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Jack Black

Jack BlackAKA Thomas Jack Black

Born: 28-Aug-1969
Birthplace: Santa Monica, CA

Gender: Male
Religion: Atheist [1]
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Musician, Actor, Comic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Half of Tenacious D

Hand-picked by mighty Satan to deliver the gospel of rock to the suffering masses, Jack Black (as he is known to the uninitiated -- the true name of his soul being an untranslatable Ancient Sumerian word of power) actually first channeled his creative aura in the field of acting, the better to attain mastery of his earthly form and therefore allow the blinding light of his message to pass through the appendage of his being unhindered by physical defect. This was achieved through the (unwitting but well-intentioned) help of mere mortal Tim Robbins and his Actor's Gang Theater, with whom the first revelation of Black's visage to the public at large was accomplished in the film Bob Roberts in 1992. More important to the realization of his destiny, the Actor's Gang also introduced him to the guide provided by his unearthly father to help usher him through the valley of the shadow of the entertainment business, fellow actor Kyle Gass. With the help of Gass and his jumping jack flash, the vehicle for the manifestation of his will over humanity was founded: and verily it was signified with a secret name that was known to all, and that name was Tenacious D.

An intense period of preparation continued throughout the remainder of the 1990s, with Black taking numerous supporting roles in films while also performing in L.A. bars with the D. The latter endeavor eventually led to contact with an operative for the International Jewish Conspiracy, David Cross, who recognized the mass-hypnotic potential of Tenacious D and accelerated its infiltration of public consciousness by linking it to his own secret cabal Mr. Show. The association continued when Mr. Show made the jump to HBO; under the guise of executive producer for the 1999 Tenacious D cable series, Cross helped to bring the revelation of the beast one step closer, all the while thinking that he was serving his own ends (the fool!). Knowing the D would surge forward uncontrollably once it had magickally combined with the airwaves, Black had wisely taken steps to avoid the premature ejaculation of his revelation by tempering his public image ahead of time with roles in really retarded movies like Waterworld (1995), Bio-Dome (1996) and The Cable Guy (1996). Balance was maintained by flashes of brilliance in Dead Man Walking (1995), Mars Attacks! (1996), and The Cradle Will Rock (1999).

By 2000, however, the kid gloves were off and the apocalypse of St. Jack was underway, initiated by a lively performance in the well-received music nerd epic High Fidelity. The star that is the sun of the son of Lucifer continued its rise above the planet of man by means of a series of starring roles: Shallow Hal (2001), Orange County (2002) and, ultimately, The School of Rock (2003). In the latter film, Black portrayed a toned-down, family-friendly version of his true, messianic self -- perhaps as an act of compassion towards those overwhelmed by the full Satanic majesty already in evidence on Tenacious D's eponymous 2001 album and the 2003 Complete Masterworks video collection. The journey is far from over, however, as a Tenacious D feature and all kinds of other cinematic mucky-muck are in preparation.

[1] Conan, 27 April 2012, discussing trying to get his children into a good school: "And there's a Hebrew school we really liked. And I feel a little hypocritical because I'm an atheist, you know, but it's a really good school. And I am a Jew, technically. And my wife is too. And also we've not been to synagogue for years. So I was kind of feeling the pressure to show that I'm a good Jew. And I was putting on a little bit of a show."

Father: Thomas Black Sr. (rocket scientist)
Mother: Judith Cohen (rocket scientist)
Laura Kightlinger (dated 1997-2005)
Wife: Tanya Haden (musician, The Haden Sisters, b. 1971, m. 14-Mar-2006, two sons)
Son: Samuel Jason (b. 10-Jun-2006)
Son: Thomas David (b. 23-May-2008)

    High School: Poseidon High School
    High School: Crossroads High School, Santa Monica, CA (11th, 12th grades)
    University: University of California at Los Angeles (dropped out 1989)

    Tenacious D Vocalist/Guitarist (1994-)
    Marijuana Policy Project Advisory Board
    Obama Victory Fund 2012
    Endorsement of Activision Pitfall! (1982)
    Endorsement of Disneyland
    Actors' Gang
    Cholecystectomy 2003
    Jewish Ancestry
    Risk Factors: Marijuana, Obesity, Former Smoker, Ecstasy, Cocaine, Heroin, LSD

    The Brink Alex Talbot (2015)

    The House with a Clock in Its Walls (19-Sep-2018)
    Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (19-Jan-2018)
    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (5-Dec-2017)
    Kung Fu Panda 3 (23-Jan-2016) [VOICE]
    Goosebumps (3-Oct-2015) [VOICE]
    The D Train (23-Jan-2015)
    21 Years: Richard Linklater (7-Nov-2014)
    Harmontown (8-Mar-2014) · Himself
    The Big Year (14-Oct-2011) · Brad Harris
    Bernie (16-Jun-2011)
    Kung Fu Panda 2 (26-May-2011) · Po [VOICE]
    Conan O'Brien Can't Stop (13-Mar-2011) · Himself
    Gulliver's Travels (23-Dec-2010) · Lemuel Gulliver
    Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage (24-Apr-2010) · Himself
    Year One (18-Jun-2009)
    Tropic Thunder (13-Aug-2008)
    Kung Fu Panda (15-May-2008) [VOICE]
    Be Kind Rewind (20-Jan-2008)
    Margot at the Wedding (31-Aug-2007) · Malcolm
    The Holiday (5-Dec-2006)
    Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny (26-Oct-2006)
    Nacho Libre (16-Jun-2006)
    Danny Roane: First Time Director (2006) · Himself
    King Kong (13-Dec-2005)
    Shark Tale (10-Sep-2004) · Lenny [VOICE]
    Envy (30-Apr-2004) · Nick Vanderpark
    Run Ronnie Run! (16-Sep-2003)
    The School of Rock (9-Sep-2003) · Dewey Finn
    Ice Age (12-Mar-2002) · Zeke [VOICE]
    Orange County (7-Jan-2002)
    Shallow Hal (1-Nov-2001)
    Saving Silverman (7-Feb-2001)
    High Fidelity (28-Mar-2000)
    Jesus' Son (5-Sep-1999) · Georgie
    Cradle Will Rock (18-May-1999)
    Enemy of the State (16-Nov-1998) · Fiedler
    Johnny Skidmarks (18-Jan-1998) · Jerry
    The Jackal (14-Nov-1997) · Lamont
    Bongwater (1997)
    Mars Attacks! (13-Dec-1996) · Billy Glenn Norris
    The Fan (16-Aug-1996) · Broadcast Technician
    The Cable Guy (14-Jun-1996) · Rick
    Bio-Dome (12-Jan-1996) · Tenacious D
    Crossworlds (1996) · Steve
    Dead Man Walking (29-Dec-1995) · Craig Poncelet
    Waterworld (28-Jul-1995) · Pilot
    Bye Bye, Love (17-Mar-1995) · D.J. at Party
    The Neverending Story III (27-Oct-1994)
    Blind Justice (25-Jun-1994)
    Demolition Man (8-Oct-1993) · Wasteland Scrap
    Airborne (17-Sep-1993)
    Bob Roberts (4-Sep-1992)

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