Chadwick Aaron Boseman, commonly known as Chad Boseman, was born in South Carolina to Carolyn and Leroy Boseman. Boseman was raised in a Christian home, and was part of his church choir and a youth group; he stated how he’d prayed to be cast for the role of Black Panther before the opportunity arose. Boseman went on to attend Howard University in Washington, D.C. where fellow Howard alumna Phylicia Rashad took him under her wing. Boseman graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in Directing, going on to attend the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England. After returning to the U.S., he attended New York City’s Digital Film Academy, and he was a drama instructor at Schomburg Center for Research in New York at the start of his career.
Boseman had immediate success as he dove into the industry, and was featured in stage productions such as Romeo and Juliet, Breathe, Bootleg Blues, Zooman, and Willie’s Cut and Shine. In 2002, he won an Audelco Award for his performance in Urban Transitions: Loose Blossoms, an award that brings awareness to African American theatre and dance. Boseman also performed in the award-winning audio version of the 2005 novel Upstate by Kalisha Buckhanon. Boseman was more than just an actor. He also wrote plays such as Deep Azure, Hieroglyphic Graffiti, Rhyme Deferred, and directed several stage productions.
After the curtains closed, Boseman furthered his acting career, appearing in Third Watch, CSI: NY, All My Children, Cold Case, ER, The Glades, and Lie to Me. In 2008, he landed a recurring role in Lincoln Heights, gaining recognition from the public. Boseman went on to snag prominent roles in feature films, from playing Jackie Robinson in 42 to James Brown in Get On Up. He later secured the role he’d always dreamt of: Black Panther. As part of the Marvel franchise, Boseman starred in movies such as Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and the cultural reset, Black Panther.
Apart from his work-life, Boseman kept his love-life private, secretly marrying his longtime girlfriend Taylor Ledward after getting engaged in October of 2019.
Chadwick Aaron Boseman passed at age 43 on August 28, 2020 after battling a four-year battle with colon cancer. The community took to social media to remember the actor, writer, and director. Marvel Studios tweeted: “Our hearts are broken and our thoughts are with Chadwick Boseman’s family. Your legacy will live on forever. Rest in peace.”