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Chadwick Boseman Biography

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Birth Name: Chadwick Boseman
Born: 1982
Birth Place: Anderson, South Carolina, USA

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. After playing another athlete opposite Kevin Costner in Ivan Reitman's "Draft Day" (2014), Boseman took on the task of portraying another influential black figure of the 20th century in the James Brown biopic "Get On Up" (2014).