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Biography #2 (for The Holiday)

Jack Black first came to widespread recognition as the sarcastic music store worker in the Stephen Frears comedy High Fidelity. In 2003, Black received a Golden Globe nomination in the Best Actor category for his performance in School of Rock. Black played a failed rock musician who masquerades as a substitute teacher at a private school in the hit comedy directed by Richard Linklater and written by Mike White.

The following year, Black produced and starred in the hit comedy Nacho Libre directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) and written by Mike White, Jared Hess and Jerusha Hess.

Black portrayed filmmaker and showman Carl Denham in Peter Jackson's 2005 epic King Kong, which also starred Naomi Watts, Adrien Brody, Andy Serkis and Colin Hanks. He provided the voice of Lenny in the 2004 animated feature Shark Tale, which also featured vocal performances from Will Smith, Angelina Jolie, Renée Zellweger and Robert De Niro.

The multi-faceted Black is lead singer of the rock-folk comedy group Tenacious D, which he created with friend Kyle Gass. The band had a variety series on HBO in 1999. Their 2001 self-titled debut album was quickly certified gold. Tenacious D recently starred in their first feature film, Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny.

Black's previous screen credits include the Barry Levinson comedy Envy with Ben Stiller, the Farrelly brothers' Shallow Hal, which also starred Gwyneth Paltrow, Orange County from director Jake Kasdan and writer Mike White, Saving Silverman with Jason Biggs and Steve Zahn and the independent drama Jesus' Son with Billy Crudup. He made his feature film debut in 1992 for director Tim Robbins in Bob Roberts.

Black recently wrapped production in Michel Gondry's Be Kind Rewind and the untitled Noah Baumbach Project. Both films, in which Black has lead roles, will be released in 2007.

Bio courtesy Sony Pictures Entertainment for "The Holiday" (07-Jan-2007)


Biography #3 (for School of Rock)

Jack Black has appeared in such motion pictures as Stephen Frears' critically acclaimed comedy High Fidelity, in which he played Barry, John Cusack's sarcastic music store employee. That breakout role garnered him nominations for a 2001 American Comedy Award and Blockbuster Entertainment Award in the supporting actor category. Black co-hosted the 2002 MTV Movie Awards with Sarah Michelle Gellar, which was the highest-rated MTV Movie Awards ever and the top-rated cable program of that year.

Besides The School of Rock, Black will also star opposite Ben Stiller in the Barry Levinson-directed Envy for DreamWorks SKG. The comedy follows Black and Stiller as lifelong

friends whose relationship takes a nasty turn when one of them (Black) becomes filthy rich by selling an invention. It drives the other (Stiller) crazy with jealousy. Rachel Weisz, Christopher Walken and Amy Poehler round out the cast.

Black was last seen on the big screen in two hit comedies. In the Farrelly brothers' comedy Shallow Hal he had his first starring role opposite Gwyneth Paltrow. He played Hal, a man who is given the gift of seeing people's inner beauty as their outside appearance. In Orange County, for director Jake Kasdan (Zero Effect) and writer Mike White (Chuck & Buck), Black starred alongside Colin Hanks as his loving, older stoner brother.

He also starred in Saving Silverman with Jason Biggs and Steve Zahn and in 2000's independent drama Jesus' Son with Billy Crudup. He made his feature film debut in Tim Robbins' Bob Roberts.

Black is also the lead singer for the rockfolk comedy group Tenacious D, whose self-titled album was released in the fall of 2001 on Epic Records. They recently completed a headlining tour, followed by an opening gig with Weezer and Kid Rock. Tenacious D also had a variety series on HBO that aired in 1999.

Bio courtesy Paramount for "School of Rock" (18-Oct-2003)


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