Chadwick Aaron Boseman (November 29, 1976 August 28, 2020) was an American actor, producer, screenwriter, and playwright.
After numerous small roles in TV series in the 2000s, he rose to prominence in the mid-to-late 2010s when portraying Jackie Robinson in 42, James Brown in Get On Up and Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, who appeared for the first time in Captain America: Civil War.
He passed away on August 28, 2020 at the age of 43 due to complications from stage IV colon cancer. He had battled the illness for four years, and it was not publicly revealed until after his death.
- The Express (2008) as Floyd Little
- 42 (2013) as Jackie Robinson
- Draft Day (2014) as Vontae Mack
- Get On Up (2014) as James Brown
- Gods of Egypt (2016) as Thoth
- Marvel Cinematic Universe (2016 — 2021) as T'Challa/Black Panther:
- Message from the King (2016) as Jacob King
- Marshall (2016) as Thurgood Marshall
- 21 Bridges (2019) as Det. Andre Davis
- Da 5 Bloods (2020) as Stormin' Norman
- Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) as Leveenote
- All My Children (2003) as Reggie Porter Montgomery
- Third Watch (2003) as David Wafer
- CSI: NY (2006) as Rondo
- Cold Case (2008) as Dexter "Dex" Collins
- Lie to Me (2009) as Cabe McNeil
- Persons Unknown (2010) as Sergeant McNair
- Fringe (2011) as Cameron James/Mark Little
- Justified (2011) as Ralph "Flex" Beeman
Tropes associated with his work:
- Assumed Win: At the 2021 Academy Awards, it was widely accepted Boseman would become the third man to win a posthumous Oscar. His turn in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom had already earned him the Golden Globe, Critic's Choice Award, and Screen Actors Guild award and most took his Oscar win as a given. That included the Oscar producers who, bucking decades of tradition, scheduled Best Actor as the last award of the evening to close it out with Boseman's widow accepting on his behalf. Instead, in a stunning upset, Anthony Hopkins (who wasn't even in attendance) won for The Father.
- Determinator: He had a tendency to portray men who had to overcome great obstacles in their life: Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, James Brown, and T'Challa.
- In Memoriam:
- A street in Spider-Man: Miles Morales and a Wakandan helicopter in The Avengers (2021) were both named after him.
- Current prints of Black Panther, seen on Disney+ since the date of what would have been his 44th birthday, changed the Marvel Studios logo into having Black Panther related images and ending with a purple background.
- The final panel of the What If...? (2021) episode, "What If ... T'Challa Became a Star-Lord?" is dedicated to him, stating, "Dedicated to Our Friend, Our Inspiration, and Our Hero, Chadwick Boseman".
- Method Acting: While working as T'Challa, he never dropped the character's accent, due to worrying that he couldn't keep it consistent otherwise.
- Typecasting: He played a lot of historical figures who were usually pivotal to African-American representation Jackie Robinson, the first African-American baseball player to play in the major league; James Brown, the first African American musician to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; and Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Judge in the Supreme Court of the United States. He also had a lead role in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, about one of the earliest African-American professional blues singers to record. And there's of course Black Panther, the first superhero of African origin, and whose solo film was the first one in the MCU with a black lead.