Chadwick Boseman (1976 – 2020) Actor, Director, Writer, Producer & Playwright

“As an African-American actor, a lot of our stories haven’t been told,” words by the great actor Chadwick Boseman, best known for his role as T’Challa in Marvel’s mega hit movie “Black Panther.” He also played groundbreaking figures like James Brown, Jackie Robinson and Thurgood Marshall, becoming one of the most sought-after leading men in film.

Born on Novemeber 29, 1976 in Anderson, South Carolina, Chadwick was the youngest of three sons born to Carolyn and Leroy Boseman. In high school, he was a skillful basketball player. He later turned to acting after a friend and teammate was shot and killed. He enrolled at Howard University with the dream of becoming a director.

While taking an acting class with award-winning actress and director Phylicia Rashad, Chadwick was accepted to the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England. Ms Rashad helped finance his education with assistance from a friend and colleague Denzel Washington.

Chadwick sought to use his celebrity to advance a greater, moral cause. During this summer’s wave of protests against systemic racism and police brutality, he expressed support for the Black Lives Matter Movement and joined other Black entertainers and executives. Onscreen and off, he was fueled by a commitment to leave nothing on the table.

On August 28, 2020, Chadwick died after a four year battle of colon cancer.

NOTABLE WORK:

  • The Express: The Ernie Davis Story (2008, film)
  • 42: Jackie Robinson (2013, film)
  • Get on Up: James Brown (2014, film)
  • Marshall (2017, film)
  • Captain America: Civil War (2017, film)
  • Black Panther (2018, film)
  • 21 Bridges (2019, film)
  • Avengers: Endgame (2019, film)
  • Da 5 Bloods (2020, film)
  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020. film)
  • All My Children (2003, television)
  • Law & Order (2004, television)
  • Cold Case (2008, television)
  • Lincoln Heights (2008, television)
  • Persons Unknown (2010, television)
  • Fringe (2011, television)
  • Saturday Night Live (2018, television)
  • Crossroads (1993, playwright)
  • Rhyme Deferred (1997, co-writer)
  • Hieroglyphic Graffiti (2002, playwright)
  • Deep Azure (2005, playwright)

AWARDS & HONORS:

  • NAACP Image Award Recipients (including 6 nominations)
  • Boston Society of Film Critics Award Winner
  • New York Film Critics Circle Award Winner
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award Winner
  • People’s Choice Award Winner
  • Honorary Degree Recipient (2018), Howard University

SOURCES:

  • IMDb.com
  • nytimes.com
  • Biography.com
  • Wikipedia.com

RECREATE CREDITS:

ReCreate Model: Josiah Guidry

ReCreate Photographer: Jasmine Mallory

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