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->''"I think of myself as an entertainment arsenal. Like I have my acting bazooka and my music machete. And you don't know what I'm going to come at you with."''

What happens when a LargeHam meets ThePowerOfRock.

Thomas Jacob "Jack" Black (born August 28, 1969) is an actor, comedian, and musician. [[HeterosexualLifePartners Best pals]] with Kyle Gass. Together, they formed ''Music/TenaciousD''!

Black appeared in an un-aired pilot episode for a show directed by Creator/BenStiller and written by Creator/DanHarmon and Creator/RobSchrab called ''Series/HeatVisionAndJack'' where he played an ex-astronaut pursued by actor Ron Silver. He was accompanied by his friend who had merged with a motorcycle, voiced by Owen Wilson. This pilot led to his friendship with Harmon and Schrab that resulted in him making many cameos for Website/{{Channel 101}}.

In 2000, Black appeared in ''Film/HighFidelity'' as a wild employee in John Cusack's record store, a role which Black himself considered his breakout, the film also reunited him with Tim Robbins, who had appeared with Cusack and Black in ''Film/BobRoberts'' eight years earlier. His career soon led to leading roles in films such as ''Film/ShallowHal'', ''Film/OrangeCounty'', ''Film/SchoolOfRock'', ''Film/{{Envy}}'', ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale'', ''Film/KingKong2005'', ''Film/NachoLibre'', ''Film/TenaciousDInThePickOfDestiny'', ''Film/BeKindRewind'', ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', and ''Film/TropicThunder''. (Oh, and [[VideoGame/BrutalLegend two]] [[VideoGame/BrokenAge video games]])

[[LeslieNielsenSyndrome Prior to his becoming known for his comedies]], a lot of his early acting career involved bit parts in serious movies (he played a crazed assassin in ''Film/BobRoberts'', the brother of Sean Penn's death row inmate in ''Film/DeadManWalking'', and in ''Film/EnemyOfTheState'' he played one of the NSA tech-support agents, to name three examples). ''Film/KingKong2005'' can be considered his first [[TomHanksSyndrome serious role]] as a star, though he [[PlayingAgainstType mellowed down his comedic persona a bit]] in ''Film/TheHoliday'' and ''Margot At The Wedding''.

In 2009, he starred pretty much AsHimself in Creator/TimSchafer's ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'' (only, like, six feet taller), alongside Kyle Gass, Music/OzzyOsbourne, [[Music/{{Motorhead}} Lemmy Kilmister]], and [[Music/JudasPriest Rob Halford]]. This meeting also started allowed him to start a friendship with Schafer, nailing him a minor role in Creator/DoubleFine's next big game, VideoGame/BrokenAge.

Unfortunately, as the turn of the 2010s approached, Black's career began to go down the wrong track. After a praised role in ''Film/TropicThunder'', he got cast alongside Creator/MichaelCera in the prehistoric comedy ''Film/YearOne'', which tanked considerably at the box office and was destroyed by critics. Worse still, it finally revealed his {{Typecasting}} habit he did in previous films, resulting in the upset of many audiences. The final star destroying blow, however, came with the massive domestic flop of a [[Film/GulliversTravels2010 film adaptation]] of ''Literature/GulliversTravels'', which dealt an even bigger blow to his career. His subsequent filmography had been a string of flops (with the exception of ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' and ''Film/TheMuppets'', in which he played a key cameo appearance). ''Film/{{Bernie}}'' seemed to be a CareerResurrection for him, but despite winning critical acclaim, it never got to a wide release. Fortunately, it seems as though the good notices of the D's album, ''Rize of the Fenix'', managed to keep Black from going completely under, and his next major film after ''Bernie'', the [[Film/{{Goosebumps}} film adaptation]] of ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'', was well-received by critics and moviegoers and was moderate box office success, sparking some hope that his acting career could be headed back up the ladder. Indeed, Black's next live-action film, ''Film/JumanjiWelcomeToTheJungle'', was an acclaimed box-office smash, and Black himself received praise for pulling off a GenderBender performance that didn't reduce the character to a joke (despite being comic relief). He is also set to star in ''Film/TheHouseWithAClockInItsWalls'', an adaptation of [[Literature/TheHouseWithAClockInItsWalls the book of the same name]] alongside Creator/CateBlanchett and Creator/KyleMacLachlan.

He is a member of the Creator/FratPack, a group of comedy actors who frequently work together. This group also includes Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Creator/BenStiller, Creator/WillFerrell, Vince Vaughn, and Creator/SteveCarell.

Black's comedic style combines many key elements from both sides of the traditional [[BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine double act]]. Black typically begins a skit in which he presents an earnest introduction to a premise or subject that quickly reveals itself to be flawed or fundamentally ludicrous. Black then switches completely to a far-extreme caricature of human emotion. His would-be [[TheStraightMan straight-man]] Gass often functions to trigger these outbursts. When appearing in a movie that turns out to be a flop, [[SugarWiki/RuleOfSeanConnery he even manages to make it bearable through his appearances alone]]--his role as the villainous bully in ''Film/TheNeverendingStory III'' was claimed by many to be the only good thing about it.

Not to be confused with the Victorian-era rat-catcher [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Black_%28rat_catcher%29 of the same name]], Manga/BlackJack, [[BilingualBonus or]] [[WebComic/{{Homestuck}} Jack Noir]].
* CreatorsFavorite: Commented that his favorite role out of everything he's done is voicing Po in the ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' films.
* OldShame: He's often expressed regret for getting paid as much as he did for ''Film/ShallowHal'', a role he was entirely dissatisfied with.
* RetroactiveRecognition: Appeared with Creator/SarahJessicaParker and fellow future star Creator/NataliePortman in the criminally underrated ''Film/MarsAttacks''.