Growing Up & Education
Boseman Chadwick was born and raised in Anderson, South Carolina, His mother name is Carolyn Boseman while his father is Leroy Boseman, they are both African-American. His Mother is a professional Nurse while his Father worked in a textile factory also managing an upholstery business as a side hustle.
According to Boseman, DNA testing has indicated that his ancestors were Yoruba people from Nigeria and Limba people from Sierra Leone both from West Africa. Boseman graduated from T.L Hanna High School in 1995.
In his junior year, he wrote his first play, Crossroads, and staged it at the school after a classmate was shot and killed.
He attended college at Howard University, in Washington DC, graduating in 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Directing.
One of his teachers was Phylicia Rashad, who became a mentor. She helped raise funds so that Boseman and some classmates could attend the Oxford Mid-Summer Program of the British American Drama Academy in London, to which they had been accepted.
Boseman wanted to write and direct and initially began studying acting to learn how to relate to actors.
After he returned to the US, he graduated from New York City’s Digital Film Academy. He lived in Brooklyn at the start of his career.
Boseman worked as the drama instructor in the Schomburg Junior Scholars Program, housed at the Schomburg Centre for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, New York. In 2008 he moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.
Career & Growth
Chadwick Boseman got his first television role in 2003, in an episode of Third Watch. Some of his early work included episodes of the series Law & Order, CSI: NY and ER.
He also continued to write plays, with his script for Deep Azure performed at the Congo Square Theatre Company in Chicago. In 2008, he played a recurring role on the television series Lincoln Heights and appeared in his first feature film, The Express.
He landed a regular role in 2010 in another television series, Persons Unknown. Boseman had his first starring role in the 2013 film 42, in which he portrayed baseball pioneer and star, Jackie Robinson.
He had been directing an off-Broadway play in East Village play in when he auditioned for the role and was considering giving up acting and pursuing directing full-time at the time.
About 25 other actors had been seriously considered for the role, but director Brian Lehgeland liked Boseman’s bravery and cast him after he had auditioned twice.
In 2013, Bozeman also starred in the indie film The Kill Hole, which was released in theatres a few weeks before 42.
“I actually started out wanting to direct, wanting to write,”.“I really only started acting because I wanted to know what the actors were doing, how to communicate with the actors. And then I realized I’m supposed to do all of it. I studied. I studied at Howard. I studied at Oxford.” Boseman said in an Interview in 2014.
In 2014, Boseman appeared opposite Kelvin Costner in Draft Day in which he played an NFL draft prospect. Later that year, he starred as James Brown in getting on Up.
In 2016, he starred as Thoth, a deity from Egyptian mythology, in Gods of Egypt. He started portraying the Marvel Comics character T’Challa / Black Panther in 2016, with Captain America: Civil War being his first film in a five-picture deal with Marvel.
He headlined Black Panther in 2018, which focused on his character and his home country of Wakanda in Africa.
In an interview, the 40-year-old actor recalled that he did some research and decided that Wakandans should speak with a click, but the studio wasn’t so sure.
“They felt like it was maybe too much for an audience to take,” Boseman said. “They felt like, ‘Would people be able to understand it through a whole movie?’ and ‘If we do it now, we’re stuck with it.’ I felt the exact opposite — like, if I speak with a British accent, what’s gonna happen when I go home?”
“It felt to me like a deal breaker,” he said. “I was like, ‘No, this is such an important factor that if we lose this right now, what else are we gonna throw away for the sake of making people feel comfortable? … Once we decided to do it, we went for it.”
The film opened to great anticipation, becoming one of the highest-grossing films of the year in the United States.
He reprised the role in Avengers:Infinity War, which was released in April 2018 and will return in Avenger 4, which is scheduled to be released in May 2019.
In 2006, Deep Azure was nominated for Joseph Jefferson Award for New Work category.
He was also nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for Captain America: Civil War in the year 2016.
Black Panther was a huge success the moment it was released at the box office in February 2018. The film raked in an estimated $218 million in America alone over the four-day President’s Day weekend.
In 2018, Bossman in Black Panther won the People’s Choice Male Movie Star Award and MTV Movie Award for Best Actor in a Movie.
He was also nominated for MTV Movie Award for Best Hero and for Best On-Screen Team with Lupita Nyong’o, Dania Gurira and Letitia Wright.
In the meantime, the 41-year-old actor has plenty of projects to keep him grinding.
He’s also currently filming Avengers: Infinity War Part 2, which will continue the events of the first Infinity War film.
The sequel is set to hit the box office on May 3, 2019.
Boseman is also set to produce the film adaptation of Hakeem Oluseyi’s memoir “The Stars in My Soul,” which has been picked up by Working Title.
The Black Panther star is said to be heading over to the Big Apple as the star and producer for STXfilms’ action thriller 17 Bridges.
However, he’ll be joined by some familiar Marvel Cinematic Universe personnel.17 Bridges is an upcoming action film directed by Brian Kirk with the initial release date of July 12,2019.
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