Being a successful name in Hollywood can be hard due to the competition amongst actors and producers. But Chadwick Boseman really left a mark on Hollywood with his amazing roles, acting, and presence. Which is why the sudden announcement of his passing is so shocking for colleagues and fans to hear. Chadwick Boseman was first diagnosed with Colon Cancer stage III in 2016. Over the past four years he received treatment in the form of surgeries and chemotherapy, all while still shooting and working. Unfortunately, his cancer progressed to stage IV and he passed away at home surrounded by his wife and family.
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It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman. Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV. A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther. He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side. The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time. Photo Credit: @samjonespictures
Born and raised in South Carolina, Chadwick Boseman then moved to Washington D.C to attend Howard University. In 2000 he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in directing. After working as a drama instructor, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career in 2008.
Leaving A Legacy
Chadwick Boseman has taken on many roles of real-life characters that are known for addressing and breaking racial barriers in America. His first starring role came in 2013 when he took on the role of baseball player Jackie Robinson in 42. Jackie Robinson was a professional baseball player who became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era.
Moving on, in 2014 he starred as James Brown in the biographical musical drama film Get On Up. It follows the life of soul singer James Brown who is known for influencing the development of several music genres. Another well known role is that of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in the 2017 film Marshall.
However, the biggest role that Chadwick Boseman could ever take is that of King T’Challa in Black Panther. The 2018 American superhero film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe has one of the biggest impacts on Hollywood.
Black Panther received much praise for its direction, screenplay, acting, costume design, production values, and soundtrack. In fact, it is considered as one of the best films set in the MCU and is also one of the top 10 films of 2018. Fans loved it so much that the film broke numerous box office records including the highest-grossing film by a black director. Furthermore, is it the first ever MCU film to win an Academy Award!
But of course, the biggest impact of the movie was the cultural significance it brought to the world. Firstly, Black Panther is the first ever black superhero to have a standalone film. Additionally, it features a mainly black cast and avoids many stereotypes commonly associated. For example, Wakanda is a prosperous African country that focuses on advancing technology. Chadwick Boseman also stood by his decision to have T’Challa speak with an African accent, further promoting a strong African character.
Many stars are taking to social media to express their sadness and condolences upon the passing of Chadwick Boseman. His Marvel co-stars are posting tributes to him and highlighting his wonderful impact. While many of us are sad to hear this, it is still good to remember the monumental impact he has left on Hollywood. His films will always be there for us to watch and remember him. Unfortunately, we don’t know how the sequel to Black Panther will be affected by this.