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JACK BLACK (Jeff Portnoy) has appeared in many motion pictures, but it was his scene-stealing performance as John Cusack's sarcastic music store employee in Stephen Frears' acclaimed comedy "High Fidelity” that cemented his place in the hearts of audiences. That breakout role in 2000 garnered him a Blockbuster Entertainment Award in the supporting actor category and a nomination for an American Comedy Award. Black then co-hosted the "2002 MTV Movie Awards” with Sarah Michelle Gellar; the program was the highest-rated MTV Movie Awards show ever and the top-rated cable program of the year.

In September 2003, Black proved his box-office draw with a #1 opening for Paramount Pictures' "School of Rock” from director Richard Linklater and writer Mike White. Black received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy.

In December 2005, Black was seen in Peter Jackson's cinematic blockbuster "King Kong,” joining a cast that included Naomi Watts, Adrien Brody, Andy Serkis and Colin Hanks.

2006 saw Black starring in the box-office smash "Nacho Libre,” directed by Jared Hess ("Napoleon Dynamite”), and in the ensemble comedy "The Holiday,” directed by Nancy Meyers and also starring Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz and Jude Law.

As the lead singer of the rock-folk comedy group Tenacious D, which he created with friend Kyle Gass, Black most recently starred in the feature film "Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny,” which Stiller and Cornfeld also produced. Tenacious D's self-titled album was released in 2001 and quickly certified at gold-selling status.

Earlier this year, Black voiced the title character in the animated hit "Kung Fu Panda.” He recently wrapped "Year One,” with Michael Cera, directed by Harold Ramis and produced by Judd Apatow.

His screen credits also include the Farrelly brothers' "Shallow Hal” opposite Gwyneth Paltrow; Jake Kasdan's "Orange County”; "Jesus' Son” with Billy Crudup; "Saving Silverman”; and the 1996 Stiller-directed comedy "Cable Guy,” which was the first time Black and Stiller worked together. He also provided the voice of Lenny in the hit DreamWorks animated feature "Shark Tale.” Black made his feature film debut in Tim Robbins' "Bob Roberts.”

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