RIP Chadwick Boseman: 5 Things To Know About ‘’The King Of Wakanda’’
Chadwick Boseman, also known as Marvel’s ‘’Black Panther,” has passed away at the age of 43. Chadwick’s family announced on his Twitter on Friday night that he died with his wife and family surrounding him. Calling Chadwick “a true fighter,” the family said he was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016 and “battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV.
Chadwick was a virtuoso actor who had the rare ability to create a character from the outside in and the inside out. Before he was cast as the Marvel Studios superhero, Chadwick’s career first exploded with his portrayals in an astonishing trio of biopics. He played Jackie Robinson, James Brown, and Thurgood Marshall, and he captured what each of those men was made of—a true symbol of leadership.
Chadwick was a virtuoso actor who had the rare ability to create a character from the outside in and the inside out.
Yet in “Black Panther,” he also became that rare thing, a culture warrior—not simply because he incarnated Hollywood’s first larger-than-life Black comic-book superhero of the franchise era, but because he made him such an earthly and tangible human being. And thus, made him one of the most respected and admirable superheroes.
1. He’s A Very Private Person
Chadwick’s private cancer battle can probably be explained by the fact that he always valued his privacy. Even though he was an actor for over a decade, he tried to keep his personal life as private as possible. When he was once asked about his love life, he said, “It’s no one’s business, really. When you talk about that, you become a whole different type of celebrity. Your personal life bleeds into your professional life. I’m an actor, and you know me from who I play. You get a sense of who I am, but you don’t know everything.
2. His Long Career
His first acting career started on TV. Before he was cast as T’Challa aka King of Wakanda in Black Panther and Avengers, he had roles in several TV shows, including Law & Order, CSI:NY, ER, Castle, Fridge, and the list goes on.
3. Kevin Feige Selected Him Without Audition
Because he was so talented, he didn’t have to audition for Black Panther. After Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige saw him in Get On Up, Kevin knew that Chadwick was the right man to play King T’Challa. “I think it was 24 hours between saying his name in a creative story meeting and talking to his agent and getting on a phone with him and offering him the role of Black Panther, which he accepted,” Kevin previously said.
He captured what each of those men was made of—a true symbol of leadership
4. He Played Sports
He played sports in school and during his free time. “I played Little League baseball, but I also played basketball,” the actor revealed in his interview with Vanity Fair. “Basketball was my primary sport. When you play basketball seriously, a lot of times, through the summer season, you continue playing. So that replaced me playing baseball. But I’ve always been an athlete and continued to do additional athletic activities.”
5. He Came From A Huge Family
He had a huge family. “When my grandmother died, she left 115 grandkids and great grandkids. That was just one side,” he once stated in an interview with Mr. Porter.