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THE BIG YEAR

JACK BLACK (Brad Harris) returned as Po in Kung Fu Panda 2 for Paramount Pictures this past May. The film grossed $125 million internationally during its opening weekend.

Black recently premiered Bernie at the Los Angeles Film Festival, collaborating once again with his School of Rock director, Richard Linklater. Black stars as a small-town funeral director who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a wealthy widow (Shirley MacLaine) in a small town in Texas. When she dies unexpectedly, he goes to great lengths to create the illusion she is still alive. Linklater co-wrote the script with Skip Hollandsworth.

Black can be seen in the Thanksgiving release of The Muppets, written by his Gulliver's Travels co-star, Jason Segel, for Disney.

In 2010, Black released the highly anticipated Gulliver's Travels for Twentieth Century Fox. Black, who was a producer on the film, starred as Lemuel Gulliver, opposite Emily Blunt, Jason Segel and Amanda Peet. Gulliver's Travels grossed nearly $238 million worldwide.

In 2009, Black voiced video game character Eddie Riggs (modeled after Black) in the widely popular Brutal Legend. The game follows a roadie (Riggs) into a fantasy world of heavy metal. Black won for Best Voice at the Spike Video Game Awards in 2009.

The year 2008 was a busy one for Black, who lent his voice to the lead animated character of Po in Paramount Pictures' Kung Fu Panda, which earned more than $626 million worldwide. That same year, Black found himself on top of the box office again, with the Paramount release of Tropic Thunder. Directed and written by Ben Stiller, who also starred in the film, Black was joined by Robert Downey Jr., Jay Baruchel, Brandon T. Jackson, Tom Cruise and Matthew McConaughey. The film was #1 at the box office for two consecutive weeks and has earned over $110 million domestically.

Being at the box office pinnacle is nothing new for Black. In September 2003, he proved his box office draw with a #1 opening for Paramount Pictures' School of Rock, from producer Scott Rudin and writer Mike White. In the film, Black received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. The next year Jack reunited with White to release Nacho Libre, which marked the first production under Black & White Productions, formed in late 2004 by the two filmmakers.

In December 2005, Black was seen in the blockbuster and Academy Award winning film, King Kong. Directed by Peter Jackson, the film opened at #1 and remained on top for three weeks in a row, grossing over $540 million worldwide.

Black's other screen credits include the comedies Bob Roberts, High Fidelity, Saving Silverman, Shallow Hal, Orange County, Envy, Shark Tale, The Holiday, and 2000's independent drama Jesus' Son, as well as the drama Margot at the Wedding.

Fans also know Black as the lead singer of the rock-folk comedy group Tenacious D, which he created with friend Kyle Gass. Their self-titled album was released by Epic Records in 2001 and was quickly certified at gold-selling status. The band had a variety series on HBO that aired in 1999. The duo completed their first feature, Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny, for New Line Cinema, which released the film in November 2006. Two documentaries related to that film were subsequently released. The first, directed and produced by Black, was The Making of ‘The Pick of Destiny', a look at the making of the film. The second, D Tour: A Tenacious Documentary, focused on the band's world tour in support of their film and soundtrack.

Black currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Tanya and their two sons.

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