Chadwick Aaron Boseman (November 29, 1977 – August 28, 2020) was an American actor. He portrayed several real-life historical figures, such as Jackie Robinson in 42 (2013), with Harrison Ford; James Brown in Get on Up (2014), with Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis, Craig Robinson, and Octavia Spencer; and Thurgood Marshall in Marshall (2017), with Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, Sterling K. Brown, and James Cromwell.
He rose to international fame and acclaim with portraying the superhero Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, including Captain America: Civil War (2016), Black Panther (2018), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019). For his performance in Black Panther he won a NAACP Image Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Boseman’s other film roles included 21 Bridges (2019). with Sienna Miller, Stephan James, Keith David, Alexander Siddig, Taylor Kitsch, and J.K. Simmons; and Spike Lee‘s Da 5 Bloods (2020), with Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters, Johnny Trí Nguyễn, Norm Lewis, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Mélanie Thierry, Paul Walter Hauser, Jasper Pääkkönen, and Jean Reno; which was his final film role in 2020. His last film, which is in post-production, is Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom based on the play of the same name, would be released after his death. He died at age 43 on the night of August 28, 2020, after privately dealing with colon cancer for four years.
Each review will be linked to the title below.
(*seen originally in theaters)
(**seen rereleased in theaters)
- The Express: The Ernie Davis Story (2008) – directed by Gary Fleder
- The Kill Hole (2012) – directed by Mischa Webley
- 42 (2013) – directed by Brian Helgeland
- Draft Day (2014) – directed by Ivan Reitman
- Get on Up (2014) – directed by Tate Taylor
- Gods of Egypt (2016) – directed by Alex Proyas
- Captain America: Civil War (2016)* – directed by Anthony & Joe Russo
- Message from the King (2016) – directed by Fabrice Du Welz – also executive producer
- Marshall (2017) – directed by Reginald Hudlin – also co-producer
- Black Panther (2018)* – directed by Ryan Coogler
- Avengers: Infinity War (2018)* – directed by Anthony & Joe Russo
- Avengers: Endgame (2019)* – directed by Anthony & Joe Russo
- 21 Bridges (2019) – directed by Brian Kirk – also producer
- Da 5 Bloods (2020) – directed by Spike Lee
- Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020) – directed by George C. Wolfe – posthumous release