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Thomas Jacob "Jack" Black (born August 28, 1969), also known as "J.

B.","Jables", or "Jablinski" is an American actor, comedian, musician, and songwriter.

His acting career has been extensive, starring primarily in comedy films.

Black is known for his roles in High Fidelity (2000), Shallow Hal (2001), School of Rock (2003), King Kong (2005), Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny (2006), The Holiday (2006), the Kung Fu Panda franchise (2008–2016), Tropic Thunder (2008), Gulliver's Travels (2010), Bernie (2011), Goosebumps (2015), and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017). Black is the lead vocalist of the comedic rock duo Tenacious D which he formed in 1994 with friend Kyle Gass.

They have released the albums Tenacious D, The Pick of Destiny, Rize of the Fenix, and Post-Apocalypto.

Black's parents divorced when he was 10; Black moved to Culver City with his father and frequently visited his mother's home.

As a child, Black appeared in a commercial for the Activision game Pitfall! but dropped out during his sophomore year to pursue a career in entertainment.

Fellow UCLA student, Tim Robbins, later cast Black in Bob Roberts.

In 19, Black gained recurring roles in the HBO sketch comedy series, Mr. Black's adult career began with acting on prime time television.

He played roles on shows including Life Goes On, Northern Exposure, Mr.

Show, Picket Fences, The Golden Palace, and The X-Files.

Black appeared in the unaired TV pilot Heat Vision and Jack, directed by Ben Stiller, in which he played an ex-astronaut pursued by actor Ron Silver.