Chadwick Aaron Boseman
Chadwick Aaron Boseman (born November 29, 1976) 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 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 is set to play Black Panther in the films Captain America: Civil War, scheduled for release in 2016, and Black Panther, scheduled for 2018.
Boseman was born in Anderson, South Carolina, the son of Carolyn, a nurse, and Leroy Boseman, who owns an upholstery business. He graduated from T.L. Hanna High School in 1995 and later graduated fromHoward University in Washington, D.C. in 2000 with a BFA in directing. 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.
From 2002 to 2007, Boseman was the drama instructor in the Schomburg Junior Scholars Program, housed at theSchomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, New York. He moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career in 2008.
Boseman landed 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. 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. 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 another television series, Persons Unknown, in 2010.
Boseman's first starring role came with the 2013 film 42, in which he played Jackie Robinson. Boseman had been directing an off-Broadway play in East Village when he auditioned for the role; he had considered 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 Helgeland liked Boseman's bravery and cast him after he had auditioned twice. In 2013 Boseman also starred in the indie film The Kill Hole, which was released in theaters a few weeks before 42.
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. Later that year he starred as James Brown in Get on Up, a performance that received widespread critical acclaim. Boseman will star as Thoth, a deity from Egyptian mythology, in Gods of Egypt, set for release in 2016. He will also be playing the Marvel Comics character T'Challa / Black Panther in the 2016 film Captain America: Civil War as part of a five picture deal with Marvel as well as a solo Black Panther film in July 2018.