Chadwick Boseman

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Chadwick Boseman
Chadwick Boseman by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Boseman in 2016
Born Chadwick Aaron Boseman
(1976-11-29) November 29, 1976 (age 39)
Anderson, South Carolina, U.S.
Education Howard University BFA
Occupation Actor
Years active 2003–present

Chadwick Aaron Boseman (born November 29, 1976)[1] is an American actor. He is known for portraying Jackie Robinson in 42 (2013), James Brown in Get on Up (2014), and T'Challa in the Marvel Studios film Captain America: Civil War (2016). He also had roles in the television series Lincoln Heights (2008) and Persons Unknown (2010), and the films The Express (2008) and Draft Day (2014). He will reprise his Marvel role in Black Panther, scheduled for a 2018 release.

Early life[edit]

Boseman was born in South Carolina,[1] and raised in the city of Anderson, the son of Leroy Boseman, who owns an upholstery business, and a mother who was a nurse.[2] His ancestry traces to the Limba people of Sierra Leone.[3] Boseman graduated from T. L. Hanna High School in 1995[4] and later graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 2000 with a BFA in directing.[5] He also graduated from the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, Oxfordshire. Boseman had wanted to write and direct, and initially began studying acting to learn how to relate to actors.[3]

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.[6] He moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career in 2008.[7]


Boseman got his first television role in 2003, in an episode of Third Watch. His early work included episodes of the series Law & Order, CSI:NY, and ER.[6] He also continued to work as a playwright, with his script for Deep Azure, performed at the Congo Square Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois, nominated for a 2006 Joseph Jefferson Award for New Work.[8] In 2008 he played a recurring role on the television series Lincoln Heights and appeared in his first feature film, The Express.[9] He landed a regular role in another television series, Persons Unknown, in 2010.[9]

Boseman's first starring role came with the 2013 film 42, in which he played Jackie Robinson.[9][10] Boseman had been directing an off-Broadway play in East Village when he auditioned for the role;[11] he had considered giving up acting and pursuing directing full-time at the time.[12] About 25 other actors had been seriously considered for the role, but director Brian Helgeland liked Boseman's bravery and cast him after he had auditioned twice.[13][5] In 2013, Boseman also starred in the indie film The Kill Hole, which was released in theaters a few weeks before 42.[14]

In 2014, Boseman appeared in two more films. He co-starred opposite Kevin Costner in Draft Day, in which he played an NFL draft prospect.[15] Later that year he starred as James Brown in Get on Up, a performance that received widespread critical acclaim.[12] Boseman starred as Thoth, a deity from Egyptian mythology, in Gods of Egypt (2016).[16] He played the Marvel Comics character T'Challa / Black Panther in the 2016 film Captain America: Civil War, the first in a five picture deal with Marvel.[17][18] He will star in a solo Black Panther film, due for February 2018.[19]



Year Title Role Director Notes
2008 The Express Floyd Little Gary Fleder
2013 The Kill Hole Lt. Samuel Drake Mischa Webley
2013 42 Jackie Robinson Brian Helgeland
2014 Draft Day Vontae Mack Ivan Reitman
2014 Get on Up James Brown Tate Taylor
2016 Gods of Egypt Thoth Alex Proyas
2016 Captain America: Civil War T'Challa / Black Panther Anthony & Joe Russo
2016 Message from the King Jacob King Fabrice Du Welz Post-production
2016 Marshall Thurgood Marshall Reginald Hudlin Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Third Watch David Wafer Episode: "In Lieu of Johnson"
2003 All My Children Reggie Porter Montgomery #1
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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  2. ^ Rhodes, Don (July 31, 2014). "Boseman captures essence of Brown in 'Get On Up'". The Augusta Chronicle. Archived from the original on October 21, 2014. 
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  4. ^ "Hanna Grad Chad Boseman Plays Jackie Robinson in "42"" (PDF). Parent Newsletter (47). T. L. Hanna High School. April 11, 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Jenkins, Mark (April 11, 2013). "Jackie Robinson film '42' opens, starring Howard graduate Chadwick Boseman". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on May 9, 2016. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Holsey, Steve (August 6, 2014). "Star On The Rise: Chadwick Boseman". Michigan Chronicle. Detroit, Michigan. Archived from the original on August 4, 2015. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  7. ^ Rose, Steve (November 20, 2014). "I got the feelin' – Chadwick Boseman on playing James Brown". The Guardian. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  8. ^ Wood, Jennifer (October 28, 2013). "10 Actors Who Have Gone From Supporting Role to Leading Man in 2013: Chadwick Boseman". Complex. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b c Gregory, Sean (February 21, 2013). "Going Places With Chadwick Boseman". Time. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  10. ^ Fordin, Spencer (December 9, 2011). "Jackie Robinson movie to star Ford, Boseman". Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  11. ^ Miller, Julie (April 12, 2013). "42 Star Chadwick Boseman on Playing Jackie Robinson, Copying His Baseball Moves, and Being Stood Up by the President". Vanity Fair. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b Riley, Daniel (September 2014). "The Surprisingly Sudden Arrival of Chadwick Boseman". GQ. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  13. ^ Herndon, Jessica (April 8, 2013). "Chadwick Boseman: The Distinguished Rise of Cinema's Next Champion". Flaunt. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  14. ^ Yamato, Jenn (February 14, 2013). "Indie Vendetta Pic With Parallels To Christopher Dorner Saga Gets Release Date". Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  15. ^ Kaye, Don (April 11, 2014). "Chadwick Boseman on 'Draft Day,' Sports Legends, and Becoming James Brown". Moviefone. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  16. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (January 30, 2014). "Chadwick Boseman Set For Summit's 'Gods Of Egypt'". Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  17. ^ Strom, Marc (October 8, 2015). "Marvel Studios Phase 3 Update". Retrieved January 12, 2016. 
  18. ^ Strom, Marc (October 28, 2014). "Chadwick Boseman to Star in Marvel's Black Panther". Archived from the original on October 28, 2014. Retrieved October 28, 2014. 
  19. ^ Strom, Marc (February 10, 2015). "Marvel Studios Schedules New Release Dates for 4 Films". Archived from the original on February 10, 2015. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 

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