12 Things You Might Not Have Realised About Jack Black
You’ll know Jack Black from his roles in films such as School of Rock, King Kong, Kung Fu Panda and Tropic Thunder, but how much do you actually know about this brilliant comic actor? You’re about to find out by reading the following ‘12 Things You Might Not Have Realised About Jack Black’!
1. Jack Black Isn’t His Real Name
Jack Black was born on 28th August 1969, and was actually named Thomas Jacob Black.
2. He’s Jewish
Jack was brought up as part of the Jewish faith, which meant that he attended Hebrew school and celebrated his Bar Mitzvah.
3. He Had A Cocaine Addiction Aged Fourteen
Shockingly, at the tender age of fourteen Jack was addicted to Cocaine. He has been quoted as saying “I was having a lot of troubles with cocaine. I was hanging out with some pretty rough characters. I was scared to go to school because one of them wanted to kill me. I wanted to get out of there.”
4. His Brother Died Of AIDS
Tragically, Black’s brother Howard died of AIDS in 1989 aged just 31.
5. He Started Acting As A Young Teenager
Black’s very first acting role was in a TV commercial for the computer game Pitfall when he was only 13 years old.
6. He Had A Number Of Small Film Roles
As well as roles in TV shows, including an episode of X-Files, Black also had a number of small film parts, including appearances in Demolition Man, Waterworld, The Fan, The Cable Guy, Mars Attacks!, The Jackal and Enemy of the State. Do you remember seeing him in any of these films?
7. His Breakout Performance Came In 2000
In 2000, Jack appeared in the movie High Fidelity alongside John Cusack, and this was a role that Jack has said himself was his ‘breakout’.
8. The Offers Then Came Thick And Fast
Following his part in High Fidelity, Black went on to have leading roles in a number of films, including Shallow Hal, the brilliant Nacho Libre, Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny and Gulliver’s Travels.
9. Everyone Loved School Of Rock
Many would agree that the standout performance of Black’s career was in the 2003 film School of Rock, a role which received critical acclaim as well earning Black a Golden Globe nomination for ‘Best Actor – Musical or Comedy’.
10. He’s Part Of A Popular Rock Music Duo
Some of you will know Jack from his film roles alone, but did you know that he is the also vocalist in the brilliant and funny rock group Tenacious D alongside his good friend Kyle Gass? They have released 3 albums; Tenacious D, The Pick of Destiny, and Rize of the Fenix.
11. He Cried Three Times During Toy Story 3!
Jack has admitted that he cried 3 times when watching Toy Story 3, saying; “I cried thrice during Toy Story 3! Thrice! When those toys hold hands as they slide down into this fire pit of doom? I haven’t been as moved by an expression of mortality in a long, long time.”
12. He’s A Big Supporter Of Comic Relief
In 2015 Black visited Kampala in Uganda as part of Comic Relief USA’s Red Nose Day.