Long Live The King! Before Chadwick Boseman gained worldwide notoriety and recognition for playing T’Challa, the King of the fictional African nation Wakanda, he was known around Hollywood for being the go-to man for a biopic. Boseman was best known for his portrayal of Jackie Robinson in 42, James Brown in Get on Up, and Thurgood Marshall in Marshall.
Today, the Howard University graduate is a growing household name, by successfully breaking into the Marvel Cinematic Universe to be the first black actor to play a lead role in a superhero movie, while being a source of inspiration for African American kids.
Chadwick Boseman was born on November 29, 1977, in Anderson, South Carolina. He was raised in “The Upstate” area of the town by his parents; Carolyn and Leroy Boseman. Leroy, his father, was a businessman while his mother, Carolyn worked as a nurse.
Boseman attended T. L. Hanna High School in his hometown. It was there that his passion for acting and directing was realized as he wrote his first play while in his junior year. He graduated from high school in 1995 before choosing to head out to Washington D.C. to attend Howard University, a historically black higher institution of learning.
Boseman had initially planned to be just a writer and director. He said he only studied acting to learn how to relate better with actors. He graduated from Howard University in 2000 with a bachelor of fine arts in directing. After that, he attended the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England, for a mid-summer program and proceeded to attend and graduate from New York City’s Digital Film Academy before getting his first job as a drama instructor in the Schomburg Junior Scholars Program. During that time, Boseman got minor roles in different TV shows, including Third Watch, which was his first ever role in 2003, Law & Order, CSI: NY and ER.
In 2008, he decided to solely pursue his acting career and chose to move to Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world. The move almost paid off immediately as he landed a recurring role on the TV series Lincoln Heights and appeared in his first feature film, The Express.
In 2010, he landed a regular role in another television series, Persons Unknown. His breakthrough role, however, came in 2013 in the movie 42, a biopic for baseball pioneer, Jackie Robinson, who was the first African American to play in the majors in the 20th century. His performance in the movie got him named the Male Star of Tomorrow by the National Association of Theater Owners in 2014.
Later on in the year, Boseman starred on another high-profile project, Get On Up, a movie portraying the personal struggles and successes of music legend James Brown. Before that, he appeared opposite Kevin Costner in Draft Day where he played an NFL draft prospect.
His next role came in 2016 in the movie Gods of Egypt, in which he played the god of wisdom, Thoth. That same year, Boseman joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appearing in the blockbuster Captain America: Civil War as T’Challa, king of Wakanda, who is also the Black Panther.
In 2017, he briefly returned to biographical movies with Marshall, where he played Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice. After that, he continued his role as Black Panther. The movie was released in February 2018 to rave reviews. It shattered box office records by raking in an estimated $218 million in the United States alone over the four-day President’s Day weekend.
Later on in the year, Boseman will rejoin his other Marvel cohorts; Capt. America, Iron Man, etc in the movie Avengers: Infinity War.
Chadwick Boseman Net Worth
Chadwick Boseman has a net worth of around 8 million dollars. This figure comes from the actor’s previous roles both on TV and on the big screen. He reportedly made $700,000 for his first Black Panther appearance in Captain America: Civil War.; add that to what he made from movies like 42 and Gods of Egypt.
The estimated net worth figure will certainly increase following the huge success of Black Panther. He has also reportedly signed on to do three additional Marvel movies.
Wife, Married and Family Life
It is unclear if Chadwick Boseman is married or not. He has, in the past, been spotted wearing a wedding ring which is currently missing from his finger. There are also no current rumours about him being in a relationship.
The Christian-raised chorister, who has not been linked to any possible controversy, has managed to keep his personal life, personal, away from the bright and somewhat harmful lights of Hollywood.
Quick Facts (Height)
Birth Name: Chadwick Aaron Boseman
Date of Birth: November 29, 1976
Birthplace: Anderson, South Carolina
Profession: Screenwriter, Actor
Nationality: United States of America
Ancestry: Africa (West Africa)
Height: 6 ft (1.83 m)
Eye Color: Brown
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius