Most people remember Boseman for his role as T’Challa, the king of Wakanda in Black Panther and other Marvel films, but he had become one of the most respected American actors in Hollywood prior to landing the gig for his consistent string of remarkable performances leading up to his casting as T’Challa. He blew people away with his biopic portrayals of Jackie Robinson in 42, and James Brown in Get on Up.
In the 2014 film, Draft Day he plays Vontae Mack, a football player hoping to get into the NFL. He is ultimately drafted to the Cleveland Browns in the movie, so Ohio sports fans have an extra soft spot for Boseman, who was praised for his “excellent” work in the movie.
After his debut as T’Challa, he was still a top choice for dramatic biopics, as evidenced by 2017’s Marshall, where he depicted the first African-American associate supreme court justice, Thurgood Marshall, in the movie.