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Jack Black (born Thomas Jack Black August 28th, 1969) is a Golden Globe-nominated American actor, comedian and musician.

Acting career: Jack Black's acting career began with primetime TV. He played roles on several shows such as: The X-Files (Bart 'Zero' Liquori), Northern Exposure (Kevin Wilkins) and Picket Fences (Curtis Williams).

He later took on small roles in a range of films including: Demolition Man, The Cable Guy, Mars Attacks!, Waterworld, The Jackal, Dead Man Walking, Saving Silverman, Enemy of the State, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer and High Fidelity, which particularly garnered him more exposure.

His career soon led to leading parts, showing his diversity with roles in Shallow Hal, Orange County, School of Rock, Envy, King Kong, Nacho Libre and Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny.

It wasn't just straight comedy roles that Jack Black would land and 2007 would show this. Starring alongside Jude Law, Cameron Diaz, and Kate Winslet in The Holiday, Jack Black played Miles, the love interest of Winslet's character. Then in 2007 he starred in Margot at the Wedding alongside Nicole Kidman, a tragic comedy drama.

During 2008 Jack Black appeared in three films - Be Kind Rewind, which was written and directed by Michel Gondry. He voiced the main character, Po, in the animated film Kung Fu Panda and played Jeff 'Fats' Portnoy in Tropic Thunder.

Music Career: Jack Black makes up one half of the comedy and rock music duo Tenacious D, alongside his friend Kyle Gass.

The group has a large cult following and have released two albums, a self-titled debut and the follow up, The Pick of Destiny. Along with the music, the duo starred in Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny - a fictionalised account of the band's formation.

Black has appeared in music videos by Beck, "Sexx Laws"; Foo Fighters "Learn To Fly", "Low", and "The One"; The Eagles of Death Metal, "I Want You So Hard (Boy's Bad News)"; Sum 41 "Things I Want"; and Weezer "Photograph."

Personal life: Jack Black dated actress and comedian Laura Kightlinger from 1997 until 2005.

In January 2006, he got engaged to Tanya Haden the daughter of the jazz double bassist Charlie Haden. Tanya an accomplished cellist married Jack Black in March 2006.

They have two sons, Samuel Jason "Sammy" Black who was born on June 10th 2006 and Thomas "Tommy" Black, Jr who was born on May 23rd 2008.

Triva

Jack Black had his gall bladder removed.

He shares a birthday with Shania Twain.

As a child Jack Black had a Bull Mastiff and Rottweiler mix named Chico, who died of parvovirus soon after Jack's parents divorced.

Jack Black's mother worked on the Hubble Space Telescope.

As a child, Black appeared in an early Atari Pitfall! advert, which you can find on Youtube.

Regarding exercise, Black has been quoted as saying that 'Ultimate' is the only form of exercise that he doesn't hate.

Jack Black recently stated, during the 2008 VH1 "Rock Honours" that his favourite band is The Who.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Jack Black smiles for the cameras as he arrives at LAX - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 20th June 2017

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Jack Black Promises Robin Williams Tribute In 'Jumanji' Sequel


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For many, bringing another 'Jumanji' film to the big screen after Robin Williams' death is sacrilege. The actor was the heart of the original movie, bringing the laughs thick and fast to those that were watching, but giving a stirring and emotional performance throughout as he portrayed a man who still had the heart of a young boy, after being ripped from his family at an early age.

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Now though, with each bit of information that comes out it become a little bit clearer that the Jake Kasdan-directed sequel will be a completely other entity than the original we saw back in 1995. Jack Black - who stars in the flick - has recently opened up a little bit about what we should expect, and how the film will pay tribute to Robin Williams in its own unique way.

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Jack Black throws out the 1st pitch at the Los Angeles Dodgers game. The Dodgers defeated the Philadelphia Phillies by the final score of 5-3 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. - Dodger Stadium - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 30th April 2017

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A Teenaged Girl Becomes Jack Black In First Footage From 'Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle'


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Dwayne Johnson presented the first look at upcoming adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle at CinemaCon on Monday night.

The film, which features Johnson alongside Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Jack Black and Kevin Hart, is a continuation rather than a reboot of the 1995 children’s classic which starred the late Robin Williams.

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Jack Black at the 53rd Annual Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Awards held at Omni Los Angeles Hotel, California Plaza - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 18th February 2017

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Kevin Hart Gives First Look At Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black And Karen Gillan In 'Jumanji' Sequel


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Kevin Hart has given fans their first look at the new Jumanji sequel which is scheduled to hit cinemas next year. Last month star Dwayne Johnson made it clear that the film would be a sequel to the 1995 children’s classic, which starred Robin Williams, rather than a reboot as some had originally thought.

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Dwayne Johnson Finds His Girl For 'Jumanji' With Karen Gillan


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Dwayne Johnson has announced that he’s cast former ‘Doctor Who’ star Karen Gillan in the upcoming Jumanji movie. Gillan joins the cast alongside Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Nick Jonas, in what’s been described as a ‘continuation’ of the original 1995 film.

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Jack Black & Kyle Gass perform under the guise of Tenacious D on the first day of the 2016 Bravalla Festival. Norrkoping, Sweden - Friday 1st July 2016

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Kung Fu Panda 3 Review

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This animated trilogy concludes on a very high note with this smart, involving and often hilarious adventure. Both the writing and the animation are especially strong this time around, drawing in bigger themes while still keeping things both thrilling and very silly. But it's the endearing central characters who make it resonate.

As the Dragon Warrior, the panda Po (voiced by Jack Black) is struggling to rise to the challenge to become a teacher, coaxed by his master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman). He'd rather be out fighting battles with his five warrior pals Tigress, Monkey, Mantis, Viper and Crane (Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu and David Cross). Then he meets his long-lost father Li (Bryan Cranston), who tells him of a secret homeland for pandas, where Po might be able to find himself. Meanwhile, the power-mad warlord Kai (J.K. Simmons) has broken through from the spirit realm, determined to collect the chi of every master in the mortal world. So it's rather urgent that Po discovers his own chi before Kai finds him.

This is far more than the usual story about discovering your place in life. It's a complex exploration of how our backgrounds and communities contribute to who we are, and why each of us has a distinct role to play. These themes emerge naturally through the snappy, sometimes exhilarating story and characters. In voicing Po, Black finds the perfect balance between goofiness and honest emotion that often eludes him in live-action roles. His interaction with all of the surrounding characters bristles with humour and insight, with sharply funny one-liners peppering every scene. Most of the side roles are spread very thinly, but both Cranston and Simmons register strongly, while Jolie and Hoffman get some solid scenes all their own. And Hudson's riotously flirtatious ribbon-dancing panda easily steals her scenes.

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Jack Black Says Kung Fu Panda 3 Is The Best One Yet


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Even as critics are calling Kung Fu Panda 3 the best in the trilogy, Jack Black knows that it's the public that demanded another movie. "I think there's a hunger for panda," he laughs. "People want more panda. And that's a good sign. But then the panda's been very good to me! I've had great experiences making these movies and travelling the world to promote them."

Po finally finds a place where he's not the odd one out in Kung Fu Panda 3

With this third adventure, Black sees the story coming to a proper climax. "You've got the beginning, the middle and now here's the big finish," he says. "And I think it's the best of the three in many ways. Three is the magic number! It's got a really kick-ass emotional ending. The whole crowd was flipping out when we screened it at my kids' school."

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Jack Black - World premiere of 'Kung Fu Panda 3' - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 16th January 2016

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Po Won't Take Any Chit Chat From His Latest Enemy In 'Kung Fu Panda 3' [Trailer + Pictures]


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Po is set to return with an all new gang of martial art anthropomorphic animals in 'Kung Fu Panda 3', but this time he's reunited with his own kind - or so it may seem. Jack Black reprises the titular role and Alessandro Carloni joins previous director Jennifer Yuh Nelson at the helm.

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After successfully defeating two nemeses with his unorthodox kung fu style in the previous two films, Po faces his biggest challenge yet with 'Kung Fu Panda 3'; he has to teach a whole clan of useless pandas the art of kung fu - something that he himself had trouble enough grasping to begin with. On the other hand, he's finally reunited with his biological father, who sensed his survival at the end of 'Kung Fu Panda 2', even though Po has finally found peace in Mr. Ping the goose being his true father.

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Kung Fu Panda 3 Trailer


Po and The Furious Five return in Kung Fu Panda 3! Po might now be the undisputed Dragon Warrior but his mission of self-growth and protection for the citizens of the Valley of Peace. Taking advice from the person he trusts most, Master Shifu Po discovers that his real journey is just beginning as he must transition from warrior to teacher.

After finding his birth father, Li, Po finally feels he belongs to someone. Po's stepdad, Mr Ping on the other hand isn't so convinced that this new panda is a relative at all! The Panda's travel to a secret panda village where Po, for the first time, is surrounded by Bears - most clumsy - just like him.

When a supernatural beast named Kai comes to their region, he threatens to put the lives a of some of the animals Po loves most in danger. To survive the attack by Kai, Po must train his new family and teach them how to fight for themselves - after all, surely they all have some of the Dragon Warrior in them?

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What Should You Watch This Halloween? 2015 Horror Films Ranked


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It's almost Halloween and, if you're staying in, you're going to have to go through that difficult process of deciding what film to put on. 2015 has seen rather a few horror movies, but it has to be noted that only a handful of them are worth your time.

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Here's the top five best and worst scary films of the year:

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'Goosebumps' Scares Its Way To The Top Of US Box Office, Knocking Off 'The Martian'


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Jack Black’s Goosebumps has taken the top spot at the US box office this weekend, amassing $23.5 million from 3,501 theatres. The family-friendly horror comedy is based on R. L. Stine’s series of books and stars Jack Black as a fictional version of the author.

GoosebumpsJack Black stars as R.L. Stine in Goosebumps.

The film’s plot sees a variety of Stine’s characters escape from his books and start chaos in the real world, with the writer, his daughter and their teenaged neighbour tasked with returning them back to the pages of his fiction.

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Jack Black

Date of birth

28th August, 1969

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Male

Height

1.68


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Jack Black Movies

Kung Fu Panda 3 Movie Review

Kung Fu Panda 3 Movie Review

This animated trilogy concludes on a very high note with this smart, involving and often...

Goosebumps Movie Review

Goosebumps Movie Review

Mixing the action, comedy and horror from novelist R.L. Stein's books into a family-friendly package,...

Kung Fu Panda 3 Trailer

Kung Fu Panda 3 Trailer

Po and The Furious Five return in Kung Fu Panda 3! Po might now be...

The D Train Movie Review

The D Train Movie Review

A provocative drama wrapped in the skin of an adult sex comedy, this sharply written...

Goosebumps - First Look Trailer

Goosebumps - First Look Trailer

Zach Cooper has just moved to a sleepy town and is looking forward to getting...

Kung-Fu Panda 3 - Teaser Trailer

Kung-Fu Panda 3 - Teaser Trailer

Po the giant panda may be ever increasing his prowess at kung-fu, but he still...

The D Train Trailer

The D Train Trailer

Nobody really wants to attend their school reunion. Nobody, except for maybe Dan Landsman (Jack...

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21 Years: Richard Linklater Trailer

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Sex Tape Movie Review

Sex Tape Movie Review

Although it presents itself as a rude sex comedy, this movie is actually a prudish...

Sex Tape Trailer

Sex Tape Trailer

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Bernie Movie Review

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