Jack Black

Jack Black

Highest Rated: 95% The Muppets (2011)

Lowest Rated: 8% Envy (2004)

Birthday: Aug 28, 1969

Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, USA

With his larger-than-life personality and mischievous eye twinkle, Jack Black turned himself into one of Hollywood's go-to comedic actors. Born in Santa Monica, he spent his formative years in Southern California's Orange County. He began acting as a teenager, appearing in commercials and joining a UCLA based theater troupe that also included a young Tim Robbins. His friendship with Robbins led to his being cast in "Bob Roberts" (1992), which kicked off his screen career in earnest. A steady diet of small roles on television series like "The X-Files" (Fox, 1993-2002) and movies such as "The Cable Guy" (1996) soon followed. He was also featured a number of times on the acclaimed David Cross-Bob Odenkirk sketch comedy program "Mr. Show" (HBO, 1995-98). During the mid-1990s, he partnered with fellow comedian Kyle Gass to form the musical comedy duo Tenacious D, playing gigs around Los Angeles. The act led to a television deal, with Black playing an amped up version of himself in "Tenacious D" (HBO, 1997-2000). His musical ability helped make his turn opposite John Cusack in "High Fidelity" (2000), where his character sang Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On," instantly memorable. After starring in the comedies "Shallow Hal" (2001) and "Orange County" (2002), it was a return to music that provided the actor with one of his signature roles. Starring in Richard Linklater's "School of Rock" (2003), as would-be rocker turned teacher Dewey Finn, he was able to use his talents and manic energy to maximum effectiveness. Black soon began showing different sides of his personality, starring in Peter Jackson's remake of "King Kong" (2005) and opposite Kate Winslet in the romantic comedy "The Holiday" (2006). The actor didn't entirely forego his roots, though, also starring in the Mexican wrestling comedy "Nacho Libre" (2006) at the same time. Nor did his partnership with Gass end with the series, as Tenacious D released its first album in 2001 and later headlined the film "Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny" (2006). Black used only his voice for what would become another of his most recognizable roles, playing the lovable panda Po in the animated hit "Kung Fu Panda" (2008). The film would spawn multiple sequels and shorts. He kept up a breakneck pace of appearances in films and on television, including starring with Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr. in "Tropic Thunder" (20008). He teamed with Linklater once more for a role that garnered the best reviews of his career. The actor played real-life murder Bernie Tiede opposite Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey in the dark comedy "Bernie" (2011), earning a Golden Globe nomination. He continued working steadily, including starring with Robbins in the short-run TV comedy "The Brink" (HBO, 2015). Black eventually found a new niche in family friendly films such as "Goosebumps" (2015), playing a fictional version of prolific author R.L. Stine, and "The House with a Clock in Its Walls" (2018), with Cate Blanchett. In a similar vein, he teamed with Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart for an updating of the Robin Williams hit in the big-budget hits "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" (2017) and its sequel "Jumanji: The Next Level" (2019).

Highest rated movies

The School of Rock Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood High Fidelity Bernie King Kong Tropic Thunder
Jesus' Son
Goosebumps

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Super Mario Bros: The Movie Bowser (Voice) - 2023
No Score Yet No Score Yet Oh Hell No Sherman (Character) - 2023
91% 84% Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood Grown Up Stan (Voice),
Unknown (Character)
- 2022
No Score Yet No Score Yet Borderlands Claptrap (Character) - 2022
70% 24% Happily Producer - 2021
71% 87% Jumanji: The Next Level Oberon (Character) $316.8M 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Unexpected Race Sheriff (Character) - 2018
60% 67% The Insufferable Groo Unknown (Character) - 2018
65% 45% The House With a Clock in Its Walls Jonathan Barnavelt (Character) $68.5M 2018
76% 75% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot Dexter (Character) $1.4M 2018
67% 49% The Polka King Jan Lewan (Character),
Producer
- 2017
76% 87% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Bethany (Character) $404.6M 2017
94% 59% Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny Self - 2016
86% 78% Kung Fu Panda 3 Po (Voice) $143.5M 2016
78% 62% Goosebumps Stine (Character) $80.1M 2015
53% 23% The D Train Dan Landsman (Character),
Producer
$661.0K 2015
73% 79% Harmontown Unknown (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet 77% The Sheik Unknown (Character) - 2014
40% 55% 21 Years: Richard Linklater Self - 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bailout Matt Prior (Character),
Producer
- 2012
88% 73% Bernie Bernie Tiede (Character) $9.2M 2011
95% 80% The Muppets Self $88.6M 2011
42% 41% The Big Year Brad Harris (Character) $7.2M 2011
80% 74% Kung Fu Panda 2 Po (Voice) - 2011
20% 27% Gulliver's Travels Lemuel Gulliver (Character) $42.8M 2010
14% 23% Year One Zed (Character) $43.3M 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Branson Producer - 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet D Tour: A Tenacious Documentary Unknown (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2008
82% 70% Tropic Thunder Jeff Portnoy (Character) $110.4M 2008
87% 83% Kung Fu Panda Po (Voice) $143.5M 2008
65% 56% Be Kind Rewind Jerry (Character) $11.2M 2008
52% 40% Margot at the Wedding Malcolm (Character) $2.0M 2007
69% 43% Year of the Dog Producer $1.5M 2007
No Score Yet 28% Danny Roane: First Time Director Self - 2006
50% 80% The Holiday Miles (Character) $63.2M 2006
52% 67% Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny JB (Character),
Writer,
Producer
$8.3M 2006
40% 54% Nacho Libre Nacho (Character),
Producer
$80.2M 2006
84% 50% King Kong Carl Denham (Character) $218.1M 2005
8% 27% Envy Nick Vanderpark (Character) $12.2M 2004
35% 44% Shark Tale Lenny (Voice) $160.8M 2004
92% 64% The School of Rock Dewey Finn (Character) $81.3M 2003
77% 82% Ice Age Zeke (Voice) $176.4M 2002
47% 61% Orange County Lance (Character) $41.0M 2002
50% 45% Shallow Hal Hal (Character) $70.8M 2001
19% 51% Saving Silverman J.D. (Character) $19.4M 2001
91% 90% High Fidelity Barry (Character) $27.3M 2000
79% 83% Jesus' Son Georgie (Character) $1.3M 1999
65% 71% Cradle Will Rock Sid (Character) $2.9M 1999
17% 65% Bongwater Devlin (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 21% Johnny Skidmarks Jerry (Character) - 1998
25% 51% The Jackal Ian Lamont (Character) $54.9M 1997
55% 51% The Cable Guy Rick (Character) $60.2M 1996
20% 41% Crossworlds Steve (Character) - 1996
56% 53% Mars Attacks! Billy Glenn Norris (Character) $37.8M 1996
45% 43% Waterworld Pilot (Character) $88.2M 1995
No Score Yet 26% The Neverending Story III: Escape From Fantasia Slip (Character) $15.5M 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Innocent Marty Prago (Character) - 1994

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 38% Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight Po (Voice),
Executive Producer
2022
No Score Yet 94% Big Nate Brad Gunter (Guest Star) 2022
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cup of Joe Guest 2020
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Music Performer,
Guest
2009 2012-2017 2019-2020
No Score Yet 5% The View Guest 2019
No Score Yet 49% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2015 2019
No Score Yet 64% Hablemos del Cosmos Guest 2019
No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2015 2018
83% 71% The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale Unknown (Guest Star) 2018
No Score Yet 81% Drunk History Unknown (Guest Star) 2013 2015 2018
No Score Yet 0% The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2011-2013 2015-2016 2018
No Score Yet 45% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Music Performer,
Guest
2015 2018
No Score Yet 87% Conan Guest 2010 2012 2015-2017
No Score Yet 26% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2017
No Score Yet 100% The Graham Norton Show Guest 2016-2017
No Score Yet 80% The Carbonaro Effect Guest 2017
85% 81% The Last Man on Earth Rear Admiral Roy Billups (Guest Star) 2017
82% 69% The Gong Show Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Price Is Right Guest 2017
No Score Yet 89% The Eric Andre Show Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrated Self 2015
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2015
No Score Yet 20% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest 2015
29% 55% Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris Guest 2015
94% 82% Documentary Now! Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
55% 84% The Brink Alex Talbot (Character),
Producer
2015
79% 83% Welcome to Sweden Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet 91% Comedy Bang! Bang! Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
100% 93% The Birthday Boys Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
No Score Yet 75% The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Guest 2013-2014
No Score Yet 100% Metalocalypse Unknown (Guest Voice) 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Everyday Health Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lopez Tonight Guest 2011
No Score Yet 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2010
No Score Yet 73% iCarly Aspartamay (Guest Star) 2010
88% 88% Community Buddy (Guest Star) 2010
31% No Score Yet The Jay Leno Show Music Performer 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Yo Gabba Gabba! Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
81% 89% The Office Sam (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet 96% Sesame Street Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
85% 76% The Simpsons Milo (Guest Voice) 2007
No Score Yet 44% Saturday Night Live Host 2002-2003 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cracking Up Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet 88% Will & Grace Dr. Isaac Hershberg (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet 100% The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2002-2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet On the Spot Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Crank Yankers Unknown (Guest Voice) 2002
100% 83% Tenacious D Unknown (Character),
Executive Producer,
Creator
1997 1999-2000
No Score Yet 85% Mr. Show With Bob and David Unknown (Guest Star) 1995-1996
82% No Score Yet Picket Fences Unknown (Guest Star) 1995-1996
75% No Score Yet The Single Guy Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
74% 85% The X-Files Bart "Zero" Liquori (Guest Star) 1995
50% No Score Yet Great Scott! Unknown (Guest Star) 1992