Black in October 2011
|Born||Thomas Jacob Black
August 28, 1969
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, musician, singer-songwriter, guitarist, comedian, voice artist, record producer|
|Spouse(s)||Tanya Haden (m. 2006)|
|Genres||Comedy rock, heavy metal, hard rock, acoustic rock|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, percussion, keyboards|
|Labels||Epic, Sony BMG|
|Associated acts||Tenacious D, Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal, Probot, Foo Fighters, Meat Loaf, Ronnie James Dio|
Thomas Jacob "Jack" Black (born August 28, 1969) is an American actor, producer, comedian, voice artist, writer, and musician. His acting career has been extensive, starring primarily in comedy films, though he has played some serious roles. He is best known for his roles in High Fidelity, Shallow Hal, School of Rock, King Kong (2005), 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.
Thomas Jacob Black (called Jack) was born in Santa Monica, California, 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. His mother is Jewish. His father, who has English, Scottish, Irish, and German ancestry, converted to Judaism. Black was raised in the Jewish faith, attending Hebrew school and celebrating a Bar Mitzvah. On a guest appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, he said his surname may have come from the occupational name of blacksmith.
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. 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 their son at the Poseidon School, a private secondary school designed specifically for students struggling in the traditional school system. Black also attended the Crossroads School, where he excelled in drama. He later attended UCLA 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.
As noted, 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, 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.
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.
Black 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.
In 2011, Black starred 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."
Later television roles
Black has appeared numerous times on the "untelevised TV network" short film festival Channel 101, created by Dan Harmon and Rob Schrab, starring in the shows Computerman, Timebelt, and Laserfart. He also provided an introduction for the unaired sketch comedy Awesometown, donning a Colonial-era military uniform. In the introduction, he claims to be George Washington (and takes credit for the accomplishments of other American Presidents such as 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. On December 14, he hosted the 2008 Spike Video Game Awards. Black has hosted the Nickelodeon Acceptable.TV.
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 the friendly owner of the rival comic book store Milo. 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."
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 to raise awareness and funds for the affliction 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 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.
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 marriage around Christmas 2005. They married on March 14, 2006, in Big Sur, California.
Black's first son, Samuel Jason "Sammy" Black, was born on June 10, 2006, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. On May 23, 2008, Black and his wife had their second son, Thomas David Black.
|1992||Bob Roberts||Roger Davis|
|1993||Demolition Man||Wasteland Scrap|
|1994||The NeverEnding Story III||Slip|
|1995||Bye Bye Love||DJ at party|
|1995||Dead Man Walking||Craig Poncelet|
|1996||The Cable Guy||Rick Legatos|
|1996||The Fan||Broadcast technician|
|1996||Mars Attacks!||Billy Glenn Norris|
|1997||The Jackal||Ian Lamont|
|1998||Enemy of the State||Fiedler|
|1998||I Still Know What You Did Last Summer||Titus Telesco||Uncredited|
|1999||Cradle Will Rock||Sid|
|1999||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|
|2001||Saving Silverman||JD McNugent|
|2001||Shallow Hal||Hal Larson||Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Film- Choice Actor, Comedy|
|2002||Ice Age||Zeke (voice)|
|2002||Orange County||Lance Brumder|
|2002||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
|2003||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|
|2004||Envy||Nick Vanderpark||Nominated – People's Choice Award for Favorite Funny Male Star|
|2004||Shark Tale||Lenny (voice)|
|2005||King Kong||Carl Denham||Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Movies – Choice Sleazebag|
|2006||Nacho Libre||Nacho||Nominated – Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Male Movie Star
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Fight
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Movies – Choice Actor: Comedy
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Movies – Choice Chemistry
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Movie – Choice Rumble
|2006||Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny||Jack "Jables" Black|
|2007||Margot at the Wedding||Malcolm||Nominated – Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast|
|2007||Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story||Paul McCartney||Uncredited|
|2008||Be Kind Rewind||Jerry Gerber|
|2008||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
|2008||The Secrets of the Furious Five||Po (voice)||Short film|
|2008||Prop 8: The Musical||Jesus Christ||Short film|
|2008||Tropic Thunder||Jeff "Fats" Portnoy||Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cast|
|2010||Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special||Po (voice)||Short film|
|2010||Gulliver's Travels||Gulliver||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
|2011||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
|2011||The Big Year||Brad Harris|
|2014||Sex Tape||Owner of YouPorn||Uncredited|
|2015||Goosebumps||R. L. Stine||Filming|
|2015||Kung Fu Panda 3||Po (voice)||In production|
|1991||Our Shining Moment||Teenage boy||TV Movie|
|1993||The Golden Palace||Taxi driver||Episode: "Seems Like Old Times: Part 2"|
|1993||Life Goes On||Skinhead||Episode: "Incident on Main"|
|1993||Marked for Murder||Car thief||TV Movie|
|1993||Northern Exposure||Kevin Wilkins||Episode: "A River Doesn't Run Through It"|
|1994||Blind Justice||Private||TV Movie|
|1994||The Innocent||Marty Prago||TV Movie|
|1995||All-American Girl||Tommy||Episode "A Night at the Oprah"|
|1995||Pride & Joy||Man||Episode: "Brenda's Secret"|
|1995||The Single Guy||Randy||Episode: "Sister"|
|1995||Touched by an Angel||Monte||Episode: "Angels on the Air"|
|1995||The X-Files||Bart "Zero" Liqouri||Episode: "D.P.O."|
|1995–1996||Mr. Show with Bob and David||Various characters||4 episodes|
|1995–1996||Picket Fences||Curtis Williams||2 episodes|
|1997–2000||Tenacious D||JB||6 episodes|
|1999||Heat Vision and Jack||Jack||TV short|
|2001||Space Ghost Coast to Coast||Himself||Episode: "Sweet for Brak"|
|2002||2002 MTV Movie Awards||Host||TV special|
|2002||The Andy Dick Show||J.D.||Episode: "Flipped"|
|2002||Clone High||Pusher/Larry Hardcore (voice)||Episode: "Raisin the Stakes"|
|2002||Crank Yankers||Tenacious D||Episode: "#1.3"|
|2002||MADtv||Tenacious D||Episode: "#7.22"|
|2003||Player$||Tenacious D||Episode: "Tenacious D a la Mode"|
|2003||Will & Grace||Dr. Isaac Hershberg||Episode: "Nice in White Satin"|
|2003–2004||Time Belt||Computerman||2 episodes|
|2004||Cracking Up||Brian||Episode: "Scared Straight"|
|2004||Tom Goes to the Mayor||Trapper JB (voice)||Episode: "Bear Traps"|
|2006||2006 Kids' Choice Awards||Host||TV special|
|2006||2006 MTV Video Music Awards||Host||TV special|
|2007||The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show||Jables||Episode: "Break-Up"|
|2007||The Simpsons||Milo (voice)||Episode: "Husbands and Knives"|
|2008||Sesame Street||Himself||Episode: "The Golden Triangle of Destiny"|
|2008||2008 Kids' Choice Awards||Host||TV special|
|2008||2008 Spike Video Game Awards||Host||TV special|
|2009||The Office||Sam||Episode: "Stress Relief"|
|2009||Yo Gabba Gabba||Himself||Episode: "New Friends"|
|2010||Community||Buddy||Episode: "Investigative Journalism"|
|2010||iCarly||Aspartamay||Episode: "iStart a Fanwar"|
|2011||2011 Kids' Choice Awards||Host||TV special|
|2013–2014||Drunk History||Elvis Presley / Orson Welles||2 episodes|
|2013||Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem||Dethklok's original manager / Fat Blogger (voices)||TV movie|
|2014||The Brink||Alex Coppins|
|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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