By John H. Foote
Actor Chadwick Boseman has died after a brave four-year fight with colon cancer. He was 43.
Boseman will be forever remembered as the super hero Black Panther (2018) in the Oscar nominated film, and several of The Avengers films. His courage can be measured in that during the shoots of those films he was struggling with cancer, often undergoing chemotherapy.
He came to fame with his fine performance in 42 (2014), the fine film about baseball legend Jackie Robinson. Seen this year in likely Oscar candidate Da Five Bloods (2020), he had fast become a major star.
His death feels sudden for many who were not aware he was ill, but for four years he had fought this devastating disease.
The bright light Marvel Universe is now darker.
John H. Foote is a well-recognized Canadian film critic/historian who has been an active critic for 30 years. His deep love for the movies began at a very young age. He began his career as co-host of the popular TV show Reel to Real where he remained for nine years. While on TV he began dabbling in education, eventually ascending to Director of the Toronto Film School, where he also taught film history. After leaving the college to care for his wife, he returned to teaching at Humber College where he taught both Film History and Method Acting Theory. John has written two books: “Clint Eastwood – Evolution of a Filmmaker” and the upcoming “Spielberg – American Film Visionary”. He is currently working on two books, one about the films of the seventies and another on the films of Martin Scorsese. Through his career he has worked in TV, radio, print and the web. John has interviewed everyone in the industry (more than 300 interviews) except Jack Nicholson, he says sadly. Highlights include Martin Scorsese, Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep Robert Duvall, Jane Fonda, Francis Ford Coppola and Kathryn Bigelow.