Jack Black’s biographyJack Black is the Hollywood creator of a new, democratic style in comedy, the most beautiful girl Bethany from Jake Kasdan’s Jumanji: Welcome the Jungle family adventure film. An actor and screenwriter, composer and musician, electric guitarist of the Tenacious D rock band, a charismatic and memorable personality. He became popular after the release of John Cusack's High Fidelity. Net worth: $50 million.
Childhood: Hermosa Beach, CaliforniaBorn at the very end of the summer of 1969 in a Californian family of specialists in artificial earth satellites, the boy was named Thomas Jacob. Mother Judith, a Jewish and father Tom, a Scot who had accepted the Jewish faith, gave their son, in addition to his double name, an explosive mixture of genes and upbringing in the Judaism traditions.
Thomas Jacob (abbreviated as Jack), in his own words, grew up quite a brutal child, adoring books about Frankenstein and Dracula, and if any horror film was shown on TV, one could not drag him away from the screen.
Jack overcame his parents’ separation at the age of ten and began living with his father in Culver City, visiting his mother on the weekends. He was never tired of cursing in front of the mirror, imagining himself a monster, creating the most unimaginable images in his fantasies and dreaming of becoming a great actor like Gary Oldman.
Black admitted in his interviews that in childhood he looked like his cartoon character Panda Po (in 2008 Jack voiced the main character in the Kung Fu Panda animation film both externally and internally. As a fourteen-year-old teenager he ended up in The Fall Guy TV picture for an episodic role and then in a commercial for Atari.
Youth: Los Angeles - FranceWhen his father was transferred to work in France the teenager departed with him. If not the love of the play, he would have had all the chances of going to jail, since he often took part in street fights and easily went breaking bad.
Yielding to the persuasions of relatives, after school Jack entered the faculty of psychology at the University of California. He was very soon disgusted by the classes and the young man, leaving the university, joined Tim Robbins’s magnificent Band of actors. The stage gave him such satisfaction that Black decided with his former enemy, then his best friend Kyle Gass, to create the Tenacious D comedy rock duo.
The band totally declared itself in the series of the same name and later the Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny full-length comedy film was released.
In an interview, Black told how at first he and his friend played a great rock and roll team, but soon they realized that their show lacked the most important ingredient - humor. As soon as it appeared, popularity increased by several times, and Tenacious D became a regular participant in comedy television shows.One of its fans, actor and director John Cusack played a key role in Jack’s life.
Career: Movie roles and School of RockIn the nineties Black often starred in amateur films and small episodic roles. This went on until, on Cusack’s recommendation, who had got the lead role, he was invited to shoot in Stephen Frears’s picture. In the High Fidelity Jack met Catherine Zeta-Jones and Iben Hjejle, and was also pleased to meet Tim Robbins again. And, undoubtedly, he graced the comedy melodrama with his musical talent and sparkling humor.
His Barry was so much appreciated by film directors Farrelly brothers that they right away invited the actor to play the main role in the Shallow Hal drama comedy. Jack's partner on the set was Gwyneth Paltrow. For his talented job Black received a fee of three million dollars.
According to him, after the High Fidelity he believed in the lucky star of a rock musician, because soon, while parodying the Spiderman, he received an invitation from director Richard Linklater to play a rock guitarist in his School of Rock comedy melodrama.
This is where Jack was given the opportunity to appear in his best! For playing Dewey, Black could receive a 2004 Golden Globe, but he was bypassed by famous Bill Murray with his Lost in Translation. But the MTV award for the best comic musical role went to him by right.
Then, the main roles of Nick from the Envy, Miles from The Holiday, Nacho from the Nacho Libre, Jerry from the Be Kind Rewind, Zed from the Year One appeared in Jack Black’s filmography. In 2010 the actor reincarnated into Gulliver in the Gulliver's Travels and in 2011 he played mortician Bernie Tiede in the Bernie black comedy by Richard Linklater.
Later Black had only main roles in the Big Year, the Sex Tape and the Goosebumps. The actor also starred along with Pablo Schreiber and Tim Robbins in The Brink political satire-comedy, where the trio must prevent the World War III.
But Jack's movie career really turned upside down in the Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle science fiction. Four teenagers, among whom was the first beauty of the school Bethany, turn into the characters of the game, which must be passed in order to survive and return home. So actor Dwayne Johnson is shy Spencer (aka Dr. Smolder), Karen Gillan is clumsy Martha (aka Ruby Roundhouse), Kevin Hart is sturdy Fridge (aka Mouse Finbar). And only Jack Black is a girl called Bethany (aka Professor Shelly Oberon).
The actor gladly recalls the work on the picture. In order to understand what’s the girl feeling inside, he got interested in the young actress’s musical and cinematic addictions, listened to John Mayer and watched TV shows about teenagers. In addition, he nostalgically re-watched the original film, where his favorite comedian Robin Williams played.
Jack Black’s personal lifeAccording to Zoomboola.com, Black met emancipated Laura Kightlinger, an actress, screenwriter and producer on the set of the Will and Grace TV series. Over the course of the eight-year affair, the couple participated in many projects together, but the lovers never reached the altar, friendly parting in 2005.
The reason for separation was Jack’s meeting with school friend Tanya Haden at a party in Santa Monica, where the Tenacious D band performed at an old friend’s. The actor's dream came true: he finally found a woman with whom he would spend his whole life.
Tanya, who is also a musician, the daughter of world famous jazz bassist Charlie Haden, managed to turn their relationship with Jack into some kind of fairy-tale adventure that the actor loved so much. One of the main adventures was her pregnancy, about which she told Black, insisting neither on marriage, nor on living together and raising the future baby. But the man who hated official ceremonies immediately made her a proposal. In spring 2006 the couple married in a small town called Big Sur, having climbed into a quiet house on top of a cliff.
Three months later, the happy father gently held his first child in his arms, who was named Samuel Jason Haden Black. And two years later, the second boy, Thomas David appeared in the family.
Feeling responsible for the boys and his wife, Jack decided to stop smoking and started fighting overweight, which is much harder for him, since Black is a big fan of fast food.
Jack Black nowadaysThe actor ended 2018 with the main role of good wizard Jonathan Barnavelt in Eli Roth's fantastic comedy thriller The House with a Clock in Its Walls - the screening of the eponymous novel by John Bellairs. The role of the powerful (but also good) witch Florence Zimmerman, who fought with the pumpkins was stunningly played by Cate Blanchett.
The Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween picture, where Jack received the role of writer Bob Stine, as well as the Desperate Measures comedy with the main role of Matt Pryor, a man who lost everything, whom Black also plays, seek to complete in a full swing. The mass audience watched movie in 2019.
Along with the replenishment of his filmography, Jack, as a member of the Tenacious D duet (by the way, in 2015 the band won the Grammy Award for the best song in the genre of metal), is preparing to release a new album called Post-Apocalypto. The group, as in previous years, will take part in international festivals.
Despite his popularity, Jack Black is sure: he will never get an Oscar and will never stop acting in comedies. But the actor would better be equal to Bob Hope, who hasn’t received a single cinema academy award, than Mr. What was his name, whose statuette is covered with dust on the shelf, and his phone is silent.
In 2019 "Jumanji The Next Level" came to a big screen.
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