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Jack Black

Jack Black
Jack Black at the San Diego Comic-Con International (2014)
Born Thomas Jacob Black
(1969-08-28) August 28, 1969
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, comedian, singer, record producer
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s) Tanya Haden (m. 2006)
Children 2
Musical career
Genres Comedy rock, heavy metal, hard rock, acoustic rock
Instruments Vocals, guitar, percussion, keyboards
Associated acts Tenacious D, Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal, Probot, Foo Fighters, Meat Loaf, Ronnie James Dio
Website .comtenaciousd
Notable instruments
Gibson SG

Thomas Jacob "Jack" Black (born August 28, 1969) is an American actor, comedian, musician, and producer.

His acting career has been extensive, starring primarily in comedy films. He is known for his roles in High Fidelity, Shallow Hal, School of Rock, King Kong, Nacho Libre, Tropic Thunder, The Holiday, Goosebumps, Bernie and the Kung Fu Panda films. Black is considered a member of the so-called Frat Pack, a loose grouping of comic actors who have appeared together from an early age in various Hollywood films. He has been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards. Black is the lead vocalist of the comedic rock group Tenacious D, which he formed in 1994 with friend Kyle Gass.


  • Early life 1
  • Acting career 2
    • Early roles 2.1
    • Leading roles 2.2
    • Later television roles 2.3
    • Hosting work and appearances 2.4
    • Voice acting 2.5
  • Music career 3
  • Personal life 4
  • Filmography 5
    • Film 5.1
    • Television 5.2
    • Video games 5.3
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

Thomas Jacob Black[1] was born on August 28, 1969, in Santa Monica, California,[2] the son of two satellite engineers, Judith Love (née Cohen), who worked on the Hubble Space Telescope and is also a writer, and Thomas William Black.[3][4][5] His mother was born Jewish, and his father converted to Judaism. Black was raised in the Jewish faith, attending Hebrew school and celebrating a Bar Mitzvah.[6][7] On a guest appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, he said his surname may have come from the occupational name of blacksmith.[8]

Black's parents divorced when he was 10; Black moved to Culver City with his father and frequently visited his mother's home. As a child, Black appeared in a commercial for the Activision game Pitfall! in 1982.[9] This was shown during his later appearances as an adult actor on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and again on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien.

For high school, Black's parents enrolled him at the Poseidon School, a private secondary school designed specifically for students struggling in the traditional school system.[10] Black also attended the Crossroads School, where he excelled in drama. He later attended UCLA[11] but dropped out during his sophomore year to pursue a career in entertainment. Fellow UCLA student Tim Robbins later cast Black in Bob Roberts. Black gained recurring roles on the HBO sketch comedy series, Mr. Show.

Acting career

Early roles

Black first acted in a television commercial at age 13 for the video game Pitfall!.[12] Black's adult career began with acting on prime time television. He played roles on shows including Life Goes On, Northern Exposure, Mr. Show, Picket Fences, The Golden Palace and The X-Files. Black appeared in the unaired TV pilot Heat Vision and Jack, directed by Ben Stiller, in which he played an ex-astronaut pursued by actor Ron Silver. He was accompanied by his friend who had merged with a motorcycle, voiced by Owen Wilson.

Black later took on small roles in Airborne (1993), Demolition Man, Waterworld, The Fan, The Cable Guy, Mars Attacks!, Tim Robbins' Dead Man Walking, The Jackal, Enemy of the State, and others. He had a small role in True Romance as a security guard, but the scene was deleted.

Leading roles

In 2000, Black appeared in High Fidelity as a wild employee in John Cusack's record store, a role he considers his breakout.[13] He soon gained leading roles in films such as Shallow Hal, Nacho Libre, Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, Year One, and Gulliver's Travels. He received particular praise for his starring role in the well-received School of Rock, earning critical acclaim and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor – Musical or Comedy.[14]

He starred in one of his few dramatic roles as the obsessed filmmaker Carl Denham in Peter Jackson's 2005 remake of King Kong, a performance he based on Orson Welles. He voiced the title role in Kung Fu Panda, which grossed $20.3 million on its opening day, June 6, 2008, and Kung Fu Panda 2; this is his favorite role and he praises the tutoring of co-star and two-time Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman.[15] His next film, The Big Year, a competitive birdwatching comedy co-starring Owen Wilson, Steve Martin, and JoBeth Williams, was released in October 2011.

The media classifies Black as one of the Frat Pack, a group of comedy actors who frequently work together. It includes Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, and Steve Carell.

Jack garnered a second Golden Globe Award nomination, this time in the category Best Actor in a Comedy, for his 2011 starring role in Richard Linklater's black comedy Bernie, as real-life murderer Bernie Tiede, a funeral director in a small East Texas town, who befriends and eventually murders a rich widow, played by Shirley MacLaine. Black's subdued portrayal, authentic East Texas accent and musical talent – he sings several gospel hymns as well as "Seventy-six Trombones" — had Roger Ebert describing Black's work as "one of the performances of the year."[16]

Later television roles

Black guest-starred on The Office along with Cloris Leachman, and Jessica Alba in a movie within the show. He also guest-starred in iCarly, in the episode "iStart a Fan War".

Black has appeared numerous times on the "untelevised TV network" short film Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln). Black also guest starred in the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim show Tom Goes to the Mayor, as a bear-trap store owner. Black also guest-starred on Dan Harmon's show Community.

Hosting work and appearances

Black took part in the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? celebrity edition along with Denis Leary, Jimmy Kimmel and others and was handed the prize of US$125,000 in October 2001.[17] On December 14, he hosted the 2008 Spike Video Game Awards. Black has hosted the Nickelodeon Acceptable.TV.[18]

Voice acting

Jack Black at the Kung Fu Panda 2 premiere in June 2011

In addition to Kung Fu Panda, Black has voice acted on other occasions, including "Husbands and Knives" from The Simpsons, which aired November 18, 2007, portraying Milo, the friendly owner of the rival comic book store. He provided the voice of the main character, roadie Eddie Riggs, in the heavy metal-themed action-adventure video game Brütal Legend. In 2009, at the Spike Video Game Awards, he earned the Best Voice award for the voice of Eddie Riggs in Brütal Legend. In April 2009, Black starred in an episode of Yo Gabba Gabba!, in which he vocalized funny kid songs, such as "It's Not Fun to Get Lost", "Friends", and "The Goodbye Song".

Music career

Jack Black with Kyle Gass of Tenacious D.

Black, also known as JB or Jables, is the lead singer for the comedy rock/hard rock band Tenacious D. Along with Kyle Gass, they have released three albums, a self-titled debut, the follow-up, The Pick of Destiny, and Rize of the Fenix. One of their songs from their album The Pick of Destiny, titled "The Metal", was used in the music video games Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock and Brütal Legend. "Rock Your Socks" from the album Tenacious D was played in the music videogame Rock Band Unplugged as well, and "Master Exploder" from The Pick Of Destiny went on to be used in music video games Guitar Hero Van Halen, Rock Band 2, and Brütal Legend along with their song "Tribute" from Tenacious D. "Master Exploder" and "The Metal" featured in the comedic film Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny.

The film, directed by Tenacious D veteran Liam Lynch, featured recurring characters from Black's comedy such as Lee the super-fan and the Sasquatch. Several celebrities had roles in the film; actor Tim Robbins cameos as does Dave Grohl as Satan. Ben Stiller also makes an appearance as a worker at a Guitar Center, also having a role in the music video for "Tribute".

Tenacious D helped the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation[19] to raise awareness and funds for the affliction in Los Angeles on December 20, 2001 [20] and in San Diego, California on June 16, 2007. Tenacious D can be seen performing in the 90s-era Pauly Shore film Bio-Dome where the duo is performing its song "The Five Needs" at a "Save the Environment" party. Black was also a guest star on an episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show entitled "Ellen the Musical", alongside Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth and teenage singer-actress Olivia Olson. On the show, besides singing, he discussed his then-upcoming film Nacho Libre with the host.

In 2000 Jack Black (along with Kyle Gass) provided backing vocals to punk rockers The Vandals' song "Fourteen", which appears on their album Look What I Almost Stepped In.... Black has also appeared on Dave Grohl's Probot album, providing vocals for the hidden song "I Am The Warlock", and Lynch's Fake Songs album, providing vocals for the song "Rock and Roll Whore". Black performed a cover of Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On" in the last sequence of High Fidelity. He lent his musical abilities to the Queens of the Stone Age song "Burn the Witch" with rhythmic stomps and claps, some performed with his eyes closed. He also provided vocals for The Lonely Island's track "Sax Man" from the album Incredibad.

Black has also recorded a duet on Meat Loaf's recently made album Hang Cool Teddy Bear. The song is called "Like a Rose". Meat Loaf also played Black's father in the Pick of Destiny movie.

Black performing in 2006

Black has appeared in music videos of Beck "Sexx Laws"; Foo Fighters "Learn To Fly", "Low", and "The One"; The Eagles of Death Metal's "I Want You So Hard (Boy's Bad News)"; Sum 41's "Things I Want"; Dio's "Push"; Weezer's "Photograph"; and "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Tacky." In October 2010, Tenacious D appeared at BlizzCon 2010, a convention hosted by the game designers, Blizzard Entertainment. In 2012, Jack Black joined up with other celebrities to record "Book People Unite", a song sponsored by the Library of Congress, and RIF.

Black did guest vocals and appears on the Dethklok soundtrack album The Doomstar Requiem. He sings the parts for Dethklok's original band manager as well as a fat blogger.

Personal life

In January 2006, Black became engaged to Tanya Haden. She is one of the triplet daughters of jazz double bassist Charlie Haden, with her sisters being violinist and singer Petra Haden and bass player Rachel Haden. Haden herself is an accomplished cellist. Both attended Crossroads School and met again 15 years after graduating, at a friend's birthday party. Black proposed around Christmas 2005, and they got married on March 14, 2006, in Big Sur, California.[21]

Black's first son, Samuel Jason "Sammy" Black, was born on June 10, 2006, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.[22] On May 23, 2008, Black and his wife had their second son, Thomas David Black.[23]

Black described himself as an atheist; but now that he is a father, he has decided to raise his children in the Jewish faith and has also started going to a synagogue with them.[24][25][26]

Black endorsed Barack Obama's re-election campaign in 2012.[27]

In 2015, Black visited Kampala in Uganda, Africa as part of Comic Relief USA's Red Nose Day. He notably met a twelve-year-old boy there and was moved by his story.[28]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Our Shining Moment Teenage boy Television film
1992 Bob Roberts Roger Davis
1993 Airborne Augie
Marked for Murder Car thief Television film
Demolition Man Wasteland Scrap
1994 The NeverEnding Story III Slip
Blind Justice Private Television film
The Innocent Marty Prago
1995 Bye Bye Love DJ at party
Dead Man Walking Craig Poncelet
Waterworld Pilot
1996 Bio-Dome Tenacious D
The Cable Guy Rick Legatos
The Fan Broadcast technician
Mars Attacks! Billy Glenn Norris
1997 Bongwater Devlin
Crossworlds Steve
The Jackal Ian Lamont
1998 Enemy of the State Fiedler
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer Titus Telesco Uncredited
Johnny Skidmarks Jerry
1999 Cradle Will Rock Sid
Jesus' Son Georgie
The Love Letter Fisherman Uncredited
2000 High Fidelity Barry Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor – Comedy/Romance
Nominated – American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Music Moment
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Breakthrough Male Performance
Nominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
2001 Frank's Book Performance hipster Short film
Saving Silverman JD McNugent
Shallow Hal Hal Larson Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor - Comedy
2002 Ice Age Zeke (voice)
Orange County Lance Brumder
Run Ronnie Run Lead chimney sweep DVD Exclusive Award for Best Original Song
2003 Melvin Goes to Dinner Mental patient Phoenix Film Festival Award for Best Ensemble Acting
Nominated – DVD Exclusive Award for Best Supporting Actor in a DVD Premiere
School of Rock Dewey Finn MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Team
Nominated – New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor (3rd place)
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor - Comedy
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Liar
2004 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Motorcyclist Cameo
Envy Nick Vanderpark Nominated – People's Choice Award for Favorite Funny Male Star
Shark Tale Lenny (voice)
2005 King Kong Carl Denham Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Movie – Choice Sleazebag
2006 The Holiday Miles
Nacho Libre Nacho Also producer
Nominated – Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Male Movie Star
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Fight
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Movie – Choice Actor: Comedy
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Movie – Choice Chemistry
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Movie – Choice Rumble
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny Jack "Jables" Black Also producer and writer
2007 Margot at the Wedding Malcolm Nominated – Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Paul McCartney Uncredited
2008 Be Kind Rewind Jerry Gerber
Kung Fu Panda Po (voice) Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie
Nominated – Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Animated Character in a Motion Picture
The Secrets of the Furious Five Short film
Prop 8: The Musical Jesus Christ
Tropic Thunder Jeff "Fats" Portnoy Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cast
2009 Year One Zed
2010 Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special Po (voice) Short film
Gulliver's Travels Gulliver Also executive producer
Nominated – Razzie Award for Worst Actor
Nominated – Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards for Favorite Male Movie Star
2011 Kung Fu Panda 2 Po (voice) Nominated – Teen Choice Awards for Choice Movie Animated Voice
Nominated – Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie
Nominated – People's Choice Award for Favorite Animation Movie Voice
Bernie Bernie Tiede Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated – Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Performance
Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
Nominated – New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor (runner-up)
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor in a Comedy
The Big Year Brad Harris
The Muppets Himself Uncredited
2014 Sex Tape Owner of YouPorn
2015 The D Train Dan Landsman Also producer
Goosebumps R. L. Stine
2016 Kung Fu Panda 3 Po (voice) Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Golden Palace Taxi driver Episode: "Seems Like Old Times: Part 2"
Life Goes On Skinhead Episode: "Incident on Main"
Northern Exposure Kevin Wilkins Episode: "A River Doesn't Run Through It"
1995 All-American Girl Tommy Episode "A Night at the Oprah"
Pride & Joy Man Episode: "Brenda's Secret"
The Single Guy Randy Episode: "Sister"
Touched by an Angel Monte Episode: "Angels on the Air"
The X-Files Bart "Zero" Liqouri Episode: "D.P.O."
1995–1996 Mr. Show with Bob and David Various characters 4 episodes
Picket Fences Curtis Williams 2 episodes
1997–2000 Tenacious D JB 6 episodes; also co-creator, writer, producer
1999 Heat Vision and Jack Jack Television short
2001 Space Ghost Coast to Coast Himself Episode: "Sweet for Brak"
2002 2002 MTV Movie Awards Host Television special
The Andy Dick Show J.D. Episode: "Flipped"
Clone High Pusher/Larry Hardcore (voice) Episode: "Raisin the Stakes"
Crank Yankers Tenacious D Episode: "#1.3"
MADtv Episode: "#7.22"
2003 Player$ Episode: "Tenacious D a la Mode"
Will & Grace Dr. Isaac Hershberg Episode: "Nice in White Satin"
2003–2004 Computerman Computerman 6 episodes; Also executive producer
Time Belt Computerman 2 episodes
2004 Cracking Up Brian Episode: "Scared Straight"
Tom Goes to the Mayor Trapper JB (voice) Episode: "Bear Traps"
2006 2006 Kids' Choice Awards Host Television special
2006 MTV Video Music Awards
2007 Acceptable.TV Executive producer
The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show Jables Episode: "Break-Up"
The Simpsons Milo (voice) Episode: "Husbands and Knives"
2008 Sesame Street Himself Episode: "The Golden Triangle of Destiny"
2008 Kids' Choice Awards Host Television special
2008 Spike Video Game Awards
2009 The Office Sam Episode: "Stress Relief"
Yo Gabba Gabba Himself Episode: "New Friends"
2010 Community Buddy Episode: "Investigative Journalism"
iCarly Aspartamay[29] Episode: "iStart a Fanwar"
2011 2011 Kids' Choice Awards Host Television special
2013–2015 Drunk History Elvis Presley / Orson Welles / Benjamin Franklin / William Mulholland 4 episodes
2013 Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem Dethklok's original manager / Fat Blogger (voices) Television special
2015 Workaholics Pritchard DeMamp Episode: "Gramps DeMamp is Dead"
Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself Episode: "Jack Black Wears an Embroidered Cowboy Shirt and Ox Blood Sneakers"
The Brink[30] Alex Talbot Main Role
Documentary Now! Jamison Friend Episode: "Dronez: The Hunt for El Chingon"

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie Carl Denham (voice) Spike Video Game Award for Best Performance by a Male
2009 Brütal Legend Eddie Riggs (voice) Spike Video Game Award for Best Voice
2014 Broken Age Harm'ny Lightbeard (voice)


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