Jack Black

Actor, Musician, Writer
While he began his unique double career as a cult figure on the L. A. alternative comedy scene before upgrading to scene-stealing character roles in larger pictures, actor-musician Jack Black eventually took the lead in ... Read more »
Born: 08/28/1969 in Santa Monica, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (130)

Comedy Bang! Bang! 2012, 2015 (Tv Show)

Himself

Conan 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Goosebumps 2015 (Movie)

R. L. Stine (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Teen Choice 2015 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 87th Annual Academy Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Performer

The Brink 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Workaholics 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

21 Years: Richard Linklater 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

Ghost Ghirls 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Harmontown 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

Drunk History 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Bernie 2012 (Movie)

Bernie Tiede (Actor)

Last Call at the Oasis 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Teachers Rock 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

2011 MTV Video Music Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Acceptable.TV 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996, 2006 - 2007, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Host

Kung Fu Panda 2 2011 (Movie)

Po (Voice)

Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Voice

The Big Year 2011 (Movie)

Brad Harris (Actor)

The Graham Norton Show 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996, 2006 - 2007, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Muppets 2011 (Movie)

(Cameo)

iCarly: iStart a Fan War 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

2009 MTV Video Music Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Fight for Your Right Revisited 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Gulliver's Travels 2010 (Movie)

Lemuel Gulliver (Actor)

The 32nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2006, 2010 (Tv Show)

Guest

81st Annual Academy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

RUSH: Beyond the Lighted Stage 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Spike TV's Video Game Awards 2008 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Host

The 31st Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 51st Annual Grammy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Year One 2009 (Movie)

Zed (Actor)

Be Kind Rewind 2008 (Movie)

Jerry (Actor)

Kung Fu Panda 2008 (Movie)

Po (Voice)

Nickelodeon's 2008 Kids' Choice Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

Reel Comedy: Tropic Thunder 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2008 MTV Movie Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Tropic Thunder 2008 (Movie)

Jeff "Fats" Portnoy (Actor)

D Tour: A Tenacious Documentary 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Margot at the Wedding 2007 (Movie)

Malcolm (Actor)

Nickelodeon's 20th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Picket Fences 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rain of Madness 2007 (Movie)

Jeff "Fats" Portnoy (Actor)

Sirens 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spike TV's Video Game Awards 2006 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The X-Files 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story 2007 (Movie)

Paul McCartney (Actor)

Earth to America! 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Nacho Libre 2006 (Movie)

Nacho (Actor)

Sci Fi Inside: King Kong 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Tenacious D In: The Pick of Destiny 2006 (Movie)

JB (Actor)

The 2006 MTV Video Music Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Host

The Holiday 2006 (Movie)

Miles (Actor)

Video Game Awards 2005 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Danny Roane: First Time Director 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

King Kong 2005 (Movie)

Carl Denham (Actor)

Anchorman 2004 (Movie)

Cameo (Actor)

Comedy Central's Bar Mitzvah Bash! 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Conan O'Brien 10th Anniversary Special 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Envy 2004 (Movie)

Nick Vanderpark (Actor)

Mouthing Off: 51 Greatest Smartasses 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Shark Tale 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Lenny (Actor)

The 2003 MTV Video Music Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2004 MTV Movie Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2nd Annual TRL Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 46th Annual Grammy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 76th Annual Academy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

World Poker Tour: Hollywood Home Game 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of Too Many Stars 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

School of Rock 2003 (Movie)

Dewey Finn (Actor)

Diary 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Ice Age 2002 (Movie)

of Zeke (Voice)

Orange County 2002 (Movie)

Lance (Actor)

Reel Comedy: Shallow Hal 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Sixty Spins Around the Sun 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Reel Comedy: Saving Silverman 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Run, Ronnie, Run 2001 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Saving Silverman 2001 (Movie)

J D (Actor)

Shallow Hal 2001 (Movie)

Hal Larsen (Actor)

High Fidelity 2000 (Movie)

Barry (Actor)

Jesus' Son 2000 (Movie)

Georgie (Actor)

Cradle Will Rock 1999 (Movie)

Sid (Actor)

Mr. Show 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Tenacious D 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Bongwater 1998 (Movie)

Devlin (Actor)

Enemy of the State 1998 (Movie)

Fiedler (Actor)

Johnny Skidmarks 1998 (Movie)

Jerry (Actor)

Crossworlds 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jackal 1997 (Movie)

Lamont (Actor)

Bio-Dome 1996 (Movie)

Tenacious D (Actor)

Mars Attacks! 1996 (Movie)

Billy Glenn Norris (Actor)

The Cable Guy 1996 (Movie)

Rick (Actor)

The Fan 1996 (Movie)

Broadcast Technician (Actor)

The Single Guy 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

All-American Girl 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Bye, Bye Love 1995 (Movie)

DJ at Party (Actor)

Dead Man Walking 1995 (Movie)

Craig Poncelet (Actor)

Pride & Joy 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Innocent 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Waterworld 1995 (Movie)

Pilot (Actor)

The Neverending Story III 1994 (Movie)

Slip (Actor)

Airborne 1993 (Movie)

Augie (Actor)

Demolition Man 1993 (Movie)

Wasteland Scraps (Actor)

Flying Blind 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Marked For Murder 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Golden Palace 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Roberts 1992 (Movie)

Roger (Actor)

Blind Justice (TV Show)

Actor

Documentary Now! (Tv Show)

Himself

Frank or Francis (Movie)

Francis (Actor)

Marked for Murder (Movie)

Car Thief (Actor)

Red Nose Day (TV Show)

Himself

School of Rock 2: America Rocks (Movie)

Dewey Finn (Actor)

The Birthday Boys (Tv Show)

Actor

The Concert for Valor (TV Show)

Special Appearance
Producer (7)

Entertainment 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The D Train 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Gulliver's Travels 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Branson 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

D Tour: A Tenacious Documentary 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Nacho Libre 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tenacious D In: The Pick of Destiny 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)
Music (6)

Be Kind Rewind 2008 (Movie)

"Ain't Misbehavin'" (Song Performer)

Nacho Libre 2006 (Movie)

("Piel Canela") (Song Performer)

Nacho Libre 2006 (Movie)

("Singing At The Party") (Song)

Tenacious D In: The Pick of Destiny 2006 (Movie)

("Baby") (Song)

School of Rock 2003 (Movie)

("In The End Of Time") (Song)

Bob Roberts 1992 (Movie)

background vocals (Music)
Writer (1)

Tenacious D In: The Pick of Destiny 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

While he began his unique double career as a cult figure on the L. A. alternative comedy scene before upgrading to scene-stealing character roles in larger pictures, actor-musician Jack Black eventually took the lead in some of the most quirky and endearing comedies of the early millennium. After playing a series of small roles on television and in film, Black had his breakthrough as an amped-up vintage record store clerk in Stephen Frears' "High Fidelity" (2000). From there, he went on to cultivate his signature persona - that of an overconfident, smart aleck loser with an arsenal of expressive faces and a gung-ho attitude toward the most absurd plans of action. Black gained further celebrity with leading roles in the Farrelly Brothers comedy "Shallow Hal" (2001) and the indie comedy "Orange County" (2002). He reached new heights with the surprise hit, "School of Rock" (2003), which established his presence as one of Hollywood's top comedic draws. Widening his palette, Black took on the Carl Denham role for Peter Jackson's contemporary remake of "King Kong" (2005), though he was knocked for his dismissed performance in "Nacho Libre" (2006). But he bounced back in a big way as the voice of "Kung Fu Panda" (2008) and the drug-addled Jeff Portnoy in "Tropic Thunder" (2008). Whether he was making audiences laugh in a wide variety of comedic performances or playing to sold-out crowds as front man for the rock comedy due, Tenacious D, Black remained one of Hollywood's most unique and bankable talents.

Relationships

Thomas Black

Father
Divorced Black's mother when he was ten

Samuel Black

Son
Born June 10, 2006; mother, Tanya Haden

Thomas Black

Son
Born May 23, 2008; mother, Tanya Haden

Judith Cohen

Mother
Divorced Black's father when he was ten Worked on the Hubble Space Telescope, which was carried into orbit via the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1990

Kathy Griffin Actor

Companion
Griffin wrote about brief romance with Black in her 2009 autobiography Official Book Club Selection

Tanya Haden Puppeteer

Wife
Met while they were students at Crossroads School in Santa Monica, CA Eloped after dating less than a year on March 14, 2006 in Big Sur, CA

Charlie Haden Actor

Child-In-Law

Laura Kightlinger Consulting Producer

Companion
Began dating in 1997 Split in 2005

EDUCATION

Crossroads

Santa Monica , California

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

2011

Once again voiced the lead character in "Kung Fu Panda 2"

2011

Played title role in dark comedy "Bernie" opposite Shirley MacLaine

2011

Co-starred in "The Big Year" with Owen Wilson and Steve Martin

2010

Produced and starred in a modern-day remake of "Gulliver's Travels"

2009

Co-starred with Michael Cera in Biblical comedy "Year One"; directed by Harold Ramis

2008

Co-starred with Mos Def in Michel Gondry's eccentric comedy "Be Kind Rewind"

2008

Co-starred in the Ben Stiller directed action comedy "Tropic Thunder"

2008

Voiced the lead character in the animated feature "Kung Fu Panda"

2007

Portrayed Jennifer Jason Leigh's fiancé in "Margot at the Wedding," directed by Noah Baumbach

2006

Cast as a Mexican monk who hits the wrestling circuit in "Nacho Libre," a comedy directed by Jared Hess

2006

Produced (also co-wrote and starred) "Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny," a film about his rock comedy band with Kyle Gass; also released the album The Pick of Destiny

2006

Played rare romantic lead opposite Kate Winslet in director Nancy Meyers' romantic comedy "The Holiday"

2005

Cast as Carl Denham, an adventure filmmaker in Peter Jackson's remake of the 1933 classic "King Kong"

2004

Voiced Lenny in the animated feature "Shark Tale"

2004

Co-starred with Ben Stiller in the comedy "Envy," directed by Barry Levinson

2003

Starred in the comedy "School of Rock"

2001

Had leading role opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in "Shallow Hal"

2001

Released self-titled debut album Tenacious D with co-band member Kyle Gass

2000

Had a memorable supporting role as an obnoxious record store clerk in the feature "High Fidelity"

2000

Signed to co-star in the comedy "Saving Silverman"; reportedly earned $1 million

1999

Featured in the acclaimed independent "Jesus' Son"

1999

Was creator, executive producer, writer and star of a three-episode series of comedy specials featuring the comedy rock band "Tenacious D" (HBO)

1999

Had a comedic turn alongside Gass as bumbling aspiring performers in Tim Robbins' "Cradle Will Rock"

1998

Featured as a computer whiz in "Enemy of the State"

1998

Had a scene-stealing featured role in the independent thriller "Johnny Skidmarks," aired on HBO in lieu of theatrical release

1997

Acted in the action thriller "The Jackal"

1996

Featured in the sci-fi fantasy film "Crossworlds"; debuted on HBO in 1997

1996

Along with Kyle Gass, appeared as Tenacious D in the inane comedy "Bio-Dome"

1995

Reteamed with Tim Robbins with a role in the director's acclaimed death row-set drama "Dead Man Walking"

1994

Formed Tenacious D with guitarist Kyle Gass

1994

Featured in the fantasy sequel "The Neverending Story III"

1993

Appeared in the futuristic actioner "Demolition Man"

1993

Made TV-movie debut with a cameo on the NBC crime drama "Marked For Murder"

1992

Film debut as an obsessed fan of Tim Robbins' folk-singing politician "Bob Roberts"

1982

Made acting debut in a commercial for the Atari videogame Pitfall at age thirteen (date approximate)

Bonus Trivia

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Black was a member of the Los Angeles theater troupe The Actors Gang, which was formed by Tim Robbins.

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Various starring vehicle TV pilots were developed for Black, including the failed "Heat Vision and Jack," a spoof of "The Six Million Dollar Man" directed by Ben Stiller.

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Black on playing someone not named 'Jack' in "High Fidelity": "It was a tough stretch, sure. I had to wake up every day and look in the mirror and say, 'Hey Barry, how ya doing? Let's go get some chow. Do you like the kind of food I do? Because I could go for a QP with cheese.' And Barry would look back and say, 'No, dude. I'm into Big Macs.'" – quoted in Entertainment Weekly, March 31, 2000

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Talking about his million-dollar contract to star in "Saving Silverman": "I didn't want anyone to know that I was going to be a millionaire, because as soon as that was printed, I felt like, 'Okay, someone's already started the plot to kidnap me, kill me, take all my millions.' But whatever, I like the script." – Black to Entertainment Weekly, March 31, 2000

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Black on playing a romantic lead in "Shallow Hal": "It's definitely easier for me to be the jackass sidekick. All my friends are gonna say I've gone soft." – quoted in Time Out New York, Sept. 27 - Oct. 4, 2001

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