Jack Black Biography

Jack Black is a renowned American actor-producer and voice artist. Explore this biography to learn more about his profile, childhood, career and timeline

Quick Facts

Birthday: August 28, 1969

Nationality: American

Famous: Atheists Jewish Actors

Age: 50 Years, 50 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Virgo

Also Known As: Thomas Jacob

Born in: Santa Monica

Famous as: Actor

Height: 1.68 m

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Spouse/Ex-: Laura Kightlinger, Tanya Haden

father: Thomas William Black

mother: Judith Black

children: Samuel Jason Black, Thomas David Black

U.S. State: California

City: Santa Monica, California

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education: University of California, Los Angeles, Crossroads High School for the Arts and Sciences, Poseidon School, Crossroads School

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Jack Black is an American actor-producer known for his comic roles and voice over in the Kung Fu Panda movies. He grew up in Culver City attending ‘Culver City High School’ and the ‘Poseidon School’. As a thirteen year old, he appeared in commercials. Later, he attended ‘Crossroads High School for Arts & Sciences’ in Santa Monica where he discovered his talent for acting. He went on to act in television movies and series such as ‘Life Goes On’, ‘Northern Exposure’, ‘The Innocent’, ‘The X-Files’, ‘Mr. Show’ and ‘Picket Fences’. His first movie role was in ‘Bob Roberts’ in 1992. His breakthrough movie was ‘High Fidelity’. Thereafter, he acted in a number of leading roles in movies like ‘Shallow Hal’, ‘Nacho Libre’, and ‘Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny’, ‘Year One’ and ‘Gulliver’s Travels’. The artist has also lent his voice for animated movies, the most popular movie being Kung Fu Panda and Kung Fu Panda 2. He won critical acclaim for his role in the movie ‘School of Rock’. Black won the Best Voice award for the voice of Eddie Riggs in the video game. He is also a musician, and is lead singer of the band, ‘Tenacious D’, which he formed with Kyle Gass. To know more about his life and works read on

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Childhood & Early Life
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  • Jack enrolled in UCLA where he made acquaintance with Tim Robbin’s who inducted him into ‘The Actor’s Gang’, an acting troupe. It was in Tim’s directorial venture ‘Bob Roberts’ that Jack made his acting debut in 1992.
  • From 1993 to 1996, he appeared in a various acting roles on television such as ‘Life Goes On’, ‘Northern Exposure’, ‘The Innocent’, ‘The X-Files’, ‘Mr. Show’ and ‘Picket Fences’.
  • The actor then appeared in small roles in various movies including ‘Airborne’, ‘Demolition Man’, ‘Waterworld’, ‘The Fan’, ‘The Cable Guy’, ‘Mars Attacks!’, ‘Dead Man Walking’, ‘The Jackal’ and ‘Enemy of the State’.
  • The actor shot to fame with his role was in the 2000 movie, ‘High Fidelity’. Garnering the attention of the movie industry with his performance in the movie, he bagged leading roles in the movies like ‘Shallow Hal’, ‘Nacho Libre’, ‘Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny’, ‘Year One’ and ‘Gulliver’s Travels’.
  • The multi-talented actor lent his voice for an episode titled ‘Husbands and Knives’ in the popular comic sitcom ‘The Simpsons’. In 2009, he starred in the children’s show ‘Yo Gabba Gabba!’, where he sang songs like ‘It’s Not Fun to Get Lost’, ‘Friends’ and ‘The Goodbye Song.’
  • In 2011, he starred in the dark comedy movie ‘Bernie’ where he plays the role of ‘Bernie Tiede’ who kills a rich widow, portrayed by Shirley MacLaine. His role was well received by critics and audiences alike.
  • He appeared in a guest role with Cloris Leachman and Jessica Alba on ‘The Office’. His other guest television appearances include a role in the ‘iStart a Fan War’ episode of ‘iCarly’, the teen sitcom.
  • The actor has starred in the Dan Harmon and Rob Schrab shows ‘Computerman’, ‘Timebelt’ and ‘Laserfart’. He also appeared in the comedy ‘Awesometown’ as George Washington who takes credit for other presidents’ accomplishments.
  • Black’s album ‘Tenacious D’s songs ‘Master Exploder’ and ‘The Metal’ are featured in the film ‘Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny’ directed by Liam Lynch with cameo roles by Tim Robbins and Dave Grohlas Satan.
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  • In 2012, he recorded a song, for the Library of Congress and RIF, called ‘Book People Unite’ along with other celebrities. He recorded a song for ‘The Doomstar Requiem’, fourth album of the metal band ‘Dethklok’ and even made an appearance in the video.
Major Works
  • Jack’s role in the movie ‘School of Rock’ wooed the audiences and was praised by critics. His character of Dewey Finn, who is a dejected singer and musician, disguises as a music teacher and inspires the students to explore their talent. He also won a ‘Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor – Musical or Comedy’.
  • The talented actor is also the co-founder of a rock band ‘Tenacious D’ along with fellow musician Kyle Glass. After the duo released their debut album titled ‘Tenacious D’, they have come up with two more albums, ‘The Pick of Destiny’ and ‘Rize of the Fenix’. The tracks from the first two albums have been used in several video games.
Awards & Achievements
  • The talented voice artist was conferred with the ‘Best Voice Award’ at the 2009 ‘Spike Video Game Awards’, for his rendition of Eddie Riggs voice in the video game ‘Brutal Legend’.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • Black proposed marriage to Tanya Haden, a celebrated cellist in December 2005. The two high school buddies met each other after a decade, at a common friend’s party.
  • The couple exchanged nuptial vows in California, on 14th March, 2006. They have two sons: Samuel Jason Black and Thomas David Black.
  • This star won US$125,000 when he appeared on the celebrity edition of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’. The episode also featured celebrated comedy artists Denis Leary, Jimmy Kimmel in October 2001.
  • The artist along with Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn and Steve Carell is a member of the ‘Frat Pack’, a community of comedians who collaborate frequently for various projects

1. Fight for Your Right Revisited (2011)

  (Comedy, Short, Music)

2. The School of Rock (2003)

  (Music, Comedy, Family)

3. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

  (Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy)

4. Dead Man Walking (1995)

  (Crime, Drama)

5. High Fidelity (2000)

  (Music, Comedy, Romance, Drama)

6. King Kong (2005)

  (Romance, Adventure, Action, Drama)

7. Enemy of the State (1998)

  (Thriller, Action, Mystery, Crime)

8. Tropic Thunder (2008)

  (Action, Comedy)


MTV Movie & TV Awards
2004 Best Comedic Performance The School of Rock (2003)

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