Hollywood Pays Tribute to Chadwick Boseman & His Immense Talent

Amy Mackelden
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Photo credit: Jesse Grant - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jesse Grant - Getty Images

From Oprah Magazine

The news of Chadwick Boseman's death at the age of 43 has shocked people around the world. Best known for playing the lead role in Black Panther, Boseman leaves behind an impressive legacy, which includes bringing an iconic Black superhero to life.

During his career, Boseman portrayed a number of important figures including Jackie Robinson in 42, James Brown in Get on Up, and Thurgood Marshall in Marshall. Following his cancer diagnosis, Boseman continued to work, and appeared in several Marvel movies, including Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. He headlined the 2019 movie 21 Bridges, and appeared in Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods, which was released in 2020. Boseman also stars alongside Viola Davis in the forthcoming Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.

Boseman's fellow superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have taken to social media to express their sadness following the actor's death. A plethora of celebrities have also celebrated Boseman's "courage," "strength," and "power." Here, Hollywood pays tribute to the legend.

Oprah Winfrey

"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."

Samuel L. Jackson

"THANK YOU @chadwickboseman for all you gave us. We needed it & will always cherish it! A talented & giving artist & brother who will be sorely missed RIP."

Ava DuVernay

"May you have a beautiful return, King. We will miss you so."

Martin Luther King III

"Chadwick Boseman brought history to life on the silver screen, from Jackie Robinson, James Brown and Thurgood Marshall. As Black Panther, he was also a superhero to many. And despite his 4 year long battle with cancer, he kept fighting and he kept inspiring. He will be missed."

Don Cheadle

"i will miss you, birthday brother. you were always light and love to me. my god ... forever and ever ..."

Mark Ruffalo

"All I have to say is the tragedies amassing this year have only been made more profound by the loss of #ChadwickBoseman. What a man, and what an immense talent. Brother, you were one of the all time greats and your greatness was only beginning. Lord love ya. Rest in power, King."

Kerry Washington

"A warrior of light til the very end. A true king. I am without words. May he rise in power."


"The news of Chadwick passing has devastated us all. Like a true hero he fought his battle to the end and never stopped gifting us his incredible talent. He was a king in real life and on screen, the world will miss him dearly. RIP #ChadwickBoseman."

Kamala Harris

"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."

Bob Iger

"We are all heartbroken by the tragic loss of #chadwickboseman -- an extraordinary talent, and one of the most gentle and giving souls I have ever met. He brought enormous strength, dignity and depth to his groundbreaking role of Black Panther; shattering myths and stereotypes, becoming a long-awaited hero to millions around the world, and inspiring us all to dream bigger and demand more than the status quo. We mourn all that he was, as well as everything he was destined to become."

Chris Hemsworth

"Gonna miss you mate. Absolutely heartbreaking. One of the kindest most genuine people I’ve met. Sending love and support to all the family xo RIP."

Chris Evans

"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."

John Legend

"I’m so shocked and heartbroken about Chadwick. He was such a bright light, such a gifted performer. He brought grace, elegance and power to everything he did. He always seemed to carry our ancestors with him. And now he joins them far too soon."

Russell Wilson

"Wakanda Forever."

Jordan Peele

"This is a crushing blow."

Gabrielle Union

"Truly a gentleman superstar on screen and in life. Pure excellence and class and grace."

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