Remembering Chadwick Boseman
November 29, 2020, would have been the late Chadwick Boseman’s 44th birthday. Some of the hero’s co-stars, friends, and family posted on social media to celebrate his legacy. From the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise, Lupita Nyong’o, Mark Ruffalo, and more paid tribute to the late Boseman on what would have been the Black Panther star’s birthday.
Boseman passed away earlier this year after four years of living with colon cancer. At the time, his reps confirmed the news of his death with a post on his Twitter account, saying,
A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.
The actor’s death shocked co-stars and fans alike because he lived with the disease in private. When he died, the country went into mourning – flags were even lowered to half-staff in South Carolina where Boseman was born and raised.
Now celebrities and fans are taking the time to remember the great Chadwick Boseman once again.
Remembering Chadwick Boseman – Marvel Studios
Marvel honored Boseman with a Black Panther themed Marvel Studios logo. Fans can see the re-designed logo by watching Black Panther on the streaming platform Disney+. Or they can view to logo on the official Twitter account of Marvel Studios.
Long live the King. #WakandaForever pic.twitter.com/uW1KisOkTq
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) November 29, 2020
Black Panther co-stars Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o also remembered their friend on his birthday on their respective social media accounts.
Jordan shared a photo of himself embracing Boseman, and wrote, “Continue watching over us King. Happy Birthday. Miss you.”
Nyongo’o also shared a photo embracing the late Boseman, and wrote, “Deeply loved, sorely missed. #ChadwickBoseman.”
Deeply loved, sorely missed. #ChadwickBoseman pic.twitter.com/cMYOnJ4PnN
— Lupita Nyong'o (@Lupita_Nyongo) November 29, 2020
Mark Ruffalo, who co-starred with Boseman in Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019), tweeted a touching behind-the-scenes moment of his friend. The clip features the Avengers’ cast and crew singing “Happy Birthday” to the actor on set. The tweet reads, “Thinking of your passion, love, and your light today, @chadwickboseman. Happy Birthday. Wishing we could time travel back to this moment.”
Thinking of your passion, love, and your light today, @chadwickboseman. Happy Birthday. Wishing we could time travel back to this moment. pic.twitter.com/df94mUaS6b
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) November 29, 2020
Remembering Chadwick Boseman – Celebrities
Oscar winner Viola Davis, who is a long time defender of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and who also co-starred with Boseman in the James Brown biopic Get On Up (2014), shared a video of the actor along with a touching message. More importantly, as a reminder, Davis also acted alongside Boseman in his final film appearance, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which hits Netflix on December 18, 2020.
Happy birthday in Heaven, Chadwick! You are still so alive to me!! I love you 💛💛 pic.twitter.com/TBhQlpIaRl
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) November 29, 2020
Common is another celebrity to pay tribute to the late Boseman on his birthday. He wrote, “Chadwick Boseman would have turned 44 years old today. Happy Birthday King. God Bless You. Thank you for using your gift to bring light to this world. RIP.”
Chadwick Boseman would have turned 44 years old today. Happy Birthday King. God Bless You. Thank you for using your gift to bring light to this world. RIP. pic.twitter.com/Nv8jS2YcUE
— COMMON (@common) November 29, 2020
Common selected photos of Boseman that were famously used as publicity photos for the Black Panther movie, signaling the importance of the film to so many up-and-coming celebrities like Miles Brown.
Happy Birthday big bro🔥 RIP #ChadwickBoseman pic.twitter.com/DyCKeHIIrp
— Miles Brown (@MilesBrown) November 30, 2020
The actor’s other celebrity friends also shared heartwarming tributes on social media. For example, Jimmy Fallon shared a video of Boseman with fans and a heartwarming message reading, “Thinking about #ChadwickBoseman today on what would have been his 44th. I’ll always be grateful to have known him.”
Thinking about #ChadwickBoseman today on what would have been his 44th. I’ll always be grateful to have known him 🙏🏻 https://t.co/WQJkwIxhz9
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) November 29, 2020
And Judy Smith, who is an American crisis manager and the inspiration for the ABC television series Scandal, reminded fans of not only the actor’s legacy on film, but his legacy as a person. Smith reminds us of this legacy, saying,
Let us celebrate #ChadwickBoseman today, on what would have been his 44th birthday, by watching his movies, talking about the icons he played, and raising awareness for #ColonCancer, which he passed from. I’ll be watching Marshall tonight. What about you? #chadwickboseman.
Let us celebrate #ChadwickBoseman today, on what would have been his 44th birthday, by watching his movies, talking about the icons he played, and raising awareness for #ColonCancer, which he passed from. I'll be watching Marshall tonight. What about you? #chadwickboseman pic.twitter.com/S3c6a3niO9
— Judy Smith (@JudySmith_) November 29, 2020
Remembering Black Panther – Howard University
In 2018, Boseman gave a commencement address at his alma mater Howard University. At the time of the actor’s death, Howard University released an official statement about the honor of hearing Boseman speak, saying,
The campus was electric as our own native son took the stage fresh off the blockbuster hit of Black Panther. In a sense, the real T’Challa had returned home to the real Wakanda – The Mecca.
At Boseman’s remarks, he even gave the Wakanda salute. Remembering the occasion on the day the actor was born in 1976, Howard University once again posted a couple of photos of Boseman receiving the honorary doctorate.
Gone but not forgotten! Rest in Power #ChadwickBoseman https://t.co/Tz2O4eTpKW
— Howard University (@HowardU) November 29, 2020
Remembering Chadwick Boseman – Family
Kevin Boseman, the late actor’s brother and a talented dancer and choreographer, acknowledged his sibling’s birthday with a photo of white flowers on his Instagram page. And the post read,”Today is a good day to give someone their flowers.”
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