Net Worth: $40 Million
Actor, musician, and cult idol ascendant, Jack Black is known for both the characters he portrays on the screen and as one of the forces behind Tenacious D, a rock band/standup routine that Black has described as “a Smothers Brothers for the Dungeons and Dragons misfits set.”
A native of Santa Monica, CA, Black attended the University of California at Los Angeles. He got his professional start on the stage, appearing in Tim Robbins’ production of Carnage at the 1989 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He would go on to collaborate with Robbins throughout his career, making his screen debut in the director’s 1992 political satire Bob Roberts and appearing in Robbins’ Dead Man Walking (1995) and Cradle Will Rock (1999). Black spent the ’90s playing supporting and lead roles in a variety of films, including Demolition Man (1993), The Cable Guy (1996), which cast him as the best friend of Matthew Broderick’s character, and Jesus’ Son (1999), in which Black had a small but extremely memorable role as a pill-popping hospital orderly.
In 2000, Black had one of his most recognizable and enthusiastically received screen roles to date in High Fidelity. Stephen Frears’ popular adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel of the same name, it featured Black as Barry, a thoroughly obnoxious record-store employee.