A charismatic performer with an easy Everyman presence, Chadwick Boseman paid his acting dues for a full decade before taking the spotlight with his starring turn in the Jackie Robinson biopic "42" (2...
Anderson, South Carolina, USA
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|Makes his TV debut on an episode of the drama "Third Watch"|
|Had his first feature film role as Floyd Little in the football movie "The Express"|
|Began his recurring part on the drama series "Lincoln Heights"|
|Cast as a regular character on the thriller show "Persons Unknown"|
|Played the lead role of Jackie Robinson in the well-received baseball movie "42"|
Born in South Carolina, Chadwick Boseman gravitated towards the theater in his youth, going on to attend both Howard University in Washington, D.C. and the British American Dramatic Academy in Oxford, England. Establishing himself as a notable up-and-comer in African-American-centric theater productions, a number of which he wrote and directed, Boseman eventually set his sights on screen acting. Starting out in brief guest roles on procedural dramas such as "Third Watch" (NBC, 1999-2005) and "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010), he finally garnered more notable parts in 2008, with a supporting role in the football movie "The Express" and an extended arc on the family drama "Lincoln Heights," where he played a troubled young war vet.
Boseman was seemingly on the verge on his big break when he was cast as the key character of another military vet, Sergeant Graham McNair, in Christopher McQuarrie's high-concept mystery series "Persons Unknown" (NBC, 2010). Unfortunately, the show was cancelled after 13 episodes, leaving him to return to one-off appearances on various television dramas, including fan-favorite fare such as "Fringe" (Fox, 2008-2013) and "Justified" (FX, 2010- ). Following a featured turn in the widely panned low-budget action film "The Kill Hole" (2012), Boseman's fortunes changed considerably. Veteran Hollywood writer/director Brian Helgeland tapped Boseman to play the main role of pioneering baseball player Jackie Robinson in the hit drama "42," a production that not only led to immediate recognition for his determined performance, but also found him acting alongside film icon Harrison Ford.
|Oxford School of Drama|
|Boseman has noted that his background as an avid basketball player helped him to prepare for the athletic nature of his role as baseball icon Jackie Robinson in "42."|
|"You're not just playing a character, you're playing someone you would like to be like. You can learn something from every character that you play but you'll be aspiring to the things that [Jackie Robinson] did for the rest of your life. So that's why you play this role, because you get to literally walk in his path." -- from Ebony, April 9, 2013|
|"When I started in theater and film, I thought I would be a director. The only reason that I started acting was because I felt like I needed to understand what the actors were doing and their process so that I could better guide them. During the course of that, I caught the acting bug. But once I finished my [acting] training, I still was thinking I would be a writer/director. I don't really think I focused on acting until I came to L.A. in 2008. That's when it got serious for me." - from Vanity Fair, April 12, 2013|
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