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Jack Black
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Born
Thomas J. Black, Jr.

August 28, 1969 (1969-08-28) (age 50)
Occupation Actor, musician, voice actor, comedian
Years active 1982-present
Spouse(s) Tanya Haden (2006-present)
Children 2

Jack Black (born Thomas J. Black, Jr. on August 28, 1969) is an American actor, comedian, voice actor and musician. He is an important member of the Frat Pack, a name used by members of the media for a group of comedians active in today's Hollywood movies. Black is also in demand for some of Hollywood largest movies and smallest indie films. He and Kyle Gass make up the comedy/rock duo Tenacious D. Black starred in the movie Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, which is based on a true story. Black is also known by his nicknames, Jables or JB.

Personal life

Thomas Jacob Black was born in Santa Monica, California, and raised in Hermosa Beach, California, the son of satellite engineers Judith Love, who worked on the Hubble Space Telescope and Thomas William Black.

As a young man, Black participated as a Cub Scout. 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.

For high school, Black's parents enrolled him 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.

Since 14 March 2006, he is married to Tanya Haden. They have 2 sons, Black's first son, Samuel Jason "Sammy" Black, was born on June 10, 2006. On May 23, 2008, Black and his wife had their second son, Thomas David Black.

In 2015, Black visited Kampala in Uganda, Africa as part of Comic Relief USA's Red Nose Day.

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Bob Roberts Roger Davis
1993 Airborne Augie
1993 Demolition Man Wasteland Scrap
1994 The NeverEnding Story III Slip
1995 Bye Bye Love DJ at party
1995 Dead Man Walking Craig Poncelet
1995 Waterworld Pilot
1996 Bio-Dome Tenacious D
1996 The Cable Guy Rick Legatos
1996 The Fan Broadcast technician
1996 Mars Attacks! Billy Glenn Norris
1997 Bongwater Devlin
1997 Crossworlds Steve
1997 The Jackal Ian Lamont
1998 Enemy of the State Fiedler
1998 I Still Know What You Did Last Summer Titus Telesco Uncredited
1998 Johnny Skidmarks Jerry
1999 Cradle Will Rock Sid
1999 Jesus' Son Georgie
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 Choice Movie Actor – Comedy
2002 Orange County Lance Brumder
2002 Run Ronnie Run! Lead chimney sweep DVD Exclusive Award for Best Original Song
2002 Ice Age Zeke (voice)
2003 Melvin Goes to Dinner Mental patient Phoenix Film Festival Award for Best Ensemble Acting
Nominated – DVD Exclusive Award for Best Supporting Actor
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 Envy Nick Vanderpark Nominated – People's Choice Award for Favorite Funny Male Star
2004 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Motorcyclist Cameo
2004 Shark Tale Lenny (voice)
2005 King Kong Carl Denham Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain
2006 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 Choice Movie Actor: Comedy
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Chemistry
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Rumble
2006 Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny Jack "Jables" Black Also producer and writer
2006 The Holiday Miles
2007 Margot at the Wedding Malcolm Nominated – Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
2007 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Paul McCartney Uncredited cameo
2008 Be Kind Rewind Jerry Gerber
2008 Kung Fu Panda Po (voice) Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie
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
2009 Year One Zed
2010 Kung Fu Panda Holiday Po (voice) Short film
2010 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 Voice
Nominated – Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie
Nominated – People's Choice Award for Favorite Animation Movie Voice
2011 Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters Po (voice) Short film
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 – Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actor in a Comedy
2011 The Big Year Brad Harris
2011 The Muppets Himself Uncredited
2014 Sex Tape Owner of YouPorn Uncredited
2015 The D Train Dan Landsman Also producer
2015 Goosebumps R. L. Stine
Slappy (voice)
Invisible Boy (voice)
Nominated - People's Choice Award for Favorite Comedic Movie Actor
2016 Kung Fu Panda 3 Po (voice)
2016 Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Scroll Po (voice) Short film
2017 The Polka King Jan Lewan Also producer
2017 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Professor Shelly Oberon
2018 Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot Dexter
2018 Unexpected Race Sheriff Post-production
2018 The House with a Clock in Its Walls Jonathan Barnavelt Post-production

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