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Jack Black



Actor, musician, and cult idol ascendant, Jack Black is known for both the characters he portrays on the screen and as one of the forces behind Tenacious D, a rock band/standup routine that Black has described as "a Smothers Brothers for the Dungeons and Dragons misfits set."



A native of Santa Monica, CA, Black attended the University of California at Los Angeles. He got his professional start on the stage, appearing in Tim Robbins' production of Carnage at the 1989 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He would go on to collaborate with Robbins throughout his career, making his screen debut in the director's 1992 political satire Bob Roberts and appearing in Robbins' Dead Man Walking (1995) and Cradle Will Rock (1999). Black spent the '90s playing supporting and lead roles in a variety of films, including Demolition Man (1993), The Cable Guy (1996), which cast him as the best friend of Matthew Broderick's character, and Jesus' Son (1999), in which Black had a small but extremely memorable role as a pill-popping hospital orderly.



In 2000, Black had one of his most recognizable and enthusiastically received screen roles to date in High Fidelity. Stephen Frears' popular adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel of the same name, it featured Black as Barry, a thoroughly obnoxious record-store employee. The part allowed the actor to do some of his own singing, a talent that he had previously inflicted on numerous audience members during his years with the aforementioned Tenacious D. The band, comprised of Black and fellow holy terror Kyle Gass, had existed since 1994, and it had been featured on the TV comedy series Mr. Show and as the subject of their own HBO series entitled (tongue firmly in cheek) Tenacious D: The Greatest Band on Earth. It was only a matter of time before Black stepped up from supporting character to leading man, and with the Farrelly brother's Shallow Hal Black may just have found the ideal vehicle for the successful transition. As a superficial man who falls in love with a 300-pound woman after being hypnotized to see only the "inner beauty" of the opposite sex, Black co-starred alongside Gwyneth Paltrow and Jason Alexander in what promised to be a charmingly offensive addition to the Farrelly canon.



Though MTV Films' heavily marketed Orange County (2002) was not a huge commercial success, Black's supporting role as the lead character's slacker brother was well received by critics and long-time fans alike, and the once obscure figure began appearing on media outlets including Saturday Night Live, Primetime Glick, commercials for The Osbournes, and various MTV music and film awards. In 2003, Black starred in his first big hit -- director Richard Linklater's musical comedy School of Rock, which featured Black as a disgruntled heavy metal-guitarist doing a substitute teaching gig for extra cash. Critics were so taken by his performance that he was honored with a Golden Globe nomination.



2004 saw Black turn in a cameo in the Will Ferrell vehicle Anchorman, after starring opposite Ben Stiller in director Barry Levinson's black comedy Envy. While the film was a box-office bomb after having its release pushed back several times, Black still had much to celebrate when it was announced he would be taking the lead in Peter Jackson's highly anticipated 2005 remake of King Kong. The epic film helped transition Black from a cult hero to a traditional movie star, though he was still careful to keep his original fans happy. In 2006, he starred in Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess' comedy Nacho Libre. The part of a disgruntled monk turned Lucha Libre idol was a perfect fit for the bombastic star, and he followed the performance up with another comic offering for his serious fans as he and Kyle Gass, his partner in Tenacious D, starred in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny. This big screen telling of the band's mythical history promised to be full of the over-the-top laughs that rocked

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Polka King
  • Jan Lewan
  • Producer
2017
93% Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny
  • Actor
2016
87% Kung Fu Panda 3
  • Po
2016
No Score Yet Kung Fu Panda: Secrets Of The Scroll
  • Po
2016
81% Entertainment
  • Executive Producer
2015
76% Goosebumps
  • R.L. Stine
2015
48% The D Train
  • Dan Landsman
  • Producer
2015
No Score Yet Frank or Francis
  • Francis
2015
40% 21 Years: Richard Linklater
  • Actor
2014
78% Harmontown
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet The Sheik
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Tag
  • Actor
2013
89% Bernie
  • Bernie Tiede
2012
No Score Yet Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters
  • Po
2011
40% The Big Year
  • Brad Harris
2011
81% Kung Fu Panda 2
  • Po
2011
No Score Yet Fight For Your Right Revisited
  • MCA (B-Boys 2)
2011
20% Gulliver's Travels
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
2010
No Score Yet Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special
  • Actor
2010
100% Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage
  • Actor
2010
15% Year One
  • Zed
2009
No Score Yet Branson
  • Producer
2009
No Score Yet Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five
  • Po
2008
82% Tropic Thunder
  • Jeff 'Fats' Portnoy
2008
No Score Yet Rain of Madness
  • Jeff Portnoy
2008
87% Kung Fu Panda
  • Po
2008
66% Be Kind Rewind
  • Jerry
2008
No Score Yet Tenacious D - The Complete Masterworks 2
  • Actor
2008
74% Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
  • Paul McCartney -- uncredited
2007
52% Margot at the Wedding
  • Malcolm
2007
70% Year of the Dog
  • Producer
2007
47% The Holiday
  • Miles
2006
54% Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • JB
2006
40% Nacho Libre
  • Nacho
  • Producer
2006
No Score Yet Danny Roane: First Time Director
  • Himself
2006
84% King Kong
  • Carl Denham
2005
No Score Yet King Kong: Peter Jackson's Production Diaries
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Shelter From The Storm
  • Actor
2005
35% Shark Tale
  • Lenny
2004
8% Envy
  • Nick Vanderpark
2004
No Score Yet Late Night With Conan O'Brien - 10th Anniversary Special
  • Actor
2004
100% Melvin Goes to Dinner
  • Mental Patient
2003
92% School of Rock
  • Dewey Finn
2003
No Score Yet Computerman
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Tenacious D - The Complete Masterworks
  • Actor
2003
77% Ice Age
  • Zeke
2002
46% Orange County
  • Lance
2002
75% Run Ronnie Run!
  • Lead Chimney Sweep
2002
51% Shallow Hal
  • Hal Larson
2001
18% Saving Silverman
  • J.D. McNugent
2001
91% High Fidelity
  • Barry
2000
No Score Yet Marked for Murder
  • Car Thief
2000
65% Cradle Will Rock
  • Sid
1999
81% Jesus' Son
  • Georgie
1999
71% Enemy of the State
  • Fielder
1998
7% I Still Know What You Did Last Summer
  • Actor
1998
17% Bongwater
  • Devlin
1998
No Score Yet Johnny Skidmarks
  • Jerry
1998
15% The Jackal
  • Lamont
1997
52% Mars Attacks!
  • Billy Glenn Norris
1996
54% The Cable Guy
  • Rick
1996
37% The Fan
  • Broadcast Technician
1996
No Score Yet The NeverEnding Story III
  • Slip
1996
5% Bio-Dome
  • Tenacious D
1996
20% Crossworlds
  • Steve
1996
95% Dead Man Walking
  • Craig Poncelet
1995
42% Waterworld
  • Pilot
1995
19% Bye Bye, Love
  • DJ at Party
1994
No Score Yet Blind Justice
  • Private
1994
64% Demolition Man
  • Wasteland Scrap
1993
29% Airborne
  • Augie
1993
100% Bob Roberts
  • Roger
1992
No Score Yet The Neverending Story III
  • Slip [The Nasties]
1991

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet @midnight With Chris Hardwick
2014
  • Appearing
26% Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Comedy Bang! Bang!
2012
  • Guest
75% Another Period
2015
  • Actor
No Score Yet Drunk History
2013
  • Actor
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Everyday Health
2011-2015
  • Appearing
53% The Brink
2015
  • Producer
  • Alex Talbot
No Score Yet Mr. Show With Bob and David
1995-1998
  • Performer
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
82% Welcome to Sweden
2014-2015
  • Himself
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
No Score Yet The Office
2005-2013
  • Actor
No Score Yet American Idol
2002-2016
  • Performer
  • Appearing
100% The Birthday Boys
2013-2014
  • Guest
86% Community
2009-2015
  • Buddy
No Score Yet The X-Files
1993
  • Zero
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
2015
  • Guest
94% Documentary Now!
2015
  • Actor
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998-2006
  • Dr. Hershberg
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Performer

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