Chadwick Boseman's legacy lives on

The late actor helps make history at the SAG Awards with posthumous Best Actor win

Stars Insider

05/04/21 | StarsInsider

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It was only after he hit age 40 that Chadwick Boseman saw his career really take off. Of course, he had the roaring success of 'Black Panther' under his wings. The Marvel film quickly became one of the biggest box office successes in history, and Boseman took on many more film roles in various projects. But his upswing was tragically cut short when, on August 28, 2020, the beloved actor died of colon cancer, a battle he'd been fighting silently for four years.

The man was not just a fantastic actor, but a wonderful soul beloved by all the stars he worked with. And, in his final years, he worked hard between surgeries and chemotherapy to put out as much work as he could, which has now led to his posthumous awards show run. He won his first Golden Globe award, Best Actor in a Motion Picture—Drama, posthumously for his role in 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' (2020), and the same role has also earned him the SAG Award for Best Actor.

With his SAG win, Boseman helped make history as the first time in the award show's history in which the top four film acting categories were all given to people of color. Viola Davis, Boseman's 'Ma Rainey' co-star, took home Best Actress, while Daniel Kaluuya ('Judas and the Black Messiah') and Youn Yuh-jung ('Minari') picked up the Best Supporting Actor awards. 

Before you check out Boseman's last major success, click through to see the other notable roles he's had in the past, and get to know more about the life and career of Hollywood's huge loss. 


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