Mr. Jack Black, a notable and respected professional actor, producer, comedian and singer, will be the Honorary Keynote Speaker of Commencement Exercises for the Montverde Academy Graduating Class of 2015.  MVA’s 2015 graduation ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2015, at 1:00 PM inside Montverde Academy’s “NEST.”  MVA’s annual Baccalaureate Service will be conducted prior to the commencement ceremony (also held inside the “NEST”) at 10:00 AM.

(According to his official biography)Mr. Black recently starred in the critically acclaimed independent film Bernie, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination and an Independent Spirit Award nomination. Collaborating once again with 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 small town Texas.  When she dies unexpectedly, he goes to great lengths to create the illusion she is still alive.  Black’s turn as Bernie earned him some of the greatest reviews of his career, with David Denby of The New Yorker calling his performance a “…fine, disciplined piece of acting” and Peter Travers calling his performance “award-caliber.” Up next, Mr. Black will co-star Tim Robbins in the HBO comedy series The Brink, with Executive Producers Jerry Weintraub, Jay Roach and Roberto Benabib. The series will focus on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men. Black also has The D Train, which will have its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and Sony Pictures’ Goosebumps, based on the popular horror children’s books written by R.L. Stine.

In 2016, Mr. Black will reprise his role as “Po” for the third installment of DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda franchise. To date, Kung Fu Panda and Kung Fu Panda 2 have grossed over $1.2 billion worldwide. In the fall of 2011, Black starred in The Big Year with Academy Award® winner Anjelica Huston and a comedy super cast of Steve Martin, Owen Wilson, Jim Parsons, Rashida Jones and Joel McHale in October for 20th Century Fox.  He was also seen in last year’s surprise box-office hit, The Muppets, written by his Gulliver’s Travels co-star, Jason Segel, for Disney. In 2010, Mr. Black released the highly anticipated Gulliver’s remake for 20th Century Fox.  Mr. Black, who produced the film, starred as “Lemuel Gulliver” opposite Academy Award® nominated Emily Blunt, Segel and Amanda Peet.  Gulliver’s grossed nearly $238 million worldwide.  In 2009, Mr. Black voiced video game character Eddie Riggs (modeled after him) in the widely popular Brutal Legend.  The game follows roadie (Riggs) into a fantasy world of heavy metal.  Black was nominated and won for Best Voice at the Spike Video Game Awards in 2009.  In 2008, Mr. Black found himself on top of the box office again for the Paramount release of Tropic Thunder.  Directed and written by Ben Stiller, who also starred in the film, Mr. Black was joined by a star studded cast including Robert Downey Jr., Jay Baruchel, Brandon T. Jackson, Tom Cruise and Matthew McConaughey. The film remained at #1 in the box office for two straight weeks and earned over $110 million domestically.  Mr. Black had previously proved his box office draw with a #1 opening for Paramount Pictures, School of Rock, from producer Scott Rudin, director Rick Linklater and writer Mike White. Revered by filmgoers and critics alike, and he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.  The next year he reunited with White to release Nacho Libre.

In December 2005, Mr. Black was seen in the highly anticipated cinematic 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, and grossed over $550 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 and 2007’s drama Margot at the Wedding.  Proving he is a true multi-hyphenate, Mr. Black is also the lead singer of the rock-folk comedy group Tenacious D, which he created with longtime friend and collaborator Kyle Gass. Their self-titled album was released in the fall of 2001 with Epic Records 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 film together, Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny for New Line Cinema, which was released in November 2006.  Following Pick of Destiny, two documentaries were released in relation to the film.  The first, directed and produced by Mr. Black titled, The Making of ‘The Pick of Destiny’ reveals a behind the scenes 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.  In 2013, Mr. Black and Gass founded and hosted Festival Supreme, an annual music and comedy festival in Santa Monica, CA which featured the likes of Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis and Maya Rudolph. The festival returned for its second year this past October. Mr. Black currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Tanya and their two sons. Mr. Black’s filmography is cited as follows:

 

Year

Title

Role

 

1991

Our Shining Moment

Teenage boy

Television film

1992

Bob Roberts

Roger Davis

 

1993

Airborne

Augie

 

1993

Marked for Murder

Car thief

Television film

1993

Demolition Man

Wasteland Scrap

 

1994

The NeverEnding Story III

Slip

 

1994

Blind Justice

Private

Television film

1994

The Innocent

Marty Prago

Television film

1995

Bye Bye Love

DJ at party

 

1995

Dead Man Walking

Craig Poncelet

 

1995

Waterworld

Pilot

 

1996

Bio-Dome

Tenacious D

 

1996

The Cable Guy

Rick Legatos

 

1996

The Fan

Broadcast technician

 

1996

Mars Attacks!

Billy Glenn Norris

 

1997

Bongwater

Devlin

 

1997

Crossworlds

Steve

 

1997

The Jackal

Ian Lamont

 

1998

Enemy of the State

Fiedler

 

1998

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer

Titus Telesco

Uncredited

1998

Johnny Skidmarks

Jerry

 

1999

Cradle Will Rock

Sid

 

1999

Jesus’ Son

Georgie

 

1999

The Love Letter

Fisherman

Uncredited

2000

High Fidelity

Barry

Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor – Comedy/Romance
Nominated – American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Music Moment
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Breakthrough Male Performance
Nominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor

2001

Frank’s Book

Performance hipster

Short film

2001

Saving Silverman

JD McNugent

 

2001

Shallow Hal

Hal Larson

Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Film- Choice Actor, Comedy

2002

Ice Age

Zeke (voice)

 

2002

Orange County

Lance Brumder

 

2002

Run Ronnie Run

Lead chimney sweep

DVD Exclusive Award for Best Original Song

2003

Melvin Goes to Dinner

Mental patient

Phoenix Film Festival Award for Best Ensemble Acting
Nominated – DVD Exclusive Award for Best Supporting Actor in a DVD Premiere

2003

School of Rock

Dewey Finn

MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Team
Nominated – New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor (3rd place)
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor- Comedy
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Liar

2004

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Motorcyclist

Cameo

2004

Envy

Nick Vanderpark

Nominated – People’s Choice Award for Favorite Funny Male Star

2004

Shark Tale

Lenny (voice)

 

2005

King Kong

Carl Denham

Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Movies – Choice Sleazebag

2006

The Holiday

Miles

 

2006

Nacho Libre

Nacho

Also producer
Nominated – Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Male Movie Star
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Fight
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Movies – Choice Actor: Comedy
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Movies – Choice Chemistry
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Movie – Choice Rumble

2006

Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny

Jack “Jables” Black

Also producer and writer

2007

Margot at the Wedding

Malcolm

Nominated – Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast

2007

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Paul McCartney

Uncredited

2008

Be Kind Rewind

Jerry Gerber

 

2008

Kung Fu Panda

Po (voice)

Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie
Nominated – Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Animated Character in a Motion Picture

2008

The Secrets of the Furious Five

Po (voice)

Short film

2008

Prop 8: The Musical

Jesus Christ

Short film

2008

Tropic Thunder

Jeff “Fats” Portnoy

Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cast

2009

Year One

Zed

 

2010

Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special

Po (voice)

Short film

2010

Gulliver’s Travels

Gulliver

Also executive producer
Nominated – Razzie Award for Worst Actor
Nominated – Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards for Favorite Male Movie Star

2011

Kung Fu Panda 2

Po (voice)

Nominated – Teen Choice Awards for Choice Movie Animated Voice
Nominated – Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie
Nominated – People’s Choice Award for Favorite Animation Movie Voice

2011

Bernie

Bernie Tiede

Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated – Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Performance
Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
Nominated – New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor (runner-up)
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor in a Comedy

2011

The Big Year

Brad Harris

 

2011

The Muppets

Himself

Uncredited

 

 

 

 

2015

The D Train

Dan Landsman

Also producer

2015

Goosebumps

R. L. Stine

Post-production

2016

Kung Fu Panda 3

Po (voice)

Post-production