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A native of South Carolina, CHADWICK
BOSEMAN (James Brown)
graduated from Howard
University before attending
the British American
Drama Academy in Oxford,
U.K., after which he began
his career as a playwright,
director and actor.
Boseman began his
career in the theater world,
writing such plays as Deep
Azure, which was nominated for a 2006 Jeff Award for
Best New Play and is published in the Hip-Hop Theater
anthology "Say Word!"; and Hieroglyphic Graffiti, which
was produced at the National Black Theatre Festival and
the Hip-Hop Theater Festival. He co-authored Rhyme
Deferred, which appeared in the Hip-Hop Theater
anthology "The Fire This Time."
Boseman's theater directing credits include
Dutchman, Wine in the Wilderness, Indian Summer,
Spear in the Sun, The Colored Museum and Six Hits. For
the screen, he wrote, directed and executive produced
the short film Blood Over a Broken Pawn. His theater
acting credits include Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth,
Breathe, Learning Curve, Willy's Cut and Shine, Rhyme
Deferred, Bootleg Blues, Zooman and the Sign and
Urban Transition: Loose Blossoms, for which he won
an AUDELCO award for Best Supporting Actor.
Boseman made his feature film debut portraying
football great Floyd Little in Gary Fleder's drama
The Express. More recently, he starred in the
independent psychological postwar drama The Kill
Hole, and received strong reviews for his portrayal
of American icon Jackie Robinson in Brian
Helgeland's 42, opposite Harrison Ford. The film
tells the story of Robinson's history-making signing
with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of
team executive Branch Rickey (Ford). Boseman
was most recently seen opposite Kevin Costner in
Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment's Draft Day.
Boseman will next be seen in Lionsgate/Summit
Entertainment's period epic Gods of Egypt, for
director Alex Proyas. The action-adventure, in which
he portrays Thoth, the god of wisdom, is set for release
in February 2016.
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