Chadwick Boseman, Star of ‘Black Panther,’ Dies at 43
Published: 09:59 AM, 29 August 2020 Updated: 10:40 AM, 29 August 2020
The actor also played other groundbreaking figures, like James Brown and Thurgood Marshall; Actor Chadwick Boseman, who rose to screen prominence as the star of "Black Panther," has died.
Boseman had been battling cancer since 2016, according to the actor's Twitter account. His publicist confirmed his death.
Boseman's first starring role in a film came as Cleveland Browns running back Ernie Davis in "The Express: The Ernie Davis Story" in 2008. He gained more plaudits as the star of another sports biography in 2013, this time playing barrier-breaking baseball player Jackie Robinson in "42." MLB celebrated Jackie Robinson Day on Friday.
But Boseman found his biggest box office success and worldwide star status as King T'Challa, the titular superhero Black Panther, in the Marvel film series. He made his first appearance as the character in "Captain America: Civil War" in 2016 before starring in his own standalone film two years later.
"Black Panther" was released in 2018 and smashed records with a box office total of more than $1.3 billion. It was also nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards, almost unheard of for a so-called superhero movie, and won Oscars for best costume design, best production design and best original score.
The actor was born in Anderson, South Carolina, and went to college at Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in directing. The historically Black college released its own statement memorializing Boseman.