Chadwick portrayed the first Black player in Major League Baseball, Jackie Robinson, in “42,” in 2013; the sizzling soul singer James Brown in “Get On Up,” in 2014; and the first Black Supreme Court justice, Thurgood Marshall, in “Marshall,” in 2017.
However, the role that he was best known for was Marvel’s Black Panther. He played T’Challa in Captain America: Civil War and then reprised his role in Black Panther in 2018.
Boseman died with his wife and family by his side. Since his death was announced, a host of fans, producers, and actors have shared tributes to the actor.
The Academy reacted to the news by writing: “An immeasurable loss. From “Black Panther” to “Da 5 Bloods,” Chadwick Boseman brought strength and light to the screen, every time.”
Marvel Entertainment tweeted: “Our hearts are broken and our thoughts are with Chadwick Boseman’s family. Your legacy will live on forever. Rest In Peace.”
See some other reactions below:
I heard so much courage in Chadwick Boseman when he spoke about his life & career.
Turned left when it was more comfortable to go right. Spoke up when it was easier to stay silent. Rest in Peace ?? pic.twitter.com/6ounlbH0bz
— Aniefiok 'Neef' Ekpoudom (@AniefiokEkp) August 29, 2020
The true power of @ChadwickBoseman was bigger than anything we saw on screen. From the Black Panther to Jackie Robinson, he inspired generations and showed them they can be anything they want — even super heroes. Jill and I are praying for his loved ones at this difficult time.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 29, 2020
Heartbroken. My friend and fellow Bison Chadwick Boseman was brilliant, kind, learned, and humble. He left too early but his life made a difference. Sending my sincere condolences to his family. pic.twitter.com/C5xGkUi9oZ
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 29, 2020
I’m absolutely devastated. This is beyond heartbreaking.
Chadwick was special. A true original. He was a deeply committed and constantly curious artist. He had so much amazing work still left to create. I’m endlessly grateful for our friendship. Rest in power, King? pic.twitter.com/oBERXlw66Z
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) August 29, 2020
What a gentle gifted SOUL. Showing us all that Greatness in between surgeries and chemo. The courage, the strength, the Power it takes to do that. This is what Dignity looks like. https://t.co/U3OOnJVS42
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) August 29, 2020
— Don" 't ask me google questions" Cheadle (@DonCheadle) August 29, 2020