Jack Black

Jack Black

Infobox musical artist
Name = Jack Black

Img_capt = Jack Black performing in 2006
Img_size = 200px
Landscape =
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Thomas Jack Black
Alias =
Born = birth date and age|1969|8|28
in Hermosa Beach, California, U.S.
Instrument = Lead Singer, Rhythm Guitar
Genre = Comedy Rock
Occupation = Guitarist, Actor
Years_active = 1991 - Present
Label = Epic, Sony BMG
Associated_acts = Tenacious D
URL = [http://www.tenaciousd.com/ www.tenaciousd.com]
Current_members =
Past_members =
Notable_instruments =

Thomas Jack Black, Jr. (born August 28, 1969) is an American actor, comedian and musician. With his friend Kyle Gass, he makes up one half of the comedy and rock music duo Tenacious D. The group has two albums and a full-length movie. His acting career is extensive, starring primarily as bumbling, cocky, but internally self-conscious outsiders in comedy films. He is a member of the Frat Pack, a group of comedians who have appeared together in several Hollywood films, and has been nominated for a Golden Globe award.


Early life

Black was born in California, the son of two satellite engineers, Judith (née Cohen) and Thomas William Black; his mother worked on the Hubble Space Telescope.cite news|last=Potton|first=Ed|coauthors=|title=Jack Black does Hollywood on the cheap in Be Kind Rewind|pages=|publisher=The Times|date=2008-02-16|url=http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/film/article3357790.ece|accessdate=2008-02-15] Jack Black's mother is Jewish and his father converted to Judaism; [ [http://www.moviecrazed.com/outpast/jackblack.html Moviecrazed ] ] [cite web|url=http://www.interfaithfamily.com/site/apps/nl/content2.asp?c=ekLSK5MLIrG&b=297399&ct=3302407|title=Interfaithfamily|accessdate=2007-03-24] Black was thus raised Jewish.cite web | last =Murray| first=Rebecca| authorlink =| coauthors =| title =Kyle Gass and Jack Black Discuss "Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny"| publisher =About.com| date =2006-11-15 | url =http://movies.about.com/od/tenaciousd/a/tenacious111506.htm| format =| accessdate =2006-11-20] On The Tonight Show he said his surname may come from the Scottish occupational name Blacksmith. [ Tonight Show with Jay Leno August 7, 2008] His parents divorced when he was 10. Jack Black had a Bull Mastiff and Rottweiler mix named Chico. Chico died of parvovirus soon after Jack's parents divorced. Black moved to Culver City with his father and frequently visited his mother’s home until the end of his first year of college at UCLA when his father’s family moved to France. As a child, Black appeared in an early Atari "Pitfall!" commercial, [cite web|url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZwTT2HtIUs|title=1982 Pitfall! Commercial|accessdate=2007-03-24] which was later shown during an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and again on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno".

When he entered high school, his parents suggested that he should transfer to the Poseidon School, a private secondary school engineered specifically for students struggling in the traditional school system. [cite web | title = Jumpin' Jack Black| publisher = The Sidney Sun Herald | date =2003-11-03 | url =http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/11/02/1067708067856.html?from=storyrhs | accessdate =2006-11-20] Black eagerly accepted the proposition, afraid that he would only be bullied if he remained in public school.

He also attended the Crossroads School, where he excelled in drama. Black later attended UCLA but dropped out during his sophomore year to pursue a career in the entertainment business, at which point his father discontinued his financial support. Fellow UCLA veteran Tim Robbins later cast Black in "Bob Roberts". He also had recurring roles on the HBO sketch comedy series "Mr. Show".

Acting career

Black's acting career began with primetime TV. He played roles on several shows such as: "The Golden Palace" (Taxi Driver), "Life Goes On" (skinhead), "Northern Exposure" (Kevin Wilkins, prom king), HBO's Mr. Show, and Picket Fences (Curtis Williams). In a Season 3 episode of "The X-Files", titled "D.P.O.", Black played Bart 'Zero' Liquori, friend to Darren, a teen who could cause lightning strikes, played by Giovanni Ribisi. Black appeared in an un-aired pilot episode for a show directed by Ben Stiller called "Heat Vision and Jack" where 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", "Demolition Man", "The Cable Guy", "Bob Roberts", "Mars Attacks!", "Waterworld", "The Jackal", "Bye Bye Love", "Jesus' Son", "Dead Man Walking", "Saving Silverman", "Enemy of the State", and "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer". In "High Fidelity", he was cast in the role of Barry, the pretentious co-worker to John Cusack's record store owner, which garnered him more exposure.

His career soon led to leading roles in films such as "Shallow Hal", "Orange County", "School of Rock", "Envy", "Be Kind Rewind", "King Kong", and "Kung Fu Panda". Black starred in two films in 2006: "Nacho Libre", in which he played a Mexican friar following his childhood dream of wrestling and pursuing true victory by fighting for the children of an orphanage, and ', a fictionalized account of the band's formation and their quest to obtain a "supranatural" guitar pick. "Nacho Libre" opened on June 16, 2006; ' was released November 22, 2006.

He starred alongside Jude Law, Cameron Diaz, and Kate Winslet in "The Holiday", in which he played Miles, the love interest of Winslet's character. In 2007 Black starred in "Margot at the Wedding", opposite Jennifer Jason Leigh and Nicole Kidman, released November 16, 2007.

Jack Black has appeared numerous times on the "untelevised TV network" short film festival Channel101, starring in the shows "Computerman", "Timebelt", and "Laserfart". He also provided an introduction for the un-aired 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), and gives viewers a general idea as to what they should expect from the show. Black has also guest starred in the Adult Swim show "Tom Goes to the Mayor" as a bear trap store owner.

Black hosted the 2006 "Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards" on April 1, 2006 and hosted it again on March 29, 2008. He also appeared on the MTV video music awards on August 31, 2006. He is also a member of the Frat Pack, which also includes Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, and Steve Carell. Jack Black has made five appearances on "Saturday Night Live": three times as a host, once as a musical guest (with Kyle Gass as Tenacious D), and another appearance with Tenacious D, not as a host or musical guest. He appeared on VH1's Internet video show Acceptable.TV. [cite web|url=http://acceptable.tv|title=acceptable.tv |accessdate=2007-03-24]

Black has also voice acted for "The Simpsons" episode "Husbands and Knives", voicing the friendly owner of the rival comic book store, Milo. In 2008, he will be voicing the main character, roadie Eddie Riggs, in the rock-themed action-adventure video game, Brütal Legend. Black also appeared in a Who Wants To Be A Millionaire celebrity edition along with Denis Leary, Jimmy Kimmel and others and walked away with $125,000.

In 2008 he appeared in three films. Black starred alongside Mos Def in the film "Be Kind Rewind", which was written and directed by Michel Gondry. He voiced the main character, Po, in the 2008 film "Kung Fu Panda" to high critical praise. Finally, he appeared as Jeff 'Fats' Portnoy in "Tropic Thunder".

Music career

Black is the lead singer for the rock comedy band Tenacious D. They have released two albums, a self-titled debut, and the follow up, "The Pick of Destiny", from which one of their songs "The Metal" was used in the music video game "" and "Master Exploder" also went on to be used in music video game "Rock Band 2. "These two songs feature in the film "Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny". The film, directed by Tenacious D veteran Liam Lynch, features recurring characters such as Lee the superfan and Sasquatch. Tim Robbins cameos (both Black and Gass appeared in Robbins' 1999 film "Cradle Will Rock"), as does Dave Grohl as Satan. Ben Stiller also makes an appearance as a worker at Guitar Center, and also another appearance in the music video for Tribute."

Tenacious D recently helped the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation [ [http://www.UMDF.org Home - UMDF ] ] to raise awareness and funds in San Diego on June 16, 2007. Tenacious D can also be seen performing in the Pauly Shore film Bio-Dome, where the duo are performing 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.

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.

Black has appeared in music videos by Beck, "Sexx Laws"; Foo Fighters "Learn To Fly", "Low", and "The One";
The Eagles of Death Metal, "I Want You So Hard (Boy's Bad News)"; Sum 41 "Things I Want"; and Weezer "Photograph."

Personal life

Regarding exercise, Black has been quoted as saying that Ultimate is the only form of exercise that he doesn't hate.Black dated actress and comedian Laura Kightlinger from 1997 until 2005. In January 2006, he became engaged to Tanya Haden (daughter of the jazz double bassist Charlie Haden, and sister of violinist and singer Petra Haden). Haden herself is an accomplished cellist. Both attended Crossroads school, but met again 15 years after graduating, at a friend's birthday party. Black proposed marriage around Christmas 2005 with a $50,000 "Neil Lane" ring. They married on March 14, 2006, in Big Sur, California. [ [http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,1172114,00.html Jack Black Elopes with Tanya Haden - Marriage, Jack Black : People.com ] ] Their son, Samuel "Sammy" Jason Black, was born on June 10, 2006, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. [ [http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,1203366,00.html It's a Boy for Jack Black, Wife - Birth, Jack Black : People.com ] ] On May 23, 2008, Black and his wife welcomed their second child, another boy, whom they named Thomas "Tommy" David Black. [ [http://www.usmagazine.com/jack-black-welcomes-son Usmagazine.com | Report: Jack Black Welcomes Son ] ]

Comedic style

Black's comedic style combines many key elements from both sides of the traditional double act. Black typically begins a skit in which he presents an earnest introduction to a premise or subject that quickly reveals itself to be flawed or fundamentally ludicrous. Black then switches completely to a far-extreme caricature of human emotion.

His would-be straight-man Gass often functions to trigger these outbursts. Tenacious D’s subject matter illustrates this technique. In "Tribute", Tenacious D tells a story in which they claim to have performed, "The Greatest Song in the World," for a, "Shiny Demon," who would otherwise "EAT THEIR SOULS". In "Inward Singing", Black doesn’t merely discover a new vocal technique, he discovers what he refers to as "the most powerful tool in singing technology since yodeling". Black's skits also use the catchphrase 'more cushion for the pushin', a self-deprecating reference to his abdominal body fat.



*$5,000,000 - "Tropic Thunder" (2008)
*$1,000,000 - "" (2006) [ [http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/08/movies/08john.html "Jack Black Revisits The Glory Days Known as Tenacious D"] , "The New York Times", October 8, 2006.] Split equally with Kyle Gass, with whom will share 10% of gross revenues once production and marketing costs are recouped.
*$8,000,000 - "Nacho Libre" (2006)
*$2,000,000 - "Orange County" (2002)
*$2,000,000 - "Shallow Hal" (2001)


External links

*imdb name|name=Jack Black|id=0085312
*amg name|2:195232
* [http://www.margotatthewedding.com Margot at the Wedding]
* at LyricWiki
* [http://suicidegirls.com/interviews/Jack+Black/ Suicide Girls interview]
* [http://observer.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,6903,1664609,00.html The Observer interview] (November 2005)
* [http://www.maximonline.com/Entertainment/ComedicActorsInSeriousRoles/slideshow/3472/228.aspx?src=dx31 Jack Black in King Kong]
* [http://citybeat.com/2003-10-08/film.shtml CityBeat interview]
* [http://www.blender.com/Jackblackblendercovershoot/video/38785.aspx Jack Black's Blender Magazine Cover Shoot & Interview]

NAME= Black, Jack
ALTERNATIVE NAMES= Black, Thomas J., Jr.
SHORT DESCRIPTION= American actor, comedian and musician
DATE OF BIRTH= August 28, 1969
PLACE OF BIRTH= Redondo Beach, California

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