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Remembering Marvel superhero Chadwick Boseman

Chadwick Boseman
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The demise of actor Chadwick Boseman stunned the world last week. The news of Chadwick’s death aired in the media on Friday (August 28). Reportedly, he died aged 43 of Colon cancer, diagnosed in him four years ago.

As many are still trying to cope with the shocking news, Wikye team expresses deep condolences to the bereaved family and friends and pray for strength upon all to overcome the grief.

A short bio in tribute to the late actor

Chadwick was born to African American parents, Carolyn and Leroy Boseman, on November 29, 1976, in Anderson, South Carolina. He grew up in Anderson and later moved to Washington DC to attend Howard University. He graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in directing.

Marvel superhero Black Panther

Boseman is mostly known for his Marvel Comics superhero character T’Challa/Black Panther. He first appeared in the role of Black Panther in the movie Captain America: Civil War in 2016. After that, he consistently appeared in the role in Avengers: Infinity War in 2017 and Avengers: Endgame in 2018. A dedicated movie on Black Panther named the same was also released in 2018. These are blockbuster movies in which Boseman appeared.

Chadwick Boseman
Marvel Superhero Black Panther Photo: Marvel Studios

Early struggles

Though he passed away known as an iconic actor, his acting career started from American television series. His first role came in 2003 for an episode of American crime drama – Third Watch. After that, he appeared in episodes of other series: Law & Order, CSI: NY, ER, Lincoln Heights, Persons Unknown, and more. Boseman played in tv series until 2011.

In 2008, Boseman for the first time appeared in a feature film: The Express: The Ernie Davis Story. More specifically, he played the role of Little Floyd in the movie. Boseman worked as a supporting actor until he got a lead role in 2013.

Lead roles for Boseman

From 2013, Boseman started getting lead roles, mostly for playing Black characters. He played three biopics of Black figures. He debuted in a lead role by portraying Jackie Robinson in the movie 42 that released in 2013. Boseman earned critical acclaim for depicting Robinson – the first African American to play major league baseball in the modern US.

Boseman in 42Boseman in Marshall

After that, he took up the challenge of playing James Brown in Get On Up in 2014 and Thurgood Marshall in Marshall in 2017. James Brown and Thurgood Marshall are both African American influential figures.

Other movies Chadwick starred in are The Kill Hole (2013), Draft Day (2014), Gods of Egypt (2016), and Message from the King (2016), among others.

Nevertheless, Boseman’s role as Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films proved the turning point in his career. With the Marvel name, he rose to the international spotlight.

Awards

Boseman, for his jaw-dropping performance in movies and series, landed him some of the prestigious awards. In particular, he won Saturn Awards in 2017 for Best Performance in Captain America: Civil War. Likewise, he also won MTV Movie & TV Awards in 2018 in the category Best Hero. Similarly, later in 2019, Chadwick won Screen Actors Guild Awards for the categories Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture.

Survived by wife Taylor Simone Ledward

His wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, survives Chadwick Boseman. The couple lived a low-profile life for long and got married a few months ago, their family said. Although they regularly attended Hollywood events together, the media was clueless about their five-year relationship until 2018. First seen together in 2015, Chadwick and Taylor walked down the aisle in a private ceremony in 2020.

As per the reports of Page Six, the couple got engaged in October 2019 after Boseman popped the question during a date night in Malibu. Boseman’s fans and followers got a clear hint about his relationship with Ledward when he kissed her after he was announced the winner in the Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture category in 2019. Additionally, it was the only time that Boseman openly acknowledged the relationship.

Death

Boseman was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016. Eventually, cancer advanced into stage IV by 2020, which ultimately took his life. Besides, Boseman never talked about his illness publicly. Despite going through several surgeries and chemotherapy, he kept working. During the time he worked for movies like Marshall, Da 5 Bloods, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and others.

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