Chadwick Boseman was an American actor. He attained worldwide fame by portraying King T’Challa, a.k.a. Black Panther, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Beginning his acting career in 2003 on television, Boseman moved to movies and had a breakout role as baseball legend Jackie Robinson in 42. Boseman first appeared as Black Panther in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. His final appearance was in 2020’s Da 5 Bloods.
Chadwick was born in Anderson, South Carolina, on November 29, 1977. Chadwick’s middle name is Aaron, and his zodiac sign is Sagittarius.
Chadwick Boseman passed away on August 28, 2020 as a result of colon cancer. He was only 43 years old.
Boseman was thrust into a media spotlight when cast as Black Panther, a king of a fictional nation in Africa. The very casting gave reporters the opening to ask Boseman about his feelings about politics.
Surprisingly, his answer came before the release of Black Panther when Boseman did the press rounds for Marshall in fall 2017. “First of all, I’m not just an actor, I’m an artist,” the actor told the press. “You have to express the full scope of your being, physically, spiritually, and that includes politically.” (1)
That includes Donald Trump’s presidency. Chadwick offered the opinion that if Trump can’t take the criticism from the people “don’t be the president.”
Boseman was raised Christian and, according to his former pastor, remains a part of the faith.
“He did a lot of positive things within the church and within the community,” said Pastor Samuel Neely from the Welfare Baptist Church. “With him singing in the choir, with him working the youth group, he always was doing something, always helping out, always serving. That was his personality.” (2)
Chadwick also mentioned the power of God in a speech he gave at his alma mater of Harvard:
“When God has something for you, it doesn’t matter who stands against it.”
— Chadwick Boseman. 🖤🕊 pic.twitter.com/qo92cJuxPE
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As the lead actor in a very prominent mainstream movie with a substantial black cast, Boseman has been asked multiple times what his personal feelings are about representation in popular culture.
“Black History Month is extremely important because we actually do need to make people focus on black history at a particular time because it’s not done in our education system,” Boseman said. “It’s not done even sometimes in our churches. It’s not done enough.
“I also feel like we just have a month where we do it. You know? It’s my belief that it’s something you should do all the time because black history is part of all of our history.” (3)
On August 28, 2020, Boseman’s family used his Twitter account to announce the actor had passed away:
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) August 29, 2020
Boseman had been quietly fighting colon cancer for four years, keeping his condition a secret from the public. He had worked on multiple films while undergoing surgeries and chemotherapy until his cancer progressed to stage IV.
When Boseman went to Howard University he studied to be a director. He only started studying acting in order to better understand how to relate to actors in his shows.
2: Fox Carolina