Chadwick Boseman

American actor (1976–2020)

Chadwick Aaron Boseman (November 29, 1976 – August 28, 2020) was an American actor, playwright, and film producer. He was known for his roles as Jackie Robinson in 42 (2013), James Brown in Get on Up (2014), Thurgood Marshall in Marshall (2017) and as Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, including Black Panther (2018). He also starred and produced the 2019 thriller movie 21 Bridges.

Chadwick Boseman
Boseman at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Chadwick Aaron Boseman

(1976-11-29)November 29, 1976[1][2][3][4]
DiedAugust 28, 2020(2020-08-28) (aged 43)
Cause of deathComplications from colon cancer
Alma materHoward University (BFA)
British American Drama Academy
  • Actor
  • playwright
  • film producer
Years active1993–2020
SpouseTaylor Simone Ledward

In 2021, Boseman posthumously won a Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for his role as Levee Green in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. He is also nominated posthumously for an Academy Award for Best Actor.

Chadwick died at his home in Los Angeles from colon cancer on August 28, 2020 at the age of 43.[5][6]He had been battling the disease since 2016, even though the film studios did not know.


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  2. "Today in entertainment history: Nov. 29". Bellingham, Washington: KGMI. November 29, 2018. Archived from the original on June 14, 2020. Retrieved June 14, 2020. Actor Chadwick Boseman ("Black Panther") is 42.
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  4. "UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017". UPI. November 29, 2017. Archived from the original on July 2, 2019. Retrieved July 2, 2019. Chadwick Boseman in 1976 (age 41)
  5. Maxouris, Christina; Vera, Amir (August 29, 2020). "'Black Panther' star Chadwick Boseman has died". CNN. Retrieved August 29, 2020.
  6. "'Black Panther' star Chadwick Boseman passes away at 43 - The Economic Times". Retrieved 2020-08-29.