US actor Chadwick Boseman, popular known for playing Black Panther in the Marvel superhero franchise, has died of cancer aged 43. Chadwick died at home in Los Angeles with his wife and family by his side, a statement posted on social media said. Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago but did not make the information public.
Here Are Some Things to Know about Boseman
He’s Been In Many Biopics
If you take a look at Chadwick Boseman’s filmography, half of his movies are biopics. He played a small role in The Express: The Ernie Davis Story, a movie about an African American football player. And soon Boseman got a nickname: Biopic Man. He portrayed Jackie Robinson, a legendary baseball player, in 42; James Brown, the godfather of soul, in Get On Up; and Thurgood Marshall, a lawyer and an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, in Marshall.
2. He had a huge family. “When my grandmother died, she left 115 grandkids and great-grandkids. That was just one side,” he once disclosed in an interview with Mr. Porter.
3. He played sports in school. “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.”
4. His acting career started on TV. Before starring in Black Panther and Avengers, he had roles in several TV shows that include Law & Order, Castle, Fridge, and others.
5. He didn’t have to audition for Black Panther. After Marvel Studios President Kevin Fiege 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.