Chadwick Boseman biography
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Date of Birth: November 29, 1976
Chadwick Boseman studied theater as a young adult, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in directing from Howard University in Washington, D.C. He continued his studies at the British American Drama Academy in London, England.
His studies paved the way for his theatrical debut—he went on to appear in stage productions of Breathe, Romeo and Juliet, Bootleg Blues, Zooman and Willie’s Cut and Shine. During Chadwick’s time on the stage, he also collaborated with the Hip-Hop Theater Festival and penned scripts for his own stage productions, including Hieroglyphic Graffiti, Deep Azure and Rhyme Deferred.
In 2002, he received the AUDELCO award (an award to honor excellence in Black theatre) for his outstanding performance as E.J. in in Ron Milner’s play Urban Transitions: Loose Blossoms.
Chadwick's breakout role on the small screen came in 2008, when he scored a regular role on the ABC Family drama Lincoln Heights. During this time, he also made guest appearances on ER, Lie to Me, The Glades and Cold Case.
Chadwick made his big screen debut as Floyd Little in the 2008 sports biopic The Express , about Ernie Davis, a renowned running back for Syracuse University during the civil rights movement. He then went on to land a prominent role in the 2010 television series Persons Unknown, playing Muslim sergeant Graham McNair.
Despite his limited motion picture experience, Chadwick landed the starring role as iconic baseball player Jackie Robinson in the Warner Bros. biopic 42 , opposite Harrison Ford. He starred in Draft Day (2014) and more recently, he played T'Challa/Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War (2016), before going on to reprise the role in the standalone Marvel film, Black Panther (2018) and a follow-up Avengers movie, Avengers: Infinity War (2018).