Thomas Jacob “Jack” Black born on August 28, 1969 is an American actor,comedian, writer, producer, musician and singer. He was born in Santa Monica, California, and raised in Hermosa Beach, California. Both of his parents were satellite engineers. When he was of 10 years his parents divorced. He first appeared in a television commercial at the age of 13 for the video game Pitfall. He started starring in different small roles in films like “Airborne”(1993), “Demolition Man” Waterworld, The Fan, The Cable Guy, Mars Attacks!etc.
After a role in the 2000’s movie “High Fidelity” he was well known which lead to gaining lead roles in the movies as “Shallow Hal, Nacho Libre, Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, Year One, and Gulliver’s Travels”. One of his well received and praised movie “School of Rock” led him to nomination for Best Actor – Musical or Comedy.
He starred in Peter Jackson’s 2005 remake of King Kong. He voiced the title role in Kung Fu Panda, as well as Kung Fu Panda 2 and Kung Fu Panda 3. He was nominated for the second Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Comedy, for his 2011 starring role in Richard Linklater’s black comedy, “Bernie”.
Beside acting he is also the member of the comedy rock/hard rock band Tenacious D. He is the lead singer known as JB or Jables. Along with Kyle Gass, they have released three albums, a self-titled debut, the follow-up, The Pick of Destiny, and Rize of the Fenix. Tenacious D helped the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation to raise awareness of these diseases and funds for the organization in Los Angeles on December 20, 2001. Black, as a member of Tenacious D, won the award for Best Metal Performance at the 57th Grammy Awards.
In January 2006, Black became engaged to Tanya Haden, daughter of jazz double bassist Charlie Haden and they married on March 14, 2006, in Big Sur, California. Black’s first son, Samuel Jason “Sammy” Black, was born on June 10, 2006. On May 23, 2008, Black and his wife had their second son, Thomas David Black.