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Jack Black
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Black in October 2011
Born Thomas Jacob Black
August 28, 1969 (1969-08-28) (age 48)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, comedian, singer, record producer
Years active 1982–present
Spouse Tanya Haden (2006-present)
Children 2

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

His acting career has been extensive, starring primarily in comedy films. He is best known for his roles in High Fidelity, Shallow Hal, School of Rock, King Kong, Nacho Libre, Tropic Thunder, The Holiday, 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. He is the lead vocalist of the comedic rock group Tenacious D, which he formed in 1994 with friend Kyle Gass.

Acting careerEdit

Early rolesEdit

Black first acted in a television commercial at age 13 for the video game Pitfall!. 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 rolesEdit

In 2000, Black appeared in High Fidelity as a wild employee in John Cusack's record store, a role he considers his breakout. 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.

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. 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."

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Our Shining Moment Teenage boy Television film
1992 Bob Roberts Roger Davis
1993 Airborne Augie
Demolition Man Wasteland Scrap
1994 The NeverEnding Story III Slip
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 Post-production
2016 Kung Fu Panda 3 Po (voice)

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