juan Ocampo / NBAE | Actor, Chadwick Boseman attends the 69th NBA All-Star Game as part of 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend on February 16, 2020 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Juan Ocampo / NBAE | Actor, Chadwick Boseman attends the 69th NBA All-Star Game as part of 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend on February 16, 2020 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois.


TELEVISION: A STEP UP FROM THE STAGE

During his time working on stage, Boseman began to make a name for himself on television, having been credited in a few episodes of crime television series, such as “Third Watch” and “CSI: NY”. He also had a short appearance on a soap opera called “All My Children”.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jeffrey Mayer / WireImage | Actors Chadwick Boseman, Calista Flockhart and Harrison Ford attend the '42' Los Angeles premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre on April 9, 2013 in Hollywood, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jeffrey Mayer / WireImage | Actors Chadwick Boseman, Calista Flockhart and Harrison Ford attend the '42' Los Angeles premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre on April 9, 2013 in Hollywood, California.

However, 2008 marked the year when Boseman would land a recurring role in a television drama - “Lincoln Heights”. He played the role of Nathanial Ray during the last two seasons of the series, which portrayed the story of a suburban family. While acting for the ABC show, he also had guest roles in “ER”, “Lie to Me”, and “Cold Case”.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Gilbert Carrasquillo / FilmMagic | Actor Chadwick Boseman attends "Man Of Steel" World Premiere at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 10, 2013 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Gilbert Carrasquillo / FilmMagic | Actor Chadwick Boseman attends "Man Of Steel" World Premiere at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 10, 2013 in New York City.


THE BIG SCREEN: MAKING A RUN FOR HIS MONEY

That same year, Chadwick made it to the big screen for the first time, being part of a sports biopic titled “The Express”, where he played Floyd Little. He worked alongside actors such as Rob Brown and Dennis Quaid, and this experience would open up the doors for him to land his next big role.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Kevin Winter | Actor Chadwick Boseman arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' "42" at the Chinese Theatre on April 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Kevin Winter | Actor Chadwick Boseman arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' "42" at the Chinese Theatre on April 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

In 2010, NBC released a thriller titled “Persons Unknown”, where Boseman played the sergeant named Graham McNair. Soon after that, he had the opportunity to take guest roles in “Justified”, “Detroit 1-8-7”, “Fringe” and “Castle”. In 2012, he moved once again to the big screen, where he was credited in Mischa Webley’s “The Kill Hole”.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Lavine / NBC / NBCU Photo Bank | Alan Ruck as Charlie, Sean O'Bryan as Blackham, Daisy Betts as Janet, Jason Wiles as Joe, Kate Lang Johnson as Tori, Chadwick Boseman as Sergeant McNair, Tina Holmes as Moira.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Lavine / NBC / NBCU Photo Bank | Alan Ruck as Charlie, Sean O'Bryan as Blackham, Daisy Betts as Janet, Jason Wiles as Joe, Kate Lang Johnson as Tori, Chadwick Boseman as Sergeant McNair, Tina Holmes as Moira.


“42”: JACKIE ROBINSON

One of the first movies that made people talk about Boseman was the biopic “42”, where he played the lead character, Jackie Robinson. Boseman told Madame Noire that "I'm overwhelmed by it. It's just a huge responsibility. I wake up every morning, been working and prepping on it, and I'm having the time of my life, playing baseball ... studying footage.”

Image Credits: Getty Images / Bobby Bank / WireImage | Chadwick Boseman filming on location for "42" on July 18, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Bobby Bank / WireImage | Chadwick Boseman filming on location for "42" on July 18, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

“It's the opportunity of a lifetime to just do what I love", he continued talking about the movie, which would end up winning $95 million in its initial release. The movie, which was released in 2013, counted as well with movie star Harrison Ford as Brooklyn Dodgers’ executive Branch Rickey.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Matt McClain | Chadwick Boseman poses for a portrait at the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, DC on Monday March 18, 2013 in Washington, DC. Boseman portrays Jackie Robinson in the movie, "42".

Image Credits: Getty Images / Matt McClain | Chadwick Boseman poses for a portrait at the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, DC on Monday March 18, 2013 in Washington, DC. Boseman portrays Jackie Robinson in the movie, "42".


“GET ON UP”: JAMES BROWN

Brian Grazer had spent years trying to make the movie about music legend James Brown make it to production and, with the help of Mick Jagger, he finally did. Boseman was cast to play the one and only James Brown in the movie “Get On Up”, which was directed by Tate Tayor.

Image Credits: Getty Images / D Dipasupil / FilmMagic | Actor Chadwick Boseman attends the "Get On Up" premiere at The Apollo Theater on July 21, 2014 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / D Dipasupil / FilmMagic | Actor Chadwick Boseman attends the "Get On Up" premiere at The Apollo Theater on July 21, 2014 in New York City.

Boseman told in an interview that playing James Brown was "a huge challenge" but also "a very intense and rewarding experience." However, he also mentioned “Was James Brown my favorite singer? No. I like so much music. I couldn’t pin it down to one person anyway,” he said about the musician. “I appreciate him way more than I did before.”

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jemal Countess | Actor Chadwick Boseman attends the "Get On Up" premiere at The Apollo Theater on July 21, 2014 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jemal Countess | Actor Chadwick Boseman attends the "Get On Up" premiere at The Apollo Theater on July 21, 2014 in New York City.


“BLACK PANTHER”: T’CHALLA

2016 came as the year that would bump Chadwick Boseman into an A-lister of Hollywood. Joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe as T’Challa, the kind of Wakanda, Boseman begins his way into becoming the Black Panther. He first appeared in “Captain America: Civil War” that same year, and in 2018 he took the lead role in “Black Panther”.

Image Credits: Getty Images / JB Lacroix / WireImage | Stan Lee and Chadwick Boseman attend the premiere of Disney and Marvel's 'Black Panther' on January 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / JB Lacroix / WireImage | Stan Lee and Chadwick Boseman attend the premiere of Disney and Marvel's 'Black Panther' on January 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

"I hesitate to say this is bigger – those are real historical figures and moments," Boseman said about the cultural impact of the movie “Black Panther”. "But what this is, it’s a cultural moment that is happening right now. We’re not remembering breaking the color barrier or how funk was created. We’re living this."


HE WAS A BEACON OF LIGHT 

"This experience is an opening for people’s consciousness. Their boundaries should be shaken and moved," says Boseman. "There’s a hero here that I hope people grow to love.” Continuing that “It’s his purpose as a king. This is how he’s going to rule. T’Challa is basically saying, ‘We have a responsibility to the world to be a beacon of light.'”

Image Credits: Getty Images / Alberto E. Rodriguez | Actor Chadwick Boseman attends the Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER Global Junket Press Conference on January 30, 2018 at Montage Beverly Hills in Beverly Hills, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Alberto E. Rodriguez | Actor Chadwick Boseman attends the Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER Global Junket Press Conference on January 30, 2018 at Montage Beverly Hills in Beverly Hills, California.


COMING TO AN END: BOSEMAN’S LAST MOMENTS

Even though Boseman’s health condition was kept a secret, it was possible to see how his looks had deteriorated over time. However, that didn’t stop him to still focus on helping those he could, and in April 2020 he appeared on camera to support a charitable cause.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Rich Fury / FilmMagic | Chadwick Boseman, winner of Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, attends the 50th NAACP Image Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 30, 2019 in Hollywood, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Rich Fury / FilmMagic | Chadwick Boseman, winner of Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, attends the 50th NAACP Image Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 30, 2019 in Hollywood, California.

In a short video clip, Boseman informed the viewers he was launching Operation 42, a fundraising scheme that donated $4.2million worth of PPE to hospitals that were helping African American communities, the ones most affected by the coronavirus pandemic. A month later, he was also seen walking his dog while wearing a mask.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Hollywood To You / Star Max / GC Images | Chadwick Boseman Tribute is seen on September 2, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Hollywood To You / Star Max / GC Images | Chadwick Boseman Tribute is seen on September 2, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.


FAREWELL CHADWICK BOSEMAN

Chadwick Boseman sadly passed away on August 28th, 2020. "Chadwick was ... a true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much," his family shared in the statement announcing his passing. He certainly was a hero both on and off the big screen.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Kurt Krieger - Corbis | Chadwick Boseman arrives at the 2019 American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Kurt Krieger - Corbis | Chadwick Boseman arrives at the 2019 American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

His family’s statement mentioned some of the movies he had been working on, "From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and several more — all were filmed during his health struggles. It was the honor of his career to bring King T'Challa to life in Black Panther." 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Alexander Tamargo | Actor Chadwick Boseman is seen on Despierta America at Univision Studios to promote the film "21 Bridges" on November 22, 2019 in Miami, Florida.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Alexander Tamargo | Actor Chadwick Boseman is seen on Despierta America at Univision Studios to promote the film "21 Bridges" on November 22, 2019 in Miami, Florida.

Passing away at the young age of 43, Chadwick Boseman leaves behind admirable and ambitious work, not only in Hollywood but also in social justice activism. What was his best on-screen moment in your opinion? Leave us a comment and stay tuned for more! 

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