He became well known for his portrayal in a collection of Marvel films.
In 2016, he signed up as part of a five-film deal with the company.
From then he starred as the Marvel Comics character T’Challa, or Black Panther, in films including Captain America: Civil War and Black Panther.
He reprised the role in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
Tributes have poured in for the much-loved star since his death was announced.