Jack Black is a famous actor who is best-known for his work in the comedy genre of films. He is also a comedian, a musician, and a songwriter. His career in the entertainment industry began in 1982 and he is now among the most successful stars in the film industry. In fact, he has accrued an estimated personal net worth of $30 million. So, how did Jack Black get so rich?
He was born as Thomas Jacob Black on August 28, 1969, in Santa Monica, California. His parents divorced when he was ten and he moved to Calva City to live with his father. As a child, he made his screen debut in a commercial. At school, he excelled at drama and got a place to study at the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. However, he left UCLA during his sophomore year to pursue a career as an actor.
In the early stages of his career, he landed small roles in episodes of television series and in television films. He also got his first role in a film in 1992 when he was cast as Roger Davis in Bob Roberts. He continued to act in both films and prime time television for several years before his career really took off.
The film Black considers as his big break was the 2000 film ‘High Fidelity’, in which he played the lead role of Barry. Black was nominated for many awards for his performance in this film. This led to further lead roles in feature films and he became well-established in the film movie industry.
He played Hal Larsen in the 2001 film ‘Shallow Hal’ and then Dewey Finn in the 2003 film ‘School of Rock’. The latter was another film for which he was nominated for many awards. Some of the best’ films in which he appeared between then and 2010 included ‘King Kong’, ‘Nacho Libre’, ‘The Holiday’, ‘Margot at the Wedding’, and ‘Gulliver’s Travels’.
Between 2011 and 2017, he continued to enjoy success in the film industry. During this period, some of his films included ‘Bernie’, ‘The Big Year’, ‘Sex Tape’, ‘Goosebumps’, and ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’.
Jack Black continues to enjoy success in the film industry to the current day. In 2018, he had roles in four films. These were ‘Don’t Worry: He Won’t Get Far on Foot’, Unexpected Race’, ‘The House with the Clock on the Walls’, and ‘Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween’.
In addition to his acting roles, Jack Black has also provided a voice for many films. Some of these have included ‘Shark Tale’, ‘Kung Fu Panda’, Kung Fu Panda: The Secrets of the Furious Five’, ‘Kung Fu Panda Holiday’, ‘Kung Fu Panda 2’, ‘Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters’, Kung Fu Panda 3’, and ‘Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Scroll’.
Television and films are not the only way that Jack Black has accrued a personal net worth of $30 million as he has also enjoyed a career in music. He and Kyle Grass are a comedy rock/ hard rock duo called Tenacious D, with Black in the roles of lead singer and guitarist. The duo began performing together in 1994. Together, Glass and Black have released four albums. The musical comedy film ‘Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny’ features the group along with many stars in cameo roles. As a talented musician and singer, Black has also provided backing vocals for fellow artists.
Other ventures in which Jack Black has been involved throughout his career include a YouTube Channel and video games. His YouTube channel, Jablinski Games, was only created in December 2018. Despite being in its early stages, this channel already has more than 3 million subscribers and has had 22 million views. Between 2005 and 2015, he has provided voices for four video games. These are ‘Peter Jackson’s King Kong’, ‘Brutal Legend’, ‘Broken Age’, and ‘Goosebumps: Night of Scares’.
In his personal life, he married Tanya Haden in 2006. Haden is a cellist, singer, and artist. She is one of the triplet daughters of the Jazz bassist, Charlie Haden. The couple’s first son, Samuel Jason, was born in the same year. In 2008, the couple had a second son, Samuel David.
Written by Garrett Parker
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