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JACK BLACK (Bethany) has cemented himself as one of the most versatile and
sought-after talents in entertainment with multiple high-profile projects in the
works. Black will soon be seen as producer and star of The Polka King, a film
based on Joshua Brown and John Mikulak's documentary of the same name, which
follows the rise and fall of Jan Lewan, a Pennsylvania polka sensation who
unwittingly brought a town to its knees in a Ponzi scheme. The film premiered at
the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and will be released on Netflix. Black's
additional upcoming projects include the Gus Van Sant drama Don't Worry, He
Won't Get Far on Foot (opposite Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, and Rooney Mara)
and Amblin's The House With a Clock in Its Walls (opposite Cate Blanchett), both
of which are slated for release next year.
Most recently, Black could be heard reprising the role of Po for the third
installment of DreamWorks Animation's smash franchise Kung Fu Panda.
Additionally, he starred as R.L. Stine in Sony Pictures' hit movie Goosebumps,
the film adaption based on the popular children's books. He could also be seen
as producer and star (opposite James Marsden) of The D Train, which premiered at
the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and was later released in theaters. Black
garnered praise for his portrayal of Dan Landsman in the film, which was
regarded as "what may be the performance of his career" (The Wrap, 05/15).
Previously, Black starred alongside Tim Robbins in HBO's dark comedy series The
Brink and starred in the critically-acclaimed independent film Bernie, a role
for which he earned a 2013 Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an
Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical and a 2013 Independent Spirit
Awards nomination for Best Male Lead. Black also topped the box office with
Tropic Thunder; School of Rock, which earned Black his first Golden Globe
nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or
Musical; and the Academy Award-winning blockbuster film King Kong. Black's
additional film credits include Gulliver's Travels, The Big Year, The Muppets,
Nacho Libre, Kung Fu Panda, Kung Fu Panda 2, Bob Roberts, High Fidelity, Saving
Silverman, Year One, Shallow Hal, Ice Age, Orange County, Envy, Shark Tale, and
Off screen, Black formed his own successful production company Electric Dynamite
under which a number of new projects are currently in development, including
Madame X, Belles & Whistles, and Wizard's Way. Along with Amanda Lund, Maria
Blasucci, and Angela Trimbur, Electric Dynamite recently sold a women's
basketball league comedy to Comedy Central. The series is inspired by Pistol
Shrimps, the popular real-life recreational basketball league founded by
Blasucci. Black will also serve as producer on the project. Electric Dynamite's
additional credits include The D Train and the digital series Ghost Ghirls.
A true multi-hyphenate, Black continues to tour both domestically and
internationally as the lead singer of the rock-folk comedy group Tenacious D,
which he created with longtime friend and collaborator Kyle Gass. The duo
released their self-titled album with Epic Records in Fall 2001 and was quickly
certified at gold-selling status. Their first feature film, Tenacious D in The
Pick of Destiny, was released in November 2006 and led to two follow-up
documentaries: The Making of 'The Pick of Destiny', which was produced and
directed by Black, and D Tour: A Tenacious Documentary, which focused on the
band's world tour in support of their film and soundtrack.
In 2013, Black and Gass founded Festival Supreme, an annual music and comedy
festival that returned for its fourth year in October 2016.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Tanya and their two sons.
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