The Life And Times Of Jack Black

Jack Black is a bit of an enigma. He’s played all kinds of characters over his long career, including a luchador, a fraudulent teacher, an explorer, a videographer, a murderer, and a romantic partner. Basically, Jack Black can do it all. Jack keeps his personal life pretty private though. How much do you really know about this hilarious and talented actor?

Keep reading to find out how he met his wife, how he got his first roles, and what he’s the most nervous about.

The Beginning

Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic
Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Jack Black was born Thomas Jacob Black (so no, his parents did not give him a rhyming name) in Santa Monica, California. His parents, Thomas William Black and Judith Love Cohen, were both satellite engineers.

Black’s mother was born Jewish and his father converted to Judaism. Jack’s mother had three children from a previous marriage. Jack and his siblings were raised Jewish, and they both had a bar mitzvah. Jack’s parents divorced when he was ten years old.