The Legacy of Chadwick Boseman
Hollywood had a huge blow this year as it marked the death of King T’Challa of Blank Panther. 2020 had taken many lives and the loss of this Legend made 2020 that much more difficult to endure. Boseman built a powerful career in the film industry and will be remembered for his love love and dedication to his craft.
Boseman had secured many roles in numerous films and television series but it was his role as T’Challa, the king of Marvel Kingdom of Wakanda, that made his position in one of the most noteworthy Hollywood actors of the 21st century. His role in the Avengers series earned international fame for which he accumulated support from across the globe.
Boseman started his career as a stage actor and spent time writing and directing plays. He went through all the steps that a great and self-made actor undergoes during his career.
His stage performances included Breathe, the Shakespearean tragedy Romeo and Juliet, Bootleg Blues, and Willie’s Cut and Shine. Boseman landed an AUDELCO award in 2002 for his performance in Ron Milner’s Urban Transitions: Loose Blossoms. Hieroglyphic Graffiti, Deep Azure, and Rhyme Deferred are some of the plays that he had written during his theatre endeavors. He also directed numerous plays and a short film, Blood Over a Broken Pawn.
After stage acting, Boseman made his way to TV, working on many shows including Lincoln Heights.
In the mid-2000s Boseman shifted from theatre to television with guest spots on dramas like Third Watch and in the soap opera All My Children. Boseman was also part of the award-winning audio version of the 2005 novel Upstate. His official entry in television was marked by the ABC Family drama Lincoln Heights as Nathaniel Ray. The series had four seasons featuring Boseman in the last two.
His big debut on the silver screen came when he starred as the legendary baseball player, Jackie Robinson. However, it was his role as the Black Panther in the Marvel franchise that proved to be his most notable roles.
His role as Jackie Robinson earned him the Male Star of Tomorrow by the National Association of Theatre Owners in 2014. With a little help from Mick Jagger, Boseman got the role of music legend James Brown in Get on Up.
In 2016 Boseman joined the Marvel franchise playing the King of the African Kingdom Wakanda in Captain America: Civil War after which he got his superhero closeup, Black Panther. Black Panther shattered numerous Box Office records and also landed an Academy Award nomination.
Although Boseman’s career led to international fame, it was his kindness that he is most remembered for by his friends and colleagues. A lesson for all that no matter how much money you make and how much influence you amass, kindness should always win in the end. And win Boseman surly dead. Even with his death from cancer at the age of 42, Boseman leaves behind an enduring legacy.