Chadwick Boseman

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Chadwick Boseman
Chadwick Boseman Deauville 2014.jpg
Born (1976-11-29) November 29, 1976 (age 38)
Anderson, South Carolina, U.S.
Occupation Actor, screenwriter, playwright
Years active 2003–present

Chadwick Aaron Boseman (born November 29, 1976)[1][2][3][4][5] is an American actor, screenwriter, and playwright. He is best known for portraying Jackie Robinson in 42 (2013) and James Brown in Get On Up (2014). He will star as the superhero Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War (2016) and his own film as the titular character, which will be released on July 6, 2018.

Early life[edit]

Boseman was born in Anderson, South Carolina, the son of Carolyn, a nurse, and Leroy Boseman, who owns an upholstery business. His cousin Sequoya Denise Boseman was born in 1986 [6][7] He graduated from T.L. Hanna High School in 1995[8][9] and later graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C. He also graduated from the British American Dramatic Academy in Oxford, Oxfordshire.

From 2002 to 2007, Boseman was the drama instructor in the Schomburg Junior Scholars Program, housed at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, New York. In 2004 his cousin Kharisma Tinya Smith was born and now is working on an acting career.


As a playwright, Boseman's script for Deep Azure, performed at the Congo Square Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois, was nominated for a 2006 Joseph Jefferson Award for New Work. He has also had television roles in Lincoln Heights as Nathaniel "Nate" Ray and as Sergeant McNair in the NBC television series Persons Unknown. He also starred as Lt. Samuel Drake in the action thriller The Kill Hole.[10]

Boseman's film debut came in 2008, when he appeared in The Express: The Ernie Davis Story, in which he portrayed future Hall-of-Famer Floyd Little. He starred in the 2013 film 42 as Jackie Robinson.[11] In 2014, he co-starred in Draft Day as Vontae Mack and starred as James Brown in Get on Up. He will also be playing Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War, as well as an upcoming solo film in July 2018.



Year Title Role Notes
2008 The Express Floyd Little
2012 The Kill Hole Lt. Samuel Drake
2013 42 Jackie Robinson
2014 Draft Day Vontae Mack
2014 Get On Up James Brown
2016 Gods of Egypt Thoth
2016 Captain America: Civil War T'Challa/Black Panther pre-production


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Third Watch David Wafer Episode: "In Lieu of Johnson"
2003 All My Children Reggie Porter Montgomery #1 Episode unknown
2004 Law & Order Foster Keyes Episode: "Can I Get a Witness?"
2006 CSI: NY Rondo Episode: "Heroes"
2008 ER Derek Taylor Episode: "Oh, Brother"
2008 Cold Case Dexter Collins Episode: "Street Money"
2008–2009 Lincoln Heights Nathaniel "Nate" Ray 9 episodes
2009 Lie to Me Cabe McNeil Episode: "Truth or Consequences"
2010 Persons Unknown Sergeant McNair 13 episodes
2010 The Glades Michael Richmond Episode: "Honey"
2011 Castle Chuck Russell Episode: "Poof, You're Dead"
2011 Fringe Mark Little / Cameron James Episode: "Subject 9"
2011 Detroit 1-8-7 Tommy Westin Episode: "Beaten/Cover Letter"
2011 Justified Ralph "Flex" Beeman Episode: "For Blood or Money"


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