Dorothy Steel, a 95-year-old actress who appeared in the Marvel blockbuster “Black
Panther” has died . Dorothy Steel died Friday morning at her home in Detroit. “She
went out strong,” her publicist said. Prior to her death, she lived in Atlanta for many
Born in 1926, Steel didn’t land an acting role until she was 88, that being her role as
a tribute leader in Marvel’s Black Panther.
“It was just amazing, it truly was,” Steel told WSBTV in 2019 of her acting experience.
“If anyone would have told me I would be an actor, I would’ve said you got to be out
of your mind.”
Steel was a merchant tribal elder who advised the King of Wakanda, played by late
actor Chadwick Boseman.
Boseman passed away from colon cancer on August 28, 2020, at the age of 43.
“Chadwick the King. Every day, he would make sure if I was on the set, he would come
by and make sure he gave me a big old hug and kiss,” Steel told the outlet.
Steel said she became the “grandmother” on the set of Black Panther, which she said
is not just a movie but a movement.
“We were one big melting pot of black people and we knew we were doing something
that had never been done before. Ya know?” she said.
She had a handful of credits in other films, including Jumanji: The Next Level, Poms
and Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses.
According to her publicist, Steel was in the middle of filming Black Panther 2 when
she died. Steel’s publicist said her upcoming role in the Black Panther sequel was
going to be her last.