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      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

      92% The School of Rock 91% Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood 91% High Fidelity 88% Bernie 84% King Kong 82% Tropic Thunder
      79% Jesus' Son
      78% Goosebumps

      Photos

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Minecraft Unknown (Character) - 2025
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Borderlands Claptrap (Voice),
      Claptrap (Character)
      - 2024
      72% 87% Kung Fu Panda 4 Po (Voice) $193.5M 2024
      59% 95% The Super Mario Bros. Movie Bowser (Voice) $574.9M 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Stepdude Sherman (Character),
      Producer
      - 2023
      91% 82% Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood Grown Up Stan (Voice),
      Unknown (Character)
      - 2022
      69% 25% Happily Producer - 2021
      72% 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 Self - 2018
      65% 45% The House With a Clock in Its Walls Jonathan Barnavelt (Character) $68.5M 2018
      77% 76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot Dexter (Character) $1.4M 2018
      67% 50% The Polka King Jan Lewan (Character),
      Producer
      - 2017
      76% 87% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Bethany (Character) $404.6M 2017
      94% 58% Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny Self - 2016
      86% 79% Kung Fu Panda 3 Po (Voice) $143.5M 2016
      83% 45% Entertainment Executive Producer $55.5K 2015
      78% 62% Goosebumps Stine (Character) $80.1M 2015
      54% 25% The D Train Dan Landsman (Character),
      Producer
      $661.0K 2015
      73% 79% Harmontown Unknown (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 78% The Sheik Unknown (Character) - 2014
      40% 56% 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
      81% 74% Kung Fu Panda 2 Po (Voice) - 2011
      20% 27% Gulliver's Travels Lemuel Gulliver (Character) $42.8M 2010
      14% 24% 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% 71% 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
      51% 40% Margot at the Wedding Malcolm (Character) $2.0M 2007
      70% 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% 55% 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% 47% 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
      49% 45% Shallow Hal Hal (Character) $70.8M 2001
      18% 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 25% Johnny Skidmarks Jerry (Character) - 1998
      24% 51% The Jackal Ian Lamont (Character) $54.9M 1997
      55% 51% The Cable Guy Rick (Character) $60.2M 1996
      20% 40% Crossworlds Steve (Character) - 1996
      56% 53% Mars Attacks! Billy Glenn Norris (Character) $37.8M 1996
      47% 43% Waterworld Pilot (Character) $88.2M 1995
      No Score Yet 25% 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 48% Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight Po (Voice),
      Executive Producer
      2022-2023
      No Score Yet 62% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrity Wheel of Fortune Guest 2022
      No Score Yet 97% Big Nate Brad Gunter (Guest Star) 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cup of Joe Guest 2020
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Music Performer,
      Guest
      2009 2012-2017 2019-2020
      No Score Yet 9% The View Guest 2019
      No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2015 2019
      No Score Yet 64% StarTalk Guest 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hot Ones Guest 2018
      No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2015 2018
      83% 70% 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 No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2011-2013 2015-2016 2018
      No Score Yet 47% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Music Performer,
      Guest
      2015 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Conan Guest 2010 2012 2015-2017
      No Score Yet 19% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show Guest 2016-2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 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 90% The Eric Andre Show Guest 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrated Self 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2015
      29% 56% Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris Guest 2015
      95% 87% Documentary Now! Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
      55% 84% The Brink Alex Talbot (Character),
      Producer
      2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2015
      79% 81% Welcome to Sweden Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
      No Score Yet 92% Comedy Bang! Bang! Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
      100% 85% The Birthday Boys Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Soup Unknown (Character) 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Guest 2013-2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 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 No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2010
      No Score Yet 77% 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 No Score Yet Sesame Street Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      85% 77% The Simpsons Milo (Guest Voice) 2007
      No Score Yet 58% 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 No Score Yet On the Spot Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Crank Yankers Unknown (Guest Voice) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show Guest 2002
      100% 86% Tenacious D Unknown (Character),
      Executive Producer,
      Creator
      1997 1999-2000
      No Score Yet 80% Mr. Show With Bob and David Unknown (Guest Star) 1995-1996
      82% 92% 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