Joy of Cannabis

Jack Black

Jack Black
Jack Black eats magic mushrooms in "Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny" in 2006.

One of Hollywood's favorite actors, Jack Black has risen from outsider status to the mainstream, despite his constant stoner depictions and marijuana activism.

Born on Aug. 28,1969 in Santa Monica, California, Black established his cannabis credentials early with Bongwater, but it wasn't until Orange County that he emerged as a fully-formed movie stoner. His Lance character mixes up pharmaceuticals, misplaces clean drug-test pee and burns down a college building while on Ecstasy. The scene when he vacuums the living room high in his underwear is a classic.

With Richard Linklater's School of Rock, Black elevated his career to lead-actor status. That was followed by starring roles in King Kong and Nacho Libre. He's also appeared in Jesus' Son, High Fidelity, Saving Silverman, Shallow Hal, Anchorman: The Legnd of Ron Burgandy, The Holiday, Margot at the Wedding, Year One, Tropic Thunder, Kung Fu Panda, Kung Fu Panda 2, Be Kind Rewind, Gulliver's Travels, The Big Year and Linklater's Bernie (for which he received a Golden Globe nomination).

When he's not in movies, Black rocks out with Kyle Gass in their band, Tenacious D. The duo first appeared in their own HBO series in 1999; in 2006, they starred in the stoner-comedy Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny. Their most recent album is Rize of the Fenix.

Tenacious D have appeared on the cover of High Times and performed at the NORML benefit concert in Los Angeles in 2004. Black portrayed Russell Putnam - "High Times investigative reporter" - on a Saturday Night Live skit in 2003.

Black is married to Tanya Haden (daughter of jazz bassist Charlie). They have two children.


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Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.