Jack Black is an actor, comedian, and musician from the United States. He is well-known for his roles in the movies High Fidelity (2000), Shallow Hal (2001), Orange County (2002), School of Rock (2003), Envy (2004), The Holiday (2006), Gulliver’s Travels (2010), Bernie (2011), The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018), and the Jumanji franchise.
In August 2022, his music video for “Tribute,” which he made with the Grammy Award–Winning comedy rock duo Tenacious D received more than 115 million views on YouTube alone, On top of that, he’s famous for his voice work as Po the giant panda in Kung Fu Panda flicks from DreamWorks Animation.
Black was nominated for Golden Globes in 2018 for his roles in School of Rock and Bernie, and he also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame that year.
He and his longtime friend Kyle Gass established the band Tenacious D in 1994, and he is the group’s main vocalist.
They have been in the TV series Tenacious D (1997-2000) and the film Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny, in addition to releasing four albums under the Tenacious D moniker (their self-titled debut, The Pick of Destiny, Rize of the Fenix, and Post-Apocalypto) (2006). Black has been actively updating his Jablinski Games YouTube channel since 2018.
Early Years and Education
Thomas Jacob Black was born in Santa Monica, California, on August 28, 1969. His parents, Thomas William Black and Judith Love Cohen were both satellite engineers. His early life was spent in the sunny city of Hermosa Beach, California.
His mother was an engineer and writer who contributed to the guidance systems for nuclear missiles (Minuteman), the Apollo lunar module, and the Hubble Space Telescope’s science ground station.
His mother is from the Siegel family, hence he also has three elder half-siblings: Neil Siegel, an astrophysicist; Howard Siegel, an attorney; and Rachel Siegel, a psychologist. Both his mom and dad became Jews, although he was raised Jewish by his mom.
Black is Jewish through and through, having gone to Hebrew school and celebrating a bar mitzvah. His family tree covers not only the traditional European nations, but also the United States, Canada, and Australia.
Black’s parents split up when he was 10 years old, and his dad eventually stopped being Jewish. Black and his father moved to Culver City, and Black often went to his mother’s house.
In 1982, when he was a child, he was in a commercial for the Activision game Pitfall! Black’s parents put him in the Poseidon School, which is a private high school for students who are having trouble in the public school system. He also went to the Crossroads School and did well in drama there.
Later, he went to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), but he dropped out during his sophomore year to become an actor. Tim Robbins, who went to UCLA with Black, later put Black in the role of Bob Roberts. In 1995 and 1996, he had recurring parts on Mr. Show, an HBO sketch comedy show.
Is Jack Black Gay?
No, Jack Black is Not Gay and His Sexual Orientation is Straight. Between 1996 and 2005, Black was with the American actress Laura Kightlinger.
Laura Kightlinger had fun with her Tenacious D co-star and the show’s lead, the Gulliver’s Travels star Jack Black. She said that his behavior always made her laugh, and she described him by saying, “He’s a Groundling.”
However, their relationship did not last as long as their fans had hoped. The couple was said to have been together from 1996 to early 2005, and they were even engaged at the time of the alleged breakup. However, the breakup itself was a bit strange, as Jack broke up with Laura and started dating Tanya Haden almost right away.
Is Jack Black Married?
Black got engaged to singer Tanya Haden, who is the daughter of jazz bassist Charlie Haden, in January 2006. Both of them went to Crossroads School, and 15 years after they graduated, they ran into each other at a friend’s birthday party. They got married in Big Sur, California, on March 14, 2006. In 2006 and 2008, their sons were born.