Like legendary ballplayer Jackie Robinson, whom he portrayed in this summer’s 42, Chadwick Boseman is a man of many talents. A graduate of Howard University, where he earned a BFA in Directing, the Brooklyn native went abroad to study at the British American Dramatic Academy at Oxford. In 2006, Boseman earned a Joseph Jefferson Award for New Work for Deep Azure, a hip hop-influenced play he mounted at Chicago’s Congo Square Theatre Company. Yet somehow the 31-year-old has found the time to rack up almost two dozen acting credits in the past decade, including plum small-screen appearances on Lincoln Heights and Persons Unknown. With his newly acquired leading man status firmly intact, expect to see much more of Boseman in the coming months, including the lead in Tate Taylor’s James Brown biopic, Get on Up.