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Real Name: Jack Black
Birthday: 04/07/1969 

 

Biography:

Lead singer of the shock group farce team "Tenacious D" and a common celebrity in film and television shows, Jack Black was compared by some to comedians John Belushi and Chris Farley, for his high strung intense actions and his overweight body frame. Dark haired, with controlling eyes and tough facial appearance clearly matched for his energetic performances, he always looks unkempt and about to snap, whether having long hair or a buzz cut.

Jack made his feature introduction in Tim Robbins' directorial debut "Bob Roberts" (1992) playing a crazy fan of the folk singer turned elected official. He followed with notable roles in the Robbins films "Dead Man Walking" (1995) with Susan Sarandon,  and "Cradle Will Rock" (1999). The second had the actor in an brilliant scene with colleague Kyle Gass, an artist and guitarist who created the character "Tenacious D" in 1994. A group described as the mutant love baby of heavy metal Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Molly Hatchet.  Tenacious D's funny song list featured songs with subjects ranging from Big Foot to their own groups of passionate fans. 

The two struggling creators hard work got them a segment as a special musical guest on "Saturday Night Live", as well as yielding Tenacious D with its own HBO series in 1999. Shortly after their SNL appearance the band performed a sold out nationwide tour without even having a released CD.

Jack showed himself a multitalented actor, making valued contributions to both film and television. His creative television work included guest appearances on such series as "The X-Files", "Picket Fences", "The Single Guy", and strangely enough, "Touched By an Angel". While television work kept him busy and visible, film and movie work would jump-start his career. 

Guest appearances in movies like "Demolition Man" (1993) with Sandra Bullock, "Bye Bye, Love" and "Waterworld" (1995) with Kevin Costner helped show the way for more inspiring roles in "The Cable Guy" with Jim Carrey, and finally "Mars Attacks!" (1996) with Jack Nicholson and Glenn Close, where the Earth is invaded by Martians with irresistible weapons and a cruel sense of humor.

In 1998, the he moved his screen personality to movie roles in the films "Johnny Skidmarks" and the big money action adventure movie "Enemy of the State" with Will Smith. He had a role as a drug using hospital worker in "Jesus' Son" in 1999, and the same year he co-starred in "High Fidelity". In addition to his performance as a revolting record store clerk Barry, he showed his musical skill in the 2000 release, voicing a remarkably skilled interpretation of the Marvin Gaye classic "Let's Get it On". The rising celebrity was cast in his first breakthrough part in 2000, joining with Jason Biggs and Steve Zahn in "Saving Silverman" for a two million dollar salary. The film was released in 2001 to mixed opinions, but his role and his onscreen love with the dazzling Zahn helped keep the production moving.

The funny actor seemed on the verge of celebrity when he was hired and cast by Bobby and Peter Farrelly to star along side Jason Alexander in their most recent trash comedy film "Shallow Hal" (2001). He played Hal Larson, a vein man who suddenly only sees a persons inner beauty and starts a romantic friendship with the charming, 300 pound Rosemary, who he believes is a glowing beauty. 

The project failed to hit with audiences and did not take advantage of his performing skills, casting him as a quite mild hooligan. Jack discovered a better channel for his talented personality when he joined with director Jake Kasdan and screenwriter Mike White for the comedy "Orange County" (2002), where he played Lance, the lazy pot head brother of Colin Hanks, whose mind bending take on life seems to have gifted him with a particular clarity. He also lent his vocal talents to Zeke in the animated comedy "Ice Age" (2002).

He again joined with "Orange County" writer Mike White for his next project when the writer adapted the script for "School of Rock" (2003), purposely to suit the talent and character of Black. As rock star Dewey Finn who, in need of money, takes a substitute teaching job posing as his friend, and turns a musically able class of young private school teenagers into a rock group to contend in a battle of the bands. 

He next appeared in the film "Envy" (2004), a film that was not funny and very confusing. The actor next lent his vocal talents to Lenny, the kind hearted shark who covers up his true persona, in the DreamWorks' animated underwater movie "Shark Tale" (2004) with all-star voice talents from Will Smith and Robert De Niro.

He was next cast in a great role as the impossible Carl Denham, who captures Skull Island's gigantic gorilla in director Peter Jackson's makeover of "King Kong" (2005), and was then hired and cast with costar Cameron Diaz and Jude Law in "Holiday" (2006), a marvelous comedy about the friendship between an American and British woman, both of whom have lately been dumped by there boyfriends. 

He then starred in “Nacho Libre” (2006) as a monastery chef whose lack of ability to do no right, including make decent tasting meals, leads him to amass cash and find his place as a Lucha Libre wrestler, an activity strictly forbidden by the church elders. 

In 2008, the now veteran movie star appeared in the comedy "Be Kind Rewind" where he played a video store clerk that accidentally ruins the stores inventory. The character sets out to recreate each and every film destroyed with his own unique brand of directing, producing, and acting while using substandard equipment and locations. The film was hilarious and grabbed positive headlines throughout the industry.

Next up for the comedian was the animated comedy "Kung Fu Panda" (2008) lending his voice talents along with Dustin Hoffman and Lucy Liu about Po the Panda who is the laziest animals in all of the Valley of Peace, but unwittingly becomes the chosen one when enemies threaten their way of life. He was next was cast in the Ben Stiller directed action comedy "Tropic Thunder" (2008) with Tom Cruise, Matthew McConaughey and Tobey Maguire, where through a series of freak occurrences, a group of actors shooting a big-budget war movie are forced to become the soldiers they are portraying.

Next was the adventure comedy "Year One" (2009) with Michael Cera, about a couple of lazy hunter-gatherers who are banished from their primitive village, and set off on an epic journey through the ancient world. Jack wrapped his year in the comedy "Ye Old Times" (2009) with a comeback appearance by Lindsay Lohan about two rival Medieval shows who fight for supremacy in the world of Renaissance Fairs. 

 

 

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