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CHADWICK BOSEMAN (Andre Davis), a native of South Carolina, graduated from Howard University and attended the British American Dramatic Academy at Oxford, after which he began his career as an actor, director and writer. Boseman made his feature film debut in Gary Fleder's drama The Express, playing football great Floyd Little. Boseman's breakout performance came in 2013 when he received rave reviews for his portrayal of the legendary Jackie Robinson in Warner Bros. Pictures' 42. The film, which had the highest-grossing debut for a baseball themed movie, tells the story of Robinson's history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey, played by Harrison Ford.

In 2014, Boseman again garnered critical praise for his portrayal of James Brown in Universal Pictures' Get On Up. The biopic, which also stars Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Dan Aykroyd, and was directed by Tate Taylor (The Help), chronicles Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history. Boseman received the 2014 CinemaCon Male Star of Tomorrow Award, was named one of the Top 10 Best Movie Performances of 2014 by Time magazine and was awarded a Virtuous Award from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival for his portrayal of Brown.

Boseman joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the African superhero Black Panther in Marvel's 2016 release of Captain America: Civil War. This marked the film debut for the character, also known as T'Challa, which was created by Marvel writers Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and introduced in the comics in 1966. Boseman brought the character to the forefront starring in his own solo film, Marvel's Black Panther, which received critical acclaim and broke global box office records. The film received seven Academy Award nominations, including Marvel's first ever Best Picture nomination. The cast won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

Boseman starred in the title role of Open Road Films' Marshall alongside Josh Gad and Sterling K. Brown. The film tells the story of Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Supreme Court Justice, as he battled through one of his career-defining cases as the Chief Counsel for the NAACP. Boseman's other feature film credits include: the revenge thriller Message from the King, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and garnered Boseman the Vanguard Honor for Achievement in Performance Award at the festival; the independent psychological post-war drama The Kill Hole; and Summit Entertainment's Draft Day opposite Kevin Costner.

Boseman will next be seen starring in STX's 21 Bridges, which follows a NYPD Detective thrust into a citywide manhunt for a cop killer, he begins to undercover a massive conspiracy that links his fellow cops to a criminal empire and must decide who he is hunting and who is hunting him. Boseman and his partner Logan Coles produce the film alongside Avengers: Endgame directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo. He recently wrapped production on the Netflix Originals film Da 5 Bloods, directed by Academy Award winner Spike Lee. The story follows four African American vets who return to Vietnam in search of the remains of their fallen squad leader (Boseman) and the promise of buried treasure. They battle forces of man and nature - while confronted by the lasting ravages of the immorality of Vietnam War.

Xception Content, the production company run by Boseman and his producing partner Logan Coles, has a diverse slate of upcoming projects. The duo will produce two projects with Boseman also slated to star: Yusake and Expatriate. Xception is joining Erik Feig's Picturestart to produce Yusake, a film adaptation of the story of the first African samurai in Japan and who served under Japanese warlord Oda Nobunaga in the 16th century. Boseman and Coles have also penned the script for Expatriate, an international thriller set around a 1970s plane hijacking; the project has been sold to Universal Pictures. The duo has also sold, to Paramount Pictures, an untitled pitch based on the life of Reverend Jeffrey Brown, who fought to decrease gang violence. They will produce The Stars in My Soul, based on a memoir co-written by NASA astrophysicist Hakeen Oluseyi. Working Title has picked up the project.

Boseman's theatre directing credits include Dutchman, Wine in the Wilderness, Indian Summer, Spear in the Sun, Colored Museum, and Six Hits. For the screen he wrote, directed and executive produced the short film Blood Over a Broken Pawn. Boseman's theatre acting credits include Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Breathe, Learning Curve, Willie's Cut and Shine, Rhyme Deferred, Bootleg Blues, Zooman and the Sign, and Urban Transitions, for which Boseman won an AUDELECO Award for Best Supporting Actor. Additional writing credits include Deep Azure, which was nominated for a Jeff Award for Best New Play and is published in the Hip Hop Theater Anthology Say Word!; Hieroglyphic Graffiti, which was produced at the National Black Theatre Festival and the Hip Hop Theatre Festival; and Rhyme Deferred, which appears in the Hip Hop Theatre Anthology The Fire This Time.

Boseman currently resides in Los Angeles.

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