Mr. Boseman additionally portrayed the baseball icon Jackie Robinson in “42,” in 2013, the soul singer James Brown in “Get On Up,” in 2014, and the Supreme Courtroom justice Thurgood Marshall in “Marshall,” in 2017.
Brian Helgeland, the author and director of “42,” which gave Mr. Boseman his breakout position, stated that Mr. Boseman reminded him of sturdy, confident icons of 1970s virility, like Gene Hackman and Clint Eastwood.
“It’s the way he carries himself, his stillness — you just have that feeling that you’re around a strong person,” Mr. Helgeland stated. “There’s a scene in the movie where Robinson’s teammate, Pee Wee Reese, puts his arm around him as a kind of show of solidarity. But Chad flips it on its head. He plays it like, ‘I’m doing fine, I’m tough as nails, but go ahead and put your arm around me if it makes you feel better.’ I think that’s who Chad is as a person.”
Mr. Boseman was born and raised in Anderson, S.C., the youngest of three boys. His mom, Carolyn, was a nurse and his father, Leroy, labored for an agricultural conglomerate and had a aspect enterprise as an upholsterer.
“I saw him work a lot of third shifts, a lot of night shifts,” Mr. Boseman informed The New York Instances final yr. “Whenever I work a particularly hard week, I think of him.”
His closest position fashions have been his two brothers: Derrick, the eldest, a preacher in Tennessee; and Kevin, a dancer who has carried out with the Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey troupes and toured with the stage adaptation of “The Lion King.”