Jack Black, born on August 28, 1969, is an American actor, comedian, songwriter, and musician. Banking on his funny and outgoing personality, Black is one of Hollywood’s most respected actors. He is known for his roles in “High Fidelity,” “School of Rock,” “Gulliver’s Travels,” and the remake of “Jumanji.” He is also known for his voice acting in “Kung Fu Panda.” His work has won him a Golden Globe and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is also a member of the comedy rock duo Tenacious D. Help us celebrate this knockout talent on his special day.
Thomas Jacob Black, professionally known as Jack Black, was born on August 28, 1969, in Hermosa Beach, California. He was raised in the Jewish faith by his parents Thomas William Black and Judith Love Cohen, who were both engineers. Black attended U.C.L.A. but later dropped out to pursue an acting career.
Black started as an actor appearing in small roles in television shows such as “Life Goes On,” “Northern Exposure,” “Picket Fences,” and “The X-Files.” He also appeared in the movies “Waterworld” (1995), “The Cable Guy” (1996), “Mars Attacks!” (1996), “Enemy of the State” (1998), and “Cradle Will Rock” (1999). It was his role in “Jesus’ Son” and H.B.O.’s “Mr. Show” that earned him recognition as a comic. Black would later land his breakthrough role in “High Fidelity” (2000). Riding on the momentum of his success, Black then starred alongside Gwyneth Paltrow in the romantic comedy “Shallow Hal” (2001). He also starred in another comedy titled “Orange County” (2002). One of his most iconic roles was that of a rebellious music teacher in “School of Rock” (2003). He also starred in the remake of “King Kong” (2005). He played a monk-turned-wrestler in “Nacho Libre” (2006). Black also lent his voice as Po in the animated movie “Kung Fu Panda” (2008). It went on to become one of his most successful movies, generating a revenue of $630 million; it was followed by two sequels. His other notable roles include those in “Tropic Thunder” (2008), “Gulliver’s Travels” (2010), and “Goosebumps” (2015). He also starred in “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” (2017) and its sequel “Jumanji: The Next Level” (2019).
Black is married to musician and singer Tanya Haden; they have two sons. Although he identifies himself as an atheist, he raised his children in the Jewish faith.
Black starts his acting career by playing small roles in big production television shows and movies.
The comedy duo Tenacious D (whose members are Black and Kyle Gass) releases its own H.B.O. series which airs until 2000.
Black finally lands the main role in the movie “High Fidelity.”
He plays one of his iconic roles as a rebellious teacher in the movie “School of Rock.”
Black tries voice acting in the successful animated movie “Kung Fu Panda.”
Why We Love Jack Black
He loves being himself
Black manages to put a little bit of his funny and high-energy personality into the character he’s playing. In most instances, he is his own person, but he is loved by fans for just being himself.
He has social consciousness
Black used his hard-earned fame and wealth to help people. He traveled to Uganda to help impoverished children and talk about global poverty. He is also involved in projects that spread the importance of being aware of the dangers and harmful effects of climate change.
He is persistent and hardworking
Starting with a series of small roles would often discourage an aspiring actor. But not Black. He was able to roll with the punches, so to speak. He persevered and worked hard until he finally landed his breakthrough role.
5 Surprising Facts
No makeup, please
While shooting the 2005 remake of “King Kong,” Black refused to wear makeup after he heard a rumor about Clint Eastwood not wearing makeup in any of his movies.
The inspiration behind “Nacho Libre”
Black stated that when trying to figure out his character in “Nacho Libre,” he thought a lot about the alluring and almost seductive acting style of fellow actor Antonio Banderas.
He almost rejected his breakthrough role
Although “High Fidelity” was the movie that leveled up his career, Black declined the role at first.
He won a Grammy
Tenacious D won a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance after covering Ronnie James Dio’s song ‘The Last in Line.’
He appeared in a video game
Black performed another voice-acting gig in the 2009 video game “Brutal Legend.”
Jack Black FAQs
Is Jack Black German?
Black is partly German as his father is of British-German descent.
Why has Jack Black quit acting?
Black has quit acting because he wants to spend more time with his family, especially with his kids going through their adolescent years.
How did Jack Black and Kyle Gass meet?
Black and Gass met in 1986 at their teacher’s house.
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