The Life of Chadwick Boseman


Cole Terry and Joe Parro

Chadwick Boseman was born on November 29th, 1976 in Anderson, South Carolina. Chadwick was raised by his mother Carolyn and his father Leroy Boseman alongside his two brothers, Derrick and Kevin. Later in life Boseman attended Howard University and graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts that would later help him pursue his career in the acting industry. 


After college he would find himself landing his very first role as a series regular on Persons Unknown.  Boseman’s career would quickly change after playing one of his biggest roles in the movie 42 as baseball icon Jackie Robinson. His performance inspired many members of the black community and led to awards like, Breakthrough Performance of the Year and Outstanding Breakthrough Performance for male actors. Chadwick was a nominee for the CFCA award and also got most promising performer. Lastly Boseman won Outstanding Actor in a motion picture. 


Boseman is most recognized for the role of Black Panther and acting part in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In an interview with Ipswich High School student Tony Parro, he stated that “I knew of him from Black Panther and the Marvel movies that he was in.” It has been most seemingly noticeable that many people knew of Boseman and his acting career in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In his role as T’Challa in Marvel’s Black Panther Boseman won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and Best Actor nominee.


In 2016, Boseman was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer. Boseman battled this cancer for 4 years before he passed away. He played through movies and lived his everyday life with cancer and many people did not know. Boseman kept battling every day but the cancer eventually reached Stage 4 colon cancer.  We asked Janet Parro who is in the medical field if she heard on how Boseman died she responded with “I heard he died of cancer but I’m not sure what type”.  We found out in another interview question that “Colon cancer is one of the worst cancers to get and is one of the leading causes of death of cancers”. It was also brought up with an interview with the IHS student Tony Parro on how the death of Chadwick Boseman had impacted him, He mentioned, ¨I was surprised, and it didn’t cross my mind of Chadwick Boseman passing so early.¨ As questions were answered it was beyond without a doubt that people across the world were impacted by the death of Mr. Boseman, and so many people had been inspired for valuable lessons the world had offered. 


Boseman was called a true fighter trying to overcome Stage 4 of colon cancer. On August 28, 2020 Boseman lost his battle with cancer leaving behind his great legacy and what he did for with the film industry.