Actor’s Spotlight: Chadwick Boseman


Chadwick Aaron Boseman, 40, is an Anderson, South Carolina born actor known for playing roles both fictional and non fictional. He was born November 29, 1977 to Carolyn, a nurse, and Leroy Boseman, a textile factory worker. After graduating high school in 1995, he attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. and graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Boseman had a teacher from Howard who became a mentor to him and a couple of his classmates, who all had the goal of attending the Oxford Mid-Summer Program of the British American Drama Academy in London. They all got accepted.

When Boseman returned to the US from the program, he then graduated from New York City’s Digital Film Academy, all while learning how to act, write and direct. Before he began his acting career in 2008, he worked as a drama instructor in the Schomburg Junior Scholars Program. When he began acting, he moved to Los Angeles. His first recurring roles on a television series was on Lincoln Heights (2008) and Persons Unknown (2010). His first feature film that he was cast in was The Express (2008). 

Even when Boseman began getting starring roles in films such as 42 (2013), The Kill Hole (2013) and Draft Day (2014), he would write Broadway plays and contemplate on whether he would either be an actor or a director. That decision was finalized when he began to show his talents of portraying well known people and characters. He portrayed James Brown in Get on Up (2014), Jackie Robinson in 42 (2013), Thoth, a deity from Egyptian mythology in Gods of Egypt (2016) and Thurgood Marshall in Marshall (2017).

As of today, Boseman is being praised for his outstanding performance as one of Marvel’s most famous superheroes, The Black Panther, King of Wakanda. He debuted as this character in 2016 in Captain America: Civil War and portrayed him a second time in the recent film, Black Panther, which opened to great anticipation. He now has a 5-movie contract with Marvel Studios and will reprise the role once again this year in Avengers: Infinity War on May 4.

Boseman is currently single and residing in Los Angeles, California.

Brandon Corbin is a Sophomore Broadcast/Mass Communications major from Baton Rouge, LA. He will be a contributor to The Campus Chronicle for the 2017-2018 school year.