Curious about the multi-talented Jack Black? Did you know this man of modest height is a comedian, actor, musician, singer, songwriter and YouTube personality?
Read on to learn everything you want to know about the legendary entertainer, including Jack Black’s net worth, height and family life.
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Who Is Jack Black?
Jack Black is an American actor, comedian, musician, writer, and producer. He’s best known for playing Dewey Finn in School of Rock (2013), the titular role in Nacho Libre (2006), Barry Judd in High Fidelity (2000) and Carl Denham in King Kong (2005).
He was born in Santa Monica, California on August 28, 1969. His parents were both satellite engineers. He was raised in his mother’s faith, Judaism.
Black has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. For his acting roles, he’s been nominated for two Golden Globes. In September of 2018, he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
You may also remember him from 2001’s Shallow Hal or the recently rebooted Jumanji franchise. If you’ve got kids, his voice might be familiar to you. Jack Black voices Po in the Kung-Fu Panda movies.
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That’s not the only type of voice work he does though. Jack Black is also a talented singer and musician. Familiar fans have treasured the comedy rock duo Tenacious D since 1994. The band was founded by Jack Black and Kyle Glass, who were both members of The Actors’ Gang theatre at the time.
Tenacious D is more than a joke though–the hilarious pair actually won a Grammy award! In 2013, they were nominated for the Best Comedy Album for Rize of the Fenix. Jimmy Fallon was the winner that year. But later on, in 2015, they won the Grammy for Best Metal Performance for “The Last in Line.”
They beat out serious contenders like Anthrax and Slipknot for the honor, making their win controversial in the metal community. Though they’re a comedy rock duo, Tenacious D does have some musical talent that can’t be denied.
Prior to his career success, Black had a troubled childhood. At the age of 10, he struggled after his parent’s divorce and his subsequent move to Culver City, California with his father. He continued visiting his mother and older half-siblings in Hermosa Beach whenever possible.
Jack Black attended special schools for struggling students and admitted to a cocaine addiction at the age of 14. Luckily for all of us, he was able to overcome his demons and lead a fulfilling life full of laughter.
How Tall Is Jack Black?
Mr. Black is 5’6″ or 168 cm tall. At five-foot-six, he’s three inches shorter than the average American male.
Jack Black has made jokes about his short stature before. Back in 2015, he told the St. Louis Post
I’m 5’7, 5’7 and a half, after doing my yoga.
Like a lot of Hollywood actors, being short hasn’t prevented Black from having an amazing, extremely successful career. And like a lot of guys, he’ll inflate his true height when asked.
What Is Jack Black’s Real Name?
Jack Black’s real name is Thomas Jacob “Jack” Black.
What’s His Net Worth?
Jack Black has an estimated net worth of $40 Million in 2020. Early in his career, he had great success with indie films like Tenacious D (2006) and High Fidelity (2000).
These days, Black is more likely to voice or play a major part in international blockbusters. His highest-grossing films include:
- Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017): $860.1 million
- Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016): $521.2 million
- Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011): $665.7 million
With several successful franchises under his belt, Jack Black’s financial future seems pretty secure. His last project was Jumanji: The Next Level, released in December of 2019.
The film was a surprisingly profitable success, blowing expectations out of the water. By the end of 2019, it had already made $235 million, making it the #10 highest-grossing movie of the entire year. Let’s hope he got a back end deal too!
Who Are Jack Black’s Wife and Kids?
In 2006, Jack Black married Tanya Haden. Haden is an accomplished musician and cellist herself, playing with bands like the Silversun Pickups and The Warlocks. Black and Haden have two children, both sons, born in 2006 and 2008. That’s right–Jack Black’s kids are teenagers.
Prior to his marriage to Haden, Black was in a long term relationship with Will & Grace actress Laura Kightlinger. They were together from 1997 to 2005.
Fortunately, unlike so many Hollywood couples, Jack Black’s marriage to Haden has stood the test of time. Fourteen years and two kids together is quite an accomplishment. We wish the talented couple continued happiness.
Like so many men of modest height, Jack Black has utilized his other gifts, including his musical prowess and sense of humor to achieve success. He’s not only financially well-off, but he also has a happy home life too. We salute you, Mr. Black!