The iconic Black Panther actor died from cancer on August 28th in Los Angeles, surrounded by his loved ones. He was 43 and made his mark on pop culture. Tribute.
2008 : Blood Over A Brocken Pawn
After countless appearances in series such as Law and Order and CSI, Chadwick Boseman ticked off his first short film as a scriptwriter and director, Blood Over A Broken Pawn, which won the 2008 Best Short Film award at the Hollywood Black Film Festival.
2013 : 42
Chadwick Boseman lit up the screen alongside Harrison Ford in Brian Helgeland’s 42 as the baseball legend Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play major league baseball.
2014 : Get On Up
The following year he pipped Wesley Snipes and Eddie Murphy to the post to wear James Brown’s dazzling costumes in the Godfather of Soul’s biopic.
2016 : Black Panther for Marvel
Highly sought-after, Chadwick Boseman starred as T’Challa, King of Wakanda, the first mainstream black superhero, Black Panther in the MCU. First in Captain America: Civil War, then Black Panther in 2018, Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame in 2019. Its worldwide success made this his most powerful role in terms of pop culture, inclusion and representation.
2020 : Da Five Bloods
The director Spike Lee made Chadwick Boseman one of his 4 Vietnam War veterans, Norman, a man set on seeking the remains of their fallen squad leader and fortune. One last martial appearance, one last stand. He was going to play Yasuke, the only black samurai to fight for a Japanese feudal lord in 1580. Before putting Black Panther’s costume back on for the 2nd episode, originally scheduled for 2022. We’ll see Chadwick Boseman again in the next few months in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, currently in post production.
Charismatic, elegant, spotted at the Givenchy, Calvin Klein and Versace shows… In 2017 he collaborated with adidas on a pair of ULTRABOOSTs in his image.